Prep Work

A while ago, on another blog, I posted about prep work.

When you cook a dish, there is a substantial amount of work you must do. You must gather ingredients, chop the onions, and prepare the pans. You just can not look at the ingredients and expect dinner to magically appear. Although that would be nice!

Writing a novel is the same way. As much as we would like to be a successful published author, it is not going to happen overnight. You must practice writing everyday, you must work on your grammar, you must learn to market yourself and most importantly to network. I am a strong believer that networking is key in ANY field. To be a success at anything takes work and writing is no different.

Writing everyday is such a great release to me. I oftentimes struggle with the way I verbally present myself to others but on paper, I feel I am more eloquent. I hope that as I continue crafting my written words, everything else will fall into place.

I am happy to have grown into writer I am today. The contests, the querying, the networking have shaped me into a writer and a person that I proud of. I look forward to continuing my prep work as I forge ahead into becoming a better writer.

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Campnano Day 29: The end

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April has been crazy. In the middle of my day to day family obligations, I have been deciphering items for stats class, dealing with things breaking down in my home, buying a new car, and oh yeah – writing a picture book series!

Tomorrow marks the last day of campnanowrimo. There is special place in my heart for camp because although I had participated in nanowrimo for five years, I had yet to officially meet my goal. That all changed when I participated in Campnano June 2012. Full of focus and encouragement from my cabin mates, I finished my first book. From there I knew I could do this – I could actually focus and write a book.

I am 1482 words away from my goal. By the end of this month I should have 10 picture books complete in my series. I am excited! This was new territory for me and writing a children’s picture book is HARD!

For everyone still trying to make there goal by midnight tomorrow: do not be discouraged. If you do not make your goal, it does not make you a failure. You have already won by committing to step outside the box and write a book – how many people can say that.

For those close to the finish line, don’t stop. Push forward until you reach the end, you’ll be glad you did.

Are you reaching your novel goals? Comment below:)

***Also, I participate in the “I don’t like Monday’s” blog hop. Check out the other awesome writers!*******

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Liebster Award

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After a whirlwind Tuesday, I recieved awesome news: I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Rebecca McKeown. Check out her awesome blog here: http://rebeccamckeownwrites.com/

According to internet reports:
Once tagged, if you want to participate, create a post in which you will share the instructions, link back to the blog who nominated you, and nominate your own set of 3-5 nominees, keeping in mind the goal of the award! Then be sure to let them know on their blog that you have nominated them.

A cool factoid is that I am to nominate blogs I enjoy: especially the new ones. Take it from me, doing a weekly blog is a lot of work. I feel its my duty to spread the love to some of my fellow hard working bloggers!

My nominations are:

One of the most informative writing blogs:
Carissa Taylor http://carissa-taylor.blogspot.com/

A Funny Parenting Blog (note the word Funny)
Diary of a Reluctant Mother (Deni Lynn Miller) http://denimiller.com/

A good blog on varied toppings (compassion, biracial parenting, EVERYTHING!)
Rochelle Fritsch http://thelatearrival.blogspot.com/

Campnano Day 15: Inspiration

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I thought my head would explode this Saturday. I had hoped to write most of the day on my Campnano novels but life, in the form of allergies, got the best of me. I sat at my computer staring blankly waiting for something to happen – other than my sneezing. When I was on the verge of giving up, my five year old daughter runs in to a room with a Minnie Mouse dress on and a sticker over her right eye saying “I’m a pirate – prepare to walk the plank!”

Inspiration hit!

For me, this created another short story for the picture book series I’m writing. I have five more stories to go to reach my 10 book goal. Through the simple act of playing with my child and really getting to know her, she has inspired so much greatness to happen.

I know many people are writing children’s books and my question to you is where are you pulling your inspiration from – your childhood, your children, kids in the neighborhood. What inspires you as you write?

******I’m part of the I don’t like Monday’s Blog Hop. Check it out*********
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Falling In Love With Your Work (Why I Hate Mondays)

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I finished my second book and have outlined 3 more – I love the weekends!

My first book, truly showed me that I have “the goods.” Through writing this work, I proved to myself that I could craft ideas and experiences, put them on paper, and create something that I could be proud of. When I was writing and revising it, I approached each day like a kid glancing out the window for the ice cream truck – I could hardly wait.  I wanted to immerse myself in that world and see what the characters were saying.

In February, I started a new book.  Although in a completely different genre for me – I longed to be with the work more than the first one.  Whenever I put it away at night, I dreamed about it. Whenever I was at work, I would write down notes during my break period.  I was so possessive of it – not wanting anyone to touch the computer – I was really in love with that book.

That’s the best part of writing to me – falling in love with your work.  I believe you are doing a disservice to your WIP if you don’t immerse yourself in it at least once a week.  Allow it to carry you away, spend the time to hear it and watch how your writing takes off.  That’s why I love weekends – because it gives me at least one definite day where I can shut myself off from everyone and do that.

So that brings me back to why I hate Mondays. Mondays snap me back to reality. I like working, don’t get me wrong. I am grateful for my job and my house (really not trying to be living in a box). But I really miss my little worlds I create on the weekend; I miss how I felt like I had all the time in the world – until the alarm goes off Monday morning at 6am.

Reality can be a cruel thing at time.  My challenge to all writers this week is to find the time to fall in love with your work.  Also share in the comments how you keep the love alive during the week – that’s my struggle:)

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