Discussion Questions – and Answers! – from Something Beautiful

I’m doing something a little different today! Every so often, I’m going to snag a Monday post to talk about Something Beautiful, my upcoming YA contemporary release! I’ve got a little over two months to go, and my ARCs are out in the world, so I thought I better get started!

In the back of the book, there are five discussion questions—these should be present in every version of the book. I’m truly hoping to hear from readers—my email address is listed and everything. But as a starting point, I’m going to answer the five questions myself. I’d really love to hear your answers too!


How Long-Distance Running Has Made Me a Better Writer

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to sit down and write something that wasn’t about what I’ve been reading or a big announcement about the book I’ve been working to publish for the last three years.  I don’t really have time now either, but I’m making it, because I’d really like to be more active on the blog.  So here I am, going back to writing about running.  Did you miss it?

I started running in the spring of 2013.  I’ve blogged about it off and on for the better part of two years, but most of that was focused on being injured, on feeling tired and fatigued.  I lost any sort of excitement that comes with writing about running, so I stopped writing about it.  I needed to start loving it again before my words spilled out into the world.  So instead, I wrote characters who were runners.  I couldn’t just stop talking about it all together!  It’s basically the only time I go outside.[1]  In any case, my training has ramped up in the last nine months since I stopped writing about running, and it’s been teaching me a thing or two about writing.  What could running possibly have taught me that I couldn’t have learned elsewhere?  Let me count the things.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written!  I hate admitting it, but I got in a bit over my head when I was trying to post three times a week, all while traveling a lot for work and making some exciting life changes.  I won’t get into any of that here – I’m too excited to tell y’all the news!  But I will say that I can’t guarantee any number of posts per week anymore.  The blog is going to turn into an as-I-have-time adventure.

Because… are you ready for this?

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL is getting published!

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The Importance of Self-Editing

Today’s topic – the importance of self-editing during the writing process.

Yes, you saw that correctly!  Self -editing is not a separate entity from writing.  Really.  It’s not.

I had all kinds of aspirations to become an editor after I got my Master’s degree, and maybe one day I’ll be able to do that on a more full-time basis.  But for now, I mostly self-edit and do light copyediting while freelancing.  It’s good for the time being.  In the time I’ve been studying the editing process, however, I’ve really come to appreciate the self-edit.Read More »

Making Time to Write

Here’s something that I’ve gotten asked several times: how do I force myself to write when I don’t feel like it?  There’s definitely a key word in that sentence – force.  Yes, I have to force myself to write sometimes.  That’s the way of the world, especially since writing is my job, a lot of the time.  So how do I make time to write?  Here are some things that have helped me:Read More »