Posts Tagged "writing"

Evaluating Readers for Feedback

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Evaluating Readers for Feedback

If it weren’t for many tireless and generous readers of my work—authors, editors and agents—who gave me thoughtful, helpful feedback, I know I wouldn’t have seen such improvement in my craft. But choosing who will read my work is a task I take very seriously. Thanks to writer and wonderful human, Jennifer Smith-Daigle, for sharing a post by author and speaker Elizabeth Gilbert, which includes four questions that I believe many of us intuitively ask when we feel ready to share our work with others: Do I trust this person’s taste and judgment? Does this person...

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2016 in Review

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

2016 in Review

Unlike 2015, I’m posting this at the end of December because I want to dive into the excitement of a new year the first part of January. 🙂 If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I do goal/intention setting with one of my critique groups and I write about it here. My goals from last year included: sending a revision of my contemporary YA novel to my agent again (this is the one that I’d been working on for 5 1/2 years) planning out my quasi-fantasy YA writing eight picture book manuscripts and sending them to my agent launching six more online classes Are Goals Good?...

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My First NaNoWriMo: Last Day!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 10 comments

My First NaNoWriMo: Last Day!

  NaNo Joy! I feel absolutely exhilarated for so many reasons. My biggest takeaways from this experience was completely obliterating a few beliefs I held about myself as a writer.   Belief #1: I’m a slow writer. Wrong! Totally false! I can write like the wind, especially with a little planning. Thank you, Tara Dairman, for echoing this back to me in September and also for providing some solid tools and inspiration to make it happen. With those and the tools I shared Belief #2: I can’t make time to write every day. Wrong! The only day I didn’t write was...

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My First NaNoWriMo: Week 4

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

My First NaNoWriMo: Week 4

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying your family and friends today. I’m so thankful for so much–family, friends, and an opportunity to keep writing. Check it out! I surpassed 50,000 words on Saturday, November 19!     I am astonished. Shaking my head in utter disbelief. How can this be? And then I kept going. When I compiled it from Scrivener into Word, it was 202 pages. 202 pages in 19 days. What the heck? (see my word count through yesterday below) I will have a final summing up next week, but here are some things that I observed over the last...

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My First NaNoWriMo: Week 3

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

My First NaNoWriMo: Week 3

  So, this was an interesting week. It was still a lot of fun, but I definitely had days when I thought to myself: “I don’t feel like writing today.” Even though I had my killer outline and plenty of scenes I could write, I didn’t want to. “Why not?” the voice continued. “You’ve got plenty of words in the bank. You’ll make the 50,000-word goal.” And that was true. But as I’ve mentioned, hitting the word count was only one aspect of my goal. Another aspect was writing every day. And I wanted to stick with that, even when I...

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