M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest !

in the good old days, writing fantasy was a way to escape the turmoils of my teenage years. now, writing fantasy is breathing through stressful, sad pandemic times

Vous en avez sans doute déjà entendu parler.

Il s’agit d’un défi inspiré d’une déclaration du célèbre auteur Ray Bradbury.

Pendant son discours d’ouverture pour « The Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea », un évènement soutenu par la Point Loma Nazarene University en 2001, il suggéra à l’auditoire d’écrire une nouvelle par semaine, toute l’année.

À la fin de l’année, déclarait-il aux auteurs et aspirants auteurs présents, vous aurez 52 histoires inédites. Et peut-être que deux ou trois de ces histoires seront bonnes.

En visionnant la chaine YouTube d’une auteure qui mentionnait cette anecdote, de petites étincelles de bonne idée ont jaillit.

Une nouvelle par semaine, ça sortirait mes mots de la routine, non? Et peut-être, peut-être, que je finirais avec deux ou trois histoires assez intéressantes pour les proposer à des éditeurs.

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La modération a bien meilleur goût

Ayant déjà des projets d’écritures bien entamés et des objectifs précis, pas d’autre choix que d’y aller aussi mollo que modeste, en plus d’y aller laxisme avec la seule règle du défi!

La nouvelle est un genre avec lequel j’ai peu d’affinité. Rien pour aider, je lis tout au plus un recueil de nouvelles par année. Et encore, quand j’ai la chance de croiser une critique inspirante, sinon…

Seulement, j’ai envie de sortir de mes pantoufles, d’explorer de nouveaux horizons… pas si nouveaux à vrai dire.

Je me suis donnée comme défi d’écrire douze nouvelles… ou contes ou légendes (!) qui prennent racine dans la trame de fond d’un projet de roman fantasy dont je débuterai la rédaction en septembre de cette année.

Du world building en profondeur, quoi!

Au départ, je voulais utiliser ce projet de roman fantasy pour participer à NaNoWriMo, mais finalement, ce sera un projet complètement différent, un polar pour les lecteurs 10-14 ans (que je commencerais la mainteant, mais que nenni pouet poil, faut terminer ce que j’ai commencé d’abord).

Chaque histoire sera publiée sur ce blog le 30 de chaque mois (si je ne m’impose pas de date limite, y’à peu de chance que la moindre nouvelle voit le jour, héhé!) et devra compter au minimum 5000 mots, au maximum 10 000.

Où se projet un peu fou va me mener? Restez branché pour le découvrir!

Merci d’avoir pris le temps de lire et que tous les bons mots soient avec vous, compagnes-compagnons autrices-auteurs!

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As winter settles in, I'm trying to make the best of the time I have to write and get ahead with my writing goals. At least, I try my best. But my best is kinda hard to muster when sleepless night occurs.

Parents, at one point or another, we have all been there.

It’s 1:30 am and kiddo wakes up, claiming its morning already. Therefore, said kiddo refuses straight up to go back to sleep.

Now, at 1:30am, I cannot muster the strength to be neither patient, calm, collected. It just not happening.

When something or someone wakes me up, I’m instantly on nasty mode. And oh! dear fellow writers, was I nasty to that young innocent soul.

So much so that – guess what? Yep, I couldn’t sleep at all. Just what my unkind-nasty reaction and I deserves, I taught.

Around 4:30am, exhaustion got the best of me. But not for long. No more than half-an-hour later, kiddo woke up. For good this time.

Writing Goals VS Reality

On paper, writings goals always sounds do-able. We’re energized, ready to tackle the words by the ten of thousands. Nothing can stop us.

Except, maybe, reality.

I am but the luckiest mama, since I’m able to work part-time and put many hours into what makes my heart truly sings with joy, what makes me feel like I’m at the right place, doing what I’m supposed to do: write.

Nevertheless, when sleepless nights accompanied by guilt / endless questioning my abilities as a parent occurs, it’s a real challenge to go about the workday, let alone meet the daily creative-writing goal.

As daylight shines and goes, my mood will vary from tired to sad to almost depressed.

Inevitably, the writing will reflect that mood. All of a sudden, a full of drive character might just curl in bed and cry over the sad part of is backstory.

