"This year, I said goodbye to a manuscript. I worked on The Looking Glass for years. That manuscript taught me how to write. When I wrapped my mind around a new aspect of writing, I applied to it to the whole novel. I rewrote it many times, and every rewrite tackled a specific issue: made my main character more active, fixed a sagging middle, or built a believable world.
The Looking Glass was the manuscript I rewrote (again) while I was in the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. I met my Monkeys because of it! My mentor, Harold Underdown, taught me so much as I worked on it.
All the rewrites changed it for the better.
Until they didn't."
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