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February 22nd, 2008

10,000 WORDS GONE!

I celebrated every 10,000 word milestone while I wrote my NaNo MG...should I celebrate losing 10,000 words now? I always knew it was too long, but it felt great to let my ideas run free. A year ago, I probably wouldn't have been able to cut such a huge chunk so easily, but now I'm just slicing and dicing. I even nixed some funny scenes after realizing they didn't need to be in this manuscript.

I've seen such a huge jump in my writing and revising abilities since I was invited to join Joyce Sweeney's weekly workshop/critique group in June. When I went to Rutgers in 2005, my mentor had suggested that I get into a group with published authors, but at the time, I had no idea how to do it. I do learn a lot from all my groups--they're amazing! But there definitely are things that published writers/mentors know from experience that can truly help bring a manuscript to the next level.

I am so grateful to every single person who has critiqued my manuscripts and have helped make my writing shine brighter than ever. Thank you all so much!
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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