Why I Plan and Revising

I spend a lot of time creating goals and planning because the return on investment is exponentially great. Setting my intentions keeps me motivated. It also gives me a system of checks and balances that keeps me from getting overwhelmingly negative should I fall short (which happens frequently) of the goals I've set. Having plans... 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 →

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 →

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