Posts by Denise Vega

Sweet Progress

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Sweet Progress

I’m SO happy to report that I finally finished reading through the first half of my YA and marking it up (see pic)! I have arrows and marks and cross-outs and new stuff written in the margins, but I now have a clear picture of what scenes I need leading up to the midpoint and how I want to pace them. Yippee!!! I’m now in the process of entering the changes on my laptop, which is very exciting. Completing that task gave me such an energy and confidence boost. I fine myself longing to get back to it, but had to stop to complete work I’d committed to with deadlines this week....

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Trusting in Intuition

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Trusting in Intuition

Last Saturday I attended a Nonfiction Summit hosted by the Rocky Mountain Chapter Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I arrived sans ideas—I was going purely to learn and be open to whatever might come my way. I have published some nonfiction in the past, but it’s pretty much out of my comfort zone and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to write any nonfiction. No ideas leapt up to grab my attention while I was there, but I was deeply inspired by the faculty and fellow writers. One writer and friend in particular inspired me deeply. She shared that...

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Fail? or Something else

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Fail? or Something else

Two weeks ago I wrote about not making time for my novel. I pledged to work on it every day, even if it was only for ten or fifteen minutes. I’d like to say that I didn’t write a post last week because I was deep into working on that book. But I wasn’t. I was finalizing the handouts for the workshop I gave for SCBWI North Texas. I was reading and commenting on nine first pages for my Picture Book Workshop at Lighthouse. I was reading for a class I was attending, packing for my TX trip, going to Boulder to listen to Natalie Goldberg, revising a picture book so I could send...

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Novel? What novel? Write it!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Novel? What novel? Write it!

Because I’m doing so many things I love in addition to writing, I will often go more than a few days without working on my YA. I don’t like this because when I do get back to it, I’ve lost momentum and have to get it back by re-reading previous scenes, looking at my notes, etc. One of the things that always nudges me is Microsoft Word’s Open Recent list. I know it’s been awhile when my novel is nowhere to be found in the Top 10:   YIKES!   In the above list, I see some documents for an upcoming school visit–awesome–a picture book...

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How do you know your story is finished?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

How do you know your story is finished?

To me, knowing when you’re story is finished–that is, ready to go to your critique group or an agent or editor–is the $64,000 question. How do we know? In one of my Find a Publisher training series videos, I present a checklist that helps me determine when a manuscript is ready to send out. And it helps. But there’s still some subjective criteria I apply sometimes, like: Am I completely sick of it?   This isn’t always the best reason to release a manuscript into the world, but sometimes it’s a factor. Depending on how long I’ve been working on a...

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