Deb's Morning Pages

My Writing Life. One Morning at a Time.


A New Season

It’s been awhile. By the date of my last post it’s almost been a year since I posted here. So what have I been doing?

1. Writing. I finished two manuscripts and started a third.

2. Blogging. I’ve been spending time on two other blogs.

3. Reading. Not as much as I would like.

4. Working. Yep, the day job.

What have I realized over this past year?

1. I was able to complete something I thought I couldn’t do – I wrote two manuscripts.

2. I really don’t want to be a blogger, I’m a writer.

3. I have re-adjusted my publishing focus. I have become more interested in independent publishing and I’m intrigued and preparing to make the leap.

4. I love writing.

So what happens this year?

1. I have four new projects I will be focusing on over the next few months.

2. I have signed up for a class that will introduce the basics of independent publishing.

3. I will be attending a writer’s conference in a month.

4. I will be tackling the garden. I expect the time spent out there will help me with brainstorming.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.

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Shih-Tzu (and a Turkey) Saturday

Spring has arrived but it sure doesn’t feel like spring. I woke with the sound of wind whipping through the trees. It definitely sounds more like fall than spring. But the forecast for next week shows temps in the 70s Fingers-crossed because these pups want to get out and have some serious play time and long walks.

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Also, this week Stella returned. I saw her one early morning having breakfast at the bird feeder.

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While we’re waiting on spring to really get here, I thought I’d take a look back at the Blizzard of 2013 and try a new gadget. I created a collage.

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Have a great Saturday!


No Need To Explain

There is no need to explain why your character did something. If you ask somebody to read your work (another writer or reader) and they question a character’s motivation for doing something, don’t waste your time explaining why the character did it unless you need to work through HOW to show your character’s motivation for doing something because clearly you didn’t. Pointing out that in prior chapters/scenes you’d set up the so-called motivation doesn’t cut it. Or, simply say “thank you” and move on. Because if you so strongly believe you have all your ducks in a row, then clearly the person who posed the question will get it. Maybe I don’t get it, but I do know motivation when I see it. And I also know that writing is tough. Hell, critique is tough. But it’s all apart of the job.

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Five Things About Nikki

I’m thinking a lot about the heroine of my current WIP these days. She’s in kinda a tough spot right now. Lets just say that body number two is on the horizon.

Knowing your characters is essential to writing a character driven story. So in thinking about Nikki as I write her story and get to know her, I’ve come up with five things about her that I didn’t know when I started the book.

1. She’s a yogi. She’s a certified yoga teacher.
2. She doesn’t like knitting (when I started the book she did).
3. She lost her best friend when she needed a friend the most.
4. She likes country music.
5. She volunteers.

I’m looking forward to learning more about Nikki as I continue to write her story.

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What things did you learn about your heroine/hero that you didn’t know when you started writing your book?



Today I…

Today I was totally frustrated with this blog. For some reason my photos won’t upload properly, all I get is a file name to click on in order to open up the photograph.

Today I’m finishing up my early start to spring cleaning. One of the things I spent some time on was my exercise video/dvd collection. I did manage to part with some of them. ( I would have shared a picture, but I am unable to due to reasons I don’t know).

Today I Facetimed (not sure if that’s really a word) with my CP, Ellie.

Today I got the pups out twice. First, we ran an errand to get their food. Then later in the day I got them out for a walk. Great day for a walk.

Today I worked on two chapters with the feedback Ellie gave me. I’m really loving this story. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Today I hit the bike for another 20 minutes. We got an exercise bike last week. To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about it.

So, what did you do today?