Tag Archives: manuscript

Submitting to Literary Magazines

It’s strange to return to blogging after taking a month off.  November was crazy, filled with family, birthdays,  and Thanksgiving.  My goal for finishing a complete edit of my manuscript changed to finishing the first 50,000 words worth, then changed again … Continue reading


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Transforming Awkward Thoughts into Useable Text

The writing powers that be are laughing at my humorous attempts at editing.  If you could see the notes in my manuscript you’d understand.  On each page there are notes pointing out sections of telling not showing, clunky dialogue, adverbs, … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Day #1

The kickoff day for NaNoWriMo has passed and I managed to log 3,077 words on the new story.  Not bad for a first day.  The night before I could hardly sleep and when I did I had nightmares that I … Continue reading

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Getting Back to Business

Back in January I started my quest to write the book that had floated around in my head since college.  About ten weeks later I held in my hands a very rough draft.  At that point I was pretty proud … Continue reading

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Writing Without Looking

Not too long ago I started using yWriter5, a software program specifically designed for writing novels.  I was willing to try anything to help pull the pieces of my story together and motivate me to keep going.  While yWriter has … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters – the Bad Guys

Have a seat on my casting couch – it’s time to meet a few more characters who will appear in my novel.  We will start with the lead antagonist, portrayed here by none other than the esteemed Liam Neesen. Regulus … Continue reading

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Weekly Review #17

At last, the end of the week.  By far, this has been the most exciting week on the blog since I started, thanks to being featured on Freshly Pressed.  A terrific thank you again goes to WordPress editor Joy who … Continue reading

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Weekly Review #10

There wasn’t much to review this week.  The manuscript is making slow and steady progress and thanks to some fantastic critique (Rik and Nancy, you guys are great!) I’m getting a good feel on what I can do to take … Continue reading

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Weekly Review #9

The manuscript is slowly improving.  As expected the revising, editing, and rewriting process is taking huge amounts of effort.  Experienced writers may snigger now at my chirpy optimism at the beginning of the editing process.   It is not until you … Continue reading

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Weekly Review #8

Yet another week come and gone.  I spent most of this week enjoying a head cold and a nasty spring snow storm; needless to say, not ideal creative environment.  The manuscript didn’t see as much progress as I would have … Continue reading

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