Thursday, December 31, 2009
"My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you're a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea. That's the way to get an idea." Andy Rooney
"Don't quit. It's very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it's very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can't get fired if you don't write, and most of the time you don't get rewarded if you do. But don't quit." Andre Dubus
"You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, "This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I'm doing the best I can - buy me or not - but this is who I am as a writer."" David Morrell
"A genuine creation should have character as well as be one; should have central heating, so to say, as well as exterior lighting." James Hilton
"Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts." Larry King
"A best-selling book usually follows a simple rule, 'It's a wonderful story, wonderfully told'; not, 'It's a wonderfully told story.'" Nicholas Sparks
"You have to have the three D's: drive, discipline and desire. If you're missing one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it's going to be really hard to get anything done." Nora Roberts
"I don't believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but which he has not experienced." Lawrence Durrell
"In truth, I never consider the audience for whom I'm writing. I just write what I want to write." J. K. Rowling
"I know what women want - and that's to be flung across a man's saddle, or into the long grass by a loving husband." Barbara Cartland
Happy New Year and here's wishing everyone much health, happiness and success in 2010! Bring it on!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
So, who makes New Years resolutions? I typically don't, but this year I can't help thinking about what I want to accomplish with my writing in 2010 (well plus losing the five pounds I've probably gained). I'm committing to write every day, even if it's the chapter heading at the top of a blank page (or a post on my blog ;) ) and I vow this year I WILL BE PUBLISHED! Yeah, I figured I would keep it really simple.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2010!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
So, it's in the mail. I'll still be a little nervous till the tracking number tells me it was delivered, but I plan to just push it to the back of my mind and forget all about it. Now, I have numerous characters in my head demanding that they be next. How to choose??
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
- There's a hell of a lot of competition out there! There are many wonderful writers in varying stages of their careers all vying to be successful authors in this genre. Oh, boy! There is obvious awareness of those very successful, well known authors but the ranks of the newly published and aspiring have many incredibly talented writers.
- There are a lot of preconceived ideas about readers and writers of romance. BTW, I am not fat, ugly, unmarried or sexually deprived as one moron seemed to think was an accurate description of the women who read romance!
- Romance writers are BIG readers of romance. I’m not sure why this didn’t occur to me before. I transitioned from reader to writer as many have and continue to read. I don’t imagine I’ll ever stop but I've been surprised to learn how prolific some of the writers out there are in terms of reading. Where do they find the time??
- I’m not as crazy as I sometimes think. Other writers hear (their characters) voices too. Thank God for that one.
- Writing contests are not just for winning. I’m a competitive person and will be the first to admit if I enter a competition I aim to win. I’ve found the most value I’ve gotten out of a contest is to have been ripped to shreds in regards to the feedback I’ve received. Bring it on because I am a better writer because of it.
- Twelve months aint nothin in this industry. In fact, it’s a drop in the bucket when you’re talking about trying to get published if you take into account the publisher wait times and turnaround and the schedule to get published if you even manage to get a contract.
- You need a tough skin. If you don't have one, get one. If you can't then you have to learn how to take feedback and criticism in a way that doesn’t send you curling into the fetus position. You’re entering a career where this will never go away.
- Romance writers are some of the nicest people I’ve come across so far. Not nice as in ‘sugary sweet’, but nice in a ‘willing to spend their time, share their expertise and lend their support and encouragement when it’s needed’ way.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
What do you need to get you through your (writing) day?
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. I don't think it (or me) will ever grow old. I love everything about it (well, except the additional pounds that might result).
Happy Halloween and keep your adult beverages away from your pumpkins!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
If I told this to anyone else they’d probably think I was ‘crazy as a loon’ nuts and suggest I see someone. A professional. Man, is this what all writers have to deal with?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Kudos to anyone who has done this in prior years or intends to participate this year! How awesome.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
How do others cope with the lure that is the online world?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
So, how do you 'de-sex' a story?
Monday, October 19, 2009
I have hopes it will be ideal writing weather because I've hit a flat spot in my book that I need to fix. There's too much sex for one. I may have gotten just a little carried away. Or my characters did. I need to back it up some so that they can learn a little bit more about each other first, but my hero wants to get down and dirty right away. It works for him but I think I need to keep some tension going until a little later in the book. The problem is when it's cold, I think of bed, and when I think of bed... Oh, well, hoping for a productive week where I can do some rearranging to keep the tension building and the conflict ongoing through to my HEA.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Anyway, this week I realized something. My most productive writing time is between 12 and 3 in the afternoon. Why? I have no idea. Maybe it's the looming threat of kids home from school to disturb the peace and the realization that I better get something done or the day will be wasted. I write every evening but early afternoon seems to be the time when I come up with the best ideas. I'm sure every writer has their own most productive times. Now, I just need to use this knowledge wisely!!
