I recently finished up the millionth draft of my young adult manuscript, and as I neared the end of the current round of rewrites, I considered a question many writers before me have faced: how do you know when you're really done with a draft? I asked this question recently to someone who has to write regularly for… Continue reading Don’t Flinch
Another NaNoWriMo has come and gone, and with each one, there is always a tinge of sadness when it ends. There's something special about this month, even though all the deadlines are self-imposed and the word count is arbitrary. But, if NaNoWriMo was every month, we wouldn't hold it to such high standards, or rather… Continue reading The Final Stretch
Yesterday I finished the first draft of my second book in my young adult noir/lesbian/roller derby series. I immediately felt a wave of sadness to close another book on a protagonist I have come to love and feel very connected with. It's an emotional moment to cut ties with someone who has lived in my… Continue reading Letting Go
The end of NaNoWriMo is upon me, which is good and bad. It's good because I won't have to feel the pressure of the 50,000 word count weighing on my shoulders, but it's bad because I won't have that pressure forcing me to write everyday. Without the deadline, I fear my writing life will go… Continue reading Everything Good Must Come to an End
During the Eighth Annual Wordstock Festival this past weekend, I was able to attend readings and lectures and to meet with various people in the Portland literary community. One of the lectures I found relevant to my writing life was called, "The Art of the Ending." Featuring writers Jon Raymond, Brian Doyle, and Natalie Serber,… Continue reading The End is Near!