I've been thinking a lot about how I work. How I'm most productive. What would help me be most productive and the type of creative person I want to be. This isn't news, if you've read previous posts on this blog. I'm a bit obsessed with this type of self reflection. But I'm going to self-reflect … Continue reading How I Work: Thinking about Process as a Writer with a Dayjob
I get asked a lot about my research process which is a whole other series of posts, probably. But I do a lot of googling as I write, and I wanted to share a list of things I've googled the last two writing sessions as I work on Book 2 of the Balloonmakers. These are all … Continue reading Peeking Behind the Curtains of Book Research
REVISION PASSES. It’s time for the second post in my Revision Is My Favorite blog series! The last time we talked, I was like “Oh sure, here’s my reverse outlining process and it’ll only take me a week to do this!” And here we are. Three weeks later. Sometimes books are hard, y’all. So it … Continue reading Revision is My Favorite: Step Two
I really love talking about writing process with other writers. I feel like I almost always walk away learning something new about the way creative minds work, about my friends’ books, about my own books and my own mind, and about the ways in which I might Create Better. I spend a significant amount of … Continue reading Life as Process; Writing Process as Life
I wrote in July on meeting my first balletbook deadline. Since then, I've gotten titles and an editor change, asked for and received a deadline extension, written another book for the series, revised that book twice, turned in my first round of edits on Turning Pointe and Second Position, and I'm about to hit send on … Continue reading Staying Creative Under Deadlines
'Careful fear and dead devotion' is a line from The National's Don't Swallow The Cap. The alternative title to this post is My friends are amazing, my agent and her team are brilliant, and you'll get it done, I promise. Today I emailed a Serenade/balletbook project to my editor and met my first deadline. Yay, fire … Continue reading On Careful Fear and Dead Devotion
I'm sure that everyone has that ONE question that they get asked all the time about their debut book (or maybe, for every book! I guess we'll find out!). For me, the conversation goes a little like this. Me: I wrote a romance about two ballet dancers after a horrible car accident and how they try … Continue reading So, Do You Dance?
“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” -Albert Einstein I was saying to a friend, Paul Krueger (go say hi to him on Twitter. He's pretty fantastic and his debut out from Quirk next year is going to be AMAZING), that I felt like my writing got … Continue reading All Roads Lead Somewhere: What My WIPs Taught Me