Critiques, Reviewing Feedback

One of the most helpful things when I am revising is looking back over the feedback I’ve received on previous drafts of the piece. The challenge I always find myself battling when I get there though, is finding it and the process of reviewing it in a way that helps me during the project. As... Continue Reading →

Revising, Confronting Old Setbacks Anew

Last week as I was revising, I felt the familiar hesitation creeping into my writing space. I sighed, knowing exactly what it was, and kept working. At some point though the feeling started filling the space and I knew I needed to confront it. There is always a moment (usually several) during a writing project... Continue Reading →

Revising, Returning to the Story

Last week I went back to my desk, opened my story notes binder, and returned to my story. It felt like letting out a long sigh and a tension I didn't know I'd been holding released from my shoulders. My characters were waiting for me and together we waded into the words. There is a... Continue Reading →

Planning, Tools and Change

I love a good planner. I love working in a system that supports what I am trying to accomplish and where I am trying to go. While I stick to a specific goal planning process, I always allow for the planning tools I use to change. While I give myself permission to move from one... Continue Reading →

Revising, Characters

Writing a multiple POV (point-of-view) story is an eye-opening experience. There are things I thought I knew, things I didn't, and things that are taking me completely by surprise. Last week as I worked through the first chapter with my second POV character in the narrator's seat, I found that moving into her perspective gave... Continue Reading →

Revising, Setting the Pace

This time around while revising MS:TS, even though I've done a couple of large revision projects, feels so different. That is in large part because it isn't a new expereince for me and I knew what to expect when I started, but it's also because of how I'm setting my pace. This time around I... Continue Reading →

Stories, Sickness, and Self

The migraine I’d been suffering from week before last turned from a two day episode to a nearly five day episode. To say that it rattled me and my plans slightly would be an understatement. I’ve always said it’s important to be honest about whatever sickness or things that come up and limit my time... Continue Reading →

Stories in Every Way

Last week was about stories. The stories I’m writing, the stories I’m seeking representation for, and the stories I come from. I worked last week on revising MS:TS, querying MS:D, and starting a project recording a family member’s stories. It was a learning process in moving from one seat to the next, sometimes literally as... Continue Reading →

Revising, Working with Time

Each major revision, I'm learning, takes a bit of customization to my process to fit the most current project I'm working through. Having a process is key, but it is not what will get the job done completely. Last week, as I was struggling to finalize the new outline for the manuscript, to wrestle out... Continue Reading →

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