Our Stories Are Like Socks…

Socks have come up a lot recently. I think it’s because the weather’s gotten cooler—and colder still. So I’m trying to up my sock game. I’ve had a couple of unsuccessful shopping trips on a quest for new socks. There are so many kinds out there. Striped, argyle, conservative, fun, boot-length, no-show, and anything in between. YouContinue reading “Our Stories Are Like Socks…”

NaNoWriMo, Cheating, Losing, and Winning

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was an odd experience for me this year. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I didn’t meet the “winner” requirements. I didn’t make 50,000 words for the month. I finished at 37,154. How would one even write out that number? Thirty-seven thousand, one hundred and fifty-four? Such aContinue reading “NaNoWriMo, Cheating, Losing, and Winning”

6 NaNoWriMo Tips for Vacation, Thanksgiving

Do you know that “All Is Lost” moment in a novel? It usually happens at the end of Act Two. I feel like that’s where I’m at with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Why? Because I went to San Diego for vacation. And my word count status for NaNoWriMo has plummeted. For me and myContinue reading “6 NaNoWriMo Tips for Vacation, Thanksgiving”

#DVpit, 10 Things I Noticed

Yesterday, October 17, was #DVpit on Twitter for adult fiction and nonfiction books. “What’s that?” Writers from diverse backgrounds pitched their completed, unpublished manuscript ideas in a tweet. Since it was an organized, publicized effort, agents checked the #DVpit feed on Twitter, looking for manuscripts they may be interested in reading—and hopefully representing. If anContinue reading “#DVpit, 10 Things I Noticed”

Sometimes the Universe Comes Knocking…

Sometimes, the Universe drops us hints. Knocks on our noggin. Kicks us in the rear with a pointed, fiery boot. And it’s up to us to pay attention and take heed. I had such a tiny experience with the Universe. Three little experiences, actually. First, I stumbled upon the submission guidelines on POPSUGAR’s website. I’mContinue reading “Sometimes the Universe Comes Knocking…”

The Elusive Goal of Getting Published

I recently came upon an important anniversary. A year ago was my last day working a full-time job. With my husband’s support, I decided to give this writing thing a go. I dove into the writer life. Sink or swim. Publish or bust. I set some goals: Write every day. Finish a manuscript. Work onContinue reading “The Elusive Goal of Getting Published”

Be Vulnerable, Fail Forward, #WriterLife

I go through cycles during my writing process. Writing my first draft is my favorite part of the cycle. During that time, I tell the judgmental side of myself to buzz off. And for whatever reason, thankfully, it listens. During that time, I get to explore. It’s fun. It’s freeing. It’s the kid-in-the-candy-store side of writing. EvenContinue reading “Be Vulnerable, Fail Forward, #WriterLife”