Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Writer's Thought #12

Okay...it's been awhile since I've written and I know I'm supposed to be writing in this blog A LOT, but I work full time now.  I have found it hard to do both, but in my mind I'm always writing.  I have an imaginary little desk, typewriter, and secretary plugging away in my little grey "cell" up there and they aren't allowed breaks for any reason...hahaha.  Anyway, I have at least two novels going at any one time in my brain.  Sometimes I wish I could shut them all up and take a break.  I wish the real world could come up with something I could plug into my brain that would do all my typing for me.  Seriously, though, enough of the excuses.  I need twenty minutes a day - NO MATTER WHAT!  Starting today! I already have the first line of my second young adult novel and I can't wait to write the next 50 lines.

Writer's Thought #12 - Figure out how to spend at least twenty minutes a day with your writing and get out of that grey "cell" once in awhile.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Writer's Thought #11

I will be going on an awesome vacation at the end of next week and have thought of doing some writing in the car on the way there.  I'm looking for ways to write this one scene that take me out of the box of my normal feelings, thoughts, fears, and anxieties for this scene.  It is a war scene and one that needs to be more detailed.  I feel I've given the scene the short end of the stick, so to speak.  Writer's thought #11...use inspirational places to write hard-to-work scenes!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Writer's Thought #10

Can you believe it?  I have had 10 writer's thoughts!  I can't believe I've actually had 10 thoughts.  haha.  Seriously, though.  My friend and I had breakfast yesterday and we accomplished a lot.  She and I use Writer's Magazine as one of our sources and find a lot of helpful hints.  I also shared an amazing article in there from my favorite book editor, Elizabeth Lyon.  She is an amazing writer and has written several "how-to" books on creating your novel and selling it.  She's very nice and has actually returned my emails.

Anyway, we're looking through the magazine and sharing thoughts and ideas...what a WONDERFUL breakfast, too.  Potato pancakes!  Writer's Thought #10 - ALWAYS take a break and have a wonderful meal with a friend while talking over your writing.  Don't stress over your writing but talk it through with someone you trust and share article ideas from reliable sources.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Writer's Thought #9

I am very excited because I am going to be meeting with my friend on Friday, who is also a writer, and we are going to eat breakfast while we talk about our writing!!  It's a working breakfast and we accomplish so much when we get together!  She helps me so much with my characterization.  Writer's thought #9...always meet with a good friend to talk about your writing...and it never hurts to talk about it over a good meal, right?  And don't forget the perfect cup of coffee!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Writer's Thought #8

Don't you ever just want to write a story about how wonderful your dog is?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Writer's Thought #7

Oh my goodness...maybe middle school won't be so bad after all.  I met some of the administration and staff today.  It went pretty well.  All of the sudden I feel like I should be writing an article for a local magazine about my first-time experience with middle school.  Writer's Thought #7 - remember...write what you know!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Writer's Thought #6

I didn't write anything today.  But, anything I would have had to write about today would have been completely sucked out of me because I took my daughter to middle school for the first time.  You would think an episode like this would bring the writer out in me with gusto...but sadly, no.  I had nothing in my brain but thoughts of my child going off to middle school.  There I sat with my husband in a small diner reminiscing over my child's growing years and gently dabbing at my eyes with a napkin that had once been wrapped around my fork and knife.  Is that a pitiful sight or is that a pitiful sight?  Writer's Thought #6...don't try to write anything when you take your daughter to middle school for the first time.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Writer's Thought #5

My friend read one of my rewrites - the first 5,000 words - which is what Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award reads to determine whether or not you get to move on to the quarter finals, and she said she really liked it!!  I'm so excited.  I'm so motivated to keep on working on the next few chapters.  My friend made it to the quarter finals in this year's ABNA 2010 award.  She is an awesome writer and I totally value her opinion!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Writer's Thought #4

I actually did some writing today.  Thought #4...write even when you don't think you have something to write about.  Sometimes it helps me if I pull up my Word file and start reading the opening lines.  I either love them or hate them for the millionth time and I start editing and writing new lines.  Amazing huh?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Writer's Thought #3

You guys are going to help me stay on track.  I would like to give myself a year (or at the most, two) to get published.  I have to try and write everyday.  Oh my goodness...everyday.  Does it count if you're writing in your head while you're mowing three acres?

Writer's Thought #2

A question for other writers out there...

If you received a review of your writing and the reviewer said some pretty depressing things and then ended the review with the word "meh" - what would you think?

Just curious.

I know...time to get that cup of coffee brewing.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First thing I should do...

This blog is all about a fun project I've started that will span the length of time it takes me to go from unpublished writer to published author.

I was the finalist in a children's writing contest and it was the first writing contest I ever entered.  I was completely energized and now I want to enter every writing contest I can find.  I'm sure there are other writers out there who have experienced the same joys and positive energy that make them want to keep on trying, too.  It's very uplifting to win something and makes you feel valid as a writer.

I am also currently revising a novel I wrote that won the first round of 2009's ABNA Award, and while it got a good review, it still needs lots of work.  But best intentions being what they are, people have to live their lives, work, eat, play, and sleep.  Revisions can't happen 24-7.  Life also throws a few curve balls at you and you have to deal with those from time to time.

So, how do you stay focused on your writing knowing you might have a couple of really good ideas in the works, but realizing you don't have all the time in the world - nor the stick-to-it-iveness - necessary to succeed?

Well, first start by brewing the perfect cup of coffee...