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

Michaeline: End of NaNo 2013

And there was much rejoicing as the story was harvested and taken to the story mill for further processing!

And there was much rejoicing as the story was harvested and taken to the story mill for further processing!

It’s the last day of NaNo. So, here’s the condensed version of what I’ve learned.

Week One: Turn off the inner censor. Gosh, how fun it was to write in week one! I loved discovering who my characters were! I had no idea where the story was going, but every day was a joy as I got to watch events unfold delightfully. The first draft is about discovery, not perfect prose.

Week Two: I learn (again) the value of perseverance. If I keep writing, something will come. Maybe not today, maybe not even tomorrow, but at some point, the plot will turn. If I don’t write, it won’t come.

Also, I wrote in the real world for the first time. It’s given me a whole new view of writing details. Usually, I write what Continue reading