Just in case you didn’t know…I love writing

I have had a lot of fun the past few weeks, and I’m working on lots of projects:

  1. Writing a new book. Non-fiction. I’ll update you on that when the time is right 🙂
  2. Now working with editors in the lifestyle and food groups of my company, so learning the ropes over there and loving it
  3. Joined Twitter so that @storyforgers fans could ask me questions directly at @sarahlyoon
  4. Still working on StoryForge articles every week

….and apparently I’m ignoring my blog, which is very sad.

With all of this going on, I feel so blessed to be able to pursue a career in writing. When I was 10, I just knew that I wanted to tell stories and read books. In high school, I started writing a novel. And in college, I realized that I could indeed get paid for writing if I tried. And now–I am! I’m constantly surprised by how much I love writing, even when the most unexpected assignments come my way.

With all of these changes, I feel like it’s finally time to adjust the blog’s focus–but it’s midnight, I’ll have to discuss that next time 😉

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Trust and Expectations: Writing Group Essentials for a Manuscript Swap

DSC00663On July 1st, my writing girls came over and we swapped manuscripts. My 88k went to Jen, Liz’s 85k went to me, and Jen’s 27k went to both of us. Jen has been waiting to read the ending of my novel for about five years–so it’s about time!

One of the best attributes of a solid writing group is trust. We are vulnerable with each other in sharing plot points, story ideas, and raw drafts. Each group meeting is full of conversation and laughter, giving us a chance to feel out the dynamic. If we can trust each other in the smaller issues and critique in healthy ways, then bigger projects should be no big deal, right? Continue reading

Lifetime Milestone #5: COMPLETE!

DSC00650After 7 years, my novel’s first draft is complete! All 88,000 words and 147 single-spaced pages sit on my dining table, undeniable proof that my hard work has paid off.

Having a printed manuscript feels like the final confirmation that I am, indeed, a writer. At every family party for the past seven years, I’ve had to tell my cousins and aunts, “I’m still working on the novel. Um, yeah, the same one.” But now if they ask about it, Continue reading

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About five years ago I looked at the future of publishing and felt … deeply worried. The rise in the sale of e-readers heralded both opportunities and concerns. You see, there aren’t a lot of avid readers in the world. About 40 percent of the people in the US won’t read a book this year—or…

Why I’m no Long Cautiously Optimistic about the Future of Publishing

SLY and Freelancing

As you have probably noticed, many of my posts have mentioned StoryForge recently, so maybe it’s time to update you on my career direction!

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I thought that you might want a face to go with the name 😉 My husband and I in Michigan last October. The face he is making—that’s from the cold, haha

Several weeks ago I quit my teaching job. It was a difficult but quick decision; I love the people that I worked with, but I wanted to focus more on my freelancing. I’m still writing interior decor articles (and loving it), and recently I started working with marking proposals, copyediting, and graphic design for another company. While they stretch me Continue reading

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…I really stretched the budget to try to make it work but the reality was simply more expensive—kind of the equivalent of jamming a square peg in a round hole.

Novelist Kelly Thompson, author of The Girl Who Would Be King and Storykiller, on her experiences with self-publishing and Kickstarter. See the full interview at StoryForge Productions!

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I had the good fortune to interview Kelly Thompson, author of The Girl Who Would Be King and Storykiller. She gives some great advice to aspiring novelists and shares the ups and downs of her journey! 

An Interview with Novelist Kelly Thompson, Part 1

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The third installation of my freelancing article series on StoryForge! If you’re starting to dabble in freelancing, check out parts One, Two, and Three.

Query it Up: How Freelancing Will Improve Your Writing Career – Part 3