The Writing Life Category

I really, really, really hope that all of this struggle is actually leading me somewhere…

Working on some new stuff. Chipping away. But still finding it difficult to write. I feel like I’m floundering, a little bit. I hate it when people talk about how hard writing is. It’s not hard. It’s about as difficult to do as it is to achieve at a high level in any profession. I […]

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I can be kind of thin-skinned, and I’ve simply learned to accept that

I’m editing my middle-grade novel, and I’m slowly going through my agent’s comments. I say ‘slowly’ because whenever I go through critiques, I can only take a few comments at a time, because otherwise I just get too wound up. I can have kind of a thin skin when it comes to critique. I mean, I’m not […]

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Feeling very energetic about my writing but also very in transition

Sent off my proposal for my second YA novel. About to get a second round of notes back from my agent on my middle-grade novel. And making some revisions to my adult literary novel (the sociopathic mom novel, now with 100% less sociopathy). And I should be getting bound galleys from my publisher sometime in the […]

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Reached my 1400th short story rejection!!!

Yep, reached the big 1.4k a few days ago. These milestones haven’t felt as large since I hit 1,000. In fact, I didn’t notice this one until a few days after it happened. My submission volume is way, way down. I’ve gone from writing 20-30 stories in a year to writing, well, fewer than that. […]

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Is there any way for male YA writers to combat the sexism in our field? (even as that sexism puts money in our pockets)

Just read an extremely revealing post by an author who decided to submit her manuscript to publishers and agents under a male pseudonym. She writes: “I wanted to know more of how the Georges of the world live, so I sent more. Total data: George sent out 50 queries, and had his manuscript requested 17 times. […]

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It’s better to ask for information, rather than advice

People, in general, are too quick to pass the buck. They don’t want to make decisions for themselves. They’d rather turn to someone in authority and do what that person tells them. Now, I’m pretty sure that every single person reading this post is like, “That’s not me!” Except guess what? It is you (and it’s […]

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Found some gold in my unfinished story archives

I used to generate dozens of story fragments, ranging from 50 to 5000 words, each year, but eventually I stopped seeing the point. I never looked at them, and most of them were just nonsense. Now I tend to either delete the free-writing or to store it in my huge “_fragments.docx” file (which I also never […]

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Sometimes I still can’t believe I sold a book

I’m feeling a distinct torpor, but I’m trying to shake it off. Not sure what’s happening. Maybe just that my novel’s text got finalized, but it still has another year to come out. It really feels like right now, at this moment, no one wants anything from me. I definitely have the space to just […]

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Am readjusting to life on the inside!

June was not my most productive month. Went to two week-long conferences, and, from a productivity standpoint, that is two too many. However, now I am back home, and am trying to get work done. Today I finished a draft of my proposal for my next book (yes, another proposal…writing your second book is such a […]

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Trying not to stress out about book / career stuff

Like everyone, I get stressed about stuff. I worry. I try not to, but it’s difficult. I’m trying my best to just accept the stress. Like, yes, maybe my book will flop. Maybe I won’t be able to sell my MG novel. Who knows? These things happen. Because the alternative is to go around and […]

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