JANUARY 6 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallWe come out of a dreamy early morning with a renewed impetus to expand our writing. It’s a great day to work on character development. What motivates them? What holds them back? How can a character flaw early in your story become an asset later on (or vice versa)? How does your character reflect the larger world and theme of your story? If they don’t, maybe you need another protagonist. You don’t need their complete life story with all the details; you just need the relevant bits. Character development is work that is well worth the effort.

JANUARY 5 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallVenus and Mercury in Aquarius gives our ideas a sparkle and our writing a graceful ease early this morning. Because Venus and Mars are also sextiling Saturn, we have the ability to be responsible and get some real work done. This afternoon, tension arises between impulsive action and our need to nurture ourselves. Write very early this morning, and then knock off around mid-afternoon and pamper yourself. Don’t push it this evening. It will be more trouble than it’s worth. And anyway, you deserve a break.

JANUARY 4 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallIt’s a dynamic day today. You’ll go from confusion to possibility to obstruction to realistic hope, all before lunch! Then the Full Moon in Cancer this afternoon activates the Uranus/Pluto T-square flinging us from shock into revolutionary optimism. If you write intense action thrillers, this is the day for you to shine. Also, anyone writing about the future of social institutions or international politics will do well. Try to stay nimble today because the tides turn quickly and often. Try to ride the waves of shifting emotions and ideas. It may be best to take notes today and polish your work another day.

JANUARY 3 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallThis morning and this evening will feel like polar opposites. This morning, we are mentally sharp, and it’s a good day for editing or anything that requires attention to detail. Moon in Gemini trine Mars in Aquarius gives us mental agility, but it could also give us some irritability. Venus moves into Aquarius later this morning smoothing the mental waters, though, so we can get some work done. This evening, as the Moon enters Cancer, we become more emotional than mental. Pour your feelings out onto the page. Grab a box of tissues and write those sad scenes tonight. Try not to drip tears onto your keyboard.

JANUARY 2 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallToday is a pivot point where you stop forcing your writing into old molds. You see the new direction that is opening up right in front of you. It’s not that you throw away the outline you’ve been working so hard on. It’s that you expand it with new, exciting and relevant material. Mental expansion is the order of the day. If you think you’ve said everything there is to say about your subject. Think again. There’s more to say if you look for it, and fresh ways to say it.

JANUARY 1 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallIf you thought you were going to just sit down and toss off a few easy words today, think again. While Moon in Gemini just wants to write along the surface of things, Saturn conjunct Pallas in Sagittarius wants us to see the bigger picture. Where your emotions want to write about the small, everyday occurrences and the little stories about what happened at the grocery store, Saturn demands that you look at how those little stories fit into a grander one. This will feel frustrating and demanding until an “aha” moment arrives after supper that could motivate you to write into the wee hours. Your mind suddenly opens to see vistas of wider possibility for your work. Not a bad way to ring in the first evening of the New Year!

DECEMBER 31 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallMoon trine Pluto today makes us optimistic about recent changes. The day is full of shifting emotions and thoughts, as if we can’t believe the magnitude of what has actually happened. Write about characters accepting big changes and trying to orientate themselves within a new world structure. There will be uncertainty combined with bouts of elation, worry mixed with hope. New plans will be made, reworked, then clarified and reworked again. A T-square with Moon in Taurus makes us aware of the significance of what has happened. Write about that.

DECEMBER 30 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallToday, we’re still integrating the big changes that have occurred, but we’re starting to get hopeful again. We see that a commitment to helping each other is the way forward. You could be writing fiction about families bonding or writing non-fiction about political solutions. Write about people coming together and finding common ground today. Sun trine Moon in earth signs makes this more than just warm and fuzzy feelings. Concrete answers to real problems are possible now.