• 2020,  Fiction,  Revising,  The Writing Life,  Writing,  writing tips

    Revisions: How Do You Know When You’re Done?

    Here we are. Another week of staying at home. With everyone. It isn’t always easy to stay focused. It isn’t easy to ignore distractions. But here is the thing. If you get something done, it’s better than nothing. There are a lot of demands on your energy. The key is to keep moving. Do a little. Try some free writing. Or describe in a journal how you are feeling. Everything counts. Recently, I took part in an excellent online workshop with prolific author Kate Messner through the SCBWI. If you aren’t already a member, you might want to check out their online offerings. Considering the place I am in my…

  • Fiction,  Fiction,  Revising,  writing tips

    Anywhere But Here

    I’m sure that with many people around the globe self-isolating, due to the unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic, wanting to be anywhere but here is a popular sentiment. Staying at home can feel like a break from life’s hectic pace, but it soon gets a little old. Who doesn’t like having coffee with friends and visiting family members? At the moment, we don’t have a choice. For me the words Anywhere But Here, hold special meaning, because that is the working title for my current novel project. After having a few weeks away from revisions, and armed with new feedback from my agent, I am ready to dig in once more,…