If You’re Not Riddled With Self-Doubt, You’re Not Doing it Right

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This isn’t my real first draft. This is a fake one I created for demonstration purposes. Check out that word count and deadline. Are you stressed out yet?   First drafts. They are a nasty business. They will cut you down, make you weep, and doubt everything about yourself. Sounds fun, right?   I’m fortunate enough to be working on a first draft right alongside one of my favorite critique…


Kimmery’s Top Ten Tips For A Good First Draft

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

  Our topic this week is first drafts, and let’s be honest: I am not a trained writer. I don’t have an MFA or a background in journalism or even an English major. So it might amaze you that my novel (now titled The Queen of Hearts) was in near-flawless form when I finished its first draft. Revision? Ha! I had to look up the meaning of the word. I’m…


My Love-Hate Relationship With First Drafts

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

First drafts are my favorite drafts. I love the immersion in the story and the constant internal pressure to write and write until it is all out. When I’m writing a first draft I don’t screw off much on social media, don’t return emails promptly, and often drive by my exits on the expressway without noticing. During my first draft, I’m definitely a fly by the seat of my pants…


Telling Myself the Story: Composing a first draft

Monday, November 27, 2017

It’s fortuitous that this topic falls here, at the end of November, as I’ve spent the past 26 days frantically drafting Book 2 of the Aven Cycle as my NaNoWriMo project (with intermittent work on two other projects at the same time). It’s also a bit unfortuitous — I’ve been so busy drafting that I haven’t had a lot of time to think about how I draft. What leaps to…


[News Flash] November 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Congratulations to @DianneCasey11, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christopher Meades! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Christopher Meades + Giveaway of HANNA WHO FELL FROM…


Interview with Christopher Meades + Giveaway of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

  This summer, I was lucky enough to attend BookExpo, the big trade show in New York where the year’s brightest literary stars are introduced. In a sea of articulate, fascinating speakers at the conference, one stood out to me: Christopher Meades. His book, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky, sounded like one I’d want to read under any circumstances but after hearing his story, I was desperate to get…


A Poet No Longer

Friday, November 24, 2017

This week we’re talking about the roads not taken. I’ve already talked a bit about some of the career paths I might’ve walked down (You can read more of that here.), so I thought I might talk a little bit about the fork in the road that I faced with my writing. Long ago, in a faraway land, I looked at one of my most trusted writing professors (Michael Knight….


All Roads Lead to This One

Thursday, November 23, 2017

This is exactly where you’re supposed to be. This quote is posted on the wall next to my bed. Long ago I gave up trying to think about what if’s, because that usually what if’ed my kids out of existence. And while I’m thrilled to get them out of the house for the day, I still like them home by bedtime.   So instead, I’m going to talk about the…


On Dream Jobs: Kimmery’s Fork In The Road

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  Today we are writing about the road not taken, a subject I like to spring on unsuspecting people at dinner parties. “What would you do if you weren’t managing hostile corporate takeovers?” I’ll say to the man next to me, and he’ll look at me like I have four heads and then mumble something about how he also likes hedge funds. On reflection, maybe my city is not the…


The Road Not Taken

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This week’s topic is the road not taken—how choosing a different path might’ve affected our writing. First of all, there’s a whole theory about Frost’s “Road Not Taken” actually being ironic, meaning that the choosing the other path wouldn’t have made any difference whatsoever.  I prefer interpretations that irritate the majority because I am cantankerous by nature, so of course this is the interpretation I feel is most correct. The…