Habit: How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle Happy new year! A lot of people are starting new changes today. Some will give up quickly, some will doggedly persist until some kind of change has been achieved. The primary difference is forming habits. We sometimes dismiss the…

Writer Wednesday: After the Marathon

I’m heading down to London today for the first of two conferences with my pal Debi. It signals the end of my sabbatical and all the writing it has engendered. More importantly, it means I have to leave Dundee and those I love here, but I’m going to stick to talking about writing here (if…

NaNoWriMo Begins

If you have ever had any interest in writing, you have probably heard of NaNoWriMo, or [Inter]National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t actually done it before though I did take part in the Three Day Novel Writing contest and have actually written a novel in less than 10 days (which one? I’ll never tell). November…

Writer Wednesday: Finishing Things

Okay, maybe the picture is a bit heavy handed 😉 but this is an important issue, one worth repeating. When I mentioned typing “the end” on my latest novel this week, the fabulous academic/comics writer Mary Talbot wrote (perhaps somewhat jestingly), “But do you really just write to THE END then stop? What about the…

Writer Wednesday: Tracy S. Morris

I’m pleased to have Tracy S. Morris as my guest today. A fellow Broad, Tracy is not only a writer but a podcaster. She has photographed two of the Presidents of the United States, taken a hot air balloon ride and met two of her favorite sports legends from separate sports. She’s been a photographer,…

Writer Wednesday: Finish That

Last week I urged you to send things off, to brave the market and try your chances. Some of you have not done that — in fact, some of you may never do that, because you have trouble letting go of a story. Are you an inveterate tinkerer? I know some people who have been…