It’s Been A Little While, Hasn’t It?

Okay, by now writers know the deal – life gets busier than usual sometimes, especially when you’re trying to use every spare minute you get to write for your book instead of for your blog. Not to mention if you have a bill-paying, lovable full-time job! So, hello again:-)!

quote1 I’ve had this quote that I’ve wanted to share for a while now:

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And on another note, with the growing anxiety of sleeplessness and heavy thinking, I came to conclude/wonder a few  mornings ago when it was still dark outside and I couldn’t fall back to sleep:

My brain is like an energizer bunny, it keeps going and going and going and going (always planning things, even in sleep mode)  – I wonder, is this behavior akin to the brain of a writer? Or am I just naturally, endlessly, and perhaps a bit insanely thoughtful?

Hmmm… ponder, scratch head, ponder some more…

Writing Prompts…

Okay, so in my last post I attempted to start a monthly writing prompts. But with all the projects I have going on currently, I realized that was not such a great idea, regardless of how I love such creativity!

As you other writers with fulltime jobs know, it’s hard enough finding time to work on projects. Each minute should be savored effectively as much as possible. To that point, I’ve decided to go back to my normal – post as necessary since this is easier with time demands. In the meantime, if you do like writing prompts check out these sites:

Writer’s Digest’s Your Story Competition

Creative Writing Prompts

Poet & Writers’ writing prompts exercises

Writing prompt generator

Hurting Feet or Dying Shoes?

So, I was working finding material for the teen web page for my day job and got the idea to start a monthly interactive writing promt. So, starting today, here goes:

You are a shoe bought by a lady whose feet are too big to fit your curves. Describe the scene when she first wears you…

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This should be fun! I’ll be back with my own post later.

Happy Writing for 2013!

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Happy 2013 writer folks! And what a busy start of the year it has been! I’ve barely had a chance to have some time to myself – needless to say that my writing had taken a stand still. Until now, that is. I’m back to inserting writing into my routine:

  • on my train ride to/from work
  • during lunch breaks
  • throughout various times at home.

As you continue to write as well, I hope you’ll find great inspiration throughout your days to construct meaningful writing. Remember that developing a routine helps, but if that’s difficult for you to do, try to bring a notebook with you at all times to write down anything that comes to mind. And remember, there are different parts of the writing process that count:

  • taking research notes
  • people watching and jotting down movements/action
  • listening in on conversations to gather information for character traits/personalities
  • watching movies to determine how plot lines are connected
  • having a conversation with someone else in the role of your characters to see how a scene plays out
  • anything else you find helpful that you want to share?

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The Query

Since it’s such an important aspect of the writing process, I thought I’d say a few words about writing a query letter.

So, what is a query letter anyway? It’s pretty much your first impression! It’s what introduces you and your work to a potential agent or editor representative. And what do most people say about first impressions? That’s right – they last! So make it count.

The basic format of a query should be:

  • Specific salutation for the person being queried.
  • A one sentence “hook” saying what your book is about and how long it is.
  • A detailed paragraph of the books summary, possible marketability, and what makes it different form the rest.
  • A brief and concise paragraph about yourself and your qualifications in regards to your writing project.
  • Close in gratitude.

Be sure to research and follow the strict instructions for each agency or individual being queried. While some may say include ten pages, others may want to see the whole manuscript. Here are a few different takes on writing and formatting the query letter:

Agent Query

Charlotte Dillon

MobileWritersGuild

Nathan Bransford

Query Letters – AGH!

Writing Competitions

I received an email today about Writer’s Digest’s Annual Writing Competition, and thought I’d share the link to those who may be interested.

Competitions are great ways of getting noticed, although the fees can be a drag sometimes. See  a few more contests at the sites below:

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Editing Wizard

 

We all know that editing is a very biiiiig part of the writing process. A couple of weeks ago, one of the blogs I follow, Caribbean Book Blog, wrote a post on an editing wizard called Autocrit. Well, today I tried it out for the first time, and I’m impressed! As a guest I was limited to analyzing only 500 words of my manuscript, but I was able to get results for overused words, sentence variation, and clichés & redundancies. While I may not use every recommendation given, I liked the word overuse section because it really gave me a look at just how many times I was using particular words.

Becoming a member of Autocrit gives more freedoms like analyzing more words at a time and emailing an analyzed report. I’m definitely considering membership for at least a year. Not to say that this wizard can replace a personal editor, but I believe it can be a good addition to analyze my own work as a writer even before the editor sees the completed manuscript. Check it out and tell me what you think!

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