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The Online Journal of Writer Kate Sykes

Novel Concepts: 3 Techniques for a Faster First Draft

By letting go (temporarily) of your attachment to quality prose, by dumping weighty chapters in favor of scenes, and by taking an agile approach to getting them on paper, you’ll stay light on your feet and keep up your momentum.

January 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Now is Overrated, or How to Refinish a Broyhill Brasillia Dining Room Table

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it up to my crown chakra with all the bloggers, pseudo-therapists, and yoga instructors who keep telling me to stay in the … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Glimpse of the Future

My experience with athletics as a kid provided me with a solid foundation on which to build a lifetime of fitness. I’ve belonged to one gym or another for most … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Elevator Music

Writing is sedentary work. It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole for hours at a time and forget to move. Some people can tolerate this; I go a little … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Natural Advantage

When Ben hands me the kickboard again, I’m pretty sure I’m being sent back to remedial kicking lessons, but he tells me not to worry. “Swimming is really hard. Even … Continue reading

May 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

The more air the better.

It’s almost time for my lesson to start so I go in search of the pool door. Figuring it must be connected to the showers I head back in that … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pow! Take that, Barbie!

I arrive at the pool twenty minutes early because I’m shy about meeting Ben in a swimsuit. My plan is to be in the water before he gets here and … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · 4 Comments