We’re now officially half-way through 2011, which hardly seems possible. Wasn’t it Christmas a few weeks ago? Didn’t I just sit down to write my goals for the year? Back in January, I told you all about my goals for this year in the belief that making them public would make me more accountable. I… Continue reading Checking in with 2011 goals
I remember very clearly the first time someone told me I was a good writer. I was nine or ten and had to write a biography about a person I admired. I chose my grandpa, a remarkable man in so many ways that would never earn him recognition outside his family. Loyal, kind, hard-working –… Continue reading How do you know if you’re a good writer?
In the months leading up to my college graduation, I panicked. What the hell could you do with an English degree except teach or go to law school – neither of which I was very excited about? I took the LSAT, but only because I watched a lot of Law & Order and wanted to… Continue reading The worst thing I’ve ever written didn’t kill me
This is cross-posted at The Season. I love short stories. I studied them in college and some of my all-time favorite authors (like Flannery O’Connor and Angela Carter) wrote brilliant short stories. I’ve never been a big fan of romance short stories, though—until recently. Last year I won a copy of Jeannie Lin’s The Taming… Continue reading Little man’s complex: short stories that pack a powerful punch
After one year and two weeks, I’ve FINALLY finished the first draft of my novel. *insert appropriate noises connoting excitement and nervousness here* I’ve been editing and polishing as I go – which is one reason I’ve only written the last scene this weekend. It’s 343 pages (96,500 glorious words) but there are around 250… Continue reading Finished the draft! Need a beta!