Tag Archives: rewriting

Finding out what I know

Last night at the monthly meeting of To The Point, the writers’ group, we held a little workshop on revising poetry. I was leader/facilitator/major domo/Grand High Poobah, pick one. I daresay it went well – everybody there seemed to feel … 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 second draft

Sometime on Saturday evening, on my way in to work, I finished the second draft of “The Last Black Swan”. This makes me very, very happy. I sorted out some things that I knew were problems. I checked on some … Continue reading

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Back to work

Tonight I go back to work at the call centre. It’s going to take a while to get used to the new schedule – working 10:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. I’m sure I’ll be fine with it. I’m sorry to … Continue reading

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A last week

This is my last week as a full-time writer and artist, at least for a few years. Starting October 7th I go back to a regular job and return to writing part-time. I’m not sad about this – in fact, … Continue reading

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Inspiration strikes

Today was the workhorse day for me because I didn’t have any meals or cleanup to do. I was hoping to get 6,000 words done. The bad news is that I didn’t quite, but the good news is that I … Continue reading

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Search and destroy

I’ve been plugging away at The Swan Harp this week and doing nothing much else in the way of writing. I did take a couple of days to go to Sticks, Strings and Stewardship, the annual knitters’ retreat in Sudbury, … Continue reading

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Juggling act

I’ve now officially passed three self-imposed deadlines for the current draft of The Swan Harp. In one way I”m not particularly happy about that, because I hate to feel like I’m behind in my work. In another, I realize that … Continue reading

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Yes, you

If you have a good body of work and are submitting pieces or pitches regularly, following all the guidelines and are still not getting results, it’s possible that it’s you. Yes, you. Have you got an artistic temperament? (When it … 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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