Welcome and Some Writing Tips

Welcome to my blog. As some of you know, I’ve just completed my first novel and have moved into the “Writer Seeking Agent” phase of the process. After four years of squeezing in writing time, it feels really great to be on this leg of the journey. And I’m ready to start my next book—just as soon as I decide which of two story ideas I want to explore next.

My plans for this blog do not include:

  • Reporting to you what I’ve eaten for breakfast.
  • Posting videos of cats performing acrobatic feats.
  • Wailing about what’s wrong with the publishing industry. 

What you might find here:

  • Writing tips. I’m not an expert, but I’ve learned a lot in this process and I’d like to share it. 
  • Book suggestions and mini reviews.
  • Links to articles and information you might find interesting.
  • Ways to connect with me/writers/bloggers in order to get to know each other better. 
  • Humorous brain lint-type things. Feel free to skip over if you’re allergic to lint. 
  • Okay and maybe that fantastic recipe I have for granola. But I don’t always have that for breakfast.

Many people have asked me recently how I was able to write a book, so I wrote down a few things to share. That list turned into what could become an outline for a book! I’m mulling it over right now, but in the mean time here are a few tips to get you started.

Get Started on that Writing Project!

  1. What are you interested in—what do you want to read that you haven’t found yet? That. Write that.
  2. Start a notebook or a file of ideas. I prefer a notebook because I get more creative ideas when I write longhand. I used a computer for writing the manuscript, but I used a notebook for writing lists and ideas. Don’t censor yourself at this point. If you think it, write it in the notebook.
  3. 3. Set aside time every day (5 days a week, at least) and write. Elizabeth Gilbert recently had a great post on just this thing. She suggests using a kitchen timer, set for 30 minutes. I didn’t utilze a timer, but I did something every day. Every time I’d think about how daunting the task was, I’d just focus on what I could do that day. There’s that great quote from Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do.”

So, what are you? Now go do it.

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