May 24, 2018

Writing is important. Oddly enough, it's sometimes difficult to put to words exactly why. I do it because whole worlds live inside of me, because characters scream until I let them out, because through it, I come to understand the world far better than I did before I put my pen to the page (or fingers to the keyboard.

From the time I was a really little kid, I remember describing the world around me in my head, narrating my days. I often imagined myself as a character in a book, dreamed of how an author might describe my surroundings, what I looked like, what my family, friends, and foes looked like. In this I found refuge from bullies, victory over failures, and accomplishment in pictures made of words.

Writing is my def...

May 18, 2018

Have you noticed I like alliteration?

Happy Friday! You made it through the week! Congratulations!

I'm starting a new segment on my blog where I shout out another awesome writer. Want to be included? Shoot me a message in the comments and I'll shout you out!

Friday Follow

This week, I'm shouting out Sharon Peterson, writer of

women's fiction, hater of all things pumpkin flavored, and one of the most encouraging people I know. My typical reads do not usually include romance. I prefer science fiction with maybe a subtle whiff of lovey-dovey brewing in the background. Sharon, however, has made a fangirl out of me. Her novels weave together wit and wisdom and often have me weeping by the end. One day I'll say I knew her!

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March 2, 2018

Do you ever have writing meltdowns? You've been pounding away at the keyboard, scribbling in a notebook, or talking into a recording device (hey, some people to it!) and you're finally done. So here comes the editing phase. The first round is pretty easy. You hunt down little things like grammar and punctuation and missing or repeat words. You think, hey, this isn't so bad. I've got the hang of it.

Then comes the second editing phase. If you're like me, this is the phase where you start questioning words. It's not too intense yet, though. Because the real intensity comes after the third or fourth draft when you send it out to betas. Maybe a few positive ones come in and you feel pretty good.

Or maybe you start getting app...

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. 

Why?

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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