Posted at 3:53 pm , on December 5, 2018
A year ago when I sat down to make my goals for 2018, I chose a word for the year: connect. I wanted to connect to the writing community in better ways than I had before, and I wanted to set myself up to connect with the publishing world.
I started by signing up for conferences, then signing up for contests, then exchanging manuscripts with other writers. One of my biggest steps was joining a critique group. I was so scared to make that jump, to commit all that time, and to give my work to writers farther along the path than I was.
But I did it. And the results were amazing.
Posted at 3:41 pm , on May 2, 2018
This time tomorrow, I’ll be on a plane heading to my very first writing conference. I’m equal parts excited and scared out of my mind. Wish my luck. 😬
I’m starting off with a workshop tomorrow afternoon, which is so out of my comfort zone. It sounded like such a good idea when I signed up. 🙄 My inner introvert has been freaking out ever since. My workshop is called “Pub and Polish.” It will be so good for me, but I thought I’d have my manuscript much further along than it is now. Though after reading my fellow students’ work, I’m a little more calm about it. Not because they’re bad (they’re great!), they just aren’t perfect yet. Just like mine. Continue reading
Posted at 4:58 am , on April 12, 2018
It’s been a busy couple months, but progress is being made!
Perhaps the biggest progress has been my invitation to join a Regency critique group. I felt like I got an invitation to the ball! 😆 It’s an amazing group of ladies, and they’ve already helped my writing so much. It gets me super excited to work on my story, knowing I have both cheerleaders and mentors to help me get it where it needs to be. These ladies have become instant friends, and I’m so excited to see where they take their writing careers.
One, Sally Britton, has already published a book and a novella this year, and will be releasing a second novel in a week or two. Check her out on Goodreads! Two others have signed to be published later this year, and I can’t wait.
Posted at 10:43 pm , on January 20, 2018
It seemed to take all week, but I finally finished Part 1 of my Regency romance. I’m pretty excited about it. The female main character’s life is kind of in shambles right now, despite some good news she received. One male lead ran away from everything, and the other got shot down and needs to figure out what to do. I might need to add a scene or two, but for now I think I’ll leave it where it is and advance to the Part 2.
But finishing it brought on some interesting questions. The first part is almost 64,000 words long… And I feel like I don’t have a ton of stuff to cut. Maybe words, but I at least don’t have many scenes to cut, because I try really hard to not have fluff or filler scenes. (Which is actually hard when writing romance, I’ve decided. The flirting scenes tend to feel a little fluffy.) Romance books tend to be around 70,000 words on the short end… Which means half of my book is almost as long as a full novel. Oops.
Posted at 4:30 am , on January 15, 2018
Anybody else have a fear of telling people they’re a writer? I tend to be terrified of it. To the point that I don’t even talk to my family members (besides my husband) about it very much. When people ask what I do, I tend to mention all of my other hobbies before I mention my dearest hobby (which is so dear to me the word “hobby” hardly seems like the right way to describe it).
This year one of my goals is to be more open about my writing. The thought scares me, but I’m committed to mentioning writing first when asked.
I started working on the goal at Christmas. My husband’s family knew very little about my writing aspirations. I don’t remember how it came up, but I mentioned to a sister-in-law and my mother-in-law that I was working on editing and writing a couple of novels.