Writing Quote Tuesday

Today's quote is from the prolific Joyce Carol Oates: I love this quote. I've always felt like I never know how my WIP truly begins until I finish it.

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My New Year’s Writing Resolutions

I've actually never written New Year's Resolutions before, but I do like setting concrete goals, so I thought I'd give it a try this year. Here are a few things I hope to accomplish this year with my writing: Write at least 5,000 words a week until I finish the first draft of Freedom City. … Continue reading My New Year’s Writing Resolutions

It’s Heartbreaking When You Have to Say No

If you've been reading this blog, you know that I've been on a mission to get one or another of my books published for a few years now. I've received rejection upon rejection from literary agents. Some of them were encouraging. The last agent to reject Women Like Us wrote, "I was highly entertained reading … Continue reading It’s Heartbreaking When You Have to Say No

‘Til the Shoutin’s Over and They Gather up the Singin’ Books: Writing in Character Voice

I like to write my novels in first person character voice. (Some people call it writing in dialect.) I do it for a few reasons. One, I enjoy reading novels written this way. Two, I think I'm pretty good at it. And three, I absolutely LOVE distinctive human voices, particularly those of the American South. … Continue reading ‘Til the Shoutin’s Over and They Gather up the Singin’ Books: Writing in Character Voice

Waiting for The Aha

So here I am, about 8,000 words into my first draft of Freedom City. I started working on this novel a few months ago, but I got stuck. What I'd written so far wasn't working, so I had to scrap most of it and go back into my outline. Now, when I say "most of … Continue reading Waiting for The Aha

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