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Kathryn Whittier
The world as I see it deserves to be written.
Interests: Writing, reading, politics, music, bicycles, yoga, wine, food, art, travel, the great outdoors, the PNW, & love.
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Paul - thanks for your comment! The book is undergoing Draft Three now, and it's taking a while. It's getting good though. I'm aiming to have it done by the end of the year, then pitch to agents next year, then it takes a year or two to get through the publishing process (if I score a publisher). Long story short - it'll be 2017 or 2018 at the soonest, but I'll be sharing sneak previews on this blog from time to time, so stay tuned!
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2015 on Drafting the Pitch at Quick Whit
I'm in a writing class at the Hugo House right now- this is my first short story assignment. Keep in mind: it's very much a first draft. My classmates don’t seem like the brightest bunch, but eager – yes, eager. Hands fly into the air with ideas, comments, suggestions, and... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Quick Whit
Ten years ago this fall, I sat at a study carrel in the law school library at Roger Williams University. My eyes ran across line after line of one court decision or another, my pink highlighter spewed fumes into the air, but I read nothing. The knot in my stomach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Quick Whit
Deep into my doubts over whether I would be able to sustain my newly-reclaimed passion for writing once I return to the workforce, I stumbled across an article posted by a Facebook friend who lives half a world away. Reading it filled my sails with wind. It gave me new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Quick Whit
Now that I’m done dancing around the house, I think I might be able to sit still long enough to blog: MY REWRITE IS DONE. I always hoped I possessed enough wit, drive, and focus to finish writing a book – a first draft, to be specific – but I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Quick Whit
I will finish my rewrite this week – probably in two or three days – and in spite of how sloggish it felt, it will end up taking only two weeks longer to write than my first draft took. Thirteen weeks instead of eleven. And considering I lost a whole... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Quick Whit
One segment of last weekend’s writing workshop contained an America’s-Got-Talent-inspired contest of first-page critiques. Any writer present who wanted to have the first page (double-spaced) of their novel reviewed could enter the contest and all entrants were kept anonymous. Here’s how it worked: the workshop host read the page aloud... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Quick Whit
As I mentioned previously, I met with two agents last weekend to pitch them my novel, and graciously, both expressed interest in seeing it once it’s finished. Though I had only ten minutes to speak with each, I took many things away from our conversations, the best being: an ounce... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Quick Whit
I’m back, finally. I went missing this week, even to myself. After a lovely weekend of Valentining, Symphony attending, hiking, exploring, and visiting family, I put my Mother on an airplane, came home, and crashed. Mostly, I felt tired, and that was to be expected: I had a big week... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Quick Whit
So January slipped into February, the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl, another plane tumbled from the sky somewhere in Asia, and I am now approaching page 150 of my rewrite. I expect to be done with Draft Two in four weeks, give or take, and then I’ll let it rest.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Quick Whit
What happened? Where did I go? Has my blog gone silent? Rest easy folks, all two or three of you who read regularly. I am still around, still picking my way through a rewrite, and still trying to drag inspiration out of all corners of the internet. And literature. Sadly,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Quick Whit
Welcome to the inevitable Seahawks post. Yes, we’re going to the Super Bowl. Again. And we really couldn’t. be. happier. Not if one-thousand days of sunshine overtook the always-cloudy skies, nope we wouldn’t be happier. Because it’s in the water here, a love for the Seahawks. I posted some relatively... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Quick Whit
This morning, I participated in my first writing group. I decided during my first draft to keep my writing strictly to myself, thereby giving me the freedom to put thoughts on a page without making myself vulnerable to criticism. My strategy was two-fold: on the surface, it prevented me from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Quick Whit
I just can’t contain myself, I have to tell you. I’m reading the funnest book right now. (What? You say “funnest” isn’t a word?) It won the Booker Prize in 2013, it’s more than 800 pages long, it’s written in a high-Victorian/nineteenth-century tone… Basically, it’s a lot of things that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Quick Whit
Rewriting a novel is painful, folks. It is an absolute slog, a war between the limits of time, talents, and perfection. Today, I am three weeks into my rewrite and I’ve managed to produce just thirty-five typewritten pages of material, which I suppose isn’t terrible once I account for seven... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Quick Whit
This year has long been hailed as the one that would bring an end to the Recession, and while at first, I feared we’d been promised yet another false recovery, by now, I think the predictions were right. Hiring seems to be up, at least here in Seattle, and spending... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Quick Whit
As if this Christmas season couldn’t feel any more weird, I’ve been fighting feelings that Christmas is already over, even as last week I fought feelings that it had snuck up too fast. Here it is Christmas Eve and, even in spite of a quick walk through the South Center... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Quick Whit
Unsure what to write about today, maybe it is time to reveal some of my book. I swore my first draft to secrecy, thereby freeing myself of the types of criticism that might kill my momentum, but now that I’m at work on the rewrite, I suppose it is time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Quick Whit
Christmastime is different when working from home. I find it ridiculous that it’s only a week away, Christmas, and a week after that, 2015. Usually this time of year is full of parties and well wishes at work, every gathering, meeting, or conference infused with the reds and greens of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Quick Whit
Here I am at Day Two of the rewrite and I must say: the process is totally different from how I wrote the first draft. It feels slower, much more laborious, and I’m taking the time to read and re-read what I’ve written as I go to get it as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Quick Whit
Today is my Grandfather’s birthday. Had he not passed on to the other side of the life-death fence more than thirteen years ago, he’d turn 96 today. Amazing, then, that I would finish writing my first draft of his story on this very day. Fourteen chapters; 243 Word Doc pages;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Quick Whit
No, I did not manage to finish writing my book yet, and yes, I am still not quite sure how to draft my way through the ending parts, but I made huge progress today, progress that I’ve been worried I might never make, but without which, my book would sink:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Quick Whit
I am 100% stuck. I’m lost. I have no idea how to end my book. One bad writing day in three months is nothing to complain about, and even on such a bad day, I’ve written more than a thousand words. But the words are wandering words, searching words, words... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Quick Whit
I suppose I should have been able to guess that the emotional work that goes into writing a book might carry me into some pretty raw places. When I started off writing my first draft nearly ten weeks ago, I discovered that I could get to a place where I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Quick Whit
The crazy thing about time is that I never have enough of it. Even having left my full-time job, leaving me with nothing more to do than sit around at home and do all the things I’ve been meaning to do for the last few years (sort through old boxes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Quick Whit