#TheWritingLife

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“You must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman ********* How do you find out the truth about yourself? Writing is one way to see what may be lurking under the pretense that we live with, that we even create. ******** A writing prompt: I could be fooling myself about....📝✍🏼💻
Set up for failure when you presume to be perfect. I think there is arrogance built into this thinking, hence the word lawless embedded in flawless. #witing #revising #bostonbookstagram #authorsofinstagram #thewritinglife
😂 Just one of the cute things that my little Bruiser Woods has done 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thewritinglife #pets #writersofinstagram #novel #journal #museflow #bruiserwoods #mylife
Morning pages... Wishing you all a gorgeous Saturday dears! #morningpages #thewritinglife #sayyestomagic #akashaandme #huskiesofinstagram #huskylife #yogilife
I watched “Can You Ever Forgive Me” on a flight to New York. While the reviewer here, Adam Mars-Jones, found it “downbeat” and “unconvincing,” I felt I was watching a premonition from the Ghost of Writing Future, an epilogue to E.B. White’s “Here is New York (which Columbia Journalism made us read 20 years ago): No matter how lucky you feel, or maybe are, the hot hand will inevitably turn cold! #thewritinglife #canyoueverforgiveme #thisisnewyork
Writing and synthesizing. Paper is due. I appreciate the prayers. Many discoveries. #Grateful #Focused #DoctorofMinistryatWork #TheWritingLife #HealingBridgesAcrosstheWaters 🙏🏾❤️🌍
Smile and maybe the fact of a dept meeting will go away... #thewritinglife
If you have dreams of writing for TV or just want to know how it’s done so you’ll be prepared when someone approaches you to make your weird life into a sitcom go follow my good friends @script_anatomy. They are genuinely good people helping writers make their dreams happen. (No one paid me to say this and they don’t even know I’m shouting them out today. I just think they should have WAY more than 500 followers and all my writer friends should support people when they do the amazingly cool thing of becoming successful in an industry and then turning around to lend a hand to the next person working their way up.💕💕)
In the very early stages of developing what eventually became my current #wip , I experimented with different tenses, narration styles, and POVs. It took me a good two to three years to find where my voice was best expressed (limited third person, past tense.) . Have you ever had to do this? . Reposting @writersresource . . . . #writerproblems #narration #thirdperson #authorlife #thewritinglife #amwriting #amwritingromance #writer #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writersofinsta #romance #romancenovel #fiction #eroticromance #eroticromantic #chicklit #workinprogess #wip
February 22, 2019 Writing Prompt: The deserted factory... #writingprompts #dailywritinghabit #writingblockbusters
Tomorrow! Join me @carnegiecenterlex for a 2-hour seminar on writing first chapters that will hooks agents, editors, and readers! 📚 #tiffanyreisz #authorsofinstagram #thewritinglife #lexingtonky #kentuckyevent #lexky
Good reminder, cuz I've gotten so little written this week. . . . #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #writing #writerscommunity #thewritinglife #thewritinglifechoseme
Aspen Summer Words —a seriously great writing conference. Apply by 2/28. We’ll talk literature, write beautiful prose, and network over a drink or two in the Rockies! #thewritinglife #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writer #writersworkshop #creativelife #creative #literature #aspen
You better believe it, baby. #thewritinglife
Aspen Summer Words —a seriously great writing conference. Apply by 2/28. We’ll talk literature, write beautiful prose, and network over a drink or two in the Rockies! #thewritinglife #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writer #writersworkshop #creativelife #creative #literature #aspen
See possibility everywhere especially when around people that only see right in front of them. people with small minds usually have limited vision but they need someone like you or I to open their eyes and expand their minds.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #writerslife #thewriterslife #writerlife #writinglife #writer #writers #thewritinglife #writerofig #writerofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writersonig #writersoninstagram #instawriter #writerproblems #writingproblems #writercommunity #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #writersnetwork #instagramwriters #wittywriterpoet
I am terrible at writing short stories. I never finish them. I have a handful of stories that I think might have potential but are languishing in a folder on my computer (it would be so much more romantic if they were in a dusty drawer somewhere lol). Any advice on finishing a short story? I am either too long winded and want to turn it into a book or I get distracted with something else! ——————————————— #thewritinglife #writerscommunity #shortstory #shortstories #writingadvice #writinghelp #fiction #creativewriting
Forty-five days and the Bodhi Tree—Enlightenment! Seated on the corner of Grant + Washington. Liar’s Dice and a well-played bartender testing the Second Noble Truth. #thirtywordthursday #thewritinglife #buddhabarsf #drinksareonme #truthbetold #sfdivebars #sflove
