Posts Tagged ‘fiction writing’

Turning the Tables on a Bad Writing Day

Friday, October 11th, 2013

You can tell when it’s stacking up to be a bad writing day. You look at the list of non-writing stuff that needs to get done, throw up your hands and think, No possible way. Or the thought of whatever project you’re working on ignites that gnawing insecure feeling that hisses, YOU HAVE NO IDEA […]


The Healing Power of Fiction

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The best fictional characters are the ones we would be friends with if they weren’t so … you know … fictional. Not to say our favorite book-friends are perfect—their shortcomings are what make them intriguing. Their struggles become our struggles, as we hope, page after page, that they find some way through the morass of […]


Where I Write: Authors on their Favorite—and Strangest—Work Places

Friday, December 21st, 2012

“Mom! Where are my cleats?!” This is not conducive to writing. Like interruptions to any work of focus, intrusions make the headlong forward motion of imagining a scene, dialogue, motive, setting, physical movement and internal turmoil grind to a screeching, asphalt scraping, brake-burning halt. Whether it’s emails, the ringing phone, or the work crew outside […]


Writing from the Heart of My Discomfort Zone

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

I’m a huge baby about anything scary. I have no idea why people go to horror movies or read violent stories. Honestly, it’s like someone telling me they enjoy eating dirt and offering me a spoonful. Seriously? Whatever for? Clearly there is a part of the human psyche that enjoys the vicarious adrenaline rush of […]


Temporarily Kid-less, I Somehow Forget to Write

Monday, August 13th, 2012

I’d fantasized about it for months: the week when all three of my boys, ages 16, 12 and 10, would be at overnight camp. My 18-year-old daughter would be home, but this barely counts, since she’s gainfully employed, self-sufficient, and has a busy social life. I love my kids, but let’s be honest, a week […]


Ow, My Head Hurts!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I’ve had two concussions in the past year. By “I,” I mean “we.” By “we,” I mean two of my sons. Because when your kid has a brain injury, so do you. If your child’s brain has somehow been slammed up against the inside of his cranium, here’s what he can’t do: read, watch TV, […]