Saturday, July 21, 2018

Writer Support beats ‘Learning on the Run’

Being a new, unpublished, aspiring author, I’m just getting my feet wet in the writing and publishing world. I don’t know all the questions yet but I’m beginning to get a few of the answers.

Recently I ran across a local library’s ‘Writers and Aspiring Writers’ Meetup group online and attended an author talk featuring Anne Cleeland discussing ‘Creating Memorable Characters.’ Her talk and concept of the reader as a baby duckling needing to imprint immediately on the protagonist inspired me so much I rewrote the opening scene of my work in progress.

Today I joined the ‘Sisters in Crime’ national organization. They offer authors and aspiring authors support and resources including regional chapters and an online support and critique group for unpublished writers.

I still have a lot to learn but I’m feeling more confident every day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Imagination, Persistence & Encouragement

The book writing journey starts with imagination but requires persistence to put ideas into a draft which is then revised and edited (numerous times).

Sometimes, though, life gets in the way of passion and the best laid plans. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I’m not able to incorporate all the beta reader feedback into my draft and submit it to the editor on schedule. But I’m not giving up. I can still see the finish line—it just seems to have moved, like a mirage.

Sometimes I need encouragement to get moving again. I can browse the draft and see how much I’ve accomplished but for that encouraging pat on the back, I text my biggest fan and supporter. (Thank you!)

Perhaps you know someone who needs a little encouragement.