There were days I never thought I would type this blog post but I can finally say, with a deep breath and cheesy grin, the first draft of my middle grade adventure novel is FINISHED!!! Almost three years, 62,557 words … Continue reading The Writing Round Up: September 2018
Like many writers out there, work and family obligations don’t really leave time or flexibility for attending writing conferences and retreats. Some are also hella expensive… So I try to learn as much as I can on my own, and … Continue reading Writing Craft Book Spotlight: The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass
If you’re a writer with publishing ambitions, I’m sure you’ve heard agents calling for ‘stories with lots of heart’. I’ve heard this term tossed around but what does it really mean to give a novel heart? I came across one … Continue reading Creating Stories With Heart
WIP progress Still ploding away at draft zero folks. Current word count for my middle grade adventure novel (working title Code Green Society) stands at about 48,000 words. I’m looking forward to typing ‘The End’ on this manuscript. How should … Continue reading The Writing Round Up: August 2018
Looks like my poor little blog is falling by the wayside… I’m now at the seventy percent mark of my middle grade novel. Honestly I’d predicted that I would be revising a completed draft by now but here we are. … Continue reading Getting back on track in August
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I had a chance to lead a class at the SDSU Writers Conference this past weekend on the five questions to ask an agent before signing with them. To be fair, I forgot… Continue reading Jim suggests questions to ask a prospective agent!
So here we are at the end of April 2017! Whew! I’ve been crazy busy and I’m still struggling with balancing writing with the requirements of a full-time job. I haven’t really been blogging because let’s be honest – blogging … Continue reading The Round-Up: March/April Goals