• Contests,  NaNoWriMo,  Plotting,  wordcount,  Writing

    Another NaNo Victory!

    Last weekend I completed and won my third NaNoWriMo! This year was a bit (*cough, LOT) more of a roller-coaster than I remember the last two years being. I had a few zero wordcount writing days as well as two of my highest wordcount days ever–7300 and almost 9000 words. Whew! Yeah. I’m looking forward to finishing this novel, that has a working title of A Kingdom Between Us. It’s about a returning prince who is reclaiming his throne. He falls in love with…a maid. So, I’ve tried to add several twists to a couple of old tropes. I’m really excited about this story and so happy to be just…

  • Editing,  Querying,  Writer self-care,  Writing

    Back to School Mojo

    First, I just want to say how much I miss blogging. It always clears my head. At the risk of blogging half-formed posts, I may need to reincorporate regular blogging into my writing goals because it does something so positive for me. So, stay tuned and I promise to make such posts have some sort of direction or meaningful nugget beyond my own need to vent/write about my writing. Okay, then. It’s day three of my kids being back to school and today was the first day I didn’t have to go to my day job. So, yay!! A day for writing. Kind of. Mostly. I’ve taken a couple of…

  • Editing,  wordcount,  Writing

    Go Back to the Beginning

    This weekend I finished a round of deep edits on my second WIP. I’m not sure what the differences are between “deep edits” and “rewriting” but, for now, we’re calling it “deep edits.” And, as I’ve said on twitter, I have a whole new appreciation for editing. I thought I appreciated it, but it was a whole other thing to spend months (and months) editing scene after scene. The doing gave me a deeper understanding. Whew! Not that I’m done and ready to ship my story out. I’m going to go through it again (and again) until it’s polished, or as polished as I can get it. Somehow, by editing…