No point in spending time writing something I will erase tomorrow, or that could damaged my writing motivation.

Better off putting the pen down… and let exhaustion win?




I dunno, I’m too tired to decided.

Whom Shall Win?

Between exhaustion and creative writing, who then will win?


Today, neither will triumph.

I’ll have to content myself with this blog post, which still took me almost one full hour to put together (geez, is it bedtime already?)

And let’s look at the bright side: since I’ll probably be asleep by 8pm tonight, I’ll get plenty of rest and I’ll be writing-ready to beat my daily writing goal.

Or so I hope.

Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, may all the good words (and the good nights of sleep) be with you, fellow writers, with a special wink and smile to all the mamas, papas and non-binary parents out there.

The writing goals are a must do for me. When the New Year begins, I sit down and plan away to achieve my writing goals.

New Year, New Writing Goal

It’s the beginning of the year 2021. A year of transition, of new hopes.

And a year for finishing some writing projects and starting new adventures.

The writing quest is a never-ending one!

In Short

I geared up. Pen, paper, writing motivation at its best. Ready to planned my writing year and write down my 2021 writing goals.

But one mama writer with a young kiddo at home does not simply sit down and write.

To make a long story short, victim of a hot chocolate mess, pipi mishaps and a felt pen artistic project, the living room couch was drying after a thorough clean up, so I cleared a space on the coffee table, otherwise crowded with art&crafts treasures, grab my rather dull-in-comparison pen and made my first attempt to get to work.

Only to be invaded by a kiddo with a great idea: make a nest for mummy (kiddo watches Peppa Pig a lot), then dress her up for winter… inside.

Since the beginning of the confinement, I’ve learned that the « Mama is trying to work, could you just give me a moment please » argument takes way longer to implement than simply take ten minutes to play.

Plus, I taught, daycare will start again very soon and I’ll have to go back to – everything; day-job, launch the new business blog, finish a YA novel, self-publish another one… alouette! 

May as well enjoy the time we’re spending together.

Long story short, yes-yes-yes, I remember. Now, sitting there, surrounded by an over-happy bundle of joy, the one thing left to do was looking out the windows at the neighbor’s bare trees.

Flabbergasting, am I right or am I dang right? But I have point, I swear.

Right there, sitting on my living room floor, I realized that simply do nothing else than taking in the beauty of bare tree branches and the daylight sky, is something I haven’t done in a very, very long while.

Strangely enough, it was like going back in time, when I used to just sit outside at home, looking out a window and daydream the hours away.

I forgot how both peaceful and inspiring it was, to open my heart to the moment.

Kiddos are amazing teachers, aren’t they?

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Writing Goals for 2021

Setting writing goals is a must-do for me. This year however, I also have a publishing goal. Aaaaahhhhh!

Indeed yes, this year on my writing quest, I will enter the Self-Published Author Realm. Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

It means learning and prepping so many new things. Since I’m easily overwhelmed, planning is an absolute necessity.

I’ll be drafting less and revising way more this year. It still writing

  • Finish Revising, Editing, Copyproofing the YA paranormal Redstones House (despite the title, it’s written in French), so I can finally send it to traditional publishers (that only took a year and a half.. *sigh*… but it will happen nonetheless!)
  • Finish re-writing La tour de Norwood. Can you believe it, after all these years working on this project, I’m still not so sure about the title.
  • Start re-writing the BIG fantasy series that’s been sitting there for almost a decade now. Time to retrousser mes manches and write it. That writing project is a major one for me. Maybe THE major one. I doubt I will ever get myself into such a big writing project again.
    But then, who knows what the writing future holds!
  • Finish drafting a mystery-fantasy-with-a-retro-twist MG novel. This one is super exciting, although it might take several months before I get to work on it since I’m planning to…:
  • Write and self-published a RomComXmas novel! That’s the big 2021 both writing and publishing and marketing challenge.

It seems like a crazy amount of work. Maybe it is. A lot of these writing projects are well underway. I simply haven’t put in the time required to finish them.

Something I believe I’ll be able to do but for which I’m NOT gonna crazy stressed about. In 2021, my most important writing goal is to have FUN writing.

Dear fellow writers, I’m very grateful that you had take the time to read this post.

May all the good words be with you.

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