Journal

June 2019

Writing

I’m halfway through the rewrite, and it’s going amazingly well. I’m stripping out so many plot points, but my word count is probably double what it was. I think it’s because I finally committed myself to a horror as a genre, which is a far cry from the original sci-fi beginnings of this story.

It’s taken 6 painful drafts to get to this point, and when this is done, I will still need to do a round of line edits before I send it out for round 2 reads. As they say, you only learn how to write the book you are writing. Every book feels harder than before, instead of easier. Every book also feels more dangerously ambitious. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I want to try this anyway.

Life Lately

So writing has been the highlight of my days lately. In truth, most of the posts that have gone up here were pre-written a long time ago.

I have not been well. I hardly have the energy for conversation, and my inboxes have grown gnarly branches I long to prune. I’m hoping for some relief soon, but until then, things will be a lot more quiet on my side.

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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.

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