I recently came across an interesting diagram that shows various statistics about thirty famous books, including how long it took to write them. Of the thirty books included, the one that took the longest was The Lord of the Rings*. Why did it take J.R.R. Tolkien sixteen years to complete his masterpiece? Some say perfectionism... Continue Reading →
Writers, dancers, painters, and musicians all have something to teach us about how create. That's why I read my way through The History of Middle-Earth: Volumes 6 - 9. These books are about how J.R.R. Tolkien wrote his masterpiece Lord of the Rings. They try their best to show when and how he came up... Continue Reading →
We want our creative work to be fast and easy. Inspiration is the word we use for the magical shortcut. But is it worth the wait?
November is almost here, and that means it's time for National Novel Writing Month. This year will be my 13th NaNoWriMo, my 13th try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Since thirteen is actually a lucky number for me, I am trying to come up with something fun to write, and drawing a blank.... Continue Reading →
January is here and I am baffled. Where is the excitement I usually feel? I like to spend January getting excited about what's next. I had planned on returning to my novel. Thanks to NaNoWriMo, I had developed a strong daily writing habit. My re-write of Rapunzel was going to rocket forward. Then my husband... Continue Reading →