Still Revising

| March 4, 2016

I’m going to whine. I’m in the oh-my-heavens, every muscle in my body aches stage of a cold, and I’m trying to add emotion to my story. Yesterday, edited 18 pages, and ended up with a net gain of 0 words. That would be because I didn’t have emotion, and I had some blah blah […]


| March 3, 2016

Is not for sissies. Every word starts to sound like a bad choice. Every plot point feels weak. I’m ignoring my surly internal editor and moving forward. Taking a chance, and remembering, this pass is for layering in emotion. And these folks have plenty of conflict and emotion. Usually, this is the part I like, […]

Word Surgery

| June 27, 2012

Yesterday was a painful writing day. I had to cut. Cut deeply. The thing about fast draft was that I got a story going, and I wrote a ton of words. I just cut a painful number of those words. I thought twice. Did I really want to go that far back to the beginning? […]

Working Holiday

| December 19, 2011

Have the holidays started at your house? Our company arrived early, and somehow I’ve fallen behind in my revising. I’m on the last read-through, but terrible things happen here while I’m focused on work. The house falls apart. All cleaning ends. That’s fine unless you hear someone you love is able to arrive early for […]


| December 16, 2011

Dear, Friday, you’ve arrived too soon! I have work to do and shopping to finish and a house to clean and dinner to sort out. Everyone in this house is a better cook than I. Wonder why they wouldn’t rather eat their own tastier food? The other thing–I lack the carnivore instinct. Tonight, we’re having […]

Revising My Revision

| December 13, 2011

I finished. I checked off all the changes the editor asked for, and then my critique partner, Karen Whiddon, read it. Thank goodness. She’s unbelievably busy, so I was lucky she was willing. She put her finger on the problem I’ve been wrestling, and then she came up with an idea of how to fix […]

Flyby–I’m revising!

| December 8, 2011

No time for blah-blah-blah. No time to think if I’m not thinking about my proposal. I need to finish the revisions by Friday, let the story rest over the weekend, read again on Monday, and off Max and Ilena go on their return trip to the editor! I’m trying to bury myself in their lives, […]