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The Mini Writing Retreat--and finding a writing schedule that works

Earlier this month I attended my first writer’s retreat. I got a ton of writing done and got to spend some time chatting with writerly friends who understand what it’s like to have entire worlds in your head and characters chattering away at all hours (especially, for some reason, in the middle of the night when you’re trying to fall asleep). 533 more words

Denise D. Young

Big Decisions: Self-Publishing

I’ve been writing full-time for over two years now–and part-time for many more. For the first two years, I was focused on finishing drafts and creating worlds. 597 more words

Denise D. Young

Back after a blogging break

Long time, no blog. I apologize for the blogging hiatus. The month of January and the beginning of February were, well, crazy.

To summarize: First, the semester started, and I poured myself into class prep. 474 more words

Denise D. Young

Sunday Summary

I’ll keep this ROW80 check-in brief. Classes start this week, so I spent some of the last week doing some prep work, and I know my word counts will probably decrease in the coming weeks as the semester begins. 193 more words

Denise D. Young

Winter Seeds

This might be my least favorite time of year. The holidays, with their glittering lights and brightly colored packages, have passed. Here in Southwest Virginia, the sky is often gray, the air icy cold. 405 more words

Denise D. Young

Slowing the Story Down

Many of my writerly friends face the problem of writing too long. They pen a 120,000-word fantasy novel and then try to trim it down. Maybe it’s my journalistic background or those years penning magazine articles, but I have the opposite problem. 323 more words

Denise D. Young

Welcome, 2016: ROW80 Round 1 goals

Today we had our first snowfall of the winter, a light dusting of snow that coated the ground in powdery white. I’m holed up inside, my beagle by my side as I type away at the keys. 316 more words

Denise D. Young