Oh, and I entered my current manuscript into the Golden Heart 2010. Now I have to deliver the thing!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
- Be picky with the contests you enter. Look at those run by reputable groups and assess the end judges; are they whom you would like to have your work in front of? Perhaps you can jump the slush pile!
- Contests are a MEANS not an END. They’re one more thing you can do to improve your writing. Your ultimate goal is to get published, not win a contest.
- It’s not about winning (OK, this one’s hard for competitive me). Sure, it would be nice to get the accolade but it’s a good way to give yourself deadlines, ensure you’re continually producing and allow you to always have ‘something out there’.
- There is absolutely no guarantee your full will ever be requested by an editor/agent judge even if you do final or even win. There’s certainly no guarantee of a sale.
- If you don’t have a thick skin, grow one. This industry is about people reading what you write from your heart and don’t forget about reviews! They will love it, like it, be indifferent to it or hate it. Get used to it now!
- Contest feedback is wonderful, but if it doesn’t sound right, it’s probably not. Take what resonates and discard what doesn’t. It’s not necessarily all good for you.
- If you try to address all the areas of the feedback, you may end up rewriting your entire content and driving yourself nuts into the bargain (I think I may now qualify). It’s not always consistent.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I would be interested to know if anyone else has had similar experiences?
Friday, October 2, 2009
SO, yesterday I went from feeling like this:
I kinda feel like it's a new era and I'm seeing things with much more clarity!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Anyone have any great stories to tell about contests? Any cool responses to pesky questions about what you do when you're an aspiring author but don't have anything published yet (that doesn't make you sound lame)??
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
What things are on YOUR banned list?
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
It's now 47 days since I submitted my partial to Harlequin Blaze (not that I'm counting or anything)!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
It's not just me, right? Others have these things happen to them. Don't they??
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
It just occurred to me today that I am reading less. Substantially less! I have been reading fewer books and have been reading them a lot slower than I normally do. I usually start a book and have to consume it as quickly as possible. I wonder if its because I'm writing my own that I need to put my energies there or because I don't want to be distracted from MY story and MY characters that I can't 'dilute' them with another author? A NY Times best selling author actually mentioned that at the RWA conference this year during a key note speech and I remember thinking at the time that I could still be true to my own story even if I read someone else's at the same time. Now I'm wondering if I am self (and subconsciously) monitoring and controlling that automatically. I did look at all the great romance titles out by my favorite authors today and felt a bit of a spark but nothing that I felt like delving into immediately. Perhaps my own stories have become enough of an 'out of life' experience that the elements I usually got from reading are now coming from writing? Interesting and something I'll have to observe over time....
Monday, September 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
BTW, looking at the calendar reminded me that it's almost a month since I sent my partial into the editor. I try not to look, I try not to count and wonder, but it's a losing battle I guess. Maybe, I start a automated counter so I don't have to wonder anymore???
Saturday, August 29, 2009
With school back in full swing I had visions of all this amazing time to write, however, I found it difficult this week to get back into the routine of doing that; almost as if I was anticipating countless interruptions that never really materialized. I think I found my groove by Friday so hopefully this coming week will prove to be more productive!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I keep thinking; Is no response better than a rejection? As long as I don't get a response, I can continue to exist in ignorance. Right?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Keep your fingers (and anything else you think might be helpful) crossed for me!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
"Don’t ever get discouraged – just remember that most successful authors were in your shoes at one point – determined and very new. LOL
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Why do you read romance?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
How did anyone ever survive before email, on-line shopping, social networking and syncing your entire life on your many mobile devices? I have just spent a frustrating few days with intermittent and problematic connectivity. I'm not a surfer (Internet that is), but without it I feel naked and vulnerable. I want it to be there when I need it. Once when we had no power or Internet due to a hurricane, my hubby thought I was crazy when I insisted we get the Internet taken care of FIRST. We had generator power after all, right? Well, the nice guy from the DSL provider was here this morning and promises everything is now fixed. Now perhaps I can focus knowing my lifeline to the world has been re-established.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
* Jayne Ann Krentz for helping me encapsulate my own core story
* Stephanie Bond for helping me realize that analytical thinkers can be romance writers too
* Angela Knight for reiterating that it has to be more than just hot sex (although I'd take it in a pinch)
I think my primary take away from the event was that there are all these really wonderful women out there who genuinely care about the books they pour their hearts and soul into and the readers that eagerly await their next work. I can only hope to be as gracious as they are.