Posts by Denise Vega

Workshop Notes Overload!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Workshop Notes Overload!

In addition to having the privilege of teaching at Lit Fest for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, I also had the pleasure of attending two craft seminars–more on the fabulous content of those in a future post. Today I want to talk about notes: the taking of them, the keeping of them, the not referring to them ever again (at least rarely in my case).    Recently I’ve been purging or rather—as Marie Kondo recommends in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing—holding on to those things that “spark joy.”...

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Half Year Check In

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Half Year Check In

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that in my critique group, the Wild Writers, we do resolution/goal/intention setting every year in January. We have a nice ritual of releasing writing-related thoughts, activities etc that no longer serve us, and then we do a check in, reviewing the previous year’s goals and talking about our plans for the current year. Inevitably, I have to remind people that things change and to remember the things they accomplished that weren’t on their list. Half Year, Half Done? Not quite. But I had a truly remarkable experience...

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Milestones

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Milestones

If you’ve been with me awhile, you know how I love to mark and celebrate milestones in my writing life. I see them as signs of progress–both in the project and myself as a writer. And when there are milestones in my family life, it always gets me thinking. Like this month. On May 13 our oldest graduated from college and our youngest graduated from high school last Saturday. Then on Monday I attended my nephew’s “graduation” from kindergarten. Fresh off my own kids’ graduation, this kindergarten one nearly knocked me off my chair. How far gone were those...

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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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