Sad for you that you are now forced to contrast my first entry with Laurie's. Between some personal life upheaval and a cold/flu bug my preschooler and I have been battling for more than three weeks now, I have just weathered my first extended writing drought in three years.
Actions we've taken as writers. Where are we? What are we doing?
The good news is I have been easing back into it and plan to seriously get down to business tomorrow. I too am sadly, sadly behind on my Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival (WWF) goals. (Even sadly-er, I AM a Ruby-Slippered Sister!)
So, goal for tomorrow: Finish rereading the science book that helped inspire my first novel (Ghost Planet) in preparation for starting revisions. I get much of my inspiration from science books, and I tell you, Symbiotic Planet by biologist Lynn Margulis (who was once married to Carl Sagan) is a fascinating read. (By the way, the title similarity was just a fun coincidence!)
Writers are sponges when it comes to soaking up writing tips and tricks. Here's where we squeeze out our sponges for the week.
This may be cheating a bit, but thought I'd point to a post I wrote for the Ruby blog in mid-January: New Year's Resolution for Pantsers. Having finally learned to embrace my own process (or lack thereof), I wrote this post as a sort of group therapy for pantsers. I shared some of my own tools for maintaining sanity while pantsing, as well as some quotes from a favorite pantser who presented a workshop at RWA. There was some lively discussion in the comments.
Also, an excellent post on high concept that Laurie called to my attention: Want to Get High (Concept)?. Very worthwhile.
And this, because I still laugh out loud every single time I read it (and we all need more of that):
Offended By Rank Objectification of Writers
We'll comment back to our co-bloggers on things they've posted on their journals.
Terrific first journal entry, Laurie. I ALWAYS learn something from your Spacefreighters posts.