• Creative Writing 101,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing World

    “Find Your Teeth and Bite”: 2016 Conference Highlights

    Welcome to highlights from the Fourth Annual Fall Creative Writing Conference, sponsored by MTSU Write. This year, the conference, held the second Saturday of September, was under new management and we got BAGS!! And a mug. Very exciting. 😊 In addition to that, I got to take home the gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers and other gorgeous foliage on my table! But that wasn’t the only thing that changed this year. Previously, poetry, non-fiction, and fiction sessions were all lumped together in the same room – one after the other. I liked this because it was nice to get a little bit of everything. However, this year they did longer breakout sessions instead. All…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing World

    Get Yer Writer’s Fuel: Conference Highlights

    Have you ever been to writing conference and came back all pumped up to write? Hopefully, if you’ve been to a conference, you have! And that’s exactly how I felt after this year’s Third Annual Creative Writer’s Conference of Middle Tennessee! After the first conference, I came back to writing all pumped up and ready to keep writing after what I saw as several hard failures – aka, several times of falling hard on my butt. After last year’s conference, I was in the middle of feeling good about myself (ha,ha), so I came back feeling like the world was my oyster, and I was a shiny special pearl. 😛…

  • Agent Hunt,  Creative Writing 101,  Poetry,  Tips,  Writing World

    That Time I Talked To A Gnat

    When is the last time you spoke to nature? Out loud? The last time I talked to something in nature was a couple of weeks ago. It was to a gnat flying around my computer. I apologized, and then I smashed it to guts with my bare hands. Yes, I am a gnat-catcher. And no, gnat guts do not bother me. But smushed gnats is not the topic of today’s wonderful, awesome post. No, on September 20th, I attended the Second Annual Creative Writer’s Conference of Middle Tennessee held at MTSU by the resident non-degree writing program MTSU Write, formerly (and I think betterly) known as The Loft. This is…

  • Ideas,  Lists,  Tips,  Writing World

    On Blogger Burnout

    This is something I’ve seen a lot since I started blogging. A writer makes a commitment to blog every single day or only about a certain topic. Then a month later, they’ve fallen off the face of blogosphere. Where did they go? Will we ever see them again? There are a lot reasons for this. Let’s look at few. Blogging takes time. Tis true. And in a typical day, we have stuff to do: writing, reading, cooking, day jobbing, dancing, playing with the guinea pig, sleeping, school. You know, stuff. And blogging can potentially eat away at these other, more important, activities. Sometimes people run out of things to talk…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Tips

    The Pantsing Plotter

    I’m a big fan of outlines. I think they keep you from getting derailed and help you write faster. But outlines change. Sometimes a lot. And it’s tempting to try and stick to your outlines because you put so much work into them. Enter the Outline-As-You-Go. ^_^ I started doing this by accident about 3 years ago. I was in the middle of a scene, but the next one was burning a hole through my hippocampus. I didn’t want to mess up the scene I was on by rushing through it, and I didn’t want to skip it, so I outlined the next chapter, about a paragraph, right below the scene…