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Feedback Fueling Revisions

All it takes is one well-thought out question to set your mind running a different path than the one that your character was walking.  It's one of the most valuable things about having test readers and sharing work- the questions that lead you to those eureka moments about your characters.  Going through the feedback from... Continue Reading →

Why I Plan and Revising

I spend a lot of time creating goals and planning because the return on investment is exponentially great. Setting my intentions keeps me motivated. It also gives me a system of checks and balances that keeps me from getting overwhelmingly negative should I fall short (which happens frequently) of the goals I've set. Having plans... Continue Reading →

A Year in Review, First Edition

Last year on June 10, 2018, I posted my very first blog called From the Beginning.  Today marks one full year of tracking and sharing my writing journey. It's been quite a year, both professionally and personally. There's a lot to celebrate, a lot to plan, and A LOT to learn from. First and foremost,... Continue Reading →

Journaling

When life gets crazy, fall back to the journal. I've said it before: it is a safe place to go when all else is complicated and out of reach. And this week definitely qualified as such. The week consisted of an impromptu travel excursion and three of our four family members falling prey to a... Continue Reading →

Getting Ready to Query

There's a tension and an anticipation unlike any I've felt yet with this next step. I've spent so much time focusing on my writing, bettering my craft, revising, writing more, revising more, making goals, and it's all for this. I am going to send my first official query letter in a matter of weeks. It's... Continue Reading →

Music and Writing

The story idea that I was hit with at the conference is in Scrivener and the playlist I made is a powerful soundtrack. Each song carries a memory or emotion that engulfs me, tumbling me along until I surface only to be swallowed again by the next one. I know as I write that those... Continue Reading →

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