A Year in Review, 4th Edition

It’s been four years since I started sharing about my writing journey. There isn’t much about my writing that has gone exactly as I’d planned and, with all of the ups and downs, I’m grateful for that. I started sharing about my writing because I wanted to read about and see what a writer really... Continue Reading →

Rearranging Our Space

It’s not usually an easy process to rearrange space. Start to finish there are things that need to be moved, things that need to be let go of, and things that need a special new space to occupy. Beginning that process in our office area last week was no different. I spent the whole of... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Revisions, Mapping the Rewrites

Last week I finally started diving into the revisions for MS:TS. I've been dancing around this manuscript for the past few weeks, trying to figure out my way in, and after being sidelined with a cold for a week, I knew it was time to stop hesitating and start working. I realized after I sat... Continue Reading →

Changing the Parting Words

Since I began this blog, I have ended it with the farewell parting of "happy writing." Increasingly though, perhaps over the past year most intensely, those two words have not meant exactly what I mean them to mean anymore. Of course, I wish happiness to my fellow humans. I hope for happiness for those I... Continue Reading →

Considering the Second POV

As a writer who has only written single POV (point of view) manuscripts, contemplating writing a multiple POV story is intimidating. Even with the story presenting as what should have naturally been a dual POV story from early on in the project, the task is something that needs some serious thought before writing begins. Changing... Continue Reading →

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