Month: April 2012

  • Playing and Making Writing Fun Again

    Well, this will probably feel a bit strange, but first, I’m going to send you away from this blog post, because I just read a great post that inspired this one. So, go check out: Dale Launer’s “Cure Writers Block” In case you haven’t checked it out already, he talks about where he thinks creativity…

  • When to Rewrite, and When to Leave it Alone: Or, Is It Done Yet?

    The question of when something needs further drafts, versions, and either heavy rewrites or light editing is a question that, I think, a lot of writers consider. Likewise, I haven’t met a lot who like revisions, even though to a greater or lesser extent, they’re still essential for every work in progress (WIP). Thus arises…

  • “Things Like That Don’t Happen to Us”

    I entered a fairly substantial contest last year, and the finalist results just came out in March. It could have meant big things for my career, for a bit of focus on my writing, and I could practically taste what winning would be like, let alone a final. And then, of course, I didn’t even…

  • Acceptance and Publication: A War of Attrition?

    I’ve been out querying and feeling a bit down about my writing lately – one of the low points in the ride, perhaps – and my husband suggested that I had to consider the process towards publication like a war of attrition. I got the feeling he meant I couldn’t simply give up, but I…

  • Keeping a Hook in the Water: How the Querying Process is Like Fishing

    I spent a lot of time as a kid out fishing with my dad. I learned to cast my line and reel it back in (usually with a weed). Sometimes we trawled along slowly (definitely an effective way to catch weeds). I haven’t gone fishing in years since, but as I’ve been sending out my…