I had so much fun with this book.
(What? A non-political post? Why, yes. Because despite the chaos surrounding us all, writing is still my job, and I still love doing it, and today I'm going to write about it.) Like most writers, I've got an uneasy relationship with critiques. As a writer, you understand, when you're writing with publication in mind, that … Continue reading Listening to Critiques
I have an agent. I am not sure I can adequately describe the feeling that comes with those four words. A year ago, I was struggling to put together a query letter for a book that doesn't even really exist anymore. I was agonizing over single words, and tone, and worrying that I wasn't adequately … Continue reading About Failure
The first thing I realized as I was reading through the first draft of my current work-in-progress was this: Finishing* one book does not, in any way, guarantee that I'll be able to finish another. What it does guarantee is that when I hit plot frustrations, moments of insecurity, and the absolute certainty that I … Continue reading First Drafts and Revisions
When I was a senior in high school, I realized how truly horrible I am at time management. I was editor of the yearbook, thanks to the urging of the yearbook advisor, who was also my junior-year English teacher. (He liked me because I could write, and because I had the nerve to write him … Continue reading Deadlines
I am a smart person. This is not bragging; it's just genetics. I don't think brains guarantee you much in this life - certainly not success, or love, or prosperity (or talent, for that matter). They're just another tool to apply to the world, and it's just as easy to let them sit and gather … Continue reading Editing, and the Importance of Coffee