I'm writing this post after having a really amazing conversation that I'll post more about soon! But until then, I'm thinking a lot about the book that I'm finishing, which has undergone several drafts over the course of many years. That's unusual for me, and I think it's a process that deserves some thought. My … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: A Long-Term Revision
I'm writing from the woods in Pennsylvania, where my critique partners Sara and Eva and I travel for our annual summer writing retreat! Retreats are great for so many reasons. Getting away from your normal surroundings—and I don't mean a local coffee shop, I mean far away—can really help you refocus on your writing, because … Continue reading Away on Retreat!
For the past month and a half, I've been in the query trenches. If you're not familiar with the term, it is what it sounds like: writers armed with meticulously revised, polished manuscripts venture into the battle of finding representation for their books by writing hopeful letters to literary agents. The query trenches are an … Continue reading Tuesday Writing Thoughts: Flying into Windows
I had an amazing weekend of writing, thanks to my critique group and the amazing community of writers I am so lucky to be a part of. I've been planning Writing Hive events each month since last November, and most of them have been dinners. But this month, I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading Writing Hive Event: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Today, I'm thinking about writing accountability partners and critique groups. My friend Greg asked for a post on this a few weeks ago, and I'm happy to write one in response to him! As much as you surround yourself with motivational journals and objects like those pictured above, sometimes nothing is more helpful to your … Continue reading Thursday Writing Thoughts: The Magic of Critique Groups