Archive

Listed are the posts for June 2013.

Summer Distractions

When the idea struck me for this post, it was loaded with the intention of writing about strategies for dealing with distractions. And now 5 days have gone by in which I’ve gotten nearly ZERO writing done, proving beyond a doubt that I don’t have any effective strategies for beating distractions. Then this morning on […]


17,200 Days and Counting

That’s how many days I’ve been alive. How many days have you lived so far? Go to www.therobertd.com and use the calculator on the home page to find out. Go ahead! I’ll play a game of Freecell while I’m waiting… Oh good, you’re back! You probably noticed Robert D’s book while you were visiting the website, […]


Creating Routines

What an oxymoron the title of today’s post is! As an obsessively creative person who gets bored easily, routine is the last thing I want to create. Or use. Or even think about! But without a minimal amount of routine in my life, everything becomes unmanageable. So, what to do? Establish routines that meet 2 […]


Shifting Paradigms = New Stories to Tell

A little background first: sitting in church the day after my daughter’s first karate class, I had a vision of a grand battle. The characters who introduced themselves to me were an elite mother/daughter team of warriors. Who were these women? Who or what were they fighting? Why? Because of the setting I was in […]


The Novel Implied

“Look closely at your book and make sure that you want to see the novel it implies.”   ~Walter Mosley, This Year You Write Your Novel I take this quote a step further. When I look at my book ideas, I make sure that I want to read the novel that is implied. I have […]


World-building for Readers

Science fiction and fantasy writers live in worlds of their own creation for every story. They are expected to create other-worldly rules, creatures, elements, and characters. Magic and charms are common. What about writers of other genres? Each story, regardless of genre, contains a unique world of its own. Writers use a variety of techniques […]


Focus on Good Writing

Well, I’m back after a bit of a hectic hiatus. I don’t know if that’s an oxymoron, or perfectly normal but no, it was not a vacation! After much soul-searching, I’ve had to admit that I don’t want to blog about academic writing. While teaching is… alright… and I have some incredibly fun students in […]