Author Archives: rachelcolina

First Draft — When Will I Be Ready?

About a month ago, I finished my book.  Rather, I should say, I reached a finished a sentence that I had decided was my last sentence.  My word count goal had been reached, and my story had been told. Since … Continue reading

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Update

I’ve updated “Books and Reading,” and I continue to write about two times a week over at blogspot.

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What Makes a Book

I walk through bookstores and find myself picking up volumes of fiction–Nicole Krauss, Rebecca Wells, Anthony Doerr–and flipping to the end.  I’m counting the pages.  How long is a book, I wonder.  What is too long?  Too short? I’m a … Continue reading

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Writing Jobs

I am almost finished with chapter two. Progress comes in spurts–500 words one day, minus 45 the next–and I hope to develop a steadier pace. But one place I always get stuck and lose motivation is when the story takes … Continue reading

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Even though I’ve been quiet on the site, I’m making progress in my writing. I’ve finished the first chapter of the novel and anticipate only minor changes. Chapter two is underway. There are pieces I like — paragraphs, exchanges of … Continue reading

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Ronald & Cynthia

I moved “Ronald & Cynthia” from “Works in Progress” to “Fiction.” I still consider it an early draft, and I’m hoping to get feedback about it from class over the next couple weeks. Because of its length (just under 3800 … Continue reading

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Writing Goals

I am almost finished with the first chapter of the novel. While I have a rough outline for the book, there’s enough wiggle room that the characters can still tell me who they are and where to go. I’m happy … Continue reading

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