Writing

The Evolution of a Novel

As seen through the lens of Google searches: searched: “the symmetry of snow” I read this phrase in an article, and it struck me as beautiful and mysterious, and with the phrase came an image of a girl walking in the woods. It was snowing and she was mesmerized by the snow. I watched her …

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Creation Takes Trust

When people ask what I do and I tell them I’m a writer and an editor, they usually get this glazed look in their eyes as they say, “Oh, that’s interesting,” in a tone of voice which simultaneously suggests an inability to come up with any other response as well as a sense of wonderment …

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on beginnings

Lots of people have said lots of things about beginning a new story and first chapters and first sentences: “First sentences are doors to worlds,” said Ursula LeGuin. “The first chapter is the last chapter in disguise,” said Richard Peck. “Cross out every sentence until you come to one you cannot do without. That is …

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Thoughts on Inspiration

The following was found while I was packing boxes for my recent move. Judging by the handwriting, the content, and the other things I found with it, I wrote it some time in high school. Sherrah’s Laws of Inspiration Inspiration happens only 1. When you are eating oreos with milk. 2. When you are in …

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and for my next trick…

Several years ago, after about a year or two of working an 8-5 desk job, I complained to my mom about early mornings. She, in her ever-so-loving way, told me to deal with it. I was an adult, and that was what it meant to have a job, and that I’d just have to get …

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on being a steward of pain

I’m at the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing. Today’s the last day, which is probably good because I think my brain may explode soon. I have so much swirling in my head that I decided to skip a couple morning sessions and just write, because that’s what I do when things are swirling. …

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conferences

I have signed up for my first ever writing conference. It was something I wanted to do this year, but I wasn’t sure if it would work with my schedule or my finances. And I wasn’t sure if I would be brave enough to actually go. Well, I’m going. I found a conference that’s early …

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I’m Not a Pantser

In general, writers are often either pantsers or plotters. Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants. They start with an idea or a character, and they start writing and discover the story as they go. Plotters outline, to at least some degree. I have been a pantser in the past, and I think it …

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my inner editor

I like the idea of a muse, and have occasionally been to known to facetiously whisper Milton’s words, “Sing, Heavenly Muse…” as I sit down to write. But in the day-to-day work of writing, I’ve found muses to be too flaky to be relied upon. My inner editor, on the other hand, is perhaps a …

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the story of my story

In ninth grade, I wrote my first fantasy novel. It was terrible, but was an excellent exercise in world building. Many years later, after I graduated from college, I returned to the world of that first novel, and started tweaking things, deepening and enriching it. And then I started writing a new story for that …

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