I've already revealed what I spent all of this past year doing—revising my novel. Seven. Times. Yes, really. But now—and I promise, this is the last you'll hear of me until next year—to celebrate one more year of blogging, here are my most telling posts from 2010, one for each month, except when I break … Continue reading 2010 in Blog Posts
This is the post where I look back on this past year and see what I accomplished. And why not? If you don't acknowledge what you've done to yourself, who will? First, let's see where I started. Here's how I began 2010. On January 1, 2010, I officially finished the first full draft of Imaginary … Continue reading The Year I Revised My Novel Seven Times
I used to be in a race. With every writer I knew. With writers who had no idea who I even was. With you. With myself. I thought I was running toward something and that I had to get there, or else. And I thought how long it took actually determined my worth as a … Continue reading The Race No One’s Running
Guess what? I think my book is really going to be a book. After all the hard work, harder than I've ever worked on a piece of writing in my entire life, so much of me poured into those pages (and I have to tell you I'm feeling happier about the novel than ever), I … Continue reading Publishing Rites of Passage: Seeing Pages
Such satisfaction! And then... just imagine yourself slipping off into unconsciousness here: That was me yesterday. But it was so very worth it! (The above bed is not my bed now... but it was once, for a month. So comfortable. I miss it.)
I'm feeling different about myself lately, more confident, or at least accepting of where I am and what I am and what is. It's nice. Deadline Monday and I'll feel even better. Last night I had dinner with my very first workshop professor from my very first class at my MFA program years and years … Continue reading What’s Behind the Dresser
...I love being edited. (Caveat: By a good editor. Better yet, by the right editor.) I love going in deep and teasing the meaning out. I love discussing possibilities. I love facing hard truths, really I do, if it makes the book better. What I love is when someone knows your characters and your story … Continue reading Want to Know a Secret?