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A Writer’s Workshop Group

Good Morning! 🙂

I’ve been dying to write this post for some time, and with the #PitchWars hashtag party in full swing, now is as good a time as any.

Near the end of 2016, one of my amazing critique partners, A. J. Super, formed a workshop group. The idea was a group of people who all write in the same age category and genre to tackle queries together. Since queries are murderous to write, of course I was 5000% on board. This was hands down one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only is my workshop group AMAZING, I’ve learned so much from them that my query skills have gone to a whole new level. What used to be a pile of ‘save the world’ generalizations has turned into somewhat concise queries. Not perfect, but leaps and bounds ahead of where they were.

Here’s some things I learned a...

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Are You Ready to Pitch?

With the holidays over and spring thaws happening, I tend to think of this time of year as the start of pitching season. Agent inboxes are open, yearly budgets are restocked again, and publishers and looking to get their hands on some crafty new stories. If you’re like me, you’re probably sitting on a pretty polished manuscript ready to pull up query tracker and yell “bombs away!”

Story: Last year I put all my spit and polish on a manuscript I was pretty damn proud of. But (dot dot dot) I knew there was something missing. Something I couldn’t quite pin down with any accuracy. I entered #PitchWars, got a request, but didn’t make it into the final round. Best thing that ever happened...

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Managing Time as a Writer

Managing time is not a rodeo I’m unfamiliar with, but this past week has definitely challenged my schedule.  Between family obligations, out of town visitors, writing, editing, and critiques, I’ve been sleeping less and wrapped around my kindle a lot more than normal. On top of it all, I still have a paid job I need to keep on top of. Over the course of nearly a decade of contract work, here’s what I’ve discovered:

  1. Make time for yourself. No matter how exhausted you are, or how many projects are brewing on your plate, downtime will help clear out the numbness and cobwebs. When working on several projects at once, an agile, refreshed mind is a must.
  2. Eat real food. I can not stress this enough...
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All Hail the Critique Partner

If you’re a writer and you don’t have one… stop.

Go right now (before you touch that cup of coffee) and find a critique partner… or twelve. It can be a nerve-wracking thing to put your work out there for someone else to see.

Not just read, but have an opinion about.

Gather your courage and know that there’s an evolution to all writing which can only happen outside of ourselves. Here are a few reasons why I recommend at least three critique partners.

I. Our Knowledge is Limited. When I first took the plunge to get random ideas out of my head and on paper, I was struck by how difficult this was. During that time I was in college, a single mother, working, and barely surviving. I mean barely. The only thing I had going was the ambition to make a better life for me and that little girl...

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Welcome

Genorä & Welcome to Daily Cup o’ Coffee 🙂

The first day of fall draws nearer. The rains have come and in my kitchen there’s a strong smell of pumpkin pie spice which – let’s be honest – makes me crave all those yummy, warm foods that come with the season.

Instead of eating though, I’ve got a warm cup of coffee in my hands, a soft blanket over my legs, and a head full of utter nonsense. 🙂

For those who have found their way to my little corner of the world, feel free to grab a cup of coffee and stroll through the halls. I’m a writer, developer, designer, gardener, and mother of some very rambunctious little monkeys. I’m also a dog lover, so that one person out there in the universe – you know who you are – stop sending me cat videos. Please?

Feel free to poke around my blog as much o...

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