This morning I woke up at 3 am to submit a query letter and the first five pages of Mirror of Sparrows to #RevPit. #RevPit gifts writers the opportunity to work with an editor for five weeks. I'm competing against hundreds of writers who've all worked really hard on their stories. My hope is that … Continue reading #RevPit and the revised Chapter 1
It's been about three years since I started writing Mirror of Sparrows, now moving forward into the fourth year. So it's a time of reflection and evaluation. Why am I doing this?
A few people have asked about the book, so here is a little update for anyone who might be interested. : )
Okay... I'm putting myself out there now. If you'd like to read the current draft of the first chapter (four pages) of Mirror of Sparrows, then click the link below. I just reread it and found a funny spelling mistake. See if you can find it, too : ) https://ellenbrockediting.com/mirror-of-sparrows-3/ It would really bless me … Continue reading Draft of Chapter One, now open for feedback : )
I've given it everything I have, and I'm not sure where to find what I lack. I feel not energetic enough. Not creative enough. Not insightful enough. Not intelligent enough. Not able, enough. I only can give what I can give. I only am who I am.
Progress on Mirror of Sparrows has been slow, but the story is moving along: The outline is settled, up to the first plot point: this book is going to be on the long side. The first plot point was originally going to be the midpoint, but there is more story to tell. My main characters … Continue reading Mirror of Sparrows, update
Our dear friends, Jared and Tiana, invited me to do a writers' retreat in Makapala, Kohala, Big Island.
on writing with authenticity and creativity...
Writer's block: an inability to think, combined with a deep sense of guilt, that no amount of caffein seems to be able to take away. But, I'm trying to look on the positive side: I'm learning patience, especially with myself. Challenges produce perseverance and character. Meanwhile, all I have to write is AHHHHHHHHH! No - … Continue reading The benefits of writer’s block: there really are none
Today, I accomplished my goal of writing 50,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo! Things didn't go as planned: I'd started Camp NaNoWriMo with a fresh new outline of Mirror of Sparrows, and I envisioned myself writing a complete first draft based on that outline. What a convenient vision! About half way through, I realized that my outline had … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo