Revising a revision strategy, part 2: Characters

This week, I’m interrogating my characters.   I finished examining my novel’s scenes last week. It was both dispiriting and energizing to find SO MANY areas for opportunity, but the exercise allowed me to sort where my novel as a whole is strong and where it needs more work–and how exactly I might improve it. […]

On the mend

Pain management certainly takes a lot of time & energy. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been navigating a fractured, infected tooth, which felt like a knife in my jaw, and a subsequent root canal-turned-ugly-tooth extraction. The dentist said the poor thing was too far gone to save and had to be broken apart […]

First rejection of the year

Celebrate rejection, right? It means we’re trying. via GIPHY TRYING, not crying. No, really, it was actually a positive rejection (writer friends, you know what I mean). The magazine had rejected one of my two poems right away, but the other one they held onto…for 6 months. As a poetry editor, I know that sometimes […]

Coping mechanisms

When I’m stressed out about events beyond my control, I tend to make stuff. Over the past couple weeks leading up to today’s inauguration, I have: 1. Finished a first draft on a new kidlit novel 2. Knitted a Pussyhat for my sister-in-law planning to attend a Women’s March tomorrow Me modeling the Pussyhat. 3. Made my […]

One step forward…

…and a couple backwards. The thing about rejection is that sometimes they’re right. Which doesn’t make it suck any less. via GIPHY I recently submitted a manuscript I was really proud of to a writing professional I respect. Her response was quick, brief, and a little painful to hear. I rearranged deck chairs on my […]