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Taking The Time

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

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Revision Diaries: The Discomfort of Treats

As I continue to work on this draft of my novel, it's been hard for me to be okay with the pace I'm going. Revision is slower than the first draft. It takes patience and...more patience. This is something I'm not super great at when it comes to myself. I can have all the patience… Continue reading Revision Diaries: The Discomfort of Treats

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Revision Diaries: A writing community is so important!

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!

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Revision Diaries: When half the book doesn’t work anymore.

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.

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When things slow down, the critic gets louder.

I've had a very slow writing week. That tends to happen after big surges. That tends to happen after I hit chapter 7, to be completely honest with myself. There's always a point in my writing where the new idea stops being new, the excitement wears off, and now I'm left to grind through the… Continue reading When things slow down, the critic gets louder.