Posts Tagged "writing"

Busting an Idea Wide Open

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Busting an Idea Wide Open

So back in 2015 I had an idea for a picture book that I thought was brilliant. Let’s call it PB1. I worked on various revisions, got feedback, revised some more, sent it to my agent, got more feedback and then…we agreed it was ready to submit. We got a lot of passes, though one editor really loved it, but couldn’t get the rest of the team on board. The last of the passes trickled in last fall. And the story sat while I was immersed in NaNoWriMo for my YA and was focused on another picture book that I’d been working on with my agent. We’ll call this PB2. Letting...

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Writer Back from Paradise: Tips for Re-entry

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Writer Back from Paradise: Tips for Re-entry

I had every intention of writing a post last Thursday. After all, we returned late Tuesday night and I had Wednesday to do it. Ha. Between sleep deprivation, the time change, and a mountain of other things, I completely forgot—in spite of the reminder that pops up on my phone and laptop each week. So here I am, still adjusting to the time change, but feeling better. I feel rested, happy and energized to dive in to life and writing–and I did! In terms of my writing, here are some things I did to get myself ready to return to my writing life: Identified the projects I wanted to...

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Writer in Paradise: The Sailing Writer

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Writer in Paradise: The Sailing Writer

This post will be short and sweet because we got on a catamaran on Tuesday and are sailing around the British Virgin Islands! It’s possible I would have wifi on the boat, but I didn’t want to count on that so I wrote this the night before–on Monday, February 6.  I will enjoy our sailing time and spend a little time working on my novel in my head and possibly on paper—I’m still not sure how I want to end it specifically and I’d like to work through that. This grand experiment of going longer and combining work/writing and fun has been absolutely amazing. I...

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Writer in Paradise: Adjusted Expectations

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Writer in Paradise: Adjusted Expectations

So yes. I had to adjust my expectations during my “big week” of writing/revising the NaNoWriMo novel. This was one of the few times I had 8+ hours a day to work on a book and I envisioned myself cranking through the hard copy, making notes to myself and finishing in a day, leaving the rest of the week to input those notes and possibly begin the next revision soon after. Uh, not even close First of all, I kept getting stuck, which makes total sense. This is a frickin’ first draft and not just a first draft, but a NaNoWriMo first draft, which was beautiful and messy all at...

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Writer in Paradise: The Novel!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Writer in Paradise: The Novel!

This has been my big week for writing/revising my NaNoWriMo noel. My husband is taking sailing lessons so I’ve had since Saturday to work–with a little play thrown in. The video I’ve included here is my view out the back of the apartment we are renting. Earlier this week I sat out on the dock/deck in the late afternoon after the sun had shifted and read some pages of my manuscript. I went back and forth about bringing it in paper form because it’s 200+ pages heavy. But ultimately I decided to print it out–there’s something about being able to hold it, to...

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