When a book stays with me long after I read it. This book, "Wabi Sabi - Japanese Wisdom For A Perfectly Imperfect Life" by @bethkempton remains on my coffee table not only for the gorgeous and serene cover, but for the wisdom that floats out to greet me each time I glance at it. You can read my review of it on Amazon also. And I love how it matches my tea cup!! #wabisabi #bethkempton #simplicity #thewritinglife #wabisabibook #calmingbook #perfectlyimperfect #lifelessons
The journey to wholeness and fullness requires a willingness to embrace the wanderings that will not always feel comfortable. We won't always understand the place and calm we are seeking (but we may know it intuitively when we find it). We will need to say NO some of the times and YES at other times. Then there is the letting go part, of things, of bits of ourselves that have grown heavy and can't be carried anymore, and of people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have to make many journeys in life but the one to being whole and full begins not too far from whereever we are because it is always a journey toward self first 🌻💋💛 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wholeness #fullness #findingself #selfawareness #spiritualquest #journeys #writemore #happylife #writing #words #thewritinglife #favouritethings #intentionalliving #selfreflection #makemagic #sunshinewrites #love #lovemakesthingsbetter
Today’s #tipsforwriters 👇 Do you know how long scenes should be? Yes, it matters! It affects the pace: longer scenes create a slower pace, while shorter scenes create a faster pace. The recommended length according to Shawn Coyne is around 1,500 - 2,500 words. I did some reading on this and other experts say the same. Why? If the scene is too long, it might be over descriptive or drawn out. If it’s too short, it’s probably too shallow / under written. Anyone who’s written a first draft knows how easy it is to over-write or under-write a scene, and how hard it is to strike the right balance of description, character dev, and forward movement of plot! If it’s under 800 words you probably don’t have an actual scene (no, a flashback, internal monologue, or navel gazing is not a scene. 3 paragraphs of description is not a scene. A random combo of paragraphs does not make a scene. But that’s a topic for another post!) . . . #bookflatlay #bookish #booklove #booknerd #bookaholic #bookgram #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booklove #bookster #booklover #bookaesthetic #bookworm #booksofig #bibliophile #booksofinstagram #bookcoverlove #bookdragon #bookaddict #instaread #prettybooks #yalit #epicreads #writersofinstagram #writersofig #authorlife #writing #thewritinglife
Here is a quote from my next novel THE RESTORATION OF MICHAEL DANVERS. This is a first for me, my first historical novel and the first in a series. Writing historical fiction is a bit tricky, but I think it is also rewarding in ways I never dreamed. I have a greater respect and admiration for our ancestors, and I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't ask my grandparent more questions while they were still here with us. As this story opens, Europe is in the midst of WW II, but America is still hesitant to enter the war. I didn't have to do a lot of research for this one, but there were some things that I needed to check for historical accuracy. My big research will come with the second installment of the series. THE RESTORATION OF MICHAEL DANVERS will be published in a few months. I'll be sharing the cover and the synopsis soon. This quote is important because it is from Michael's sister who is the protagonist in Book 2. . . . . . #writingquotes #writinglife #quotesandsayings #lifequotesandsayings #thewriterslife #authorpreneur #writersquotes #thewritinglife #indieauthor #iamawriter #bookquotes #writethatnovel #writinginspiration #catholicfiction #historicalfictionnovel #writes #authorlife #historicalfictionnovel #historicalseries #wwiifiction
I’m still struggling to incorporate this truth into my everyday life. I’m learning that the less I take care of myself, the less productive I am. . How do you practice self-love? . Reposting @youngmindsuk .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #selflove #selfcarematters #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #authorlife #thewritinglife #amwriting #amwritingromance #writer #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writersofinsta #romance #romancenovel #fiction #eroticromance #eroticromantic #chicklit #workinprogess #wip
I might be doing my taxes today instead of adhering to this great truth, but it’s still a daily goal worth sharing. Also good: Faulkner’s recipe for a good novelist, which he said is “Ninety-nine percent talent . . . ninety-nine percent discipline . . . ninety-nine percent work” (we’ll forgive him for the math). @andrea.debbink has a beautiful piece about this very topic over on @artofsimple for anyone who shares in the struggle of wanting to look and feel like a writer or artist and how it can be at odds with actually being one (🙋🏼‍♀️). #larkingquotes
