I'm not coordinated enough for juggling. However, despite my creative left-brained tendencies, I thrive on organization, to-do lists, and time blocking. I've talked about those before in this blog. Those routines take a long time to establish, however, sometimes years. Last year I got up and wrote every day, and in 2018 I got up … Continue reading Coronavirus, grad school, and other things that stop writing.
Pre-dawn is my time. I wake up at 4:30 a.m., french press my coffee, feed the animals, get a tall glass of water, sometimes enjoy a mandarin orange, and then do something productive. In 2018 that productive thing was go to the gym for an hour and run five miles. In 2019, that productive thing … Continue reading Wake up! Time to Query.
The eternally-wise "they" say that you get rejected 99 times before you get a buy in on your novel or submitted piece of work. But even knowing this intellectually, getting a pass on a manuscript still sucks. For me, the first couple were a particular drag. It's like getting dumped after the first date. On … Continue reading Query Rejections
After spending a few years playing around with the idea of writing fantasy (and then writing several fantasy manuscripts that I wound up shelving) I decided to go all in with contemporary YA. I knew by the first outline that I was a stronger writer in contemporary YA, I'm going to credit (blame?) my first … Continue reading Fantasy vs. Contemporary
I've spent the last three weeks off my routine and it's been driving me crazy. I've always been a morning person, preferring to go to bed early and wake up early. Even in high school and college, assignments were completed in the pre-dawn hours, and this was before I liked coffee. The ever-shifting hours of … Continue reading This Writer’s Routine
When I decided to go to the 2019 Writer's Digest conference, it was 95% due to their Pitch Slam event. If you are unfamiliar with conference pitching events, they're basically a supplemental feature to a writing conference where writers get a very short amount of time to pitch their work to agents who are open to considering … Continue reading The Writer’s Digest Conference Pitch Slam Experience
I write things constantly that the blog gets neglected. Sorry!
As I am currently unrepresented by an agent and editor-less, I have to establish my own deadlines. Here's why this is a challenge: I started my career in news, which consisted of constant deadlines from like, 50 sources. By the time I left news for good a few years ago, I seriously had not ever … Continue reading Deadlines and Due Dates
The first draft of my latest attempt at a novel has (among others) the following characters: A black school shooting survivor A sikh young man A transgender young man A person with Tourtette's Syndrome A domestic violence survivor A hispanic woman with a PhD A lesbian A gay man A black man in the military … Continue reading Writing Marginalized Groups
I set the rather auspicious goal of completing a totally new manuscript over winter break, which was about two weeks. I didn't start from scratch- I had a solid outline I'd been tweaking off and on for a few months and a few thousand words. I figured if I had first mess of a draft … Continue reading Goals: Achieved and Set