Reset and Realign

When I come back from a conference where I've spent close to 16 hours for multiple days in a row working, socializing, thinking, etc, I crash.  Hard.  I spent the first couple of days this week unpacking both my suitcase and my mind, and fighting the urge (sometimes unsuccessfully) to pass out on my couch... Continue Reading →

Post-Conference Tiredness and a Little Fun

This week and weekend were devoted to preparing for and participating in the NESCBWI Spring Conference. I attended the full weekend and it was phenomenal! I love this conference because I always leave inspired by the people I meet, the workshops I take, and the feedback I receive. I'm also inspired by the bravery it... Continue Reading →

Flexibility in the Revision Process

I started to dig into revising SB this week.  I actually decided to revise the last chapter in the manuscript first. At first, I had this chapter as a something that occurred four years after the story ended, but after my critique partner's notes and thinking about my main character, I realized that wasn't right... Continue Reading →

Letting a Story Go

I have a story, the first that I decided I would turn into a full manuscript, that is still not complete. It's a project I've gone back to multiple times, but each time something has pulled me away again. During those times when the story has sat in a drawer, I've completed other manuscripts and... Continue Reading →

Writing for Joy

I pulled out my journal for a very different reason then I normally do the other day and it made me pause. It made me think about the reasons I grab my journal. I reach for my journal in very specific times. I reach for my journal in times of stress and anxiety. It's my... Continue Reading →

Expanding the Work

Being a writer and becoming a published author involve so much more than the writing of the stories.  It involves editing, revising, working on different aspects of craft, etc.  When I met my peer critique group (and overcame my fear to get myself in the door- see First Steps for more on that process) I knew I'd... Continue Reading →

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