Writing Life

Getting a book out the door

So that NaNo novel? I finished the first draft of 93K words in 7 months. That might seem like a long time, but it was the fastest I’ve written a novel so far. This month my YA heist novel went through three rounds of revision and then I sent it to beta readers and a freelance editor. What I know now, because patterns, it that early revisions are the grouchiest time in my writing cycle. Every Read more […]

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CCIRA 2019

I was so honored and excited to present two sessions at CCIRA (Colorado Council of the International Reading Association) this year! CCIRA is a massive, professional literacy conference for K-12 educators. My sessions were: “Genre Fiction – The Cure for I-Hate-to-Write-itis” and “Using the Narrative Toolbox to Power Up Academic Writing”.  The energy of the conference is palpable and Read more […]

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That NaNo Novel

Dear Fellow NaNoWriMo Participants, I’m still working on my NaNo novel, but I have passed the 50K mark. This year I started a brand new project for NaNoWriMo. I had an idea about a super exclusive internship full of teenagers with secrets who needed to steal money and data. As I’ve been writing, I’ve been reading (or re-reading) some fabulous YA heist novels. And I’ve been watching people Read more […]

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