Round 4 Check-in 10-13-19

court. US News

I’d ask if you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, but given roadways these days, it’s pretty likely.  I do have to ask though…  how did you react?  Did it stress you out, frustrate you, relax you, feel… “it’s unenviable, but inevitable”?

What about curious and creative?  Or perhaps even awed?

I had all of those experiences the other day while stuck in some traffic on Interstate 78 on my way to our old house.  Yeah, it slowed my already long trip home down, but I saw stories; I saw gorgeous scenery (there are some sandstone “cliffs” where the hills had been blasted back to make the road that were stunning contrasts in colors and textures, even to a point where runoff had virtually melted the choppy stone into liquid floes; I got a lot of people watching done…; heck, I even got the chance to b-bop to my favorite song without worrying if I might wiggle the steering wheel too much and cause an accident.

Being stuck in traffic—or on the page—doesn’t have to be negative or annoying.  It can be a blessing in disguise, if you give it a chance.  And, it is inevitable (and unenviable), so why not make the best of it?

Let us know how you’re doing in the comments, on FB or in your blog check-in (don’t forget to leave a link for us to find you there).

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Round 3 Check-in, Wed Aug 7

Rest Time is Creating Time

Lazy days, hazy days…  up here in the northern hemisphere, we’re feeling the draw of beaches and playgrounds, not to mention air-conditioned libraries and cafes, over the urge to work toward goals for fitness and careers.  Strange how summer has become the time to relax… it used to be the other way around, when we were a more agricultural society.

Wonder what we’ll become in another hundred years or so…  What do you think, writers of the ROW80?  All you speculative fiction peeps in our group, why not give us a glimpse of your futuristic visions in your check-in.  You can tell us what you see coming up in the comments, in a link, or on our FB page, as always.

Round 2 Check-in 5/29/19

Ever just sit and listen to the sounds around you for inspiration?  Not the ‘favorite song’ type of inspiring, but the white noise of the stove vent, the distant rumble of cars down the road….  the silence when the night peepers have finally settled before the storm…

Outside we’re having a visit from Donner und Blitzen.   A theatrical pair!  But what in interesting are how many sounds overpower even that thunderous duo.  The ice maker on the fridge as it drops ice and draws more water, a fan, the neighbor’s garage door opening….  need a toich of WD-40 there!

Our writing deserves to feel real.  Can your readers inmerse themselves into your story worlds with the imagery you offer?  If not, maybe you might need to turn off your writing playlist and just listen for a minute or two.

Tell us what you do to appeal to a reader’s sense of hearing in your check-in.  Here in the comments or in our FB thread

Round 2 Check-in May 18, 2019

Ever try camping in your own home?  That’s us at Chez Mabee today.  Lawn chairs in the livingroom, an air mattress for our bed,  and a solitary fold out table for meals…

Life in transition.

It’s no bad thing.  Stories are about those moments of change, and we, as writers, need to grasp those bits and pieces of movement and passages for our work.  Writing, like dance, is about movement.

So what steps are you taking these days?  Let us know in your check-ins, here or in our FB thread.

Movement cred. DimitrisDoukas via Pixabay

Round 2 Check-in 5/5/19

Star Wars fans were out yesterday cheering each other with memes and jokes of “May the 4th be with you”.

Today is Cinco de Mayo.

Tomorrow is International No Diet Day.

Seems if you take the time to look for it, there’s always something to smile about, something to look forward to and bring joy into our lives….  That can happen with your creative life too.  Give yourself something to look forward to every day, even if it’s just getting to see a gorgeous background on your computer or the feel of your favorite pen.

Celebrate! (and then tell us about it in your check-in)

Round 1 Check-in 3/3/19

Sorry to leave you with yet another short check-in today.  I promise that I’ll have something more substantial for you by Wednesday.  The crazy may not be over, but there is a lull in the fervor for the moment.  And I don’t know about you all, but some good discussion about writing, stories, and where ideas come from all sound very good to me.

Coming together cred: QLA

Interested?  Well, then, why not get started by posting a line or two, or maybe an image that you find incredibly inspiring.  On Wednesday, I’ll gather up the links for your posts and add them to the Wednesday check-in post for everyone to see.

Who knows?  Maybe we can inspire each other in the process.

And, as always, since this IS a check-in, let us know how you’re doing here or on the FB page.

Round 1 Check-in 2/10/19

We’re halfway there!

Well, technically, yesterday was the halfway point for this Round of Words.  That means we’re already heading to the homestretch.  Time to start think, even in just a bit here and there, about what you might want to change or try out in Round 2.

If you’re ambitious, I even put out a call for Round 2 Sponsors this past Wednesday. 😉

Today though I want to ask you all about time.  How much time are you all spending on your writing?  Do you think it’s enough, not enough….  too much and it’s begun to take over your life?

I can hope you’ve found a sweet spot (I haven’t yet), and well…  if you’re struggling with characters who demand all of your time and attention 24/7, I can only suggest diversions of chocolate and bubble baths.  Sorry.

I CAN offer some consolation for those who feel they aren’t spending enough time on their writing.  Little bits add up…  You don’t need to block out a huge expanse of your day for writing to make serious progress.  I’ve mentioned the 10 Minute Novelists group before.  There used to be a great little site called The One Minute Writer that proved to me how much one could accomplish in just 60 seconds (the link goes to the Internet Archive version of the site).  Add a moment or two of planning while exercising or washing the dishes… YES, you can be ‘writing’ while cleaning your desk, sharpening your pencils or getting your groove on with some of your favorite music!  When you work in smaller blocks of time, sometimes you actually do more than if you try to cram all your writing time into a large block.

But what happens with all these little disjointed bits and pieces you might wonder?  Well, sometimes they are disjointed, but often your mind will be working on the story while you’re not putting words on the paper too.  Your mind is still writing, still adding ideas and subtext to the story, and it will help put those together for you the next time you put the words down.

It’s a bit like ‘sleeping on an idea’ but you’re able to get other things done too.  Win win.

As the song says, “If two become one, what is the one the two become?” What can you create in small bursts?  What will the combination of your mind and your busy schedule come up with?