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 →

Reset and Realign

When I come back from a conference where I've spent close to 16 hours for multiple days in a row working, socializing, thinking, etc, I crash.  Hard.  I spent the first couple of days this week unpacking both my suitcase and my mind, and fighting the urge (sometimes unsuccessfully) to pass out on my couch... 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 →

Sharing Writing

It's a funny thing, the difference between sharing pieces of a story for critiquing and handing off a complete manuscript for a read-through.  There's something so much more revealing about handing over the complete manuscript, knowing that when it's viewed in its entirety, all of the flaws and weak points are out of your control... 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 2

Day 5-Daily Word Count- 1,732. I had to break from one chapter to the next today. Typically, I try to write one chapter per day, but I had to do it differently. Tomorrow I will continue the chapter I started today. I didn't know the full motivation for why my main character is doing what... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 1

Day 1- Daily Word Count- 1,937 words.  I was able to go back and reread the whole thing because it wasn't so late.  I don't know how many days I'll be able to keep that up. 😳 Day 2- Daily Word Count- 2,051 words.  I fought myself A LOT tonight on trying to get the... 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 →

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