Writing, The Small Victories

I finally finished the chapter/scene I’ve been working on for months now. It happened all at at once after many small sessions. The monumental effort it took to finish this chapter felt disproportionate to what it usually takes, but I know that’s not a unique case. Last week a very good friend of mine called... Continue Reading →

Querying, Updating the Tracker

This week I received another rejection. It was great because it both reminded me that my work is out there, being read (if not for a long, long while) and that I need to continue querying to keep getting rejected. Of course, rejection is not the end goal in querying. I query (sending out letters... Continue Reading →

2021/2022 Goals Reflection

My goals from July of 2021 through this June changed in so many ways. Looking back on what I thought would happen and what I’d hoped to accomplish and comparing it to what actually happened and what I was able to accomplish is really difficult. Few things match up and none of it truly encompasses... Continue Reading →

Critiques, Reviewing Feedback

One of the most helpful things when I am revising is looking back over the feedback I’ve received on previous drafts of the piece. The challenge I always find myself battling when I get there though, is finding it and the process of reviewing it in a way that helps me during the project. As... Continue Reading →

Revising, Confronting Old Setbacks Anew

Last week as I was revising, I felt the familiar hesitation creeping into my writing space. I sighed, knowing exactly what it was, and kept working. At some point though the feeling started filling the space and I knew I needed to confront it. There is always a moment (usually several) during a writing project... Continue Reading →

Revising, Returning to the Story

Last week I went back to my desk, opened my story notes binder, and returned to my story. It felt like letting out a long sigh and a tension I didn't know I'd been holding released from my shoulders. My characters were waiting for me and together we waded into the words. There is a... Continue Reading →

Stories, Sickness, and Self

The migraine I’d been suffering from week before last turned from a two day episode to a nearly five day episode. To say that it rattled me and my plans slightly would be an understatement. I’ve always said it’s important to be honest about whatever sickness or things that come up and limit my time... Continue Reading →

Stories in Every Way

Last week was about stories. The stories I’m writing, the stories I’m seeking representation for, and the stories I come from. I worked last week on revising MS:TS, querying MS:D, and starting a project recording a family member’s stories. It was a learning process in moving from one seat to the next, sometimes literally as... Continue Reading →

Revising, Working with Time

Each major revision, I'm learning, takes a bit of customization to my process to fit the most current project I'm working through. Having a process is key, but it is not what will get the job done completely. Last week, as I was struggling to finalize the new outline for the manuscript, to wrestle out... Continue Reading →

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