Process

Celebrating the Halfway Point, but then…

The beginning of summer makes me nostalgic and reflective. Maybe it's because my birthday falls near the beginning of the season, or maybe it's because I am a teacher, meaning I've always--aside from a few quick years spent in the real world while I finished graduate school--associated summer with endings. The end of the school… Continue reading Celebrating the Halfway Point, but then…

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Sacrifices Need To Be Made

Here are a few more side-by-side changes to demonstrate my revision process at work. Right now it's going swimmingly, becoming more complicated with each sentence. I'm trying to broaden my scope and make the villain of the piece a bit more insidious and pervasive. The best I can say while I'm mired in the writing… Continue reading Sacrifices Need To Be Made

Process

It’s Getting Better All the Time

I've been writing all afternoon, so I'm just going to share a couple of passages to demonstrate my revision process. This is the third go-round, and I think it continues to get better. Or at least it continues to better express my intent, which is the best you can hope for as a writer. Cheers!… Continue reading It’s Getting Better All the Time

Process

Simple, Changed

Writing my first novel has been a struggle. I drove straight through a first draft in a little over a summer and re-wrote it almost entirely the following summer, finishing it, finally, in early 2014. Yet after rereading the second draft, I knew it still needed work. The first draft began after a podcast about Daoism inspired an opening… Continue reading Simple, Changed