Trying to turn a passion into a job is one of the scariest endeavors I've attempted. I wish it were as easy as going back to college, completing the course work, and Wham…dream fulfilled. In addition to writing and keeping an eye on the market, I have been trying to expand my voice. It's been work. Normally, I can get between 1500-3000 words in a few hours. This latest project took up nearly 6 hours of my time to get 2400 words. Getting the characters voice just right was much harder than I thought. But I enjoyed doing it, very much so.
I'm reading a good book called Escaping into the open by Elizabeth Berg. In the book she talks about all the things a writer should have. Things besides a computer and a printer. Things they'll need to get through the lows, when they're wondering why they want to do this and kicking thenselves for telling the world on Facebook that they're trying to be writer.
Here is what she said (alliteration unintended):
1. Purpose- reason for writing.
2. Plan-goals. Self imposed deadlines
4. Perseverance- this might have something to do with all the rejections:-)
5. Priorities- Sometimes dishes have to wait
6. Playground- From fun some of the best ideas are born.
8. Proofreaders- Critique group's are helpful. Mine is amazing. A-MAZE-ING!!
9. Playfulness-Make writing fun
10.Persuasiveness- Be prepared to sell your book
11. Prosperity- I read this to mean “day job”
13. Payoff- not just the interested agent or publisher but reward yourself when you meet your goals
15. Pens, Pencils, and Paper
16. Patience- in ABUNDANCE
17. Have something to say
18. Say it well
19. Send it out- This is pretty hard for me. Not that any of the others are easier.
When you write and share with others, you put yourself out there. Sometimes I catch myself bashing a book. What a horrible thing to do, even if I don't like the book. It doesn't matter if it's a book about Dinosaur erotica or something that makes you weep for days like John Greene's The Fault in our Stars. It's someone's work and putting it out there took courage. Just sharing with beta readers or a critique group requires courage. I can't imagine an entire nation. So even if I really found no pleasure whatsoever from a book, I plan on respecting what it took for them to get there.
Recently I read a great blog post about critique groups and why some work and some don't. Check it out. It's a good post.
Kelley Harvey is doing a series about common mistakes writes make. Check out her blog.
My Journey Check in:
So here is what I've accomplished since my last post:
1. Submitted an article to a Magazine and have a second in the hopper.
2. Wrote a short story that went to a dark place. It was a deviation for me but I enjoyed it.
3. Entered Pitch Wars- Tune in to Brenda Drakes blog to see the results on Wednesday, December 11th.
4. Started my new MS
5. Still working on my revision from my first MS- blech- I'm soooo over it. But forward I plod.
Hope this finds you enjoying the day, with the holiday shopping comfortably in hand, and a good book waiting to be read ( or in my case..written).
- Critique Groups… Yes or no? (jodiellewellyn.wordpress.com)
- What I Learned In An Agent's Inbox (writersrumpus.com)
- Critique Groups: Ego, Etiquette, and Expectations (ernsangia.wordpress.com)
- What I learned last year from #Pitchwars (commutinggirl.wordpress.com)
- A Few Thoughts from Behind the Scenes of Pitch Wars (subitclub.wordpress.com)