Writing Prompt: All The Things She Said

It's Friday and I'm hoping for the best!  Since entering the NYC Midnight Short Story Contest, I'm planning on moving on to the next round. However, there are a variety of possible assigned genres that I've NEVER written before and I don't want the next round to be my first foray into a genre, especially … Continue reading Writing Prompt: All The Things She Said

Writing Prompt (final edit): Heartbeat

It's LATE on Friday and I'm just getting around to posting this last edition of Heartbeat before I move on to other projects. See First Draft and First Edit. This project was tough, harder than I expected, because I was editing on my own. Usually, I have my writer friends critiquing, which helps me see … Continue reading Writing Prompt (final edit): Heartbeat

Evolution of Critiquing

Just to be clear, this isn't a history of the critique, so I'm sorry if you were expecting that. Critiquing takes different forms depending on how rough or polished the draft is, so I want to walk through the critique and its evolution as the draft moves from rough to polished. First Draft Critique The … Continue reading Evolution of Critiquing

Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 2

It's Friday again!  I've managed to do a round of editing on last week's story and I have a second iteration to share with you. If you haven't already, go back and read the first version, then stop over here to check out the improvements.  As I read through, I realized I was mixing POVs in … Continue reading Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 2

Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

Last week, I talked about giving critiques and this week, I want to talk about RECEIVING critiques. In the writing circle I run in, there's a fair amount of critiquing going on and the most common complaint I see about GIVING critiques is the lack of grace on the part of the writer. For example, … Continue reading Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 1

It's Friday, which means it's time once again to share my writing.  This week, I want to try something a little different. I reached way back into my writing past and pulled this goodie up. I loved the prompt and the rough idea I came up with, so I'm sharing the terrible story I wrote … Continue reading Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 1

Critiquing – Giving Critiques

I've been around several different groups of writers and I can say, without doubt or hesitation, that critiquing is one of the hardest things to master. Whether critiquing your own work or the work of others, it's necessary to understand how to be the most useful to help better the work in front of you. … Continue reading Critiquing – Giving Critiques

2017 Recap: Writing Year in Review

It seems this post didn't publish when it was supposed to. Weird. Well, here's my 2017 recap. Three weeks late.   I can't even believe it's almost the New Year! And really, that means I can't believe it's almost Christmas! And it's almost my daughter's birthday! She'll be four! The end of the year always … Continue reading 2017 Recap: Writing Year in Review

2018: Looking ahead, goals, dreams

Wow! What a crazy year 2017 has been. Last week, I shared about some of the things I've learned and done over this past year and now I want to look ahead at 2018. This past year was mostly about learning, figuring out what I want to do, coming up with a plan, and sort … Continue reading 2018: Looking ahead, goals, dreams