It is spring, nearly summer and I’m so excited to be at the end of another semester and my first full year as an MFA-seeker. I have done very little new writing in the last quarter but it’s not been a creative loss. I’ve been learning what “revision” truly means and how it differs from editing. About … More It’s Been Awhile: Revise vs. Edit
Writing has not been my highest priority this week, which wasn’t any good since this is the most inspired and motivated I’ve been to write in months. Monday I finally felt like I wasn’t forcing words onto the page and then the rest of the day and Tuesday went to Hades. Wednesday I had to … More Thursday: This isn’t really about writing
Hello! I have been on quite the little sabbatical since my last Five for Friday post on the 18th–nearly a month!! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t so busy working on my novel or editing to write a blog post. I basically haven’t written anything since then. I spent about 20 minutes editing my first-born, which … More Five For Friday (actually just 3): Holidays, Homes, and Harried Living
My husband is always nervous when I start conversations with the line “I’ve decided…” Usually, this line is followed by some life-changing epiphany for our future. “I’ve decided I want to work full-time.” “I’ve decided I want to go to graduate school.” “I’ve decided I’m only wearing neutral colors and real jewelry.” “I’ve decided we’ll … More Decisions, Decisions: The Golden Apple’s Coming Makeover
Perhaps you’ve noticed my absence from the blogosphere this month (probably not). October was a fabulous month full of celebration and excitement and it wiped me out. November has been mad and a little more focused on my non-blog writing. In addition to the semester wrapping up–the last day of class for me is the … More November madness, NaNoWriMo, and the end of my first MFA semester.
Writing isn’t always an easy thing to see. I have a novel that has had me stumped for about a year now. The plot arc is complete. It has a beginning, middle, and end. The characters are all there. But I know it needs work–a lot of work–and knowing where to “put my pen” has evaded … More The Arc of Understanding
“Works in Progress” are such nebulous things. Even the finished ones aren’t really finished and it’s easy to lose sight of the future and a concrete, published, printed book when you spend so much time thinking about the word document, saved and version dated on your flash drive that always needs revision and attention or gets … More Works In Progress