February 23, 2018

Whew! It's been a week y'all. I just got a critique back from an editor. The site of the email brought on sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and stomach twisting. After the last time a professional editor critiqued my writing (I won a free pass over my first chapter), I feared the worst (nothing good was said about the writing and I was VERY discouraged).

I know my writing isn't perfect and my story needs work, but as I've said before (and as every writer knows), my book is my baby. Sometimes I go mama bear on people. If you're a writer you know how it is.

Before I opened the email, I prepared myself. "Changes don't mean the story is bad...no story is perfect...your pantsing ways often get you in trouble so there may be st...

February 6, 2018

Writing is hard. 

We've all seen the meme, all whined to our friends (or the bottom of a mug once filled with a very different kind of wine), and yet, we've all kept at it. 


Because writing is also a water spout. Inspiration, characters, words all build up in us until the pressure reaches intolerable and they gush out, soaking the nearest bystander, word doc/journal/restaurant napkin available. 

I can't not write. 

When I try to take breaks, my muse (which really, I think is just the love child of logic and passion) throws a tantrum until I pay attention to him again and pour something out onto the page. (Sometimes I joke that all my characters live in a bar in my head -- a la Cheers or How I Met Your Mother -- and...

February 1, 2018

Recently, I hired a professional editor for my manuscript. With much trepidation, I sent it off to her Sunday night (just in case Monday lived up to the foul rumors we perpetuate about it) and since have been attempting not to stress about it. You know what it's like. It's your baby. It's hours of blood, sweat, tears, and brain cramps. It's your nakedness and vulnerability on display in the hands of a stranger! (Dramatic? Yes, but I am a writer after all.)

What if she has nothing good to say about it? (this recently happened to me with the first chapter. Massively disheartening.)

What if she wants to cut some of my favorite POVs? (If only, if only I could write third omniscient well!)

What if I have to cut an obscene amoun...

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Here at The Pensive Pen, I blog about writing, querying, and self-publishing my first paranormal academy series. Sometimes I might share about struggling with anxiety and insomnia, and I'll always ask questions to discover something very important to me: getting to know YOU! If you're a writer, reader, or someone trying to figure out what community looks like online, this place is for you!


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