Author Archives: Melissa

Revision Diary: Shuffling Along

I’ve finally reached a point in this revision where something has flipped mentally. In a good way. What I mean is that the story has finally taken over so much of my attention that it’s crowding out my ability to … Continue reading

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Revision Diary: Blurgh

Quickie entry. Here is a note I left to myself on the ms: The last line says “I don’t know what this scene is about!!!” I have been staring at that note all day. I still don’t know. It’s a … Continue reading

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My Brush with a Prep School Boy

About fourteen years ago, I received an invitation to give my very first school visit as a published YA author. Even though I was a last minute fill-in for an author who had cancelled, I was excited because YA authors … Continue reading

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Revision Diary: That’s a Shame

Over the years, I have tried just about every writing productivity technique you can think of because…well, I’m lazy. Yes, procrastination is largely about avoidance and that is often about fear and that is often about exposure and perfectionism, but … Continue reading

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Revision Diary: Working at the Workshop

I am back from helping out at the Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop in Milanville, PA. In case you haven’t heard of this magical place, please click through the link and have a look at all of the marvelous things … Continue reading

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Revision Diary: the Painstaking Stuff

(I hate long blog post intros, so diving right in.) After going through the entire ms and marking it up in Word as well as creating a chapter-by-chapter outline and marking THAT up, I am finally down to the actual … Continue reading

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Cold Hands, Sore Hands!

Writing historical fiction? Or read tons of it and always wondered what chilblains are? I can help you out with that! Take a look: All four of my fingers are afflicted, but the most easily visible ones are the red … Continue reading

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Tragic Backstory

So like I said, I’m launching this blog mainly to keep track of the revision of a WIP, but first, a little background, some of which is hard for me to admit. I started this WIP eight years ago. Eight … Continue reading

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New blog!

Finally figured out how to add a blog to my webpage, so now I have a convenient place to ramble. This will come in handy because I’m starting an ambitious new revision of an old, ornery ms and plan to … Continue reading

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