Hillary DePiano

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The hardest part of rewriting a book is letting go of the earlier versions

The hardest part of rewriting a book is letting go of the earlier versions

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Mistress Novel, My Writing, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Back in 2009, I finished the project nicknamed Mistress Novel. I rewrote and revised it until it was as good as I could make it on my own and sent it to Beta readers in April 2011. I made another round of extensive edits based on that feedback and had a “finished” version I started to query in the summer of 2011. I was pleasantly surprised by...

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Updates on Mistress Novel, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird and my next e-commerce book

Updates on Mistress Novel, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird and my next e-commerce book

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Mistress Novel, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

While my mail list got a sneak peek of something coming soon yesterday, it’s far from the only thing in the pipeline. Here’s a quick update on what I’m working on right now: I finished a new play a few weeks ago. My mailing list is getting first crack at it but I’ll have more to share about that with the rest of you soon. Right now,...

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The value of creating a timeline of all your writing works in progress & their stages

The value of creating a timeline of all your writing works in progress & their stages

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Asplode, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, The Muppet Play, Wife Novel, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

I have created a very simple and very effective writing motivator. It’s a spreadsheet in which I’ve listed every one of my works in progress. This ranges from finished and published works to ideas I’ve only just started to jot down notes for. I’ve given myself space to input the date when each project transitioned to a new stage (ie...

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December turned out to be a much better writing month than anticipated

December turned out to be a much better writing month than anticipated

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Mistress Novel, New Year's Thieve, Polar Twilight, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

My plan for this month was simple. I was determined to finish the rewrite of Mistress Novel, getting all the scenes I rewrote together and figuring out what still needed to be written before I started the final polishing of this version. Simple enough, I thought, and just ambitious enough for the crazy month of December. I was making good progress the...

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My new Work in Progress, nicknamed Clone Rocker, will be my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel

My new Work in Progress, nicknamed Clone Rocker, will be my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Clone Rocker, External Stimuli, Mistress Novel, My Writing | 0 comments

One of the strangest pregnancy side effect is weird dreams. Like, dreams so vivid and dark  that your doctor actually warns you about them ahead of time so you don’t think you’ve gone completely insane. So, like, next level weird. Yeah, that’s a thing. Anyway, when I was pregnant with my daughter back in 2012, I had many of these crazy...

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The four hardest things about rewriting something you thought was finished

The four hardest things about rewriting something you thought was finished

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

“After that there is rewriting. This is worse than merely writing, because not only does he have to think up new things just the same, but at the same time try not to remember the old ones.” -Edward Gorey Back in March (has it really been FOUR MONTHS since then???), I mentioned that I needed to completely rewrite the project nicknamed Mistress Novel from...

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