Update on My Novel

To my dear readers who have followed my story...thank you for your incredible patience. It would almost make a story of its own for me to document my writing journey these past months. I finally decided that at the end of the year I will put my novel aside. In other words, it must be… Continue reading Update on My Novel

My Happy Place as a Writer

For a long time I searched for my Happy Place as a writer and I didn't find it. The reason I couldn't find it was because I needed to create it. I needed to understand what this place is made up of. Most of all, I needed to identify the core of my motivation. Writing… Continue reading My Happy Place as a Writer

Orienting Your Reader

I am currently on holidays in Manitoba for a month, visiting family and attending two weddings, as well as my mother’s eightieth birthday celebration. While I am here I am also trying to carve out some daily time for writing. This is more easily said than done. I don’t have an internet connection so doing… Continue reading Orienting Your Reader

Getting Past the Fear

Last night, at 4:00 a.m. I finally pressed 'Send' and submitted my first ten pages to the Oregon Christian Writes Manuscript Submission program. For $5.00 you can have an editor or agent look at your first ten pages when you attend the conference. They may or may not want to meet with you and possibly… Continue reading Getting Past the Fear

What I learned from the NaNoWriMo process

The first two weeks of National November Write Month went better than expected. I managed to keep up with my target word count, more or less, or at least catch up. But then we ran into a bit of a crisis at work and my job had to take priority, with extra hours and more… Continue reading What I learned from the NaNoWriMo process

NaNoWrMo

I've heard about it. National November Writing Month. Write a novel in a month. Here is a synopsis from the NaNoWrMo website: NaNoWriMo is all about using the magical power of deadlines to tell your story. Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen. Pies will be eaten at… Continue reading NaNoWrMo

OCW Conference

I promised to report on my experience at the OCW Conference. Initially the goal was to find an editor who would want my novel. As the date approached I saw that I would not complete editing my novel in time. I did a lot of the hard work, as I had intended. But something was… Continue reading OCW Conference

Writing Update

I am two and a half weeks away from the Oregon Christian Writers' Conference. Last year when I went to the conference for the first time--my first ever writers' conference--I submitted my novel to an editor who said it was too "edgy" and "not suitable" for the publishing house she represented. I've since learned that… Continue reading Writing Update

The pain passes but the beauty remains

I have been in a lot of pain recently. For some reason my neck is giving me trouble. Today I thought about the artist, who, crippled by arthritis continued to paint the great cathedrals in Europe. When someone asked him why, he responded, "The pain passes, but the beauty remains." Writing requires discipline, persistence, all… Continue reading The pain passes but the beauty remains