Tag Archives: Editing

Grateful for the day job

There’s a good deal to be said for a day job. I’m not always this philosophical about having mortgaged forty hours of my writing time a week, not to mention an additional fifteen hours of commuting. This week, however, I … Continue reading

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A new adventure

A couple of years ago I committed to going to England this summer to meet with some of my online word-nerd friends. It was a pretty scary commitment to make, given that the financial situation was pretty tight at the … Continue reading

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One down, ninety-nine to go

Yesterday I received my first rejection in the current round of submissions. I was pleased because the rejection was quick. The whole text of it was “I’m sorry, but this is not for me.” Perfect – it said “no”, and … Continue reading

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The new story progresses

I’ve been making steady progress on the second book in the Swan Harp trilogy. It’s going much more slowly than the first one, in large part because I thought about the first story, in various forms, for nearly twenty years … Continue reading

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How long does it take to…

I had a short week at work this week, because I took Saturday and Sunday off to participate in the writing binge. I’ve made good progress on the second book of the Swan Harp trilogy just by writing in the … Continue reading

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Down to the wire

This morning I printed out The Swan Harp, all 130,000 words, three hundred pages of it. That’s something of an accomplishment. In 2005 I’d never written anything longer than about 10,000 words. I’d certainly never rewritten anything that long. In … Continue reading

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Potential

“Potential” is a double-edged word. Whenever I say to someone that a story has potential, I can almost see them wilt, hear that little internal “Oh!” of disappointment. It wasn’t what they wanted to hear, and it sounds like – … Continue reading

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What Editors Want

Among my writing friends I have several who have a lot of experience as journalists, writing for newspapers and magazines. I’ve learned a lot from them about writing non-fiction for periodicals. The most valuable thing I’ve learned is what editors … Continue reading

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Time tricks

The last six weeks, since November 2nd, have been rough. I haven’t talked about it here much, but my husband’s business had to fold, and there were some urgent financial things to be done, all of which took time and … Continue reading

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The new routine

Today I start my new routine. My regular shift at work is 2:00-10:30 p.m., and I’m trying to get four hours of time in the morning before I have to leave for work. This will let me have breakfast, do … Continue reading

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