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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...

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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...

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Mulling Over Feedback

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 8 comments

Mulling Over Feedback

As I was considering a title for this post, I looked up the word “mull.” The first definition is “to grind or mix thoroughly; pulverize.” I found this fascinating. If I was mulling feedback as opposed to mulling over feedback, my approach would be quite different :-). On May 29 I celebrated sending out a draft of my novel, Fade Away, to my agent. Over three years in the making, I was ecstatic to finally have sent it off. She got back to me on June 8. Ten days later. Yes, TEN DAYS. If you aren’t familiar with the...

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Celebrating a Writing Milestone: Finishing a Good Draft

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Celebrating a Writing Milestone: Finishing a Good Draft

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since April 16 and yet I can because I’ve been going gangbusters working on final revisions for my novel and teaching a wonderful Middle Grade/YA class at Lighthouse Writers Workshop where we read and critiqued up to 60 pages a week – we cranked them out! Out of the Fog I feel like I’m coming out of a fog into the light of day because I clicked SEND this morning; the manuscript is now in my agent’s In Box. But it was a wonderful fog because this book means so much to me and...

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Celebrate National Bookmobile Day!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day!

I don’t know how old some of you are, but Thursdays were bookmobile days at my school. And even though our school had a decent library (full of Judy Blume, Norma Fox Mazer, and Beverly Cleary) and my mom took us to the public library a lot, there was something about having a big comfortable bus stocked with books that seemed magical. I can remember my excitement as I stepped up the stairs and into the narrow aisle where rows of books greeted my eager eyes. I was a starving child taking in a feast, not knowing which food to eat first....

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