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Friday, January 30, 2009

Another Writing-Related Goal

A couple of my writing-related goals have to do with reading. Go figure. One is to read a writing magazine at least once a week. I subscribe to Writers Digest, The Writer magazine and try to pick up The Writers' Journal whenever I can.
This week, I read The Writers' Journal for Jan/Feb 09. The articles on snazzy first lines,the elements of story and how to pitch your book were helpful. But the contest winning short stories came up short, in my opinion. I guess I'd better get to work and see if I can do any better. So, there is one contest (or more) that I can enter this year; The Writers' Journal sci-fi/fantasy contest, deadline Nov. 30. Also, they have a fiction contest deadline -oops- today, and a short story contest deadline March 30. Things to consider.
Another writing-related goal is to read a writing-based book at least once a month. This month, I read Writing is a Verb by Bill O'Hanlon. It's definately different from other writing books I've read. As a therapist/writer, O'Hanlon has a unique slant on his approach to the writing life. "Disregard your feelings." Forget about being in the mood. Just get on with it. O'Hanlon provides some exercises to help you find what's standing in your way and finding what works for you - not everyone else - to get the writing done. I liked his no-nonsense approach; Sit Down. Start Writing. No Excuses.
So, if you'll excuse me, I have some writing to do.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Off I Go

I hit the big 4-0 yesterday.
Now, I have a LIFE LIST of things I planned to do while on this particular earthbound trip, and a number of them were supposed to be completed by my 40th birthday. Like that Taekwondo blackbelt. I got halfway, but then couldn't find the time or energy to fit it in anymore.
... And that pesky business of becoming a published writer. That particular calling has kept me up many a night over the years. I even try to convince myself that I just loved books so much, I only thought I wanted to write them. Funny, I can usually convince myself of numerous fallicies, but that one didn't get off the ground. So I started taking online courses and tried a creative writing course at the college.
I now have two novels in-medias-res, and an assortment of short stories started. The next step-finishing SOMETHING, then submitting. I have that perfectionist streak in me that has me revising and revising and revising again, never sure if it's just right yet.
I've vowed to enter 4 contests in the next 6 months. That gives me time to revise to my heart's content, and still make some progress. Keep on me, keep me focused.