I have figured out I can't work 12 - 14 hours come home and do another 2 - 3 hours of classes and then write for an hour or two and then post something. So, until school is out posting will not be as regular as I wanted when I started this blog.
I found a great book, recommended by another site, (don't remember which one, sorry). It is called "Spilling Ink" by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. It is by far one of the best books I have found, especially for teens, on writing.
For Monday's Creative Writing class I had my students "Invite their character's to a sit down, heart to heart talk. I took some of the questions from the book and made up some of my own to ask your character. The first thing my students did was fill out a sheet about themselves and traded with each other. They wrote down answers that they liked that they may be able to use in future books. The second thing they did was start their conversation with their characters. I too did this and found that due to their answers, My first story has taken a couple of side trips that actually enhance the story.
My second book was kind of in a funk. This exercise helped me out. I no longer have 'writer's block when it comes to it. This exercise gave me the information I needed to move ahead.
I have only written 4,328 words since I last posted. But with the way my schedule has been and working on Saturdays as well for the next few weeks. Not bad at all. I am at least moving forward. That is a nice direction to go.