Photo by Ann H from Pexels This past snowy weekend I typed the last two words of the first draft of my newest manuscript...THE END. Yep, I did it. I finally finished my first draft! It took me approximately seven months to write the first draft, which I think is pretty good considering I also have a full-time … Continue reading Taking a Break?
Photo by Anna Tarazevich from Pexels It’s the time of year where everyone takes stock of their goals for the year ending and setting new ones for the year upcoming. But this year has been difficult for everyone, including myself, and you know what I’m going to do instead? Be compassionate and not beat myself up for not … Continue reading The End or a New Beginning?
My therapist asked me the other day what’s important to me? What makes me want to get up and go? The first, obvious answer is writing. But I can’t do that all the time, I would burn out and run out of ideas. I clearly also love to read and play music, but what else? … Continue reading New Adventures
I always need to be writing something creative. If I’m not, I feel antsy or that something is missing. I’m still querying my book ”Does Love Always Win?” but I’ve been trying to work on other projects in the meantime. That’s actually been helpful in receiving rejections, because I start to think "Well, maybe one … Continue reading Write What You Love
Photo by Min An from Pexels The other day I opened up my Gmail account and began skimming to see what I had missed. I had been on the road all day for work and hadn't even checked my personal email since 6 a.m., probably a record. As I began sorting through the junk, the subject line of … Continue reading Small Wins
It's been another couple weeks of constant rejection from agents. This news can be disheartening to say the least. But instead of giving up or wallowing in my own self-pity, I find writing about the experience helps me process my emotions. I thought I would share a recent piece I wrote after a particularly difficult … Continue reading My Ode to Rejection
Photo by MESSALA CIULLA from Pexels I've written two books; one I put aside and one I'm actively querying, but a thought keeps looming over my head, "What's next?" I'm stuck trying to start my third book. I've written snippets, but that's it to this point. Every time I go to work on it, I seem to distract … Continue reading What’s Next?
Photo by Angie from Pexels After a yearlong break and many, many revisions, I'm back in the querying trenches, trying to find an agent to represent my young adult manuscript. I honestly forgot the highs and lows associated with this process; that some days I'm whooping with joy because an agent asked to read more pages contrasted with … Continue reading The Querying Coaster
Since March 2020, I actively decided to stop querying my book and take a break to make some very deep edits. I hired an amazing editor, (thank you Brianna!) and with her guidance, added a lot of depth to my story. I was invigorated and excited by everything I included until I looked at my … Continue reading Editing, and More Editing
I've been putting off writing a blog post, not because I don't want to, no, but because I've been having trouble figuring out what to write about. In the past, I used to get a glimmer of a blog idea when I was traveling or even on my commute to work. Now that I've been … Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places