• General,  Novel Writing

    My Journals Told Me I Hadn’t Changed in Over Fifteen Years

    And then I quit my job. Does Journaling Mean You’re Crazy? I was surprised when I read an essay by writer Peter Schjeldahl of the New Yorker where he said he didn’t journal because it creeped him out to write to nobody. As a journalist, he had always written to an audience. It never occurred to me that journaling could be comparable to talking to yourself (also known as “crazy”). Like many people, I view journaling as a way to think through difficult situations or put down my emotions on paper without being judged or provided unsolicited advice. As a middle schooler and then teenager my journal entries were often…

  • Novel Writing

    Finished Writing My Book, Sort of, Now What?

    I’ve written at least ten drafts of my first novel. You would think after ten drafts, this last one would be the final one, but it isn’t. I’ve printed it out and put it into a binder for my husband to read. After he reads it and makes comments, which will probably take two weeks because he’s not a fiction reader, I’ll edit it again before giving the manuscript to my beta readers. What I’m relieved about is that I can see the finish line. In the meantime, what am I to do? I thought about outlining this idea for a novel I’ve been ruminating on since October. Or I…

  • General,  Novel Writing

    How is 2020 Going So Far?

    What Are Those Goals Anyway? At the end of most years, I get excited about goal setting. Sure, it’s an arbitrary time to set goals, when I could set annual goals on March 19 if I wanted to. But there’s something about the new year that is symbolically helpful in getting me motivated. At the end of 2019, I didn’t have that excitement for goal setting. One would think that after the end of a decade or two, I’d be ready with a whole box load of goals. Instead, I’m keeping to the two I had last year, which is to reduce my weight by eight-10 pounds, a goal I’ve…