I powered through and finished hot mess #1. I like it! I feel good about it! It's a book I would like to read, and would have adored and probably read over and over when I was in middle/high school. But now, in order to get other people to read it and hopefully make money … Continue reading The Thing About Query Letters
Yesterday was a bad day. Today is shaping up to be a bad day. It's not the persistent, nagging slow burn of depression or grief, it's just several bad days where things just happen that suck. My trainer quit, for example. I had some family drama to deal with. And my beloved manuscript earned its … Continue reading When crappy days derail NaNoWriMo
Let me start out by saying the "meh" doesn't have to do with the story. It's all about the number of words. In fact, I am in love with my story. I had to stop writing earlier than usual today because I needed to vote before work (go vote, people!) and as I was putting … Continue reading One Week, 8,968 words, Meh.
Today my alarm went off at 5 a.m. I put my feet on the floor before I could talk myself out of it, shoved them into puffy slippers, and shuffled into the bathroom. I fed the cat, let the dog out, got myself a glass of water and sat down to edit. I opened Scrivener … Continue reading Back to Morning Pages
Last weekend I went to my local writer's conference in Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Writers Conference is small, (at least I think it is, I've never actually been to a writer's conference before,) but there was a ton of great ideas, insight, networking, and practice for writers of all types. It was a completely … Continue reading Well, I Submitted
You don’t have to immediately quit your job to become a writer. You need only to start writing. -Cheryl Strayed I started my morning with a cheerful read-in on Facebook. Most days, that's how my morning begins. A short drive or walk to work (often accompanied with a healthy dose of NPR and/or a book … Continue reading Read In, then Start Writing
I guess technically the writing process for me already started, but this blog is new, so let's just say this is the "once upon a time."