The Weekend Redirect: Balancing Life and Writing: When It Isn’t Exciting

Balancing Life and Writing: When It Isn’t Exciting by Nichole McGhie

When you’re on fire, writing is an exciting whirlwind made in equal parts of unicorns, spaceships, kittens, fireworks, and awesome.

But like anything else, that doesn’t last. And once the flash-blind heady rush flows away, you’re left with a fantastic first draft that really needs work.

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The Worst Good Writing Advice I’ve Received So Far

There are many rules about writing prose fiction. Any creative writing course will drill those rules into you. But don’t be fooled. These “rules” are merely guidelines that help you focus your prose. But they aren’t commandments. I think there is only one real rule so far as prose construction goes:

Rules about writing should be followed, unless they shouldn’t.

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Word Count: Struggling to Find My Rhythm Again

The consistently excellent J.C. Cauthon (J.C.’s for life, yo!) writes about my own Achilles heal: getting into the rhythm of writing.

Specifically, she writes about trying to find the groove of writing again. You know how it is: thousands of ideas, mere minutes of free time. Life intervenes. A move half-way across the country is intervening in mine. But once you start down the dark side of not writing, forever will it…

Damn, I am SUCH a nerd.

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