The Journey of Progress

The definition of progress does not, to my surprise, include backward movement.  The definition of progress is to make forward momentum and movement toward a goal.  In my mind, ESPECIALLY when applied to the pursuit of writing, progress is defined as forward AND backward movement.  Do we not write 50,000 words to chop and hack... Continue Reading →

Realigning the Why

It's amazing what happens when I remember the why. I was struggling with where to begin my revisions, where to start, and I was so stuck in my frustrations with how this story was just "not good." I started to spiral, and forced myself to step back and take a deep breath. I thought about... Continue Reading →

Jumping In

This week I started revisions on the first novel I tried writing. It's a story I started around seven years ago. I'd tried to finish it several times until setting it aside last year. I felt the pull to go back and finish it at the end of last year and decided it would be... Continue Reading →

Ushering in a New Decade

That phrase falls from the fingers and lands on the heart in several ways. It feels weighty and full of responsibilities. It also feels light and full of possibilities. It's both OK and important to acknowledge both sides of that reality and allow oneself to contemplate both. This week I did a few things to... Continue Reading →

The Books

I've been fortunate these past few weeks to find myself in several bookstores. When I was a kid, my favorite birthdays were the ones where I received several gift cards to bookstores. My dad would take me and while he was lost in the fantasy section on his own adventuring for paperbacks and hardcovers to... Continue Reading →

Read Through Revising

It's such a funny thing, to know something and then for it to happen when you're not thinking of it.  I'm re-reading SB for the revisions it needs, and as I was reading a paragraph, I was struck by how much I wasn't seeing or hearing or smelling in this particular scene.  I was describing... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 5

Day 25- 2,405- made up for lost steam yesterday and finished the climax. Hooray! Day 26- 3,875- Holy.  Stars.  That was a marathon!  I'm trying to finish this story by tomorrow if at all possible.  I want to have it free of me before I go into Thanksgiving and everything that will follow after. Something... Continue Reading →

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