I’m beginninig to wonder if I will EVER find the perfect balance of perfectionism and practicality. Although, to be fair, I’d probably settle for a practical balance of the two if I weren’t caught up in being such a perfectionist. It’s really hard to know when the right time to show off your manuscript. As… Continue reading Perfectionism vs. Practicality
Editing is going slow, I’m not going to lie. It’s hard to move, it’s hard to end relationships, and none of what I’ve gone through in the past few weeks is conducive to a peaceful, imaginative, motivated, creative headspace. I feel like editing wouldn’t be so hard if I were editing to CUT things out… Continue reading The More I Write, The Harder It Gets
So I’ve been talking a lot about my novel “The Neverland Wars,” but it’s been a while since I straight up explained it, and I woke up excited about my project so lemme tell you… The Neverland Wars is a modern-day continuation of the Peter Pan story, it holds to J.M. Barrie’s story as tightly… Continue reading The Neverland Wars
I’m going to head out to Seattle tonight, hopefully in time to grab dinner with some old editors, but definitely in time to write with them at a little sci-fi themed coffee shop in North Seattle. It feels so strange to return to Seattle and not really be a resident anymore. When I wrote Dr.… Continue reading Dr. Derosa Boomerangs Back: Rights Revert!
It is insanely hard for me to read a novel while I’m working on writing one. I know writers are supposed to be voracious readers, gobbling up books constantly to fuel their own brillaint ideas and inspire their own artistic minds, but I always feel like I’m caught up in one or the other. I… Continue reading The Challenge of Reading While Writing
Did anyone else feel that deep, collective breath of relief yesterday as NaNoWriMo ended? Washington state is in one of the last time-zones before the date line, so I usually end up finishing my novel with the last of the last. Fortunately, I clocked in at 50,132 around 4pm on the 30th. Home for Thanksgiving… Continue reading Post-NaNoWriMo
I like Seattle in November. It gets a lot colder in the winter, but November is the last of the beautiful fall. You have those yellow-gold and sun-orange leaves soggy and mushy like cerel once you get the milk on it. The way the clouds uniformly cover the sky, especially when its not raining…it just… Continue reading Too Few Words
For as much time as I’ve spent noveling in other places and trying to keep pace with NaNoWriMo in California, I’ve actually only ever won NaNoWriMo in Kenmore (my Washington state hometown) and twice in Bellingham (the college town I lived in, 100 miles north of my hometown.) Needless to say, I’m heading home for… Continue reading Prepping for Home: Where Does Your Writing Live?
It’s interesting to see at what stages different people lose steam during NaNoWriMo. Sooner or later, that initial burst of enthusiasm and coinciding energy runs out and you’re left to finish the project on the dregs of inspiration and a (hopefully) heaping stash of will power and deep-seated motivation. Looking at my Writing Buddies list,… Continue reading Plot-Bunny People
I thought I was going to get so much writing done this summer. I did manage to crank out a sixy-two page thesis that convinced my advising professor that I could have a future as a literary critic and send off a lot of (admittedly, rejected) query letters. Even still, summer always used to be… Continue reading You Have To Be Crazy: Summer Writing