I’m back in college, probably a manifestation of my mid-life unraveling. It’s been an interesting experience being one of the “old ladies” in a sea of 19 year olds, but it gives me a little bit of an edge that I didn’t have my first go-around. I’ve never had more fun in school.
As a part-time writer, I have to be completely organized and ready to WRITE the moment I sit down to do so. I can’t wait until I’m in the mood. I don’t have time to re-read the first six chapters of my novel to catch up to what I should be writing today. If I re-read yesterdays writing, I will certainly be revising instead of writing.
I self-published a children’s picture book this month, and I did everything wrong. There was no pre-release buzz, no relentless marketing to everyone in my contact list, no scheduled blog tour. I don’t have a decent Goodreads author’s page. For heaven’s sake, I didn’t even announce it on this blog until now.
And… I’m okay with that.
All Kate wants is to live. Battling cystic fibrosis is hard enough, dying from it is even harder. When her mom moves them closer to the hospital in the middle of her senior year, Kate’s determined to isolate herself—saving everyone the trouble of befriending a dying girl. It’s a difficult task when cheerful optimist Giana insists on being Kate’s friend.
It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted to come up with a writing challenge. What can I say? Life is busy, busy. This idea came upon me by accident, and I just knew it would help some writer out there who is struggling to get the creative juices flowing.
Write a story with nothing but dialogue. No exposition, no he said/she said tags… nothing but dialogue and punctuation.
If you have been digging around Scribbleweed at all in the past year, chances are you have heard about the clean romance novel, Just Ella. I am happy to say Annette Larsen has done it again and is set to release Missing Lily, on May 15th. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the first half of the book, and I was charmed.
Is it just me or are all writers a little… off? Do you ever open your journal and find words
Some days I worry I have lost my desire to write, and other days I realize that is the sleep/privacy/date night/babysitter-deprived monster talking and I need to suck down a tall glass of Melatonin-laced warm milk go to sleep for a long, long time.
When I asked Athena Hernandez to write the New Year’s post, I expected it to be good. What I didn’t expect was that it gave me goosebumps and renewed my writing enthusiasm. I hope this post inspires you as it has me. Thanks Athena, and congratulations for winning the Gifts for Writers giveaway.
So you have a writer in your life. I’m sorry. With the holidays here, you’re probably trying to figure out what to give this crazy creature of creativity, right? Never fear – I have a few ideas for any budget, and links to where you can find them. Oh boy, did I just make your life easier.