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...