Category Archives: My Writing

Blog Update

Anyone who actually tries to follow this blog regularly (bless you) may wonder where I’ve been and if I’ve abandoned this blog. The answer to the latter is definitively no, I have not and will not abandon this blog. The answer … Continue reading

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Resolutions

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had the same New Year’s Resolution: This year, I’ll write my book. Last year, I made a new one (seeing as how that one had never worked): Next year, I will not … Continue reading

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What You Like to Read

Common writing advice states that you should, “write the book you’d like to read.” I think that’s lovely, true advice. But it’s not always as easy to follow as it sounds. The parts of the mind which engage in reading … Continue reading

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Staring into the Abyss: Finding the Plot

So you have an idea. Maybe it’s a character, maybe it’s a world, maybe it’s just a genre—or maybe you’re lucky and it’s a conflict. If you’re anything like me, ideas are everywhere. But stories are harder to come by. … Continue reading

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Micro-Editing, or Why Editing on a Computer is Easier

There comes a point, when you’ve read your work several times, and each sentence seems to work—that you feel like you’re done. And maybe you are. But there’s one other stage of editing that can really only be done on … Continue reading

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The Read-Aloud

It’s a bit of common writing advice to read your work aloud as a part of the editing process. Sounds reasonable enough—it lets you hear your dialogue and whether or not it sounds natural; gives you a sense of clumsy … Continue reading

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Return

Hi All! Took a week off, got nothing done, of course. 🙂 But I’m slowly (hopefully surely) building towards a new project while I’m still waiting on some feedback and prepping the first project for the next step… which, depending … Continue reading

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When Is It Ready to Be Read?

At some point, if your goal is to have other people read (and potentially even pay for) your work, you have to… actually let someone read it. Even though this was planned from the beginning of the project, it can … Continue reading

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The Second Draft: The Stage of Doubt

So I finally got back on the revision track, with fits and starts as is my life. Why has revision been so much harder, mentally, than writing the first draft? I’d always thought that getting through the first draft was … Continue reading

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Should We Ever Listen to Writer’s Block?

Some say writer’s block is a myth. Perhaps they’re right. But I believe that difficulty in creating is found in artists of all kinds, and it takes a multitude of forms. At its most basic core, a “block” as I … Continue reading

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