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Friday, February 19, 2010

Baby Steps

Guess what? I actually read THREE writing magazines this week; two came in the mail and I devoured them, then read one that was on my list. And I've started Joan of Arc to cover the biography I'm supposed to read this month, and GUESS WHAT? I actually revised/edited chapters one through four Of Witches Don't Wear Socks and posted them back up on TheNextBigWriter site!
What amazes me is that the story just flows from my fingers. Half the time I don't even know what I'm going to write, it just comes up on the page. Yeah, there is always some meddling I'll have to do to it later, but I'm even surprised where I end up. I may fret and carry on about being stuck for ideas, but once I sit down and just look at it, the characters just do their thing.
I did a very silly thing the other day: I signed up for another online writing course. But it's being taught by the author of the book 'Make A Scene', Jordan E. Rosenfeld! That's a rare opportunity, you know! The class is called Novel Writing: Scene Fundamentals.
I also attended the first meeting of The Lethbridge Writers Group last week, and got to meet a lot of (okay, a few) of Lethbridge's aspiring writers, and even PUBLISHED writers! Yes, it can happen, folks! Apparently it's not just an urban legend!
I'm not going to be able to make next month's meeting, (Every second Tuesday I'm supposed to be at my kids' 4H meeting where I'm an assistant leader) but if other meetings can be arranged, I hope to make them!
One of our 'homework' assignments for the next meeting was to write a six-word summary to describe our lives. Mine is: So many books, so little time. Now if you'll excuse me, I hoped to finish 'Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles and Ends' by Nancy Kress yet tonight.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Oops! I missed posting last week. I hadn't realized how long ago I last posted. I guess I just need to remember that Monday is Blog day!
As far as my time has gone, I can't say I've done any writing yet, but that will change today. I'm going to re-edit and revise chapter one of Witches Don't Wear Socks and re-post it at The Next Big Writer site, and will be revising and re-post a new chapter every second day. How's that for making a commitment? Considering that we are in the middle of calving season, it feels ambitious to me. (And I'm keeping a close eye on the ewes; there's always one that catches us off guard and, out of the blue, weeks before the rest of the herd, will drop quadruplets or something of that nature.)
I met my commitment to read two writing magazines this past week, and have finished two writing books so far this year, Writing and Selling the YA Novel by K.L. Going and The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. The first is required reading for the online workshop I signed up for in March, and the other a well-needed refresher in grammar and - stuff. I started correcting my family's speech for days. They weren't impressed.