The Journal, Saturday, 5/6

Hey Folks, Well, the novel feels like it’s stalled. It might or might not be — I’ve been through this before — but that’s how it feels. I’m not worried. I’ll write at least one novel this month, whether it’s The Storm or something else. And this is an adjustment month or transition month as I move my writing up to the house, refurnish my office, etc. Fortunately, today I have some family stuff to do. … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 5/5

Hey Folks, Happy Cinco de Mayo if that’s your thing. I’m making some major changes in my routine as I move toward June and the big challenge. (Big challenge because one new story every day plus posting every scene, scene by scene, on Facebook “in public.” Plus remember I’ll still need to write a novel for June as well.) I’ve decided to overhaul my office, for one thing. The desk I have currently is massive at … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 5/4

Hey Folks, Hey, happy Cinco de Mayo if that’s your thing. Otherwise not a lot to post here today. Today, and Writing Rolled out just before 4 a.m. Finally to the Hovel around 7:30. But back to the house to set water, then to order cigars, etc. Finally back to the Hovel and the novel at 9:40. Again, I played in the world of the novel off and on much of the day. Just over 3000 … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 5/3

Hey Folks, Topic: More on the Challenge I’ve decided to label these “challenge” posts with the “topic” tag. These entries aren’t really topics, but I figure some folks might get some insight from these ramblings. One requirement of the challenge is to write a new story every day for a month (old hat — Dean’s done it twice now). But to fulfill both requirements of my challenge, I also have to post each new scene/page as … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 5/2

Hey Folks, A few more thoughts on the forthcoming challenge— I won’t write a novel in public. There’s no realistic way to do so. Also, I’ve decided on a dedicated Facebook page as the venue for this challenge. Might as well make it truly “in public.” To that end, here’s the post I added to Facebook this morning. I also shared it with several major writers’ groups around the nation: ANNOUNCING A NEW CHALLENGE A few … Read more

A Reminder Concerning Streaks

Hi Folks, Sometime or another, in one place or another, I mentioned to someone that Streaks Have Power. I probably mentioned it here before, and I’m sure I mentioned it in at least two or three seminars or writing intensives. To create a streak, you set a daily or weekly or monthly goal and then achieve it time after time after time. If you’ve ever worked in one of those places where the management had a … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 5/1

Hey Folks, Hey, a new month and a new week! Does it get any better than that? I don’t think so. After I finished here yesterday, I set up my formulas for my May spreadsheet, then went in to cook supper. *** May I just say I don’t like people who are ignorant? I’m not talking about intellectual capacity or the lack thereof. I’m talking about a willingness to assert assumptions despite a complete lack of … Read more