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Back in the Writing

I'm back in the writing, walking the woods of this manuscript and it feels magical to be in it. Every time I enter this story, I am grateful to be writing it. MS:D (manuscript key discussion here) is set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and it is one of my very favorite places... Continue Reading →

Plot Work and Adding Backstory

While working on the plot of MS:D last week and getting ready to begin writing in the manuscript again, I found a few issues that needed addressing. When I'm writing a story, I know why my characters are doing what they're doing and I know why they are stressed about the outcome of whatever situation... Continue Reading →

Crawling in Sprints to the Finish Line

Finishing this manuscript was challenging in ways I just didn't expect. But, after many ten and twenty minute writing sprints where I watched the word count slowly creep up, I can finally say that the first draft of MS:L is complete! This last week, the last week of writing this manuscript, proved to be a... Continue Reading →

Writing after a Break

Last week I wrote about 9,000 new words in MS:L. It took a minute to get back into the rhythm of working on it, but it felt really good to move the story that much closer to its’ ending. Getting back into a story after taking a break from writing can be a really refreshing... Continue Reading →

Managing Writer Fatigue

There are points during the year when writing fatigue kicks in. Deciding how to react to it, whether it's time to push on through a deadline like during NaNoWriMo or to take a break from the relentless pace I've set myself on, is important both for my own balance and for my stories. I've found... Continue Reading →

Self-Doubt, Realigning, and Pups

Last week presented a few bumps in the road that required realigning of the goals I’d set for the week. Normally, that’s a fairly uncomplicated process. That is, until self-doubt invites itself to the party. 🤦🏻‍♀️ The self-doubt arrived when I completed the one chapter I was able to write before I needed to realign... Continue Reading →

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