Do I have a short attention span, or is this a bad story?

The next time you’re watching something and you go to reach for Instagram, stop and grab your writer’s notebook instead. Write down what you’re watching and what was going on when you lost interest. Try doing this every time a story loses you, and you’ll start to see a pattern of what doesn’t work for you. And if it doesn’t work for you, there’s at least a chance that it doesn’t work for other people too. 

What Made My Life Rock in 2015

Wow, so Christmas is in three days.  My house smells nice, there are wrapped gifts under the tree, and I’m focusing the next few days on reading JR Tolkin’s Letters From St. Nicholas.  Also, coffee.  My monsters have one day of school left before vacation, and then we’re going to do all the awesome ChristmasContinue reading “What Made My Life Rock in 2015”

The Writing Life, July 28

You’ve only got two more days to sign up for Thirty Days, Thirty Ideas!  Don’t forget, click here to sign up now! I have come full circle.  I spent a lot of time this week watching Friends with the older of my two monsters.  She’s old enough to get the jokes, and that makes meContinue reading “The Writing Life, July 28”

The Writing Life, July 21

Don’t forget to sign up for the thirty days, thirty ideas challenge. Time is running out, August is coming!  Click right here to sign up.  Hurry up, you’ve only got nine more days! It’s been an interesting week. Just full of ups and downs, and big news things. Well, big to me, at least. .Continue reading “The Writing Life, July 21”

The Writing Life, July 14

Did you sign up for Thirty Days, Thirty Ideas, yet? Do it now so you don’t forget!  Click right here to sign up! My adventures this week included trying dry shampoo for the first time and introducing a new budgeting technique to avoid overdraft fees. There are two reactions to what I just wrote; tellContinue reading “The Writing Life, July 14”

The Writing Life, July 7

One more day until the big announcement. Check us out tomorrow for all the awesome details for something really cool we’ll be doing in August. So, on Saturday something pretty amazing happened. Yes, our country had its birthday and I blew up fireworks and ate greasy food and all that. Way more important, to me,Continue reading “The Writing Life, July 7”

The Writing Life, June 30. Letting some things go

Eight Days Until The Big Announcement! If you’re a long time reader of Paper Beats World, or if you’ve at least been reading since April, you know that I swear off all contests and anthology submissions while I’m working on a rough draft of a novel.  My theory is that I only ever want oneContinue reading “The Writing Life, June 30. Letting some things go”

The Writing Life, June 23

I had a much better week this week guys, how about you? I’m fitting more into the grove of my new schedule, and back to my old self. When you’re a creature of habit like me change can make for some unhappy days. I got through it eventually, though. Things that rocked this week *Continue reading “The Writing Life, June 23”

The Writing Life, June 9

This last week has been pretty eventful, let me tell you.  So eventful, in fact, that I’d like to spend some quite time with some red wine and Insurgent, which I am still not done with.  But I don’t think that’s actually going to happen.  Here’s why. First of all, I got a super greatContinue reading “The Writing Life, June 9”