I’m struggling with something, an ongoing thing I’ve been struggling with for years. It’s about the novels that live under my bed. The two unpublished novels I wrote before I almost gave up writing, and then discovered ghostwriting, and, soon after, YA. Two novels totaling eight and a half years of my life. Two novels … Continue reading When to Resurrect the Dead Manuscript Under Your Bed?
Why, hello there. I’ve been quiet. Since I last spilled my thoughts here, I worked hard to get my first draft of The Walls Around Us done by deadline. I will tell you the truth, want it, want the truth? After everything I said in that post—shouting my love and appreciation for deadlines from the … Continue reading The End-of-Year Quiet
We’ve been talking about revision lately in my online YA Novel Writing Class with Mediabistro—which has been such a great experience, and ends in about a week! (If you want to take this class, I have no plans right now to teach it again, but my friend and incredibly talented author and teacher Micol Ostow … Continue reading On Revising: Why Can’t It Just Come Out Perfect the First Time?
I'm close to finishing this revision, but so much of what I'm doing is tied up with worries of what will happen to this book, what people will say or think, or not say or not think, and I wish I could get rid of all that. Go back to a time before, when I … Continue reading I Am That Girl
When I have a ton of work to do—like, for example, right now with freelance copyediting deadlines, teaching responsibilities for my writing class (which I think is going really well! I love my students), and novel revisions and a nice, solid book deadline I have noted in beautiful panic red in my calendar, among other … Continue reading The Isolating Writer
For the longest time after grad school, maybe in reaction to being workshopped so much I could hear twelve different responses to every line I put down on the page, I crawled into myself and stopped showing my writing to very many people. Friends would have to beg to read it, and even then, once … Continue reading Finding Your Writing Confidantes
Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. I keep wavering between these two emotions. Source: flickr.com via Nova on Pinterest • Photo by Brooke DiDonato Actually, I want to tell you about the day I turned in my big revision for 17 & GONE. I’d been … Continue reading A Brief Moment of Confidence
...on the fact that I finished my revision: I finished my revision. And I leave for the writers colony in five days. Brain is mush now. But pages got done.
The title of this post? I said those exact words yesterday. I'm a few days from finishing this round of revision and turning it in. I'm a mess. I'm trying so hard. I have no perspective anymore. I'm forcing myself to work at a pace that's unnatural to me—in my natural state, it would take … Continue reading This Writing Thing Is SO HARD
So yeah it’s my birthday this Thursday (and E’s birthday today! and the anniversary of the day we went to City Hall and got married tomorrow!), and I know I should want to do something special for my birthday to kick off the year, but all I can think about now is this revision. I … Continue reading Revision Fever