A Writer’s Notebook: a slew of writing prompts

This week I’m working on several things at once, and all the writing I’m doing is destined (I hope) for other publications. But true to the Notebook, all the work also is written from prompts. So I thought I’d share links to the places whose prompts I’m working with. In Between Altered States: Open-ended prompts for veryContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: a slew of writing prompts”

A Writer’s Notebook: newspaper/object story

This is the beginning of something, but where it goes, I don’t yet know: When I was in college I bought pot from a guy who kept turtles in a kiddie pool on his sun porch. I forget how many altogether, but he had at least a dozen in there. All kinds, too — aContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: newspaper/object story”

A Writer’s Notebook: a blank page

I’m regifting. Last year, the Writer’s Notebook fell on Christmas Eve, so I put on my sweatpants, poured a cup of hot cocoa, and begged off writing for the day. And I offered you, my readers, a blank page for a Notebook entry. This year, it’s the day before Christmas Eve, and I’m wearing jeans,Continue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: a blank page”

A Writer’s Notebook: photo poem

It’s a photo exercise, but unlike previous versions, this one is a poem. And I have a reason for doing it. But, as usual, first the photo (this time an animated gif!): We stood in the street and watched the roof burn. The ridgepole a perfect line of flames, reaching like children for candy atContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: photo poem”

A Writer’s Notebook: poem from an old notebook (Retro #1)

I’m in a strange place this week. Recuperating from NaNoWriMo, wrapping up a fall term of teaching and grading final exams, and warming up my design skills for my first run as Jersey Devil Press‘s new production editor. So this week, I’m digging into my huge stack of physical pen-and-paper notebooks and posting an oldContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: poem from an old notebook (Retro #1)”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, the recap

So, it’s finished. A final total of 51,557 words, most of them bad, most of them destined for the trash bin. But that’s what NaNoWriMo is all about: pounding out words no matter how bad they are, without attachment to what you write because you’re more likely than not to cut it all anyway. What’s interestingContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, the recap”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 3

I’ve said before that I want this whole apocalyptic novel-in-stories to focus on the characters and their personal struggles more than on the trappings of the whole apocalyptic genre thing. Which is to say, I don’t want to eat up much page space with descriptions of the apocalyptic environment or background on how the worldContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 3”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 2

This has been a strange week. If you’re following my daily word counts, you’ll see a lot of spikes and dips: on days I teach, my word count plummets, sometimes into the mere hundreds; then, on days I don’t teach, it leaps up as I try to make up for lost time. So far I’mContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 2”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 1

I’m on day four of National Novel Writing Month. And it’s been a good but strange few days, because while I have a table of contents already and a relatively solid idea of what I’m writing about — the apocalypse, and, now that I’ve done some quick-and-dirty background research and settled some things in my head,Continue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 1”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo table of contents

In just a few days, National Novel Writing Month will begin. So of course I’m gearing up. I have a lot of explaining to do about what you’ll see on the “notebook page” below, but I don’t want to front-load all this. Better just to give you the list, and then I’ll explain everything below. ToContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo table of contents”