So You Haven’t Been Writing

Confession: I haven’t been writing everyday. I haven’t been showing up. I haven’t been sitting at my desk or in a café or in my window seat at Barnes & Noble. My laptop has been dead for days. I literally had to dig my backpack out from under laundry and empty candle packages. Honestly, myContinue reading “So You Haven’t Been Writing”

5 Essentials to Surviving Camp Nanowrimo

  I’ve embarked on a new WIP for Camp Nanowrimo 2019. Every time I think about this new one, I’m not sure I understand it yet. Which is part of the fun, because first drafts are for mistakes and too much dialogue and too little description and INSERT CHARACTER NAME HERE moments and plot holesContinue reading “5 Essentials to Surviving Camp Nanowrimo”

Each WIP Requires Something Different

  It’s Day 5 of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m once again at Barnes & Noble. When you live outside of the city, there aren’t very many small cafes to escape to. So, I always end up at the same place, at the window seat, where the view isn’t more than the parking lot and treesContinue reading “Each WIP Requires Something Different”

The Rejections Start Coming and They Don’t Stop Coming

Getting the first rejection out of the way is always the hardest. It’s that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, that flicker of doubt, those voices in your own head whispering you’re not good enough. But once you open the email, read through the (generally) kind rejection form, you move on. I haveContinue reading “The Rejections Start Coming and They Don’t Stop Coming”

The Now What Stage

It’s the morning after I sent out my first round of queries. Admittedly, I’ve had very little sleep because not only was the whole process terrifying, it was exhilarating. I couldn’t sleep afterwards, and was up until two-thirty stress-eating cheese in bed while watching The Great British Baking Show again. Earlier this week, I talkedContinue reading “The Now What Stage”

The Dreaded Query Letter

In the background of today’s writing session is a thunderstorm. There’s nothing quite like thunder, and rain has always been my favorite weather despite its tendency to ruin plans. Perhaps that’s exactly why I like it, because then I have an excuse to stay in bed and read, and as of late, obsessively watch TheContinue reading “The Dreaded Query Letter”

Fighting the Draft Slumps

The (first) (second) third (fourth) (fifth) draft slump is real, y’all. I tend to be a pretty slow drafter, but that’s because I like my first drafts to be as full as possible, not just snippets of scenes or bits of dialogue. A lot of my writer friends word vomit whatever’s on their mind andContinue reading “Fighting the Draft Slumps”

This is for Me, But Also for You

  I know there will come a day when I wish I had started this sooner. If only I had been paying closer attention from the very beginning, watching my writing grow and writing about the process of writing a novel. But, in my twenty-four years on this planet, I’ve come to accept that IContinue reading “This is for Me, But Also for You”