Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, October 31, 2016: Use Your Imagination! 

What would you look like if you were a witch? How would your life work? Imagination is what makes us writers, grammar is what makes us intelligible, and structure is a toy to set our minds afire. 


I am not a witch nor have I studied Wicca (though I have friends who are and do.) Nevertheless, I feel I can perform magic. Not only on the page, but in real life.

Magic to my mind is what happens when we make connections, when a spark flies from me to you, when empathy causes us to save that spider, or impulse makes us leap to do the thing that terrifies us. I perform real magic when I can make a reader understand someone else’s state of being, realize a new value, or even feel alertly alive for a spell. 

In that second, we are at one with something larger than ourselves. We grow, pop! into a new incarnation. Even if you can’t wiggle your nose and force your house to clean itself, you can reach for the larger moment, flicker something new into life.


Writing is an amazing thing.

Today I’m going to get back in touch with my novel, which I’ve had to neglect as I traveled during the last week. I’m going to lay hands on it, and, in between dashing to the store for candy and answering the door for trick-or-treaters, I’m going to let that spark fly from my fingertips. Try it. You may glimpse a new world entirely and share it with us all. 

Happy Hallowe’en. As always, I ask that you leave me a note to let me know you were here. 

Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, October 24, 2016: Scene Building

Hi! Today my goal is to draft a new scene of my novel, The Man Who Loved Chocolate. What are you up to? 

Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, October 17, 2016: The Honey Pot

[Leonard] Cohen’s writing process, as he told an interviewer in 1998, is “like a bear stumbling into a beehive or a honey cache: I’m stumbling right into it and getting stuck, and it’s delicious and it’s horrible and I’m in it and it’s not very graceful and it’s very awkward and it’s very painful and yet there’s something inevitable about it.”[19]

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That’s as close as I’ve ever read about my own writing process, though I could never have put it so well. Work and work until you hit a sweet spot.

Today, I’m turning to some long-neglected poems to see if I can improve the imagery. What are you working on? 

Travel Day. See you soon.

Write With Me! Study Hall, Monday, October 3, 2016: No Excuses! 

The cable folks are tromping around the house and moving their truck up and down the street and otherwise creating havoc, but 
I AM AT WORK! Show me your hands, friends; it’s so encouraging to have company on an irritating day like this. 

Still Sick, But Working

You? 

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Weaver’s Knot is on Sick Leave 

Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, August 29, 2016: Ouch! Just Do It! 

Oh, it’s one of those mornings when I can’t pay attention to a gnat’s somersault, and I have every reason to turn over and go back to bed. IBS. Absolute confusion about which manuscript to work on. Familiar squabbles. The list is endless. 

So, going out to the café to do . . . something. Let you know later how that went. 

How about you?   

Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, August 22, 2016: Clip Art

It’s cut and paste time for my new novel. Any large project can get a bit out of whack: scenes out of place, sketchy “bridge” material where you didn’t quite know how to write, and so on. In a multilinear novels with more than one voice and thread, this can happen times seven.


So the easiest thing for me is to print out the novel, separate it by chapter on the flooor, read each chapter, cross out what doesn’t work, and cut out the good parts. Then I attach the clipped bits to new paper with tape, move them around till I’m satisfied, and voila! A new improved draft. From there it’s easy to move the offending parts around in the word processing software until I’m satisfied, and then to rewrite portions, especially the bridge material that opens and ends chapters. 

However, I can’t do that today because I don’t have a printer. I will next week, though. So for today I’m off into fantasy land with new material for the short story collection I call, Space Walk

Love and luck to you all, whatever you’re doing today. Leave me a note to let me know, will you? 

Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, August 15, 2016: Cafe Day

One of my favorite ways to do Study Hall is Cafe Day. Why? Because it gets me out of the house but the goal is to keep writing.

Not every task works well for Cafe Day, though. I find that I can edit, look for consistencies, write a quick first draft, even draft a new scene while sipping my Chai Latte and watching the world go by. However, there is no getting in the zone, or deep explorations of character or last draft editing possible within earshot of easy distractions. 

That’s how it is for me. I know writers who can write through a thunderstorm punctuated by a rousing game of hide and seek in the family room and a delivery at the front door every fifteen minutes, and still stay in the zone. Not me. I need a little more space and quiet to be really there, immersed and writing my heart out. 

Today, I am drafting and redrafting scenes where I have a strong notion of where we’re going, and I’m not yet in final or even hold-on-maybe-that’s-it draft. So it’s off to my favorite watering hole in Dodge City, where I can hide in a corner and still have that lovely Chai Latte. 

What are you doing today? 

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