Posts Tagged "Denise Vega"

In Spirit Now, Caroline

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

In Spirit Now, Caroline

On June 18, my friend and colleague, masterful writer, generous teacher, and sweet soul, Caroline Stutson, transitioned into Spirit. She went on her own terms after she found out she had cancer. My heart is breaking, but I like to think she is chatting it up with my mom and that they are both enveloped in joy. Caroline was a beautiful writer and a beautiful person. After Caroline left our large critique group, some of us formed a smaller group which would meet every quarter or so. Caroline would drive to my house and then I’d drive us both to Golden to meet the others at the Barnes...

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How Do You Know When to Let a Story Idea Go?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

How Do You Know When to Let a Story Idea Go?

It’s happened to me more than once. I’m all fired up about a new idea for a picture book or novel. I jump in, scribbling madly. Several paragraphs or pages later, my enthusiasm wanes and I find myself struggling to go on. Sometimes this is a result of jumping in without planning, pantser-style, and I come to a screeching halt, having no idea where the story is going nor any sense that my character will lead me. Other times it’s because I just need a jumpstart, using one of the tips I described in last week’s post “How Do You Stay Excited About a Story...

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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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