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On Summer Camp, Dance, and Resisting the Rocks

Jan 25, 2021

By Christine Carron

Two summers in college, I worked at a summer camp for girls in Grand Isle, Vermont. New campers arrived every two weeks. When they got down to the dance cabin, the campers were surprised that I expected them to dance. Evidently, the previous dance counselor let them pick up rocks along the beach during dance class. 

Which meant there I was, a college student with a vision that these girls would be putting on a recital in two weeks, each age group doing one dance number. And on the opposing side? The campers, ranging from age six to sixteen, who had the vision that...

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On Being a Sometimes Down But Never Out Unicorn

Jan 18, 2021

By Christine Carron

On the writing journey, one of two things is going to happen. 

Option #1: You’re going to be one of those magical unicorn writers who has an idea, gets the novel written and revised by the end of the following week, sends it to your dream agent the next day, gets signed by said agent the same day, and the following day there’s a bidding war with all the big publishing houses, which results in a multi-zillion dollar deal. 

Option #2: You’re going to be one of those magical unicorn writers who gets knocked down by tough twists and...

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On Quiltgate and Story Utility

Jan 11, 2021

 By Christine Carron

When I was seven’ish, my grandparents brought me to a bingo event crowded with mostly old people. Though, to a seven-year-old, anyone not easily identifiable as kid age is old. So who knows for sure? Luckily, historical accuracy on that particular point is not required for this post’s purpose.

The part that is important is that after hours of sitting at a long table putting the little plastic discs on B-12, G-59, I-19, etc. the magic happened. I won! I scrambled out of the chair, my little hand pressed over the discs and card, ran up to the Bingo...

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On Bulbing, Blooming, and Wacked Bulb-to-Bloom Ratios

Jan 04, 2021

By Christine Carron

Patience is the last of the five Goodjelly Moves, completing the circle of skills that help you ace the writing adventure. Here’s the tricky bit: You cannot do patient. You just are (or are not) patient. A truth that got me thinking about tulips.  

In November, my friend (and fellow writer) Sharon planted a hundred tulip bulbs. To bloom in all their glory, tulips require a months-long, cold dirt bath. As far as I know, Sharon has not installed under-earth cams to live feed the progress of the bulbs. She trusted that she did her part and is now letting...

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On Embracing Grace On Your Writing Adventure

Dec 28, 2020

By Christine Carron

Grace is the fourth of the five Goodjelly Moves. I love all the Moves, but I do have a special fondness for Grace. Mainly because when I was testing out the concept of The Moves with early readers, most of the comments I received were about Grace. They wanted Grace to be a “P” word, to follow the pattern. Clearly, I didn’t bend on Grace. Why?

Because Grace is a little different. Of all the Moves, Grace is the one that’s most reliant on allowing, on trusting, on accepting that everything on this writing adventure isn’t under our control. Many...

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On Snail Pace and Other Process Misconceptions

Dec 21, 2020

By Christine Carron

Process is the third of the five core Goodjelly Moves. I’m a process improvement consultant by trade, so there was pretty much no way the Moves wouldn’t contain Process in one form or another. That bias aside, I comfortably assert that Process—loosely defined as both the structure of things and the way of doing things—is inescapable on a writing adventure.

Take even the decision of what to write. If you decide to write a haiku versus a novel, you have chosen a different structure. Additionally, you will engage in a different way of doing...

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On Not Being A Taxi If You Don’t Want to Be A Taxi

Dec 14, 2020

By Christine Carron

One of the core Goodjelly Moves is Power. Writing a novel takes serious solitude fortitude. Day after day, it’s just you, the page, and the story waiting for you to get its glory translated into sentences, scenes, and chapters. But, of course, solitude is only part of the process. 

There’s a whole lot of collaboration involved in the making-a-book process as well. To ace collaboration without getting resentful, overextended, or discombobulated, it’s important to set and keep good boundaries.  In order to do that, it’s important to...

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On Creating GOTAV Balance

Dec 07, 2020

By Christine Carron 

One of the core Goodjelly moves is creating Possibility. You can create Possibility in the context of your entire writing adventure or in your writing itself. In this post, we are zooming in on the writing, to the details of description itself and the possibilities that come for us, and for our readers, when we use all of our senses in our stories. To do that well, it helps to tend to the GOTAV balance.

Note: No need to google GOTAV, I just made it up. (Though I just googled it to make sure I had actually made it up.)

What is GOTAV?

  • Gustatory
  • Olfactory
  • Tactile
  • A...
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