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December 30, 2011


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I'm not sure how to label my good thing about my my writing this year, but lately I feel like I'm reaping the benefits of a lot of past ideas. I love that my mind took a notion to multitask on two stories, one new and one a long time WIP, as a way to captured and release a lot of words into their proper homes.

I think what I like about my writing is feeling like I've acted on what my Muse and my characters have been trying to tell me for a long time!

Serena Bell

I'm proud of my sticktuitiveness this year. I've just kept plodding along, 1k at a time, no matter what happens. That means I haven't stopped because I'm too hopped up on positive-feedback adrenaline or because I'm too demoralized by negative criticism. And I do feel like I'm always learning, so if I keep moving like this, it can't help but be a good thing.

Donna Cummings

Melissa, I love the "capture and release" notion. Especially with your brain doing double duty, with two stories. :) I do think our minds having lots of story ideas going on all the time, and maybe we're not quite ready to handle it when it first shows up. Luckily it sounds like your Muse is helping you out now. :)

Donna Cummings

Serena, sticktuitiveness is a huge thing to have. And you're right about the two ends of the writing spectrum that can derail us -- positive AND negative things. I think you're definitely moving in the right direction, and I'm looking to see where it takes you. :)


I write fiction for relaxation and amusement. Having discovered that writing full length novels is hard work and much more difficult than one thinks until trying it, I concentrate on short stories, particularly children's stories. I get my reward when I see a big smile evolve on my Grand's face as understanding dawns after a cunning surprise ending.

After my Christmas story she said "Grandpa I like you, you make me laugh."

I'm applying to Santa for a job next Christmas. LOL

Donna Cummings

Q, you're a sure thing for that job! How perfect -- your granddaughter is a lucky one. :) I think that is the best reward, to see/hear the audience's reaction to your story, knowing you've delighted and entertained them. :)

I actually found it took me longer to write my novella than I'd anticipated. I figured since it was shorter, I'd be done with it in no time. Ahh, silly girl. LOL The writing gods have such fun with us sometimes. :)

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