Words, Fear, and Confetti!

So I started something brand new last week.

It’s always a weird mix of feelings working on something so new.

I wish the process got easier with each MS, but it doesn’t.

I mean, okay, maybe it does get a tiny bit easier b/c I’m learning what my strengths and weaknesses are as a writer. And this time around I can get the green light from my agent before plowing through. So I don’t feel that total panic of writing blindly for 60,000+ words anymore with no sense of security.

That being said, it’s far from easy.

It’s also no secret that my writing style is a bit all over the place. It’s fine. I own it. It works for me.

With this new book, I am determined to try and tap into things I’ve always wanted to write about. No fear, no holding back. Just write every word without worrying. It’s always so exciting and scary starting a new venture.



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(hehehe. I’m not really THAT scared. Just always wanted to use that gif. And now that I have, my blogging life is pretty much complete.)

Speaking of fear and words, last night was the Scripps National Spelling Bee! I didn’t watch, but it sounded like a real nail-biter that (SPOILER ALERT)… ended in a TIE!

When I was little I always wanted to be one of those kids. All those words to spell, all that confetti and glory and fame and EXCITEMENT.

And that trophy. How I longed for that trophy.

You can feel the buzz in the air, so to speak.

I went through an entire summer when I was 7 where I walked around spelling every word I could and it drove my brother INSANE (especially when I nailed “quiche.” Sorry, Scott), but it was prep for my big moment, should I ever find myself on that stage (never happened, sadly).

Anyway it got me thinking: we all have those words when we’re writing that we can’t get right no matter how many times we’ve typed them. Mine is “nausea.” Lame but true. I can’t type it without looking it up first.

What’s your I-Would-Totally-Lose-the-Spelling-Bee-with-this-Word” word???