This little epiphany took me completely by surprise. It’s all about perception. Me perceiving how others are reading and interpreting my story. And boy was I awakened. Continue reading
I am pleased to announce that I entered a short story contest, and it was the best thing I’ve done in a long time. Why, you ask? Because it forced me to complete an entire story, edit it, and meet a deadline. Did I mention I only had eight days?
Some of you may be familiar with NYCMidnight and their writing contests. I’d learned about it from a friend. She’s entered their contests in the past. The unique part about it was NYCMidnight assigns you your genre, subject, and character details. So there was no “Hey, I have this old story I could use,” shenanigans.
In this contest, there are three rounds. Here are the specifics.
Round 1 2500words max 8 days Jan 26th through Feb 3rd 2018
Round2 2000 words max 3 days March 29th through April 1st 2018
Round 3 1500 words max 24hours May 11-12 2018
Yes, you can be under on the word count.
The only bummer is waiting for the results. I’m not sure when they notify you that you get to continue. A week before? A couple of days? However the contest is open internationally and the entrant’s list is huge, so I guess I can understand why it takes so long to judge.
Every writer also gets some feedback from the judges. Love it!
Even though this was an unexpected writing endeavor on my part, I feel it still falls under my 2018 goals. I’m writing, and I finished something. (I know I’m supposed to be completing my old stuff.)
I want to thank all my writing friends who took time from their busy schedules to offer suggestions and proofread my work, especially because I suck at grammar. (Gon’na have to bone up.)
I’ll keep you updated on the results. Wish me luck!
I was drifting around in the internet the other day and decided to visit some of my favorite authors’ websites.
Of course, I got sucked into reading some blog posts. One post about querying led me to another web site that focused strictly on, you guessed it, querying. Ummm, I said to myself, this is putting the cart before the horse, but let’s check it out anyway.
So, I got stuck there for a few hours reading query submissions and reading the agent’s comments on why they didn’t work, then reading the revisions, and then reading the revised agent’s comments and so on. (And by the way, I did find this information very helpful.)
Now I’m invested Continue reading
Its way too cold outside, so I stayed in and did a puzzle. You’re thinking with all the writing you have to do, how could you take time to do a puzzle? Crazy, right?
But there’s something really relaxing about doing a puzzle. Maybe it’s because it draws your focus so completely. It’s simple (shape and color) and it forces you too look at the pieces in a different way every time you handle them and that’s a great exercise for the brain. And I’m down for anything that boosts my creative brain power. Because anything that boosts my creative side benefits my writing. But the best part is when you finish. There’s nothing more satisfying than clicking that last piece into place. Ahhhh. And that’s how writing feels when you finish that scene or transition or even that next page. Although, with writing it’s just a little harder to get there and not get frustrated along the way. I swear the stories in my mind like to hoard some of the pieces. Lol!
What about you? What do you do for a fun creative brain boost?
This is Louise’s first published book and I’m sure it won’t be her last. I was fortunate to meet Louise through online classes a few years ago. You can immediately sense what a sincere and kind person she is just by reading her blog posts and by the thoughtful responses she gives to those who take the time to comment on them.
I’m very excited about 2018! I hope you and your families are happy and healthy and take a moment to truly appreciate one another. I look forward to you stopping by over the coming year.
I’ve been dabbling in writing now for about eight years. (O.M.G. I didn’t realize that.) But I’m chalking it up to learning. I had my son in 2006, so he was three or four when I finally allowed myself to try my hand at it. I don’t know what I was thinking. Free time did not exist. Continue reading
I left my voting booth today feeling empty. I didn’t like the choices and I felt that the campaigns had been nothing more than mud slinging contests. I’m forty-seven years old and I’m not sure where my country is headed. Continue reading
Limited time for blogging folks. It’s November 1st and NaNoWriMo is on!! Whoo hoo!!
For those of you who don’t know what it is, it is National Novel Writing Month. Yes, you have the 30 days of November to complete your 50,000 word novel. Check out the web site NaNoWriMo.org and join in. It’s a blast! (I’ll do my best to keep you updated as the month continues.) Maybe I’ll see you at a write in. Wish me luck!!
I was talking with some other moms and we were talking about what chores our 10 year old sons are responsible for. Continue reading