On Descending Into Madness, or Editing a Short Story Collection

I've spent the month of March editing, tweaking, rearranging, and rewriting a story collection of mine that has been in the works for a few years now, Siblings and Other Stories. Editing a story collection is an entirely different beast from my experiences editing a novel. In order for it to be successful, you have… Continue reading On Descending Into Madness, or Editing a Short Story Collection

How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of This Story?

One of the most humbling experiences you can have as a writer is the realization that your manuscript will take many, many drafts before it is a novel. Confession: it took me a while to come to terms with this. I convinced myself I was some kind of special, rare breed who could get it right… Continue reading How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of This Story?

Sleep, and Other Things I’ll do now That NaNoWriMo is Over

I did it! I set out to finish NaNoWriMo, and 58,000 words later, I did. It's not so much the finishing that excites me as the fact that I didn't give up. Going into this challenge for the first time, I worried that my own insecurities (or laziness or start something but not finish it… Continue reading Sleep, and Other Things I’ll do now That NaNoWriMo is Over

A View From the Other Side

As a graduate student studying publishing, I have the unique job of balancing my writing life with my editing life. I knew from the start this would be a challenge. Starting last fall when I entered my Master's program, my writing life definitely slowed down. As I took Book Editing and worked in my program's… Continue reading A View From the Other Side