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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Goals for Quarter 3

Quarter 3 for my writing goals cover December, January, and February.  My focus at the beginning of this quarter marks a major shift from what I've been focusing on for the past year and a half.  My main focus leading up to this point has been on creating content.  I knew I wanted to have... 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 →

NaNoWriMo 5

Day 26-Daily Word Count- 1,832.  I broke 45,000 words!  Less than 5,000 to go! Day 27-Daily Word Count- 786. Short and sweet today. I wrote one scene for two of my main characters and wanted to take my time to create that scene. Tomorrow it will be time for them to move on and we... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep- Week 4

This week, I framed out the notes for the three acts of my story for NaNoWriMo.  I followed the exercises from chapter two of Fast Fiction, and was able to flush out more of the unknowns.  One of the things I love to do when I'm planning to write a story, is ask questions. It's... Continue Reading →

In the Story

I've been writing this week, filling in gaps and steadily completing manuscript 1.  One of the chapters I've been working on in act 2 is key in understanding why and how one of my characters is different than everyone else in their world. The characters are going to a place to see what makes the... Continue Reading →

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