A Different Perspective

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.
– Pablo Neruda, Your Laughter

I have been revising my current manuscript for so long that I cannot see it clearly. I want to finish, I want to be done with this story — I have new stories to write! — but right now I am too close to the story to see it. I need to stop staring at the words.

What do you do when you’re too close to a story? How do you clear your head?

Manuscript Matchmaker Contest Results

Enfant écrivant-Henriette Browne
Harlequin announced the final results of the Manuscript Matchmaker contest. Out of 132 entries in the first round, the editors offered contracts to 6 writers. I feel very privileged to be one of that number. It was an intense and amazing experience.

Congratulations to Angie DickenAnna ZoggVictoria W. Austin, Whitney Bailey and Mollie Campbell! I look forward to reading your stories.

I really do believe that everyone who entered got something good out of the experience. The chance to get personalized, specific feedback from an experienced editor was fabulous.  I hope all the authors who did not final in the contest take the opportunity to revise their manuscripts. In the forum posts, I was able to learn some details about their plots and characters, and these stories sounded like ones I would love to read.