Posts by Denise Vega

Evaluating Readers for Feedback

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Evaluating Readers for Feedback

If it weren’t for many tireless and generous readers of my work—authors, editors and agents—who gave me thoughtful, helpful feedback, I know I wouldn’t have seen such improvement in my craft. But choosing who will read my work is a task I take very seriously. Thanks to writer and wonderful human, Jennifer Smith-Daigle, for sharing a post by author and speaker Elizabeth Gilbert, which includes four questions that I believe many of us intuitively ask when we feel ready to share our work with others: Do I trust this person’s taste and judgment? Does this person...

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Happy 2017!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Happy 2017!

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” ~Diana Scharf Hunt  The new year. This one has a different feel to it, but I’m not interested in delving into the political realm here. Here, I want to focus on what a new year can mean for our careers. Right now I’m working on a workshop I’ll present at the Regis MFA in Creative Writing residency next week. It’s called “Write Now: Tips and Tools for Overcoming Resistance & Procrastination.” Being one of many Queens of Procrastination, I enjoyed a small chuckle as I continued to put off finalizing the...

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2016 in Review

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

2016 in Review

Unlike 2015, I’m posting this at the end of December because I want to dive into the excitement of a new year the first part of January. 🙂 If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I do goal/intention setting with one of my critique groups and I write about it here. My goals from last year included: sending a revision of my contemporary YA novel to my agent again (this is the one that I’d been working on for 5 1/2 years) planning out my quasi-fantasy YA writing eight picture book manuscripts and sending them to my agent launching six more online classes Are Goals Good?...

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Write Fast, Write Slow…Just Write!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Write Fast, Write Slow…Just Write!

Argh. For some reason my post didn’t publish yesterday as schedule! So here it is… One of the biggest challenges I now face is keeping up with the writing practice I developed during NaNoWriMo. Beyond whether I’m a fast writer or a slow writer is the question of my commitment to my practice. I’ve said this before, but it’s very much like my yoga and meditation practices. I want to write every day or nearly so to keep my skills up. And like yoga, some days I’m feeling flexible, other days I’m not. Some days I have a clear mind during meditation, other...

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Staying in the NaNo Groove

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Staying in the NaNo Groove

    I’m still flying high from participating in NaNoWriMo, and find myself working on the book almost every day since writing every day feels more like a habit now. To keep it going, I have to continue to:     Create a new deadline. My next goal is to have a decent draft for my critique group by March. That means I must organize my scenes, fill in holes, and decide on one of those endings! Make time for writing. To meet my new deadline, writing must continue to be a priority or it gets shoved to the “later” list which often means the “way...

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