Posts by Denise Vega

Telling the Inner Critic to SHUT UP

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Telling the Inner Critic to SHUT UP

Recently I was reading three financial tips from Tony Robbins and they really resonated in all areas of my life. I reworded the first one so it fit my writing and career a little better: What do you tend to focus on more— what you’ve accomplished or what you haven’t accomplished? Here’s what my mean ol’ inner critic was saying on Monday: You didn’t work on FADE AWAY at all last week. You’re never going to finish! Remember the surprise on some people’s faces at your critique meeting when you mentioned you were still working on the same...

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Write Here! Write Now!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Write Here! Write Now!

I used to be one of those people who was convinced I needed a big block of time—at least two hours—before I could really write, especially when I was working on a novel because it seemed like I needed at least thirty minutes to remind myself where I was in the story and then it always took awhile to get in my groove. So, more often than not, I found myself not writing at all because I didn’t have that block of time. Today, I still love the luxury of having a block of time and I’m lucky enough to have it quite often, but on the days when I don’t, I still want to...

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Dreams Live On

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Dreams Live On

On January 30, friend and colleague Michelle Begley was killed in a car crash, leaving behind a nine-year-old daughter and loving, grieving family and friends. Last Saturday, February 7, I attended her memorial service. It was a time of deep sorrow and loss for a person who impacted so many. Michelle was a talented writer and a loyal, dedicated volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the SCBWI. Without her commitment and determination, the chapter probably would not have a thriving Mentor Program where writers and illustrators have honed their craft, some going on to sign with agents...

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Manuscript Submission Obsession

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Writer Tips & Tools, Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Manuscript Submission Obsession

In spite of all my efforts to let go of a specific outcome and let things fall where they will, especially when I can’t control the outcome, I still get a little obsessive when a manuscript first goes out on submission. Such was the case last week when my agent sent out not only a brand new picture book manuscript, but also a board book manuscript that has gone through several transformations. It was with one editor exclusively for two weeks and we just sent it out wider to other editors. When I knew the manuscripts were out, I went through my new ritual of visualizing them landing in...

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Life Amidst the Writing

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Life Amidst the Writing

That title is deliberate. Not that I place writing above everything else in my life; far from it. But seeing it that way instead of “Writing amidst life” reminds me that writing is a huge part of who I am and what I must do and I must honor it, cherish it, and make it a priority. Last week at our Wild Writers critique meeting, we did our annual review of last year’s goals/resolutions and our hopes for this year. One of the refrains was reminding ourselves to look at those things we accomplished that weren’t on our list. Another refrain was “life gets in the...

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