Blab-o-Denise (aka Denise's blog)

My weekly blog about all things writerly--the joy, the pain, the unexpected and surprising

Teen Con, Arm Skirts and Belonging

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~ Brené Brown Yes, I'm on a Brené Brown kick. Used a quote of hers a few weeks ago and...

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NaNoWriMo One Year Later=Re-Visioning

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” ~ Brené Brown Fear of failure is big with most of us. In fact, in my last blog post way back in August, I talked about fear. Surprise. Fear is pervasive and I continue to learn to acknowledge it and...

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Where’s My Motivation?

"I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it by knowing what it is you're giving up that makes you resentful." ~ Marissa Mayer Yeah, so, over the last week or so, I've been highly unmotivated. I haven't felt like writing, prepping for...

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Where Did My Story Go?

In response to the question: "What's your worst writing habit?" "Too much revision. Sometimes I've lost possibly good work by going over and over it like a dog with a bone till nothing good is left. I've worn it out." ~ Cynthia Flood With a few of my picture books, I...

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When Good Books Aren’t Published

“The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver.” ~ Kiran Desai I started this post last night, writing about how I did, indeed, get my feedback wrangled for the YA and what my next steps would be. But I was bored writing it. And if I was bored writing...

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Feedback Procrastination!

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” ~ Bill Watterson This quote cracked me up---and also resonated. I've been planning to go through all of my notes and feedback on the novel since...

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Post-Writer Feedback: What I Do

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." ~ A. A. Milne So last Friday I met with my writer's group to get feedback on my NaNoWriMo YA novel. It was an insanely crazy roller-coaster ride of feedback, but...

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Preparing for Writer Feedback

“There is no failure. Only feedback.” ~ Robert Allen So tomorrow I will gather with the Wild Writers, one of my critique groups, to receive feedback on the crazy YA I started during NaNoWriMo last November. Here's what I'm doing to get ready: Nothing. Yes, that's...

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The Guilt-Free Break

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~ Maya Angelou Last week we were camping so I didn't have a chance to post. But I did want to...

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Post Graduation (and Drafting) Slow Down

"Slowing down doesn't mean accomplishing less; it means cutting out counterproductive distractions and the perception of being rushed." ~ Tim Ferriss Jesse's graduation was fun and amazing and mind-boggling. I'm still not comprehending that we have two out of college....

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