Posts Tagged "writing"

Measuring Up as a Writer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Measuring Up as a Writer

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt I heard this recently and found myself nodding vigorously in agreement. I was remembering back before I got published when I subscribed to Publisher’s Lunch, where I would receive in my In Box news of new acquisitions along with the type of deal it was (using ranges for the size of the advance). I’d also hear about which books had sold tons of foreign rights, film rights, etc. Every time I read of a new deal, I felt that much more inadequate. It didn’t matter that I was either (a) not writing that type...

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Eyes on the Prize…Always

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Eyes on the Prize…Always

October is royalty month for some publishers (along with April). When my first book was published and had earned out its advance before it was even released due to sub-rights sales, I loved royalty month. It meant getting a check for which I’d already done the work. How cool was that? But after other books were published and sales were only okay, those months became an exercise in feeling bad. I dreaded opening the big envelope from my agent. I’d feel a knot in my stomach as I looked at the numbers and have thoughts like “I’m a failure” and “These...

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Finally! My free e-book is available

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Finally! My free e-book is available

I’m happy to announce that my free e-book is finally available to subscribers to one or more of my Blab-o-Tips lists (which is different than subscribing to this Blab-o-Denise blog, which you can do in the right sidebar). Actually, the book has been ready for a few weeks, but I goofed on setting up my MailChimp campaigns so I held off announcing it until now . My goal with the e-book is to provide encouragement and inspiration to writers, along with some tips on finding satisfaction on your writing journey. Sometimes it can be discouraging, especially if you’re working toward...

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Celebrating a Writing Milestone: Finishing a Good Draft

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Celebrating a Writing Milestone: Finishing a Good Draft

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since April 16 and yet I can because I’ve been going gangbusters working on final revisions for my novel and teaching a wonderful Middle Grade/YA class at Lighthouse Writers Workshop where we read and critiqued up to 60 pages a week – we cranked them out! Out of the Fog I feel like I’m coming out of a fog into the light of day because I clicked SEND this morning; the manuscript is now in my agent’s In Box. But it was a wonderful fog because this book means so much to me and was really a joy to write once I got back in my...

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Surviving Writer’s Group Feedback

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Surviving Writer’s Group Feedback

On February 3 I wrote about sending my young adult novel (the one that took me about three years to write) off to my group. So last Friday we got together to discuss it. Now, this can be a daunting prospect because we have some very astute writers in the group and some who have a lot of fun replotting entire novels (whether you want them to or not :-)). Luckily, they have a sense of humor about it so that’s good. The critique went very well, with a lot of very insightful comments and suggestions. One thing I love about a live, in-person group is the discussion that it generates. One...

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