The goal of Writing Dangerously is simple: motivation. Pushing myself and anyone who joins me to write more and keep going – to break through to the next level. Like the half life of an atom, many of my projects seem to divide into ever smaller pieces. Sound familiar? So actually finishing projects – and encouraging other writers do the same — is a big focus.
Every day, I’ll be sharing motivational tips, writing advice and lore I’ve gathered, helpful resources, ideas that work for me, and anything else I can think of to juice up my writing life – and yours as well. So slip on your hiking boots and let’s start climbing!
When I was about four, my father gave me a legal pad and a pencil. My first gig: taking down a letter to his imaginary editor, Mrs. Pumpernickel, asking for — what else? – more money! No matter that I couldn’t read or spell yet – I wrote the letter anyway! I’ve been hooked on writing ever since.
My most recent book, Birthing the Elephant: the woman’s go for it! guide to overcoming the big challenges of launching a business, is a how-to handbook for aspiring women entrepreneurs from Ten Speed Press. I’ve also written four other how-to books published by Warner, Henry Holt, Vanguard Press, and McGraw-Hill.
But this blog is aimed at fueling my fiction habit. I have a number of wildly diverse projects in progress: a play about Sojourner Truth; a screenplay about Oscar Wilde; a musical based on a Dreiser novel; a middle school-to-young adult series about a girl named Britomar set loosely in the Renaissance. Sometimes I think of all these unfinished works as colorful shirts hung out to dry on the laundry line of my mind, flapping in the breeze of my wayward imagination. Here comes the sun!