Posts by Denise Vega

Receiving “Bad” News: To Wallow or Welcome?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Denise's Musings, Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Receiving “Bad” News: To Wallow or Welcome?

You may or may not have noticed that I put the word “bad” in quotation marks. You may have figured out that I did that because one person’s bad news is another person’s good news…or if not good news exactly, then perhaps an opportunity to learn something or respond in a different way. In my October 16 post “Eyes on the Writing Prize,” I mentioned how my royalty statements used to bum me out, but I’ve been able to let go of those reactions for the most part. I label and file the statements and then shift my attention to something that makes me...

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Measuring Up as a Writer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Measuring Up as a Writer

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt I heard this recently and found myself nodding vigorously in agreement. I was remembering back before I got published when I subscribed to Publisher’s Lunch, where I would receive in my In Box news of new acquisitions along with the type of deal it was (using ranges for the size of the advance). I’d also hear about which books had sold tons of foreign rights, film rights, etc. Every time I read of a new deal, I felt that much more inadequate. It didn’t matter that I was either (a) not writing that type...

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Eyes on the Prize…Always

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Eyes on the Prize…Always

October is royalty month for some publishers (along with April). When my first book was published and had earned out its advance before it was even released due to sub-rights sales, I loved royalty month. It meant getting a check for which I’d already done the work. How cool was that? But after other books were published and sales were only okay, those months became an exercise in feeling bad. I dreaded opening the big envelope from my agent. I’d feel a knot in my stomach as I looked at the numbers and have thoughts like “I’m a failure” and “These...

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Karaoke and Creativity

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 1 comment

Karaoke and Creativity

Last Saturday night I went out to celebrate my baby sister’s birthday. Because she’s 17 years younger than me (hence, the “baby” in “baby sister”), the festivities started at 8 (remember those days, any of you who are 45+? College parties started at 9 or later. Whoa.). We met at El Charrito Bar in downtown Denver, known for some serious karaoke and then they were going to another bar for dancing (I had to pass on part 2, much as I love to shake my bootie.) I had been out late the night before at a Tom Petty/Steve Winwood concert at Red Rocks, so I was in...

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Revision Phobia: Letting Go

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Fade Away, Novels, Revision | 4 comments

Revision Phobia: Letting Go

I always tell people how much I love revision and I do. I love that I have something to work with. I love all the new ideas and possibilities for the story. It’s exciting and invigorating. But now that I’m in it, here’s what I know about revision: It means letting go. And maybe that’s why it’s taken me so long to really get started on my revisions for FADE AWAY (besides also dealing with some life stuff and working on a board book manuscript). Oh, I’ve been mulling over the comments and the conversation with my agent and taking some notes but I...

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