Posts tagged "Writing"

Writing a book is like having a baby

Writing a book is like having a baby
I listened to a podcast a few days ago where one of the ‘casters talked about how it’s been said that writing book is like having a baby. While she couldn’t speak to the second thing, she thought the analogy was off base. Well, I have had a baby (two, in fact) and I have... Read more »

7 most frequent questions a not-yet-published author hears

7 most frequent questions a not-yet-published author hears
I’m in that weird limbo between my book being sold and my book being published. When I run into friends and family members, even ones I see very frequently, I get asked a lot of the same questions. I welcome the questions, actually. 1) Writing is a very solitary thing. It’s nice when people in... Read more »

NaNoWriMo 2014: Sticking point

The novel I’m working on for National Novel Writing Month will be the sixth book I’ve completed start to finish in the past five years. I don’t say that to brag. If you read some of these as they currently stand, you’d totally get it. Book 1 is in good shape. Book 2 we must... Read more »
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5 ways writing a novel is like being pregnant

5 ways writing a novel is like being pregnant
I recently (as in yesterday) started writing a novel, a new novel. I wrote 720 words, and then I went on Twitter to announce that I was working on a new project. I called it a “zygote.” Naturally, that got me thinking about how writing the first draft of a novel is like being pregnant,... Read more »

My Writing Process

I’ve been reading a book called Forest for the Trees, and one chapter highlights famous authors and their writing processes. Yesterday, while both kids were home and stuck inside because of the cold, I took a look at mine. 5:30: Wake up and check the internet. Have coffee. Do not skip this step. At least... Read more »

Staying Motivated While Editing

So, here I am blogging about how I should be editing the novel I’m trying to finish before my (self-imposed) February 10 deadline instead of actually, you know, editing it. The silly thing is I really want to finish this manuscript. I think it’s good. I think it’s marketable. After trying to query agents on... Read more »
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NaNoWriMo Home Stretch: Three Lessons Learned

We’re heading into the last week of National Novel Writing Month and I’m about 10,000 words away from my 50,000 word goal. And you know what? I’ve been amazed by how easy I have been able to fit NaNoWriMo into my life, despite having children at home all day and wanting to have time to... Read more »

NaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow. Strap On Your Bionic Typing Hands.

The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Which sounds like a lot, but it’s not. 50,000 words over 30 days is about 1,700 a day, which (if you’re staying on track) should take you about two hours. I’ll be participating this year for the second... Read more »

2012 Resolutions - February Check-In

We’re one month into 2012. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? One of my resolutions was to check-in with myself at the end of each month to see how much I’ve accomplished and what I need to work on in the next month. I broke my 2012 goals into three categories: writing,... Read more »
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Writing...With Children: Time Crunch

Hi, friends. I know I’ve been a little lax in my blogging lately and my brand new “Three Weeks Into January” resolution is to start blogging each and every day, even if what I blog about is not TV related. So, I’ve mentioned this before: my secret novel-writing shame. I’ve been working on a few... Read more »