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 →

Now the Journey Really Begins

I am sending out my first query letters.  THIS.  WEEK. This is the first step in the journey of turning my passion into my profession.  Where I start sending my words out into the world and inviting people (beyond my loving husband and band of trusted critique ladies) to enter the worlds that I've created... Continue Reading →

Lost in the Craft and Listening

This week I had a really difficult time coming out of the craft and getting into the writing. Not only was I working on writing/revising, I was also working on querying. I was jumping from mindset to mindset, writer one minute, editor the next, desperately trying to attain the third-party objective view of my work... Continue Reading →

Revising the Revised

Redundant?  Probably.  But REALITY for all writers?  I'd bet a lot of things, yes. I am still trying to figure out if there's a better way to dive into revising, or if rather there's a way to make the process more of a "process" with a thing to do first and then a thing to... Continue Reading →

Contemplating the Path it Takes

I've found myself questioning the timeline of when and how those artists, writers, entertainers, YouTubers, etc. that I admire started living into their passions. For instance, we were watching The Labyrinth the other night (a VERY special movie for my husband and I) and as I was watching David Bowie sing Dance Magic Dance, I... Continue Reading →

Chasing the Words

So, here's a fun thing.  I have 20,000 words to write this month.  I've scheduled out the days I can write, and what my approximate word count for each of those sessions on those days should be to hit that goal.  The second day I was tracking, I went to check my word count.  -104. ... Continue Reading →

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