I’m late. I know. I should probably hang my head in shame. But I’m not going to.
Our weekend was filled with camping with friends and then today we had some family stuff that took up most of the day, which was way longer than I thought it would.
I don’t regret one second.
There are some things that you probably don’t want to allow to interfere with your writing. Like game shows. Volunteering for things you don’t believe in. Hanging out at the mall because you’re bored.
But in my book, making time for family and friends is of the highest priority. And if you are fortunate enough to have great relationships with your family and friends, they’ll understand how important writing is to you and they’ll cut you a lot of slack when you need it.
Balance always sounds simpler than it is, I know, but it’s worth aiming for.
Housekeeping – We’ve made it halfway through the WFMAD Challenge (congratulations, btw!) and I imagine that a few of you have questions for me. Please post them in the Comments section and I will try to get to them in the next two weeks. Thank you!
Ready… “The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.” Stephen King
Set… After you send me a question, you can turn off the Internet and phone
1) Make a list of the five things that you or your character are most afraid of.
2) Circle the one that makes your heart race and palms sweat.
3) Write a scene in which you or your character has to confront the scary thing in a very public place – filled with people – so you (or the character) can’t freak out and run away screaming. You have to interact or avoid the scary thing, but in such a way that no one else will notice you are afraid.
4) Do all of the above without using the word “afraid,” “fear,” or “scared.” Show the emotion instead of telling the reader about it.
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