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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Writing is Rewriting

We writers have heard it so many times, "Writing is rewriting." And it is. My literary novel, Purple Loosestrife, is finished. At this moment, it has twenty-two chapters and a beginning, middle, and end. I have written it. There. But since writing is rewriting, I've been working on it like crazy lately. There are a few larger changes that I want to make to a few chapters, then there are smaller edits, and tweaking, and proofing--all the stuff that makes up "rewriting".

I let the novel sit for a time so that I could come back to it and see it with fresh eyes. I believe this is always a good idea with any piece of writing. Even with my flash fiction, I set it aside for at least a few days so that when I look at it again, I might see things I didn't see before--not just errors, but good things, bad things, things I want to enhance, things I want to downplay... whatever the case may be.

So I came back to my novel a couple of months ago with fresh eyes, and I'm now fixing what needs to be fixed and polishing what needs to be polished. I'm preparing Purple Loosestrife for 2013 when I will begin sending it out to agents. This is my goal. I hope to be getting it out there by March at the latest. Until then, I will continue my rewriting process. I really do love it. If I didn't, I wouldn't be a writer. There's nothing quite like printing out a freshly edited and proofed chapter and putting it in my big green binder, which is where I keep the hard copy of my book. The big green binder that's full of all my hard work!

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