Tag Archives: writing process

Morning Pages: Don’t Speak. Don’t Judge. Don’t Fall Asleep.

Browsing through the AMW blog, I came across the title, “Morning Pages: Don’t Speak. Don’t Judge. Don’t Fall Asleep.” And I thought, What a cute title. I wonder who the author is. A couple of clicks later I discovered the author … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Banishing Lazy Words by Terry Shames

This week we have a guest blogger, friend and fellow mystery writer, Terry Shames! Terry grew up in Texas, and has an abiding affection for the people she grew up with and the landscape and culture of the town that … Continue reading

Posted in Guest post, Mysteries, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why I’m Not a Journalist

The Good Old Days. Let’s face it: Were things really that good? Yes, they were. Those ’70s television sit-coms were the best things ever. I’m binge-watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran from 1970 to 1977. It was funny then … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Keep Writing Sign

“One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.” ~ Gertrude Stein I’m having a hard time getting this post started. First I wrote a sentence about buying Natalie Goldberg’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shattering a Vase

…it was like taking a vase and setting it down so hard it shatters… ~  Tracy Chevalier When I taught secondary English, grading essays was my least favorite task. I was happy to read them, but assigning letter grades? I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

It’s Not About You

While attending Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD last month, I overheard a small group of authors gathered in the hotel bar discussing the issue of whether family members or friends thought a character was actually a portrayal of them. It … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

The Writing Process: The Wisdom of Darrell Royal and Lessons from a Jack Russell Terrier

Most people don’t believe it, but I was almost thirty years old, and had been teaching English for seven years, when I discovered I possessed a writing process. I learned about it in a special summer program for teachers of English at the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Valentine to Writing

Five members of Austin Mystery Writers post here regularly, and I sometimes wonder whether you readers know which of us is which. So I’m going to clear up any questions  concerning my identity. I’m Kathy. I write about angst. Any … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments