Thursday, July 30, 2015

Writing while....

The biggest question I get from people recently is how I fit in time to write while raising two little girls.  I'll be honest, it takes a little, well a lot, of planning.  Every day I have to commit to using every available minute I have.

One of the things that helps this, is that I hand-write all my books in notebooks first.  Once the girls go to bed, I type up what I've written for the day.  But it's so easy to just toss a notebook in my purse and go!

I guess it's worked, because in the past year I have written and edited one book, and am over half-way through my second manuscript.  It may not always be easy, but if one of these books gets published one day, it will all be worth it!

Here are a few places I've found myself writing:

Waiting to pick up my daughter after school

While watching my girls play outside

At the pool

Waiting up till midnight for the husband to get home

Pre-workout, while watching a movie with the girls
GASP!  Actually working at my desk!
Where do you find time to write?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Quotable Monday

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default."
-J.K. Rowling

Friday, July 24, 2015

Writers Groups

When I first embarked on this novel-writing journey, one of the big things I read about was joining a writing group.  They are very supportive and a great opportunity to learn more about the craft.

But part of the reason I love writing so much is I get to do it in the privacy of my own home {mostly in pajamas}.  Networking and meeting new people are not always my strong suit. So the thought of joining a group filled me with anxiety.

I was invited to a few, but still couldn't quite get over myself enough to go.  But thankfully, I've found a way around that.  I found out a friend of mine I 'met' in the blog world a few years ago was also writing the book.  I practically jumped up and down with excitement.  I finally had someone who was going through this process as well.

She and I have since formed our own little writing group. We email back and forth, sharing information, books, and websites.  She's been integral in helping me re-write my query and we edit each other's work.  Plus, neither of us has to leave the house to do it!

For me, for my current situation, this has been perfect.  I have a fresh set of eyes to look at my things, and I'm learning more about my own writing by reading hers.  I still believe strongly in others joining physical writing groups, but this has been good for me right now.

So if you're struggling with writing, or want to expand your craft, join a group, or find a friend you can work with.  It truly is a great experience!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quotable Monday

Why I Write #123
Because I deeply love the fictional characters I created over the years.  They are my best friends and closest family.

How true this is!  I talked about the characters in my books as if they are real people who still exist.  I wonder what they would be doing after my book ended.  As writers we can only hope to give justice to their stories.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Muddy Query Waters

One of the things I'm struggling with in regards to this whole publishing situation, is all the contradictory information out there.  Most of it seems to relate to querying agents:

Query lots and lots of agents at once - Only query a few at a time
Include your blog in your query if you have one - don't include your blog until you have millions of followers
Be dry and professional - show a little personality
Don't ever follow up once you've sent the query, silence means no - always email to check the status of your query
Tell every agent if you're querying more than one - Telling them is unneeded because everyone does it now
Send emails - send snail mail

It's enough to make your head spin.  Eventually I just put all the research aside and dove right in.  I hoped for the best, knowing it all would be a learning process.  Maybe people who have had pieces published in some form are a little more in-tune with the processes, but I am flying blind.

I've been going through this process since April, and still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing most of the time.  But I have learned a few things along the way.  I've queried enough agents and had enough rejections to know that my first query letter obviously isn't working for me.  If no one is asking to read your manuscript, then you want to take another shot at your query letter.

One of the things I did differently this time, was mention the blogs I have.  My following is mediocre and so I didn't think it would be much of a draw.  But then I remembered that I have partnered with several large companies on sponsored posts, and that could be a draw.

I also came at my hook from another angle, and added some more details about the characters into my paragraph synopsis.  I had a few people look it over and help me work through it.  Now I'm ready to send this one out and see how it does.

Yes, I feel like I've queried too many agents with my first letter, and cannot now query them with my second.  But like I said, it's a learning process, and one that is fluid.  All I can do is keep trying.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Quotable Monday

It is both a blessing
And a curse
To feel everything
So very deeply.

I feel this this way every day....anyone else?

Happy Monday! Get some writing in today!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quotable Mondays


It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Seems appropriate after this weekend.  Hope you all had a happy, healthy Fourth!