05 May 2015

Writing prompt 65

You know how sometimes a couple of words or a phrase pops into your head and your mind gloms onto them? It rolls them around, feeling their shapes, and explores all the random memories, images, and other experiences that your brain somehow associates with them. This happened to me while I was driving the moving truck up to Portland, and I thought these two words might make a good writing prompt for other people, too. I'm guessing they occurred to me because I'd spent the last week packing up and making decisions about what to keep and what to discard.


28 April 2015

Writing prompt 64

I don't post writing prompts as regularly as I used to, but this on popped into my head yesterday and I thought I'd share it with you. My mind takes it in the direction of a horror story, but if you manage to write something *other* than a horror story/poem out of it, I'd love to hear about it!


24 April 2015

Guest post: Jolene Haley on the characteristics of good writing

First off, I’d like to thank Sione for having me today. I’ve been a follower of her blog forever and I’m just delighted to contribute to it!

As an avid reader and writer who works hard at my craft, I’d like to offer up one piece of advice that I’ve learned while writing, publishing, and working for publishing houses. The most important thing you can do for your writing and your writing career is this: Write well.

Now, this piece of advice may seem elementary but really, it’s not. In the age of Amazon, where anyone can publish a book, this is the simple magical ingredient that will set you apart from others. It doesn’t matter if you have the most brilliant cover art in the world or if you’ve spent a million dollars on marketing, if your book isn’t well written, you’ll run into problems.

How can you create brilliant words? Well, some of the great authors and poets like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, or Joyce may tell you that the secret is a typewriter and a strong drink (or five). That certainly may get the words buzzing but here are characteristics of great writing in my book.

21 April 2015

The writing process in charts & graphs

Every so often on Facebook I see someone else's clever depiction of the writing process. For example this one:

Or this one:

19 April 2015


Sometimes you have to choose. For example, when you're trying to finish up the next-to-last draft of the novel you've been working on for two years and it's going much slower than you anticipated and you're late getting it to your copy editor...

 ...do you take time out to write another blog post, or do you let the blogging slide for the week and devote all your mental and creative energy to finishing the damn book? This past week I chose the latter.

Hence, it has been two weeks since my last ROW80 Update
"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."