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”

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”

Breathe (This Makes Me Wanna Listen to Michelle Branch)

So, it’s been a minute. I know, really, it’s been a lot of them. But I’m forever learning that life doesn’t always go the way you plan. Things most certainly don’t unfold in the dramatic scenes you play in your head, and, unfortunately, there’s a lot of disappointment down the road. Not to be cheesy,Continue reading “Breathe (This Makes Me Wanna Listen to Michelle Branch)”

Debut Tuesday

Hey readers, It’s Wednesday, my second favorite day of the week. If you’re wondering, my favorite is Tuesday, the day that I intended to post this. Why Tuesday? Well, every Tuesday, we are #blessed with new YA releases. I’ve been waiting for this specific Tuesday–July 31st—for a while. You see, I treat myself every TuesdayContinue reading “Debut Tuesday”

Intermission: Bookcon 2018

This past weekend was my first Bookcon. Going into it, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I mean, I knew from talking to one of my friends from grad school that there were ARCs to get, books to have signed, authors to meet and fangirl over, and a ton of people. It sounded aContinue reading “Intermission: Bookcon 2018”

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”

When Writing Feels Like a Competition

First off, I finally finished Draft(s) Three and Four of my novel. The fourth one was just to fix a small plot thing that I had found while writing Draft Three and couldn’t resist fixing before I sent it out to my readers this time around. It feels like a weight has been lifted offContinue reading “When Writing Feels Like a Competition”

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”