Starting a new story can be an intoxicating thing. It’s my greatest strength as a writer, and that’s why I have so, so many stories on the backburner. At a certain point, there’s got to be a limit to how much “new” energy for writing is positive…doesn’t there? How do we know the difference between a shiny new idea and a true gem? How do we balance between our projects? How do we deal with “want to write” versus “am writing”?
John is taking a break between the fourth and fifth drafts of A Thousand Roads. How does he bring excitement to reworking something he’s been working on for a long time? How dooes he manaage drafting processes?
Resolutions for the New Year can be a controversial topic. One thing’s for sure: they don’t work for everyone. For many of us, they can be downright counterproductive. If the concept of the resolution doesn’t work for us, is there a way for us to “resolve” do to something in a beneficial way?
Here we are, at the very beginning of the third season of Write Right. We’re joined this month by Elayna Mae Darcy, during which we’ll be talking about beginnings and newness. This time, we talk about new podcasts each of us is hosting, and podcasts we love.
This is the the thirty-fifth and final episode of the second season of Write Right. It’s been a wonderful, strange, difficult, and expansive year. The podcasters talk about their years in writing, reading, working, and living. The next season of Write Right begins in the new year! Many thanks to each and every listener who gave our program their time. We hope to make the next year of writerly chats even better.
WE DEMAND that you Watch the movie Kedi on YouTube, iTunes, or anywhere you can find it.
Oh dear. Here we go. Not too long ago, we talked about NaNoWriMo, that magical, stressful month where hundreds of thousands of writers around the world go wild. How did our collective Novembers go? Did we win?
The great and terrible evil of the day job is this episode’s topic, and while the initial intent of the episode was to talk about how we balance our day jobs with our writing endeavors, the episode took a turn for the philosophical, as they seem to do when Elan is let loose upon the world. We hope you enjoy the episode!
If you are unable to write when you want to, try to figure out why. When you identify that, think of ways to change your day around to accomodate your desire to write.
Elan tells a tiny lie at the episode’s opening, but once that fib’s behind the crew, they dig into talking about NaNoWriMo. We’ve been NaNoRebels, NaNoLameOs, and NaNoJudgeMos when the need struck us, and for better or worse, we’re all NaNo adjacent. The conversation moves somewhat far afield of the initial topic (as it tends to do), but we hope that, whether you NaNo or No, you find the episode—and the entire month of November—inspiring and positive.
Choose a project for NaNoWriMo (or not) in which you aren’t completely invested, in terms of your emotional connection to the story. Use story dice or other randomizers to pick a story and just run with it.
We have talked extensively about daily writing, techniques for achieving it, and the ostensible benefits of it. Let’s take a step back and discuss what it’s like in the trenches of daily writing, the frustrations that may arise, and the methods we use to keep ourselves on task.
Track your daily word counts, whether you write or not. Also, take note of the context in which you were most (and least) productive. How were you feeling? What was work like that day? What kind of music were you listening to?
When John mentioned the term “Fractal Outlining” several episodes ago, Elan’s mind exploded. Because he still hasn’t recovered, the Write Right crew was gracious enough to dedicate a full episode to the topic, wherein Elan will pepper John with questions about it.