Blab-o-Denise (aka Denise's blog)

My weekly blog about all things writerly--the joy, the pain, the unexpected and surprising

When Good Books Aren’t Published

“The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver.” ~ Kiran Desai I started this post last night, writing about how I did, indeed, get my feedback wrangled for the YA and what my next steps would be. But I was bored writing it. And if I was bored writing...

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Feedback Procrastination!

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” ~ Bill Watterson This quote cracked me up---and also resonated. I've been planning to go through all of my notes and feedback on the novel since...

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Post-Writer Feedback: What I Do

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." ~ A. A. Milne So last Friday I met with my writer's group to get feedback on my NaNoWriMo YA novel. It was an insanely crazy roller-coaster ride of feedback, but...

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Preparing for Writer Feedback

“There is no failure. Only feedback.” ~ Robert Allen So tomorrow I will gather with the Wild Writers, one of my critique groups, to receive feedback on the crazy YA I started during NaNoWriMo last November. Here's what I'm doing to get ready: Nothing. Yes, that's...

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The Guilt-Free Break

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~ Maya Angelou Last week we were camping so I didn't have a chance to post. But I did want to...

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Post Graduation (and Drafting) Slow Down

"Slowing down doesn't mean accomplishing less; it means cutting out counterproductive distractions and the perception of being rushed." ~ Tim Ferriss Jesse's graduation was fun and amazing and mind-boggling. I'm still not comprehending that we have two out of college....

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When I Finish a Draft

“When you finish a draft of a poem, or short story, or novel, you make sure you go out and celebrate all night long because whether the world ever notices or not, whether you get it published or not, you did something most people never do: You started, stuck with and...

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Fast and the Furious Celebration!

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt Yes. Yes! YES!!! I did it! I can hardly believe I finally got to this point, but I did. And here's the scoop. Milestone #1: Finishing to the End Yes! It's done. My...

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Fast and the Furious Final Check In (sort of)

"Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.” ― Rick Riordan I'm actually not in another state this week! It's a miracle. But it's been a busy week nonetheless. I'm feeling equal parts excitement and panic right now about this book. (And sorry...

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Fast and the Furious Check In 3

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.” ~ Neil Gaiman This week I'm in San Diego, where my hubby and I helped pack our youngest daughter's stuff after her freshman year at...

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