Revising, Returning to the Story

Last week I went back to my desk, opened my story notes binder, and returned to my story. It felt like letting out a long sigh and a tension I didn't know I'd been holding released from my shoulders. My characters were waiting for me and together we waded into the words. There is a... 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 →

Stories in Every Way

Last week was about stories. The stories I’m writing, the stories I’m seeking representation for, and the stories I come from. I worked last week on revising MS:TS, querying MS:D, and starting a project recording a family member’s stories. It was a learning process in moving from one seat to the next, sometimes literally as... 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 →

When the Story Splits

In my preparations to begin revising MS:TS, I have made a rather large decision about the story. Largely based on invaluable feedback from critiquing sessions and a class I just finished, plus some serious grappling with the implications of the decision, I have decided to change this manuscript from a one Point of View (POV)... Continue Reading →

Embracing a New Timeline

Going through my goal planning process and breaking it down over the past month has been hugely helpful as I look to the months ahead. With it all in mind, it is time for me to embrace a new timeline moving forward. Traditionally, I set an overview for my entire writing year in May/June of... Continue Reading →

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