I am an on-again, off-again casual writer who has found inspiration in a variety of online writing venues. I am a two-time National Novel Writing Month winner, and find inspiration from authors like Neil Gaiman, Guy Gavriel Kay, Patricia McKillip, and a whole slew of fantasy authors.
I am on the editorial staff of yeah write, the best place on the ‘net for writers who blog and bloggers who write! Yeah write hosts three weekly writing challenges: nonfiction for personal essays and mostly true stories; the speakeasy fiction|poetry challenge, and the 42-word gargleblaster microstory challenge. I run the microstory challenge.
I’m also a full-time working mom. This means finding time to write is a full-time challenge. I do a lot of planning in my head when I have a few quiet moments. This usually means in the shower, in bed while waiting to fall asleep, or on my twice-daily 20-minute bike ride between the kids’ school and the office. I repeat lines of dialogue and combinations of words in my head until they feel right. By this time, I’ve memorized them, and I can jot them down in those rare interstices between obligations.
If you’re looking for some good writing advice, I encourage you to read Neil Gaiman’s 8 Good Writing Practices make a lot of sense to me, especially #1 (“Write.”) and #2 (“Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.”)