Author Archives: Susan Harvey

About Susan Harvey

I'm a humor writer and a newly retired college English instructor. I enjoy reading and writing yet don't take time to do what I really love--writing. I began writing a mystery-romance novel three years ago. Now that I'm retired, I will make time to write with the goal of finishing my novel.

New Project, New Risk, New Opportunity

Gears changed in my writing machine. The truth: I’m sick of reading my manuscript, and I’m bored with the revision process. I know, I know—writing is mostly revision, but I need a diversion, so when a writer friend asked me … Continue reading

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2011: A New Year of Opportunity

Here we are, facing a bright new year with 361 days remaining to form into whatever we want. Three hundred sixty-one days of new opportunities to do something that makes us happy.  For me, this translates to writing. If I … Continue reading

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So Many Words, So Little Time

Last week, as I stood with my mom by her sister’s hospital bed, I realized this frail, semi-conscious woman with tubes connected to every possible part of her body was only twenty-five years my senior. Twenty-five more years, and not all … Continue reading

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Read and Write

I’ve recovered from the writing marathon of November, ending with 33,017 words. I didn’t make my original goal of 50,000 words, but I’ll take the 33,000 and a fun month with family and friends! Last week, I completed a detailed … Continue reading

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Writing as Therapy

Sometimes I write to learn more about myself, to unleash hidden emotions buried deep within my psyche. November has been a trying month as I wrote at least 1000 words per day, and most days I wrote many more. Some … Continue reading

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Count Your Blessings

“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. . . ” my children sang each year as we drove to my mom’s house for Thanksgiving. I spent this past weekend with my mom, sisters, nieces, and … Continue reading

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Re-evaluating Goals

Sometimes we take on more work then we can handle. I did this with the NaNoWriMo commitment for November (see October 31 post). Now I must decide: abandon the project or re-evaluate my writing goals for November.  Abandoning the project … Continue reading

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Balancing Writing with Family Life

Wednesday will be a milestone in my life: My older daughter turns 40, so I will officially enter the realm of old age. I’ll be another old fart rambling around in life, confused with the latest technology, unimpressed with celebrity … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2010

November is National Novel Writing Month. Something I’ve heard about but never attempted the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. I’m not good with numbers, but the way I calculate it, that’s 1,667 words per day, seven days … Continue reading

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The Conference Event

The South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference (www.myscww.org/conference/) filled my life for the past weekend. After workshop sessions, critiques, and camaraderie with agents, editors and other writers, my mind is whirling with new ideas of ways to improve my writing. No … Continue reading

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