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Embrace That First Draft

From Marion Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life (great writing resource!): It’s called the vomit draft, too, because it will both stink and be pretty much everything you’ve got inside you. In there is … Continue reading

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Phew!

Fifty-thousand words in about 20 days is taxing on the wrists. But I started a new project, one I’ve hesitated writing for a long time. Now was a good time and NaNo a good reason to write the SFD (“shitty … Continue reading

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The Writing Journey: Querying and Multitasking

I have begun querying Be With Me, my novel/thesis/thing-I’ve-held-onto-for-way-too-long. Much like when I first started sending out short stories a couple years ago, I’m nervously checking and rechecking the query letter, agent’s email address, and the sample pages. I’ve received … Continue reading

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A different point-of-view

First, I’m listening to The Narrative Breakdown podcast these days, and I love it! So much useful information on writing, craft, and storytelling. I am again revising my novel, concentrating on the 150 pages or so written in my female … Continue reading

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The (Obligatory) “On Rejection” Post

When I started submitting stories, I thought rejection was going to be much worse than it has been. I opened my first rejection email in the Costco parking lot. It was from a fairly prestigious print literary journal; I sat … Continue reading

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On Making Writing a Priority (Again!)

Yesterday, I worked on my novel for the first time in over three months. I edited around 20 pages: light editing on the first ten, and a complete rewrite of a crucial scene for the latter pages. Following that task, … Continue reading

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The Next Project

I spent most of this afternoon reading my journals in preparation for a new writing project, one that is intimate and personal and scary. With a few exceptions, I write fiction, and while my personal experiences influence my stories, I … Continue reading

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