Posts Tagged "Denise Vega"

Happy Birthday, Click Here!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Happy Birthday, Click Here!

In 2002, I finished a novel that I absolutely loved and turned it into my critique group. It had started out as a 13-chapter middle school book called My Own Two Feet and morphed into a 31-chapter book (yes, 13 transposed!) called Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade). In 2003 an agent liked it, an editor loved it and wanted to take it to an acquisitions meeting. Even now, when I relate the story, I can remember where I was when I got the call from my agent (in Mexico) and how I felt as my husband sat in a chair in front of me, watching as I talked to her about the terms,...

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Friday Focus: Packrat Writing

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

Friday Focus: Packrat Writing

I’m a packrat. Not as bad as some of the folks on those reality TV shows I’ve heard about, but it’s hard for me to throw something away, “just in case” I need it or because “it’s perfectly good.” (I’m getting better about giving away things that are perfectly good that I no longer need, though, so hooray!). This carries into my writing, where I save snippets of dialogue, scenes, and entire versions “just in case.” And thank goodness! Time and again I’ve gone back to a previous version and pulled something out to use in...

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Friday Focus: Pitfalls of Revising as You Go

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Novels, Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

You have the pantsers (writing by the seat of your pants) and outliners. I fall mostly into the first camp, but tried to do more outlining for this current novel. For me, one of the things that goes along with being a pantser¬† is a desire to fix things as you go. Revise a sentence here, a paragraph there, and keep going. On first read this might sound like a good idea. Get the early stuff polished and ready to go so when it’s done, you can just send it out. Wouldn’t that be nice. The reality for me is that much of the story I revised along the way ends up getting revised again...

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Friday Focus: 3 Tips for Conference-goers

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

Back in my July, I wrote about The Biggest Gifts of a Writing-Illustrating Conference.¬† Since the Rocky Mountain Chapter Letters & Lines Conference is just over a week away (and today is the last day to register online; after that you have to show up and do it in person), I decided to provide a few tips for having a good experience. Don’t be shy, but be respectful. Most people have heard the story of the writer who slipped a manuscript under the stall door in a restroom where an editor was doing her business. Not okay. Industry professionals are there to talk to us so ask...

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Fact of Life #31: Deleted Scenes

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Fact of Life #51, Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Fact of Life #31: Deleted Scenes

For me, revision is all about re-visioning the work–seeing scenes in a different way, changing them, moving them around and sometimes even removing them altogether. Below is a collection of scenes that didn’t make the final cut. If you’ve read the book, you may be able to imagine how some of these came to be and maybe even why I took them out (I do explain my reasoning on at least one of them). Hope you enjoy them! Deleted Scenes Original 1st Chapter At this time the book was called Neighbor Pains. Kat and Abra Has them joking around a bit. I wanted to make their...

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