ROW80 ~ June 10 Checkin

ROW80 ~ June 10 Checkin

My very first check-in!!! Every Sunday, I get to check in to Round 3 of ROW80 and let the gang know how I did for my goals this week. Goal: 1,500 words/day. Actual: 800 – 1,000 words/day I missed my goal, but I’m feeling good about the words I’m accruing. I think because of the outlining, my scenes are tighter, and have a very specific purpose. At the beginning of every scene I’m checking in on the outline, making sure I know the purpose and the emotional beat that’s driving the scene, so I feel like there will be less fall-out later when I’m editing. Maybe 800-1,000 this way is the equivalent to 1,500 the old way?? I’m almost tied into the existing sections of the book, but as I came across the first scene I’m noticing the characters are different enough I may end up re-writing the whole thing — I’m trying not to be daunted by that prospect…. Excited to hear how everyone else did… Share...
The $65,000 Question ~ Writer Wednesday

The $65,000 Question ~ Writer Wednesday

Do you think this is what they used to write the $65,000 question, since that’s how much this antique typewriter will run you? I’ve been looking for an old typewriter now for a while. Being a writer and survivalist, I decided to plan for my non-powered writing, in the event the SHTF. When I stumbled across this auction for a writer ball (reserve price $49,000) I had to share. And no, I won’t be bidding… Share...
I quit. Wait…

I quit. Wait…

Ever feel like quitting? Image: Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net When I started writing over eight years ago, my life was vastly different. Kid-less, married to an alcoholic who owned a bar, with a part-time job. I had lots of time to write. Today, if I want to work on my novel, it requires me to get up at 5am or run away. My current book is beyond a challenge. It’s a new genre, I’ve been out of the writing mode for a couple years while I was having babies and building a family, and the game has changed. Now, in addition to crafting a genius novel, I also have to build a platform. I’ve finished the first two drafts, and based on feedback, I get to revise over half of the story. Last night was the results of the first contest I’ve entered it in. The judge thought I’d be better off writing poetry. I quit. For about two hours. Then this stupid character, Ben, wouldn’t leave me alone. This morning I got up at 5 (ok, it was closer to 5:30) and wrote. My computer monitor looks like a post-it lion, littered with encouraging quotes from other writers who didn’t quit: Expect No Mercy. Gratitude: For better to come, good must go. Be Courage. Today, I’ll be chanting my favorite mantra: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent....

No IT Guru here…

Hi all. So, I’m giving this wordpress thing a try. All the cool kids are doing it. Begging your patience while I figure out how to get all the .blogspot stuff over here :) (if you would, will you GFC follow this site too till I figure out how to import everyone??) Share...