Posts by Denise Vega

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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2014 SCBWI LA Conf – Fantasy Tips

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

2014 SCBWI LA Conf – Fantasy Tips

I wrote a little bit about the conference on my critique group’s blog–the wild writers. There I focused mostly on YA and New Adult. Here I’d like to share some thoughts from the two intensives I attended. The morning session was with Executive Editor Krista Marino (Delacorte Press/Random House) on world building. She asked us to send a brief paragraph about our world and any rules of magic which I had to come up with on the spot since I only had five pages written  :-). First we went through 10 elements to know about our world. Here are three that really got me thinking: Is...

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Premature Sending: Give Your Story Time

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Picture Books | 4 comments

Premature Sending: Give Your Story Time

Last February when I was at the SCBWI New York Conference, I received an exciting e-mail from my agent saying that a publisher was interested in my toddler rhyming manuscript, but thought it would work better as a series and did I have any ideas for one? My answer: Of course not—but I’d come up with one! I noodled a bit on a few things and then, when I was going to bed, I asked my subconscious to please come up with a series idea by morning. It obliged and I developed an idea for the different things a toddler might experience throughout the day. We pitched the series idea to...

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Feedback Feast: Notes from my Agent

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Feedback Feast: Notes from my Agent

As promised, this week I want to share some thoughts after a conversation with my agent regarding those 24 pages of comments on my young adult novel, FADE AWAY. I’ll highlight a few things here and will offer additional, more general tips through my Blab-o-Tips Novels e-newsletter. Breaking Out, Setting Free One of the things that continues to amaze and amuse me is how I become so used to a particular story angle that it doesn’t occur to me to change it, even when I find myself writing around it and forcing things to work because of it. I always have a good reason for it in the...

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Finally! My free e-book is available

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Finally! My free e-book is available

I’m happy to announce that my free e-book is finally available to subscribers to one or more of my Blab-o-Tips lists (which is different than subscribing to this Blab-o-Denise blog, which you can do in the right sidebar). Actually, the book has been ready for a few weeks, but I goofed on setting up my MailChimp campaigns so I held off announcing it until now . My goal with the e-book is to provide encouragement and inspiration to writers, along with some tips on finding satisfaction on your writing journey. Sometimes it can be discouraging, especially if you’re working toward...

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