A Hard Lesson to Learn


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This has been another fun-filled week of learning to be a writer! This week’s lesson: Accepting failure and not giving into major depression when you realize you have to scrap your first-ever completed manuscript and start over again.  Surprised? Don’t be. It’s my first ever completed draft, after all. If the first full-length novel-thing I ever wrote was a masterpiece, I’d either have to be some kind of writerly savant or lucky beyond imagining. And as my PowerBall ticket ended up in the trashcan, and

Lesson Plan: Character Development


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First off, quick update on the revision process. It’s been slow. But steady. But slow. So. Frustratingly. Slow. I’m about a quarter of the way through, I think. It’s a little hard to judge, because I’ve added almost 6,000 words through the process of rewriting and adding new scenes. I’d hoped to finish it by the end of this month, but that’s not going to happen. Now I’m aiming for the end of next month. NaNoWriMo (the BIG one) is coming up in November, and

My First Time: Draft Revisions


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I finally started! It took me–no joke–an hour to get through the first page. Then, the next morning, I realized it still wasn’t quite right and went over it for a second time. Then a third. There are, like, five original sentences left now, and I’m still not feeling great about it. Can one over-revise? Is that a thing? I’ve now made it up to the fourth chapter, but I have to say, this new pair of writer shoes I’m walking in are not even remotely

The *It* Factor


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This week has been a bit of a mixed bag. I successfully moved my website to my new domain. Yay! I finished my Second Draft Outline, so I can now start real revisions. Yay! And I read a few new books, only to discover I have no real understanding of what most readers like. Not so yay. This probably comes as no surprise by this point, but I’m kind of a picky reader. If I am not immediately sucked into a story, or if I

My First Week as a Full-Time Writer


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So far . . . zero writing. 🙁 I’m technically still in my first week, it only being Tuesday, but here are the self-discoveries I’ve learned so far: 1. Still need to work on consistent writing habit I feel bad about this, because I thought I’d have started my revisions by now, but no. Not much writing going on at all. Over the weekend, we were visiting with friends and family, and I spent some time rearranging my desk now that I only have my