Making 2017 the Year of Rejections

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” ― Sylvia Plath Rejection has been on my mind a lot lately. First there was this article by Kim Liao where she suggests that new writers aim for 100 rejections a year. There were the podcasts by Mur Lafferty wherein she talks about rejection as an inevitable, evenContinue reading “Making 2017 the Year of Rejections”

NaNoWriMo 2016: Post-mortem

Phew. Well, that was one hell of a ride. My ninth National Novel Writing Month turned out to be a doozy. My initial rebellious streak was quickly quashed, and I found myself reconsidering whether or not NaNoWriMo was indeed the right forum for me to try something as ambitious as marathon revisions – it certainlyContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2016: Post-mortem”

How I’m Doing NaNoWriMo Differently This Year

This is my 9th year participating in NaNoWriMo, and this year I’m doing things a little differently. See that? I ticked that box. I am now, officially, a NaNo Rebel. I’d been hemming and hawing for weeks as to whether or not I should join in the festivities this year. I didn’t want to breakContinue reading “How I’m Doing NaNoWriMo Differently This Year”

NaNoWriMo Prep 2016

I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month every year for the past eight years (and met the target goal four of those years). I love the sense of camaraderie and good spirit associated with the event, and the feeling of accomplishment for having met my goal has always been worth the strenuous daily word counts.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Prep 2016”

Writing Playlists: October Edition

I like to listen to instrumental music while I write – most often something that fits the mood of the story I’m working on and gets me immersed in the scene. This autumn I’m doubly steeped in spooky as I prepare for Halloween and work on revisions for my supernatural murder mystery novel, Steep. Here areContinue reading “Writing Playlists: October Edition”