Going through another revision of the #novel . I finally clarified the biggest issue I had with it, and am paring back and tightening. I believe in my characters, and their voices. I think together we’ve written something that is fictional yet very honest and true, and I’m proud of that. Writing can be a magical, enlightening, satisfying process. During, it doesn’t feel lonely; you’ve got your characters keeping you company, and it’s wonderful! But then you surface and realize you’ve been locked in your office for months/years, and a debilitating loneliness sets in. Then you realize you have to serve this, your work, up to the world, and there’s no guarantee they’re going to like or want it. There’s no guarantee that anyone else is going to see in it what you do. You’re offering up your heart, your soul, the deepest parts of your broken psyche, and it all very well could be deemed unworthy and unwanted, which intensifies the loneliness. I feel crushed under this sense of vulnerability. Learning how to deal with this is a part of the process, I think. I hope it gets easier. It’s so hard to celebrate the little successes—that I’ve finished a draft, and then a revision, and then another, and I love it more each time—because I’m bracing myself for the devastating blows on the horizon. I’m trying to sit with myself and be gentle, but it’s so hard. I want to run away but I know I have to face this. #amwriting #thewritinglife #creativevulnerability #thecreativeprocess
Day 21 of the #authorschallenge2019 is Book on Writing? My top 2 are: . . 1) "Stein on Writing: a Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies." By Sol Stein, author of "How to Grow a Novel." . . 2) "The Writing Life," by Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize winner. . . O N W R I T I N G . . Stein's book offers useful solutions for fixing flawed writing and making good writing better. It includes detailed sections on characterization, dialogue, pacing, revising, trimming away flabby wording, and more. . . Dillard has been a favorite author since "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek." And "The Writing Life" is vintage Annie. Not a handbook on writing, "Life" is a collection of short essays accumulated during the writing of several books as well as a 'deep dive' into one of the most mysterious professions. . . No serious writer should be without these two essentials. . . What's your favorite "on writing" book? . . #authorschallenge2019 #thewritinglife #onwriting #solstein #anniedillard #callingallauthors #bookworm #writerslife #writingcommunity #writersofig #authorsofig #supportwriters #faithwriter #callingallauthors #thursdaythoughts #redhat
February 21, 2019 Writing Prompt: If you could go back in time to the one day... #scribblersink #wakingthewritingbrain #creativewriting
Like rejection and failure, doubt is just a part of this funny old thing we call #thewritinglife . Nothing you can do but get on with it. #thewritinglifechoseme ☕️💻 #francisfordcoppola
Stop the blah blah blah and get on with the cha cha cha.⠀ Start writing instead of keep excusing the fact that you haven't written (aimed at me mostly).⠀ Start reading that book you keep renewing from the library that is literally only 23 chapters long. You could read that in two days if you let yourself.⠀ There comes a time where you must stop planning and stop talking about the things you are going to do and just go do them.⠀ ⠀ #writerslife #thewriterslife #writerlife #writinglife #writer #writers #thewritinglife #writerofig #writerofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writersonig #writersoninstagram #instawriter #writerproblems #writingproblems #writercommunity #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #writersnetwork #instagramwriters #wittywriterpoet
. One hour: The time we all waited Today for my anxious oldest To find the courage to Allow the medical assistant The doctor, anyone, to Swab his throat for a Strep test. . . One hour: The length of time it took For one of my dearly beloved Ones (whose identity In this case can just remain A 50/50 shot) to give up Raging and chucking and Attempting to hurt me With words and objects Yesterday; to truly apologize, To begin fixing the physical And relational messes. . . One hour: The time I spent Snuggling by the fire With a sick boy this morning, Trying every trick in my book to Help an over-anxious mind home in on A few simple math problems, and then Giving up and reading to him Forever and ever (a timeframe which can certainly magically fit within an hour) Instead . . One hour: The time I will spend Loving on my beautiful girl This afternoon during music Class, guiding her fingers Repeatedly to correct Keys, and leading her heart Again and again to trust my Love . . This hour: The {only} time I'm given {With any shred of certainty} To choose presence To my life, presence to those Entrusted to me; presence to Christ wrapped in the gift of This moment, and the next To live awake, to not miss Holy invitations inherent within: Weaponized toys; small, hurting souls; Sickness that slows us down together; And the call to show up, to win hearts again Today that I died to win just yesterday. Joining @loribrownharris1 & others to write a tiny bit daily thru the month of February. Hop on board if you’d like & use #februaryfreewrite . Swipe left to see prompts. Today's - "Hour.” #amwriting #thewritinglife #writersofinstagram #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #artoninstagram #poetry #poetryoninstagram #poetsofig #poetryofig #poetryofinstagram #poetrycommunity #lifeisart #hour #presence #specialneedsmom #specialneedsmoms #autismawareness #autism #autismacceptance #autismmom #autismfamily ##specialneeds #montessorielementary #montessorihomeschool #vulnerabilityiscourage #specialneedsfamily #specialneedskids
