Michaeline: When Procrastination is About Rebellion

The Girls vs. The Inner Censor (An epic battle across time and space.) via Wikimedia Commons

The Girls vs. The Inner Censor (An epic battle across time and space.) via Wikimedia Commons

One of the big benefits of visiting blogs is that you can think about writing problems in terms of someone else – and then you realize the same solutions apply to your writing problems. Somewhere I commented that I have a real problem with authority telling me what to do (the context was GPS navigation systems) when I realized that maybe this was at the root of my procrastination problems, too. My Girls are in rebellion against the Inner Censor. Continue reading

Justine: Why Writing Every Day is Advice I Can’t Take

write every day, justine covington, eight ladies writingThere’s an interesting paradox in the writing world. When you read tips about plotting from professional writers (the folks who do it full-time), they’ll tell you that there’s no one way to plot a book. Some people are pantsers, some are plotters. Some use the Snowflake method, others skin the cat (oh, wait…Save the Cat. Sorry, cat-lovers). Some outline, some don’t, and then some do a combination of the above.

Why is it, then, that when giving advice about actually doing the writing, almost all of them say, “Write every day.” Why can’t this, too, be something that is unique to the individual? Continue reading