There's a lot to be said about taking a break from your projects. Especially when the project needs a mind that has forgotten the story's finer points. Revision is strange. You spend so much time immersed in the world to fine-tune it, but then the best thing for the story is to give yourself distance… Continue reading When writing is hard, it’s time to refuel
What an insatiable reading appetite really means.
Over the last 10 days, I've read 6 and a half books (7 so far in September). It's tempting to say that they were just really good books, but I think there's something else happening as well. As I've said before, I'm a mood reader, which means that a book has to hit a certain… Continue reading What an insatiable reading appetite really means.
People reading my writing is scary!
Okay. So now that the big developmental edit/rewrite is complete, I've sent the book off to a couple of beta readers to make sure the plot makes sense. This has me SHAKING. Why is it so terrifying to have other people read my writing? Probably because I just spent the better part of two years… Continue reading People reading my writing is scary!
When completing projects feels anticlimactic
I FINISHED MY REVISION! Woooooo! Is it "finished" no...but it's so much closer to that stage. It took almost a year to work through re-reading, critiquing, and re-planning the novel. The writing alone took 9 months to finish. But, honestly, I'm thrilled. I had planned January 1 to December 31 for this project. The fact… Continue reading When completing projects feels anticlimactic
What comes next for the novel?
I'm so excited! I only have 4 scenes left or 2-3 chapters! If I can get in some good days of writing I should finish by the end of the weekend! What comes next? After this revision is complete, I'm going to set the project aside for at least 2 weeks. This will let everything… Continue reading What comes next for the novel?