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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 →

Putting in the Time

I got together with my peer critique partner this weekend and we switched manuscripts. It was AWESOME to hear her feedback and questions, to think about the way she viewed some of the characters and action, and really, REALLY eye-opening to hear her thoughts about the story in its entirety. She's the first person to... Continue Reading →

Welcoming March

March always feels like one of the longest month's of the year for me.  This was especially true when I was teaching.  The beginning of March would see us all returning to school after a week long break and the kids (well, yes as a matter of fact, the teachers too) were already chomping at... Continue Reading →

Goals for Quarter 4

It's March at the end of this week.  Oh.  My.  Stars. How the first two months of 2019 have disappeared so fast, I just don't know.  But it has, and I'm rolling along with it.  Or being rolled over by it.  Really depends on the day.  🙂  The beginning of March marks the start of... Continue Reading →

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