Posts by Denise Vega

Marketing vs Writing: The Smackdown

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Marketing vs Writing: The Smackdown

Marketing vs Writing. The continuing battle. You’ve probably heard the same percentages thrown around that I have: Authors need to devote 50% of their time to marketing. Or more. I believed this for the longest time and pushed myself to do more author visits, come up with creative ways to get the word out, spend time and money on giveaways and such. The end result was that I felt miserable and burned out. In fact, I was so burned out that I took a hiatus from school visits—something I used to love to do—because I was tired of doing them. Need/Should vs. Want As I get older,...

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In Spirit Now, Caroline

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

In Spirit Now, Caroline

On June 18, my friend and colleague, masterful writer, generous teacher, and sweet soul, Caroline Stutson, transitioned into Spirit. She went on her own terms after she found out she had cancer. My heart is breaking, but I like to think she is chatting it up with my mom and that they are both enveloped in joy. Caroline was a beautiful writer and a beautiful person. After Caroline left our large critique group, some of us formed a smaller group which would meet every quarter or so. Caroline would drive to my house and then I’d drive us both to Golden to meet the others at the Barnes...

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How To Beat Fear of Failure

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

How To Beat Fear of Failure

You know how sometimes the Universe conspires to keep bringing you the same message over and over? Well, that happened to me recently when in the span of 24 hours, I heard the same message about fear, failure and resistance from about six different sources. Guess I need to pay attention.  We’ve all heard the adage that we learn more from “failure” than success. And I’ve always agreed with that, even as I’ve tried to avoid making mistakes or “failing” because I have this perfection thing going on. Working on my online course, I was living with the...

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

I’ve never thought I was a perfectionist. I mean, I knew I liked to get things right, but I just chalked that up to wanting to do a good job. It wasn’t until I stepped back during the last couple of young adult novels I’d written that I realized I had a bit of a perfectionist in me. I often wouldn’t write the next paragraph in a scene until I got the current one “right.” I’d agonize over a particular word for several minutes, getting frustrated when I couldn’t come up with the “right” one. And this was during my supposed first draft...

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How Do You Know When to Let a Story Idea Go?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

How Do You Know When to Let a Story Idea Go?

It’s happened to me more than once. I’m all fired up about a new idea for a picture book or novel. I jump in, scribbling madly. Several paragraphs or pages later, my enthusiasm wanes and I find myself struggling to go on. Sometimes this is a result of jumping in without planning, pantser-style, and I come to a screeching halt, having no idea where the story is going nor any sense that my character will lead me. Other times it’s because I just need a jumpstart, using one of the tips I described in last week’s post “How Do You Stay Excited About a Story...

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