NaNoWriMo Prep 2020 Week 3: Believe

The most important thing a writer takes with them into the NaNoWriMo challenge, is the belief in themselves as a writer. Owning that belief in ourselves as writers is so incredibly empowering and important. It’s important because many of us for a very (sometimes very, VERY) long time will be writing without knowing when or... Continue Reading →

Making Time to Free Write

There is a power and strength to the free write that never ceases to amaze me. It’s funny because I haven’t let myself truly and honestly engage in a free write in a very long while. A free write is a writing exercise where a person writes whatever comes to mind for a certain amount... Continue Reading →

Struggling with Process

Last week, I really struggled with process. So much of me wants to do this revision differently, to create a process where my approach is wide-angled in view and scope. I want to know at the outset that what I'm doing will be different and more effective than what I’ve done before. But every time... Continue Reading →

Revisions, Process, and Creativity

I decided to do a revision and addition to MS:SB. If I’m diving back into this story, I’m going to complete both at the same time. It’s going to be quite the undertaking and last week I was able to mark where my chapters are for easy reference and I made some general notes about... Continue Reading →

Making a Manuscript Key

I want to be able to track this journey of how my stories evolve, but not being able to go back and know which manuscript I was discussing feels problematic. Solution:create a manuscript key. The manuscript key allows me to discuss a manuscript by its catalog number. I don’t discuss my projects by title should... Continue Reading →

An Argument for Archiving

I went into my files this week to pull out one of the first drafts of the manuscript I’m doing a revision on. I was hoping that I'd find a scene I knew I'd cut from the current version in this version I thought I had archived. I didn’t find it in there. I checked... Continue Reading →

Losing My Place

I had an interesting thing happen this week. A dear friend of mine was asking about a manuscript I had sent her the first chapter of a few years ago and how the story had developed. I told her it was complete and she asked if she could read it in its entirety. I was... Continue Reading →

A Year in Review, Second Edition

Starting this blog two years ago turned out to be a natural evolution of chronicling my past. I have journals from the past decade and a half that are a record of the things that have happened to me personally, the evolution of my relationships and family, and the catalog of my goals and dreams.... Continue Reading →

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