Journal

May 2019

In my writing life

Can someone finish this novel for me? I got my first round of CP feedback and I have a ton of work to do, including some major restructuring issues to sort out. The novel is driving me in circles! The gothic novel is the most complicated thing I’ve written and I really didn’t stick the landing.

How do you know if you should keep going with a manuscript or if you should put it aside for a while? My measure is “Do I know how to fix it?” There have been times in the past where my answer has been no. Now that I have a bit more experience, I can look back and change that answer. Sometimes we’re just not ready for the books we’ve attempted to write, but that doesn’t mean never.

I’m SOOOO thankful for my CP’s Alechia, Katrina, and Stephanie – who give the best feedback. It’s hard to find people whose opinions you trust, and if they’re all saying the same thing, well, I’ve got to roll up my sleeves. I know what I have to do… I’ve just been avoiding it ;D

On my mind

Sometimes social media is too much. I’ve got a small demanding child, and a full time job apart from writing. There are a million things to do – always, and lately I’ve been finding it harder and harder just to keep up on Twitter and Instagram. Nope, I’m not going to disappear, but I’ve had to take a step back.

I have been thinking about the evolution of blogging, and how newsletters have replaced some of that niche for writers. I’ve been enjoying the long form lately, and toying with the format a little. One day I might transition this blog to some kind of newsletter (if I actually had news to share!), but I’m still mulling over what that might look like. I do like having my posts here, but I see the value of a mailing list as well. Still thinking about it.

Speaking of which…

My favourite newsletters

  • Dongwon Song – Agent’s tips for navigating the publishing industry. There’s the paid version (you get more) but you can also sign up for free and get the occasional letter.
  • Roshani Chokshi – Always so delightful! There’s so much personality in Rosh’s emails, and they never fail to make me smile.
  • Roni Loren – Makes me want to read and click all the things, plus there’s serious temptation for planner/jornaling nerds. It’s probably the most well branded newsletter on this list.
  • Janella Angeles – Very sweet and honest info from a soon to be debut.
  • Susan Dennard – They’re jam packed with so much helpful writing advice and business info. Susan doesn’t hold back with the realities of publishing. A must read for writers.

3 Comments

  1. I’ve had similar musings about long-form blogging vs. social media updates vs. maybe doing a newsletter.

    To me blogging (and offering it delivered via email, which almost every blogging service does anyway, right?) is kinda the same as the modern newsletter, isn’t it? So I don’t totally understand why newsletters are suddenly more popular. And I love having more control of my own space on the internet, by designing and maintaining my website and blog together.

    But maybe I’m too old-fashioned, or maybe I don’t subscribe to enough newsletters to understand what makes them different…?

    1. Same! I do suppose there’s the “Sign up for exclusive info” allure to newsletters vs. blogs, and newsletters are usually not sent out quite as often (though these days my bloggging is pretty sparse too). Maybe you have more control over a newsletter? Or maybe just more privacy? I’ve seen some authors take down their blogs after getting published, though I can’t understand why.

      1. I think there is a greater feeling of impermanence — of “these thoughts/feelings/words are valid now but may not last forever” — to a newsletter compared to a blog, which can stay up on one’s site indefinitely, as opposed to getting lost in the natural shuffle of someone’s inbox (or, more likely, digital trash can). And a lot of people feel embarrassed about their past positions once they’ve learned more and grown past them. I can understand that.

        However, I think it *should* be a given that something stamped with a certain date and time — as blogs almost always are — is inevitably a reflection of that date and time, not something that necessarily stays valid forever…

        Historically, I tend to like having a record of where I used to be, so I can see how far I’ve come. (In part because my memory is not the greatest, so I like having a digital record to reference.) But I will admit that recently I’ve questioned whether or not that’s really necessary, and I am learning to embrace impermanence not only as a natural thing, but at times a beautiful one.

        So who knows, maybe someday I’ll take my blog down too. I’ve lost past blogs before, mostly due to the changing landscape of the internet (ex. GeoCities shuttering down), but one time (upon graduating college) I did choose to archive and re-boot on my own.

        For now, I still enjoy my blog as-is, even though it doesn’t feel terribly relevant.

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