Renowrites blog!

Author of YA novel "Enlightenment" available March 2019!

The journey 

I’ve documented the struggles of writers like me burning the midnight oil. We work full-time jobs, focus on family and in our spare time…we write. Something keeps us writing when we can, even if we feel vindicated no progress has been made due to life circumstance.

When someone asked me how my writing was going, I squirmed and changed the subject as quickly as possible. Inside, I felt like a failure. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I get this published?

But there are landmarks in the writing process only visible to the writer, landmarks worth noting. Perhaps in the plot and character development. Perhaps the introduction of a new scene, a new element that gives the story more life. 

I’ve had a bunch of them lately. This novel is no longer a point of stress. No no no! I’m learning to appreciate this novel for opening doors as I research the history of the Philippines and Asia. It’s given me insight on the psychology of my people, of family, of myself. Even if this little manuscript never sees the light of day, it has opened my eyes on the world around me. 

For the first time, I’m sincerely enjoying the ride. 

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Writing moments


I’ve been traveling around the U.S. lately having found myself in Florida the last week. Humid. Rainy. Touristy. It was the perfect writer’s getaway.

California has such great weather, particularly where I live in Northern California. Seeing clouds and just the threat of rain in Florida helps one get into writer’s mode.

I’ve been thinking about the query process lately. I hate mass querying. These agents are bombarded with submissions and I want to go through the process the right way. I’m putting my heart and soul in each query letter. Regardless if it goes into the slush pile or if the agent takes time with it, at least on my end, I know I’ve put out my best effort.

I’m focusing on pitching my YA Fantasy novel. My characters Dorothy and Adrian have come a long way since I started on this novel years ago. 100,000 words is way too much for one novel, so I’ve broken them up into 2 books of approximately 50K words each.

Part of me wants to combine it and self-publish an Odyssey length novel. Just because I’m not supposed to do it. The rebel in me has me salivating over the thought.

Shame on me…




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