Confessions Of A Crazy Car Writer

Careless driver listening to music

I’m writing in my car

Turn on the radio

I pull a thought closer

It just says no

I say that I don’t like it

But I know I’m a liar

‘Cause when I drive

Ooooh-oooh fiiiii-re . . .


You heard me. I write in the car.


Before you scratch your head over a vision of me propping my keyboard on a steering wheel or madly typing text into my phone as I drift across the lanes of the highway, know that I am a car-talker.

That’s right, a car talker.

I talk to myself in my car. I talk to others, too – coworkers, friends, family members, other drivers, my kids, political figures (don’t get me started), celebrities – pretty much anybody is fair game. When my marriage fell apart, I had numerous, lengthy conversations with my ex (none of which he was in attendance for, of course), and God only knows how many times my kids have been spared a lecture only because I already had it without them.

But lately, I’ve started really working through my books this way, having conversations with characters, playing ‘what if,’ sequencing through logistical problems in setting or plot – my car is like my idea zone, where I can muse aloud and blather and pontificate to a captive audience of me.

It’s honestly where I do my best writing, (some of which is occasionally brilliant) but alas, my scumbag brain doesn’t remember half of it, and the half it does remember contains little of the witty dialog or engaging commentary I came up with on the commute into work. It’s a pale echo, at best.

I keep telling myself I should record it all, but then I’d have to actually remember to set my phone to record and then remember to turn it off before I get to the office and that’s not really likely to happen with regularity. I’m lucky if I remember to be fully dressed when I head out the door in the morning (Seriously, I drove to work barefoot once!).

I guess you could say I owe my next book in part to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Whatever works, y’all. Whatever works.

What’s Up Wednesday: Writing And Mentoring

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I have been laugh-out-loud crazy busy. Borderline psychotic, even. What kind of idiot thinks they can fully research and write a first draft in six weeks? This kind, apparently. But the really weird thing is, I woke in the middle of the night a few days ago and had a sudden revelation about a cool plot hook and ever since, the  book has pretty much been writing itself.

So I’m plugging away, and God willing, we’ll have an awesome book (in hardcover!) circa 2019. Continue reading

Are You A Budding Young Writer? Join Me On July 25th At Town Book Center!

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That’s right, I’ll be sitting in with The Young Creatives club at Town Book Center in Collegeville, PA on Tuesday, July 25th from 5 – 7pm, and we’ll be discussing the building of magical and fantastical worlds!

If you’ve got a taste for Fantasy or Sci-Fi, if your writing is rolling in faerie dust and your characters are bigger than the mundane world can hold, come join me at Town Book Center and let’s talk about all things fantastical!

The cost for the session is $5. Town Book Center will provide the space, attendees need to bring their own journal, laptop or chosen medium.

I’m putting my sparkly faerie wings and climbing aboard my spaceship – see you there!

Story Outlines, Story Outlines, Story Outlines . . .

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When typing is problematic, we do things the old-fashioned way. Got derailed on my current project, but post-it notes and a visual outline really got me back on track and sent my plot in a much stronger direction.

Then I got on a roll and had to outline two more projects that are traipsing through my head.

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Today, I am a one-woman writing MACHINE. BooYAH!!

Have a great weekend – see ya on Monday, hopefully with a completed first draft!