Posts Tagged "writing"

Fail? or Something else

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Fail? or Something else

Two weeks ago I wrote about not making time for my novel. I pledged to work on it every day, even if it was only for ten or fifteen minutes. I’d like to say that I didn’t write a post last week because I was deep into working on that book. But I wasn’t. I was finalizing the handouts for the workshop I gave for SCBWI North Texas. I was reading and commenting on nine first pages for my Picture Book Workshop at Lighthouse. I was reading for a class I was attending, packing for my TX trip, going to Boulder to listen to Natalie Goldberg, revising a picture book so I could send...

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Novel? What novel? Write it!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Novel? What novel? Write it!

Because I’m doing so many things I love in addition to writing, I will often go more than a few days without working on my YA. I don’t like this because when I do get back to it, I’ve lost momentum and have to get it back by re-reading previous scenes, looking at my notes, etc. One of the things that always nudges me is Microsoft Word’s Open Recent list. I know it’s been awhile when my novel is nowhere to be found in the Top 10:   YIKES!   In the above list, I see some documents for an upcoming school visit–awesome–a picture book...

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How do you know your story is finished?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

How do you know your story is finished?

To me, knowing when you’re story is finished–that is, ready to go to your critique group or an agent or editor–is the $64,000 question. How do we know? In one of my Find a Publisher training series videos, I present a checklist that helps me determine when a manuscript is ready to send out. And it helps. But there’s still some subjective criteria I apply sometimes, like: Am I completely sick of it?   This isn’t always the best reason to release a manuscript into the world, but sometimes it’s a factor. Depending on how long I’ve been working on a...

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Being a Writer is as Hard as We Make It

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 10 comments

Being a Writer is as Hard as We Make It

Last year, during a lunch break for a class I was teaching, I was chatting with a writer and friend I’ve known for many years. At one point, she said, “Being a writer is hard.” I immediately agreed, and then we were interrupted before we could finish the conversation. And I’m glad we didn’t finish because I would have gone down that familiar road with its familiar signposts… Being a writer is hard because: It’s so competitive to get published It takes so long to hear from publishers So much of it is out of our hands Sometimes it’s not fun...

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Busy Work or Writing?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Busy Work or Writing?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Recently I was listening to an audiobook and one question really struck me: “Are you telling yourself you’re working hard, but you’re mostly doing busy work, avoiding the difficult stuff?” Eek. Yes, there are some things we need to do to keep things going: administrative/financial tasks, filing, etc. But am I doing those to avoid something a little more challenging (like my novel)? If I’m honest, sometimes the answer is yes. Because those tasks have a very clear finish point, I can feel good about reaching that point. I can check them off my...

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