Filling the 20,000 Word Gap

So.  I'm happily going along, revising SB, reviewing all the feedback I've received, when I notice a circle on the word count on a draft.  Then a note about word count on another draft.  And then, my brain remembers a conversation from one of our peer critique sessions, when a friend remarked that I should... 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 →

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 →

Post-Conference Tiredness and a Little Fun

This week and weekend were devoted to preparing for and participating in the NESCBWI Spring Conference. I attended the full weekend and it was phenomenal! I love this conference because I always leave inspired by the people I meet, the workshops I take, and the feedback I receive. I'm also inspired by the bravery it... Continue Reading →

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 →

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