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 →

NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 5

Day 25- 2,405- made up for lost steam yesterday and finished the climax. Hooray! Day 26- 3,875- Holy.  Stars.  That was a marathon!  I'm trying to finish this story by tomorrow if at all possible.  I want to have it free of me before I go into Thanksgiving and everything that will follow after. Something... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2019 Prep- Week 3

This story.  I tell you. I love to make soundtracks for the novels I'm writing and each story inspires its' own playlist. I woke up one morning this week with ideas for the playlist for TS running through my head. I grabbed my phone and created the playlist before I forgot any of the songs... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2019 Prep- Week 1

I am so excited to get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!  In case you don't know about the NaNoWriMo challenge, it is a challenge that happens during the month of November where writers push themselves to finish a 50,000 word complete first draft of a manuscript.  This is the blog post I wrote... Continue Reading →

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