WFMAD Day 13 – a dousing rod for your soul

I tried to make a poll this morning, but I couldn’t quite figure it out. Instead, I’m posting some questions below. Please answer in the comments section. If you feel the need to write an essay about any of this, mail it to laurie AT writerlady DOT com.

How many days a week do you write?

How do you claim your writing time?

What is the biggest distraction from your writing?

Do you have a Bubble Buddy?


Today’s advice: You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going on your next adventure, but having a couple of maps will probably prevent a screaming death match in the car.


Today’s prompt: Find the biggest piece of paper you can. If necessary, tape together four our more pieces of notebook paper into a very large square. Now get out pens, crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils.

Draw a map of the neighborhood you lived in when you were a kid, or the neighborhood your character lives in. Start outwith roads and houses. Identify who lives where. Add in gossip about the different families when it pops into your head. Any stores? Where’s the bus stop? Cracks in the sidewalk? What happened on that corner? What did the air smell like? What was the best time of year to live there? Why? Keep writing and drawing and writing and drawing until you have not only a neighborhood map, but a memory map, too.