Journey Category

My Favorite Ways to Shop Small, Local, and Made in the US

This may not seem writing related, but authors and small publishers are small businesses, too. I like to support other small businesses. I also grew up in a small business, so it’s close to my heart. Remember that shopping small, local, and made in the US helps other families like you to stay afloat in […]

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Resolutions

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to think of goals for the year. My key, though, is that once I write them down, I forget about them. XD They are usually things I am working on anyway, so I just keep doing what I’ve been doing. For nearly as […]

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The Return of Creativity

Six years ago, I graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I spent the next year and a half writing the story that had been on my heart for a long time. I had a blast. I could hardly wait to get out my paper and pencil. One […]

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What to Do Differently

I may have figured out part of the problem. I need to write the story, not the book. Does that make sense? The book is the finished product that will be published. I don’t need to worry about that yet. I can think about marketability and what editors and agents want during the final revisions. […]

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Query!! (the longer version)

I am officially in the business of getting published. I don’t say trying to get published because I am confident that at some point (it might take awhile), I will be published. 😀 Last Friday, I sent my first query to an agent. I had thought I would be obsessive about checking my email and […]

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28,600 Words!!!!

So, the first week of NaNoWriMo, I wrote 34 pages at 300 words a page. By the next Wednesday, I’d written another 37 pages. Wohoo! I think I’m getting the hang of this! I had no idea I could write so many words so quickly. I’m really glad I did this because I needed the […]

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Writing a Book

The other day, I gathered together all those craft books that I kept asking myself why I bought, sat on the couch, and read. I read How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card and Beginnings, Middles, and Endings by Nancy Kress, both of which have valuable information in them. Since I […]

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New Plan

After restarting Book One a half dozen times in the past nine months as well as completely rewriting section one two and a half times, I was beginning to despair. (Sometimes, Anne of Green Gables’ melodramatic description of being “in the depths of despair” seems completely appropriate. . . .) I reinvigorated my urge to […]

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Happy Birthday

For my birthday present this year, I finally joined The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Hurray! Step one toward fame and multimilliondollardom check! I’m only kidding. But step two toward seriously pursuing a career in the field I love, check. (Step one was the MFA.) Step three, join a critique group. Step four, […]

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Anne After the MFA

After a year and a half hiatus from blogging, an update seems in order: I have my MFA! Yes, nearly a year ago, I graduated with my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. The first six months AMFA (After the MFA), I didn’t touch a book, and I didn’t pick up a pen. […]

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