Passionate about the writing process and desperate for a career that would feed my heart's desire, I took a risk and began editing novels for hire in 2003. I've built a successful little business as a writer's coach and editor, and I love my work.
In 2008, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, and my life has changed forever. My 2008 novel is in its 6th draft now, and I am submitting to agents and publishers.
I just revisited 2009's manuscript for the very first time this August when I went to Hawaii, from whence one of that story's main characters hails. I did some great research, but that manuscript still has a long way to go.
In 2010 I tried something different based on my own theory that you've got to write about 50,000 words to get 500 good ones. I wrote 50,000 words about my city's pigeon population, hoping to edit them down into a 500-or-so-word children's story. I haven't touched that manuscript yet.
For NaNoWriMo 2011, I wrote my memoir. The exercise helped me prepare for turning 40 and also helped me mine my own experiences for inspiration and self reflection.
I'm hooked and wouldn't miss this year's NaNoWriMo for anything.
- SoMa, San Francisco
- I am The Sexy Grammarian.