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

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

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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When I Finish a Draft

“When you finish a draft of a poem, or short story, or novel, you make sure you go out and celebrate all night long because whether the world ever notices or not, whether you get it published or not, you did something most people never do: You started, stuck with and...

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Fast and the Furious Celebration!

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt Yes. Yes! YES!!! I did it! I can hardly believe I finally got to this point, but I did. And here's the scoop. Milestone #1: Finishing to the End Yes! It's done. My...

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Fast and the Furious Final Check In (sort of)

"Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.” ― Rick Riordan I'm actually not in another state this week! It's a miracle. But it's been a busy week nonetheless. I'm feeling equal parts excitement and panic right now about this book. (And sorry...

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Fast and the Furious Check In 3

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.” ~ Neil Gaiman This week I'm in San Diego, where my hubby and I helped pack our youngest daughter's stuff after her freshman year at...

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Fast and the Furious Check In 1

"I have a deadline. I'm glad. I think that will help me get it done." ~Michael Chabon I'm in Albuquerque, NM right now. My hubby and I road tripped down yesterday to go to a concert--Train, O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield. It's nice here, but it's apparently snowing in...

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The Fast and the Furious Draft

“For me, one game is to announce...that I have finally decided on my next book, that I am ready to write it...to put my pride on the line.” ~ Irving Wallace, The Writing of One Novel I have not seen the Fast and Furious movies, but after yesterday's marathon writing...

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Don’t Ask Me How My Book Is Doing

"No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." ~ Martha Graham When you are toiling away prior to publication, one...

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When Discouragement Hits

"When I'm writing, I try not to think things like, 'Gosh, I have to finish writing this book.' Books are very long and it's easy to get discouraged. Instead I think to myself, 'Wow, I have this great story idea, and today I'm going to write two pages of it. That's all...

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How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take To Make a Story?

"...I slowly make up the story, and rewrite it several times, and each time I rewrite it, I get new ideas, and change the old ideas around. ~ Louis Sachar So this past weekend I rewrote one of my picture books for what felt like the zillionth time. Okay, that's an...

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