Visiting the Past

When I was a kid, I would order the same food, have the same snacks, etc. for years on end. For a solid decade of eating at restaurants, I ate spaghetti and meatballs. Didn’t matter where we were or what the occasion was, if spaghetti and meatballs was an option, I was having it. Some... Continue Reading →

The Search and The Reading

Last week I received a few more rejections from agencies I’ve queried. It’s exciting because each rejection is one step closer to finding the right agent to partner with. It’s important to me because I have always enjoyed the partnership that comes with working with someone who knows a thing better than I do and... Continue Reading →

Balance

I knew it was the right choice, both to let the book I'd been trying to read go and the manuscript I'd been trying to work on go, because of the change I felt when I did. I picked up a new book and instead of fighting to make connections, the book I started reading... Continue Reading →

The Journey of Progress

The definition of progress does not, to my surprise, include backward movement.  The definition of progress is to make forward momentum and movement toward a goal.  In my mind, ESPECIALLY when applied to the pursuit of writing, progress is defined as forward AND backward movement.  Do we not write 50,000 words to chop and hack... Continue Reading →

Realigning the Why

It's amazing what happens when I remember the why. I was struggling with where to begin my revisions, where to start, and I was so stuck in my frustrations with how this story was just "not good." I started to spiral, and forced myself to step back and take a deep breath. I thought about... Continue Reading →

Jumping In

This week I started revisions on the first novel I tried writing. It's a story I started around seven years ago. I'd tried to finish it several times until setting it aside last year. I felt the pull to go back and finish it at the end of last year and decided it would be... Continue Reading →

Read Through Revising

It's such a funny thing, to know something and then for it to happen when you're not thinking of it.  I'm re-reading SB for the revisions it needs, and as I was reading a paragraph, I was struck by how much I wasn't seeing or hearing or smelling in this particular scene.  I was describing... Continue Reading →

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