| July 11, 2012

As I write this in the wee hours of Tuesday-turning-into-Wednesday, we finally have rain! We’ve had it in the forecast for a week, but every day, it gathers all around us and then scurries away. We’ve seen downpours less than five miles away on the news while we’re dry as a bone. I don’t have […]

First, you…

| July 10, 2012

Fast Draft makes me examine my process. I don’t really seem to have one. I don’t want to stare at a blank page when I’m supposed to be drafting fast, so I’ve made a plan. Not really an outline, but a list of scenes I need to write. Why do I bother? I’ve sold 16 […]

Monday Arrives Again

| June 4, 2012

I wonder if I’ve mentioned how much I love Mondays. I loved them a little more when the beloved had a job outside the home because I had the place to myself. As I write this (late Sunday evening), he tells me he’ll be removing tile tomorrow. I’m working outside our home come the Monday. […]


| May 23, 2012

Missed my goal yesterday. Instead of 15 pages, I wrote 11. I’m not too upset about it. I’ve realized I’m winding to the end of the Fast Draft portion of the class. I have the bones of the story, and I need to start thinking seriously about the revision. Today, I’m tired, and I’m meeting […]

Coffee and Thinking

| May 22, 2012

Another night, another set of hours for staring at the dark ceiling. Insomnia is a surly non-friend. I’ve given up the nightly brawl with sleep and fueled up the coffee pot. I’ve been thinking about my book, and about another story I’d like to write, a novella for a publisher who’s looking for shorter e-stories, […]

Fast Draft, Day 4

| May 18, 2012

Not so great today. I only wrote 8 pages. It makes me sad, but I realized my conflict wasn’t strong enough, so I’m digging deeper. Fortunately, I’m 15 pages ahead of my overall goal, but I was sort of hoping never to have to use them as banked pages. So–I’m going to try adding to […]

Fast Draft, Day Three

| May 17, 2012

And still learning. Day three, and I’ve written 20 new pages. I like this Fast Drafting. Especially tonight. I stopped mid-sentence in the middle of a scene which I know is more than talking heads. Occasionally, as I’ve been moving forward, resisting my absolute compulsion to edit, I’ve known I needed desperately to get to […]

Fast Draft Discoveries

| May 16, 2012

For the second day, I’ve made my goal of 20 pages in Candace Havens’ Fast Draft class. Yay! that’s 8,768 words I didn’t have before I started this slightly crazy experiment. Thing is, I don’t think it will be an experiment after this for me. I don’t know that I’ll write every book at 20 […]