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 →

It’s Just a Phase

This is one of those things I started saying A LOT when I became a parent.  Right now, we're dealing with some sleep regression issues with our toddler.  And this is the phrase I've said to myself every night for the past week.  At 1:00 AM.  When she's not sleeping.   And neither am I.  :/... Continue Reading →

Working with the Time Available

Time this week has not been my friend. Getting back into tutoring shifts, preparing for some travel, starting dance competition season, etc have absolutely taken over and working toward my goals has taken a serious back seat. This is a huge issue and the most important thing I can do to work through it, is... Continue Reading →

Sharing Writing

It's a funny thing, the difference between sharing pieces of a story for critiquing and handing off a complete manuscript for a read-through.  There's something so much more revealing about handing over the complete manuscript, knowing that when it's viewed in its entirety, all of the flaws and weak points are out of your control... Continue Reading →

Reflections

Reflections on NaNoWriMo 2018. The NaNoWriMo¬†challenge this year was quite a different journey than last year.¬† There were a lot of differences in my personal life that contributed to that (going back to work, my youngest starting preschool, my oldest in more dance classes and starting dance team) that definitely constricted the opportunities to write,... Continue Reading →

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