Writing Recap: Revision Madness

After puttering out in the last couple of chapters, I overcame the rut and finally finished Descent, the follow-up to Heritage Lost. Well, finished the drafting part . . . I’m currently neck-deep in revisions. Revisions, however, have always come easiest for me. My drafts are always sparse, so revisions include more fleshing out, particularlyContinue reading “Writing Recap: Revision Madness”

How does a person get their $*** together?

Utter failure. That is really the only way to describe this year’s NaNoWriMo attempt. Illness struck quickly, taking a week, and then apathy swooped in and killed any desire to continue the trek onward. Really, does the world need my books? Are they really worth anything (not necessarily talking monetary value here)? I’ve been reallyContinue reading “How does a person get their $*** together?”

It’s the final countdown — NaNoWriMo prep

In the background of my head, Europe’s famous riffs loudly declare “It’s the final countdown!” And my countdown is now practically three days — three days and the madness of National Novel Writing Month descends upon me. I’m not ready for this! Frantically, I look at my outline: It only stretches from Chapter One toContinue reading “It’s the final countdown — NaNoWriMo prep”

Waiting for summer to wrap up

When you work as a staff writer in an area where the population doubles in the warmer months, summers are a hectic time filled with festivals, special tabs or assignments for special events, and just hectic deadlines that seem impossible to meet — yet somehow you manage them. We are just entering the last hurrahContinue reading “Waiting for summer to wrap up”

Not quite as planned

Well, I didn’t meet my word goal for Camp NaNoWriMo in April, but I figure having more than 18,000 words is worth it. Plus compared to previous NaNoWriMo experiences, this one came closest to that first epic year, which is in itself a major accomplishment. I don’t know where to pinpoint it, but somewhere overContinue reading “Not quite as planned”

Stay calm and query on — Wrapping up September

Is September really almost over? It’s hard to believe that October is just around the corner, especially since for me it feels like September just got started. I have to say this month has been wonderful for my writing. Not only have I begun to query “Passage” (which is quite stressful!) to various agents, butContinue reading “Stay calm and query on — Wrapping up September”

Keep the writing spirit alive all yearlong

I was crazy, insane, off my rocker — just a little bit more than now — going into 2010, even more so at the end of 2010. I was riding high after my first NaNoWriMo win, and I had discovered there were other NaNoWriMo-esque events. My thoughts upon the discover: I want to participate inContinue reading “Keep the writing spirit alive all yearlong”