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10 writing experiments to avoid

My friend was going to do a writing experiment, but was worried I as her writing coach wouldn’t approve. So I sent her a comprehensive list of all the experiments I disapprove of. If you’re thinking of experimenting with your writing, here’s a cautionary look at what experiments to avoid.

  •  Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you refuse to write until 5 years have passed.
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you only write when inspired.
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you never write again.
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you only research your novel but never write.
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you talk about your idea but never write.
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you always say you’ll write “someday.”
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you’ll write when you retire.
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you open up Facebook instead of write.
  • Oh no, you’re doing an experiment where you binge on movies and books and then talk about how you could write better, but you don’t actually ever write it to write better.
  • Oh no, you’re doing a writing experiment that somehow keeps you from writing entirely.

If you get any idea from this list, know that if you have a writing experiment in mind, I probably wholeheartedly embrace it! In fact, I think the best stories come from being innovative, playing with words, and experimenting.

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If you’re looking for permission to think outside the box, the building, the rules of story, the world of writing, consider this your invitation. Dabble all you want. Just keep writing 🙂

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The Big News Just Keeps Coming!

I’m all sorts of busy with plans all over the place. New writing projects. OLD writing projects (gosh, I can’t forget those!) Spring cleaning (yikes.) Regular cleaning (double yikes.) Yes, I’m juggling, just like all of you. But I’m juggling exciting things. I’m suuuuper psyched about sharing with all of you.

 

Want a sneak peek? I updated my home page. Want a bigger sneak peak? I have an exclusive email list that will receive major news updates first…this is an occasional email when there is big news for you – new publications, resources, materials, or fun stuff. This email is not on a set schedule or regular basis, so don’t freak if you don’t receive updates for awhile…that’s when my projects are in the works 🙂 So what are you waiting for?…sign up!

 

Until then, the news will show up on my blog over the next couple weeks….stay tuned!

While you wait, do share! What are your best tips for time management when you have a billion things on your plate?

 

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Small Change for Great Change

I’ve never been one for resolutions. There’s too much pressure to achieve something huge, and I inevitably freak out then fail. But I do want each year to show marked improvement. Don’t you? To grow and change and become who I want to be, slowly but surely seeing the steps.

I do the New Year a little differently than resolutions of large goals. I can’t drop 20 pounds or finish a novel or some great feat like that. It’s too scary on a deadline. But I can change some small behavior.

The key is to find the small tweak to my life that creates a large difference toward my goals. Last year it was cutting out all the “extras” in my schedule that I could, to better manage my energy with a new taxing job on my plate.

This year, I’ve noticed I never have time for working on my dream job – because I never schedule it, I just use my free time for my dream. And ya know what? I don’t really have free time. Maybe you don’t either. Here’s the little change I’m making – I’m *scheduling* everything. I have a planner and I’m going to actually use it. I’m going to schedule my actual appointments, but I’m actually going to schedule my dream job, I’m going to schedule my blogging, and I’m also going to schedule my free time. Because I need that. And having that scheduled will take away my excuse of busyness.

Do you have any resolutions? Or do those terrify you? Maybe you’d like to make a small change to greatly change your life. Maybe that’s scheduling your free time. Or something else. But here’s the big question for your year: How are you going to make the YOU you want to be more tangible this year?

 

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FanFiction: His New Stargazer

Tomorrow my crazy-dedicated writer friend Megan Fatheree will have a new book out to purchase, called “The Half-Shape Child.” It’s a YA sci-fi romance adventure that’ll get you laughing and crying and all emotions in between. To promote this book, Megan is asking buddies to write fanfiction (because who doesn’t love a lil fangirling, amiright?) Here’s mine:
 
 

 His New Stargazer

 
“He’s just so down-to-earth.”
 
“Ha ha.” Fiona rolled her eyes while shoving the pasta in the oven.
 
“Seriously, it’s a sensible thing to love him. I’m not throwing my heart to just anyone.”
 
Fiona moved her hands to her hips as she nudged the oven shut. “You don’t think it’s suspicious? He’s not sensible, he’s secretive. Won’t say anything about his travels, won’t speak to anyone but you about his wife, and even then it’s all general.” Fiona counted with her fingers. “Her eyes were the color of honey. She loved stargazing. She freakin’ died of a tragic heart attack, but you can see the paranoia in his eyes.”
 
Tania grabbed her sister’s wrist. “Stop. Just give him a chance. He cares.” Tania peered through the window, but he wasn’t back from his walk yet. “I’m not going to pressure him to talk about the most painful moment of his life.”
 
“Uh huh.”
 
“And,” Tania added, “he may have been a galaxy-traveler, and she may have loved stargazing, but he’s totally fine with me being a homebody.”
 
Fiona gagged. “Yeah, yeah, you’re his escape, or whatever romantic nonsense.”
 
Tania looked through the window again. There he was, down the path, strolling so casually, looking into the sky, perhaps dreaming of the life he left for her. “He’s no romantic, just steady,” Tania said. “Dedicated to the simple life.”
 
He saw Tania through the window, smiled and waved. She beamed and held up her hand. “He’s here.” Fiona opened the door.
 
“Fiona. Tania.” Was there a lilt in his voice when he said her name? She couldn’t tell. Maybe it was the same. She touched his arm then went to check the pasta.
 
Fiona pursed her lips. “Tell me what you’re hiding.”
 
“Fiona!” Tania yelled.
 
“I know there’s something you won’t tell her; you’re no good for her if you can’t just be open and trustworthy.”
 
“How did you know I was hiding something?” He smiled, not even deterred.
 
“Please, I’m sorry,” Tania said, “don’t listen to her. Don’t let her ruin the evening.”
 
Fiona stood in front of Tania, and held up her hand. “No more secrets. She may be okay with it, but I’m not.”
“Fine.” He sighed. “The truth.”
 
Tania felt water filling her eyes. Why would Fiona ruin a pleasant night like this?
 
“The truth, Fiona,” he said, “is I love your sister. I am very trustworthy. I should never have a second chance at love, but with Tania I think I do. And if it’s alright with you, I’d like you to step out of the way so I can propose.”
 
Fiona shook her finger. “That’s not what I meant.” She took a seat at the table. “But I believe you. You’re a liar, but she can trust you.”
 
He stepped forward ‘til he was just inches from Tania. She smiled as a tear trickled down her cheek.
 
“And for the record,” Fiona interrupted, “I hate it.”
 
“Yeah, yeah.” Tania laughed and waved her hand in dismissal.
 
“Marry me?” he asked, holding out a simple bronze ring with intricate stars etched around.
 
“Absolutely,” Tania whispered. And as she admired the brown band on her finger, she realized for once she liked stargazing.
 


 
To figure out just what his secret is, plus travel the galaxies in this new world, look to buy “The Half-Shape Child” on Amazon or iBooks tomorrow!
 
Visit my blog next week for an exclusive interview with Megan Fatheree herself, where she gives us some tidbits about this exciting new novel of hers.
 


 
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Megan Fatheree was homeschooled from Pre-school through 12th grade. During this time, she was blessed to be able to focus her efforts toward the craft of writing. She is now in her early 20s and a full-time author. Some of her books include “Precious Jewel”, “Eminent Danger”, and “Rose-Colored Glasses”. She loves what she does and wouldn’t trade it for anything. She looks forward to all the great adventures that lay in store for her in the near future.