What Sign Language Interpreting Taught Me About Writing

In the college I attended as a Deaf Studies major, sign language interpreting students  would spend their first two years learning American Sign Language (ASL) then spend the next two learning to interpret. Learning ASL - though challenging - was not ridiculously difficult for me. Interpreting, though, required an entirely different skill set. When I… Continue reading What Sign Language Interpreting Taught Me About Writing

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Week 2 Surprises

I definitely hit that second week slump. But I kept up with my goal of writing 2k words per day. Slowly but surely, my plot is starting to take shape. I've really enjoyed not being confined to one voice or one point of view. Jumping around from character to character has helped me flesh out… Continue reading Week 2 Surprises

Writing without (self) judgement

I set a simple goal for NaNoWriMo 2017. Write 2,000 words every day. Then I made a strict no-delete policy for myself. This means that sometimes I end up saying the same thing three different ways, just because each sentence has led me a little closer to the actual thing I want to say. Everything… Continue reading Writing without (self) judgement

Writing without an Outline (Eek.)

As I hinted in Sunday's post, I kept my prep really simple for NaNoWriMo. I don't have plot details fleshed out, character lists, and my backstory is super minimal. My perfectionist self was freaking out a little (okay, a lot), but today, when I sat down around 10:15, writers' block was nowhere to be found. I hit… Continue reading Writing without an Outline (Eek.)

NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s that time of year. I’m sipping tea out of a giant owl mug and I’m getting ready for my first November participating in National Novel Writing Month! When I was in school, my English department used to run a version of NaNoWriMo during the summer, because as college students we were usually too busy in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

I got to see one of my literary heroes in person last night. Needless to say, it was a bit surreal. Margaret Atwood is, if possible, even more wry & witty in person than in her books.‬ She began her lecture by recounting the ways that The Handmaid’s Tale has been adapted to modern culture.… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

Writing for Online Book Club

I’ve recently started writing book reviews for OnlineBookClub.org. So far, it’s been a great experience. I thought I’d share some thoughts on the process with my book-loving friends. The books are free as long as you write an honest review. And once you’ve been doing it for a while, you even have the chance to… Continue reading Writing for Online Book Club

Dabbling in Fiction

Fiction is NOT my forte. I'm much more inclined toward memoir/essay writing. But I promised my writing partner that I'd crank out a piece of fiction in August, and I did. Here's the premise: Mary has a rare disease that causes her to "lose" words. Once forgotten, they are lost forever to her mind. They can’t… Continue reading Dabbling in Fiction

Sensing

Here's a quick poem I wrote this morning. I've been working on mindfulness lately, and I've been struck with the overwhelming nature of entertainment in our culture today. I often find it bombarding its way into my mind and taking over before I even realize it. It can be hard to pursue the practice of mindfulness when our attention… Continue reading Sensing