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IWSG: More Revision Terror

The question of the month is What is Your Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer? Of being a writer, or of actually writing? There might be some semantics to bicker about in there, somewhere. My favorite part of being a writer is the community that it makes me a part of. I enjoy being able

Team Holly and NaNoWriMo

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–which begins November First. And Holly Lisle–of Holly’s Writing Classes–is sponsoring a team for the event. That makes this the first time that I’m doing Nano as a member of a team. Look at me! I’m a joiner. See? I have a banner and a team-name to prove

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IWSG: Am I Good Enough?

Go here for more information about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group or to Sign Up. When I first started this round of query research, I had a dream in which an agent returned my query letter along with a do-it-yourself flaming bag of dog poop kit. Dear Author: Please ignite this on your porch. Well,

NaNoWriMo Home Regions and Immigration

The first letters from our municipal liaisons are arriving, today, and I got back to my home region for the first time this year. Nebraska::Other. A rip-roaring writing community of eight people. Twenty-five percent of them are Municipal Liaisons, if you’re doing the math. Which I am. As always, I’m seeking out new writers and

Backtracking and Password Protecting

Today, I password-protected the first ten chapters of the Science Fiction Experiment. I’ve been thinking about this for a while. And this is what I’ve come up with. When I started this blog, it was incredibly small. Microscopic. Just me and a few writer friends I know from various places on the internet. And I

Who I Am, and Who I Pretend to Be

I made it to 1000 followers on Twitter, this week. That’s an accomplishment, for me. I’m not all that outgoing in real life, but apparently, in a no-commitment forum, where all I have to do is be momentarily distracting, I’m not too bad. I get a few views from Twitter, now and then… but not

Nanowrimo, Side Projects, and Momentum

The thing I really need to work on–not just this year, but always, no matter what–is organization. I need to write more linearly. I don’t know how to do that, right now, but I got some good suggestions the last time I brought it up. Right now, I’m working on a story–and that’s using the

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IWSG: Being Open, and Honest, and Finding Time for Writing

I’m an introvert, believe it or not. I’m good at hiding it–both on my blog and in real life–but that’s what I am. Someone who knew me well once said that I’m an audience person. I’m fine as long as no one expects me to be myself. Turn down the stage lights, put down the

When am I going to get to read your book?

People have been asking me when they’re going to get to read my book. People I don’t know particularly well, and don’t really see as a part of my creative community. Coworkers, mostly. The occasional family member. That fundamentalist preacher–who clearly would not like my book. Nobody ever looks at a medical student, and says,

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IWSG: My First Piece of Writing

So, the question from this month’s IWSG newsletter is: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published? That’s a tricky question, since I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure exactly when it dawned on

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