Category Archives: Editing

How to “Win” NaNoWriMo

Last month, I explained National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and now it’s here! As I write this, I have written 11,000 words into my second novel, The Devil Before Me since November 1. Crazy? Yes. And that’s why I do it. I’m … Continue reading

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Stir It Up

In a writing rut? Don’t be afraid to change it up! Continue reading

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Back on the Wagon

As most teachers will tell you, August tends to be our version of the new year. Everything starts fresh again: new students, new notebooks, new pens that I don’t need…The summer tends to be a recharging time for me, and … Continue reading

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Real Life Interferes

It’s that time again: back-to-school. As a teacher, this middle part of August is a blur of putting a classroom back together, managing all of the new training modules the school/district/state dictates, and making deals with the copy machine that … Continue reading

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First Ten Pages…Critiqued!

My experiences at the Writing Workshop of Chicago (see posts here and here) were invaluable. Perhaps one of my favorites was having my first ten pages critiqued by Lori Rader-Day, author of The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things, The Day … Continue reading

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Why You Should Attend a Writing Conference–part two

Last week, after my experience at the Writing Workshop of Chicago, I gave you three reasons for attending a writing conference. Today, I’ll give you three more! 4. Confirmation that you’re moving in the right direction I think for most … Continue reading

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Plotting vs. Pantsing

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you need a method to help you plan without making you feel cornered? Continue reading

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