NaNoWriMo 2019 Prep- Week 2

Back to working at my daughter's dance studio and it is one of my favorite places to write. I don't have laundry calling me, the dishwasher is not in the next room waiting to be loaded or unloaded, and dinner (on the weeks I've REALLY got my stuff pulled together) is already made and ready... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2019 Prep- Week 1

I am so excited to get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!  In case you don't know about the NaNoWriMo challenge, it is a challenge that happens during the month of November where writers push themselves to finish a 50,000 word complete first draft of a manuscript.  This is the blog post I wrote... 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 →

Setting and Realigning Goals

I just finished my first quarter of 2019-2020, and it was awesome!  Not because I completed the goals as I set them at the beginning of the quarter, but because I realigned my goals to give more time and focus to the ones that will get me closer to querying. Originally, I thought that during... 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 →

Filling the 20,000 Word Gap

So.  I'm happily going along, revising SB, reviewing all the feedback I've received, when I notice a circle on the word count on a draft.  Then a note about word count on another draft.  And then, my brain remembers a conversation from one of our peer critique sessions, when a friend remarked that I should... Continue Reading →

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