What My Cat Teaches Me About Writing

So this week’s post is more for fun than for instruction, but I will try to draw some helpful conclusions from amongst the adorableness I am about to reveal.

I have a new cat, Gizmo.  Or, more precisely, Gizmo has a new human, me.  Gizmo’s current human (David, my husband), got married, so now she has twice as many pettings.  As the new person in this household, I’m adjusting to living with the cat.  We are still in the process of establishing who is in charge, her or me.  I know I’m the queen of my household, I’m just having…

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How to Write a Book 101

How does one write a book?  Here’s an easy step by step process:

1) Have an idea you’re passionate about
2) Don’t give up
3) Write…a lot…at 2 am…when you’re supposed to be sleeping
4) Don’t give up
5) Get feedback, ignore some of it
6) Don’t give up
7) Revise
8) Don’t give up
9) Revise again, yes you must kill your darlings
10) Really, don’t give up
11) Get more feedback and possibly revise again
12) Stop doubting yourself, don’t give up
AND
13) PUBLISH!

Sound simple? …

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Becomming-A-Writer Tip #3: Write Write Write! (Part B)

So the second part of this equation of becoming a writer is, guess what? Writing!  Yup, I know you’re surprised, but if you want to be a writer you have to write.  A lot.

Becoming-A-Writer Tip #3-B: write write write!

Now you can’t just mean to write, can’t just enjoy writing, can’t just piddle a bit every now and then.  You have to write, a lot, every day.  Maybe you don’t start out this way, maybe you start out small.  But a professional athlete doesn’t conquer and win in his/her sport by training a few days a week when they feel…

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Becoming-a-Writer Tip # 3: Read and Write (part A)

Ok, this week is going to be a short one, mainly because I’m trying to get taxes done and wedding stuff is starting to come to a head.  See my previous post about wedding stresses :).

Becoming-a-Writer Tip # 3: Read read read and write write write

Seems a bit elementary, right?  If its so elementary, then why don’t most aspiring writers do it?  Well I can say at least in my case it’s because of time.  We want to be great writers, but we don’t want, or feel we don’t have the time to devote to…

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Becoming-A-Writer Tip #2

Good news!  Today I sold my first story!  When I got the acceptance e-mail, I freaked out, as I’m sure you can imagine.  I’m not at all ashamed to say that there was much screeching, dancing, and waving of arms that went on.  When you succeed at something, you should celebrate, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  This is a huge step for me and I am so grateful and thankful for my friends and family who helped, and to God who gave me my passion and talent.  Look at “My Writing” tab to stay up to date…

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