It's been a very long time since I went a November without participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Honestly, it feels super weird not to be churning out a ridiculous number of words in a month - 50,000 in 30 days. It feels weird not to be taking the time each day to stretch… Continue reading Taking The Time
I have learned so much from my time in the Next Draft Intensive Course with Caroline Donahue. Not only did I learn about the revision process, but I learned so much about how I work around this creative process as well. The biggest takeaway I had from this entire 10-week course was that I have… Continue reading Revision Diaries: What I’m taking away from the 10-week intensive
My internal critic is having a party with the pace of my current revision. My Critic loves to tell me I'm behind everyone else and that I'm going slow. The best defense against this has been a writing community. As writers we are solitary creatures, but that does not mean we don't need the support… Continue reading Revision Diaries: A writing community is so important!
I have finished my third read and my manuscript evaluation spreadsheet! Woohoo! It is a very daunting thing to see your whole book mapped out in a spreadsheet of scenes, but it feels ridiculously good to have a visual of what works and what doesn't. Do I dare color code it? Still playing with that… Continue reading Revision Diaries: Celebrate the Wins!
I'm in the depths of my third read and the spreadsheet that accompanies it. That means I'm taking a very hard look at what is working, what isn't, and what each scene needs in order to actually work. For almost half of my book, that means being cut. When I tried my rewrite in June,… Continue reading Revision Diaries: When half the book doesn’t work anymore.