Saturday, August 28, 2010
"I'd like to continue working on my book on my own," she emailed me, "and I still have a lot of 'islands' to write. You talked a little bit about writers groups and I was wondering how one goes about choosing/ finding a group? I haven't been involved in such a group since
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 2:16 PM
Sunday, August 22, 2010
August was a writing month for me. I've been working on finishing my book about book-writing, Your Book Starts Here, which will be available later this year, and on editing the final act of my novel-in-progress, Breathing Room.
Both books are built with the three-act structure of story arc that I teach in my workshops and classes. I call it the big W. It's a system that's
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 9:31 AM
Saturday, August 14, 2010
On warm days I set my writing desk on the cabin’s wrap-around porch. From there, I had a great view of the lake, the blue sky. Birds skimmed the small garden, looking for bugs. Cedars swayed in the wind off the mountains.
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 5:24 AM
Monday, August 9, 2010
Revising happens. It must, before publishing. So "re-visioning" requires looking anew, looking deeper, with a different viewpoint. The reader's viewpoint. What will the reader make of the words you've chosen, the images you're painting?
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 10:35 AM
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Writers who take on a book learn that it is always connected to their lives, some way, somehow. Even if the story is about another planet. Even if the writer is making it all up. We can't write completely outside of who we are, especially when we're spending 300 pages doing so. This means we must face ourselves squarely, look at our motivation for our project, as well as any oh-so-personal obstacles to getting there.
It requires being alone with our creativity. Writing retreats are great places for this to happen.
Part of the luxury of a writing retreat is being able to slow down. Madeline Island is
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 10:52 PM