Meet the Author:⠀ .⠀ I hate selfies, so I keep reusing ones that don’t suck. .⠀ My #wip (working title: I’ll Never Tell) is a character driven, feminist erotic romance with a strong female MC.⠀ .⠀ I've been married to @andrewlowvoc since 2011; we've been together since 2002.⠀ .⠀ I LOVE ALL THINGS DISNEY. The hubs and I go to Disney World every year.⠀ .⠀ I am a paralegal working in admin law for the US government. I earned a scholarship to law school, but dropped out in the middle of second semester. We had a mock trial, I had to represent a client who I knew was guilty, and I couldn't do it. . Last year I was diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis and had to have a partial hysterectomy and a left oophorectomy. I never wanted children so it almost seems fated. The surgery has drastically improved my quality of life.⠀ .⠀ I'm an awesome aunt to my amazingly beautiful twin nieces. .⠀ I quit smoking in 2014. .⠀ I spent 2013-2017 developing and writing what I will generously call a novella. I have since shelved the piece. I'm not frustrated by that because I needed to learn what works and what doesn't. .⠀ I was in an abusive relationship from the ages of 14-19. I have chronic PTSD from this. I prefer to manage my symptoms without medication...which doesn't always work. After that relationship ended, I was single and celibate for four years, until I met @andrewlowvoc. .⠀ My father died suddenly of a heart attack nearly fourteen months ago. It is the most consuming and crushing pain I have ever felt. I was so lucky to have him and I will miss him forever. . . . . . #hello #introducing #meettheauthor #thisisme #authorlife #thewritinglife #amwriting #amwritingromance #writer #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writersofinsta #romance #romancenovel #fiction #eroticromance #eroticromantic #chicklit #workinprogess #wip
Books & petals 🌸 Do you know what is the thing that all successful books have in common? “All successful books have a problem, a conflict, a mystery, and it comes at the very beginning.” I love this #writingtip from writer Ginger Moran! So if you’re working on a manuscript: check your first 1-2 scenes and make sure there is dramatic tension, and a problem for MC to solve. So many times I critique manuscripts without tension people say “oh but I was trying to show the context for my character so readers know what their lives are like.” Readers don’t care about mundane details of your character’s life. Only when there’s conflict or tension will their true colors show. . . #bookflatlay #bookish #booklove #booknerd #bookaholic #bookgram #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booklove #bookster #booklover #bookaesthetic #bookworm #booksofig #bibliophile #booksofinstagram #bookcoverlove #bookdragon #bookaddict #booked #booksbooksbooks #bookaddict #bookphotography #epicreads #writersofinstagram #writersofig #authorlife #writing #thewritinglife
Back to #blonde 👌❤🌈 Photo doesn't do it justice, check out the better version at @caseyleighstylist 🎉 Great hair, going into the weekend 😍🔥 #haircolor #balayage #backtoblonde #newhair #newhairstyle #capetown #thewritinglife #writer #tomboystyle #hairgician #fancy
Me, trying to get ahold of the week after being in vacation mode for the past two weeks. #amediting #historicalfiction #amancalledsmith #backtoreality #thewritinglife #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram
These winter ❄️ runs are treacherous, they mess with my pace and if I let it, the times can really bum me out. On the other hand I am maintaining my practice, and sometimes maintenance is enough. Knowing when to go hard, knowing when to cruise; Knowing when you need a creative detour, and when you need a straight line. #MorningThoughts #MorningRun #Maintenance #Plateau #Montreal #TheWritingLife #TheAcademicYear #Surviving
February 20, 2019 Writing Prompt: “You have to watch out for the cursed ones, they have nothing left to lose... #scribblersink #writingcommunity #writinginspiration
It’s publication day for Death Will Find Me. It’s been three years since I won Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect event with the idea for this series and I’m thrilled that it’s now out in the wild. Link to purchase in bio, should you fancy some historical Edinburgh-set crime with what someone described as “a kick-ass heroine”. #mybook #publicationday #typewriter #crimefiction #deathwillfindme
“Chocolate stampede” celebrating dreams coming true 🙏🏻🦄 oppurtunites like 🌈 #thewritinglife #connection #opportunity #progress #change #treatyoself #dessert
Just wanted to prove that I wasn't joking when I said that I shred all my old journals. I'm not saying everyone should do this. It's just my practice. I do it to reinforce faith in myself as a writer, to reinforce the belief that I have a bottomless well that I can always go back to, and that not every word I write is precious. Or to paraphrase Keats, that everything I write is "writ in water". By the way, if you would like to engage in (what I jokingly refer to as) destructive editing, here's a tip: MUJI notebooks are just big enough to fit in a shredder and they're really cheap. . . . . . . #writer #writerscommunity #writingcraft #journal #writersofinstagram #writinglife #muji #writerslife #thewriterslife #writerlife #writinglife #writer #writers #thewritinglife #writerofig #writerofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writersonig #writersoninstagram #instawriter #writerproblems #writingproblems #writercommunity #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #writersnetwork #writersblock #instagramwriters #writersresource #speechcontest #flashnonfiction
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