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October 8, 2009

The Writing Life II

Filed under: The Writing Life — Tags: , , , , — serena @ 12:34 pm

The Problem with Titles




So, I finished the first draft of my second novel! (applause, gasps, sighs)


Now for the hard part – the edits, the volunteer reader comments, the …. (drumroll) TITLE.

Lucky are those authors who get their titles first and then write the book around the it. I guess I’m just not lucky. (more…)

September 24, 2009

The Writing Life

Filed under: Cultural Rants, The Writing Life — Tags: , , , — serena @ 10:46 am





This morning I awoke with a sense of dread. I just finished the first draft of my second novel – meaning I finished a few weeks ago. Hundreds of the novel’s pages are stacked on my desk, out of order, with tons of edits and suggestions scrawled along the margins – products of writing group comments and various family reader-helpers. The book is about 10,000 words short and I didn’t have the foresight to organize it by chapter. Ick.


So what do I do? I take a long bath. Then I (more…)

February 24, 2009

The Good Rejection

Filed under: The Writing Life — Tags: , , , , , , — serena @ 6:46 pm

Good rejection? Prior to my recent and first experience of a “good rejection,” I too would have scoffed at the very idea. How could a rejection be good? It’s like having a good nightmare. A good bump on the head. A good stubbed toe. A good hangover.


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