The 10-minute gift

Today I start actually writing the first draft of my work in progress (cleverly named WIP, when it’s not the %^#@! book), and guess what came through my Facebook feed – a wonderful post that applies exactly, directly to me. It’s aimed at academics, people with graduate degrees working in university environments, and that’s totally me (well, I work in a community college environment, but aside from a shift of workload from research to extra teaching, the basic idea is the same). It’s about using those 10-15 minute time gaps for writing. I will absolutely be applying this to my own writing as the academic year starts up again WAY too soon! Read it here:

The Value of 10 Minutes, by Gregory Semenza.

Thank you, Dr. Semenza!

A few good blogs

I have some blogs I find useful as sources of tips and inspiration:

I’ve got these three on my feed and often find myself making notes in various files of tips that I keep. I’m always on the lookout for more ideas, so if you know of good blogs I should be reading, let me know!

Hello World!

So I’m starting a new blog dedicated to my writing, instead of to my reading. I’ve been writing a novel for about, oh, 20 years plus. I’ve started it and fizzled God knows how many times. This time, though, I’m determined to finish! I’ve got a general outline and have sketched out scenes past the midpoint, and I know what the ending is going to be, so I really think it will work. Time (and this blog) will tell. My goal here is to have someplace to talk about the struggles in writing the book (officially “the #*@%^! book), what I have learned about writing, and in general whatever touches on my writing life. Whether anyone ever reads this or not, it will give me something to write when there’s nothing else to write!