Why I Plan and Revising

I spend a lot of time creating goals and planning because the return on investment is exponentially great. Setting my intentions keeps me motivated. It also gives me a system of checks and balances that keeps me from getting overwhelmingly negative should I fall short (which happens frequently) of the goals I've set. Having plans... Continue Reading →

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 →

Journaling

When life gets crazy, fall back to the journal. I've said it before: it is a safe place to go when all else is complicated and out of reach. And this week definitely qualified as such. The week consisted of an impromptu travel excursion and three of our four family members falling prey to a... Continue Reading →

Getting Ready to Query

There's a tension and an anticipation unlike any I've felt yet with this next step. I've spent so much time focusing on my writing, bettering my craft, revising, writing more, revising more, making goals, and it's all for this. I am going to send my first official query letter in a matter of weeks. It's... Continue Reading →

Music and Writing

The story idea that I was hit with at the conference is in Scrivener and the playlist I made is a powerful soundtrack. Each song carries a memory or emotion that engulfs me, tumbling me along until I surface only to be swallowed again by the next one. I know as I write that those... Continue Reading →

Flexibility in the Revision Process

I started to dig into revising SB this week.  I actually decided to revise the last chapter in the manuscript first. At first, I had this chapter as a something that occurred four years after the story ended, but after my critique partner's notes and thinking about my main character, I realized that wasn't right... 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 →

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