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Critique partners are invaluable

At least mine is. She keeps me focussed – nose to the grindstone sort of thing. We meet monthly and set goals for ourselves and review progress at the next meeting. This month I whined about not being able to find a book to read that I could really sink my teeth into. So that was goal one. I paid $15 for the newest S. King book on Kindle. It’s awesome. I expected nothing less.

I also have to submit to four agents this month, read Elissa’s outline for November NANO and finish revising my current ms. Because my mom-in-law fell and broke her hip, my time has been in short supply. With the exception of Goal #1, I have 11 days to finish the other five.

Wish me luck.


Doncha just hate it when your tiles disappear?

For no reason, the eight tiles that appeared on my Google landing page disappeared. Poof!

Of course, I Googled the problem but no fixable solution was found.

My tiles were important to me. Especially the one for this site. Sadfaceemoji.

There’s so much more to writing than writing

My time at the computer is not just spent on writing. I have to organize my agent list-who is accepting what genre, to whom I’ve submitted, new agents requesting submissions, etc.

I have to read books by other authors and read books about writing.

I have to research. I cannot describe a burning building without knowing how certain construction materials react.

I have to feel. And then take those feelings and put them on the page.

And I have to update my social media contacts – this site, twitter, etc.

enjoying Betsy Lerner

I’ve been reading¬†The Forest for the Trees, An editor’s Advice to Writers¬†by Betsy Lerner and thoroughly enjoying it. Bits of wisdom including the following: “Being a writer or wanting to write is to live in a perpetual state of anxiety, where the chances of failing far outweigh the rate of success.”

Writers need reminders that they are all in the same boat – novice novelists and published authors alike.

Nano no more

Well, I didn’t make the 50k work count. I was sitting at my desk on Monday, with seven thousand words per day in front of me and I was overwhelmed with the thought that I would be writing six, seven hours a day to meet that goal.

Writing is supposed to be fun, I told myself. Then announced to my nano group that I wasn’t going to do it.

Angela said, “We do not write our best stuff under pressure.” So true. Whatever I would have tapped onto the screen would have been deleted during revision, so why waste my time.

Huge weight off my shoulders. Will, of course, try again next year.

Dropbox-a terrible mistake

Any writer fears losing a manuscript he or she has spent months on. So we are always on the lookout for the perfect storage device. Thumb drives are nice, but can get misplaced and one needs to continuously update it if you make changes to your work. In fact, any removable device would have the same drawback.

But dropbox promised a solution. It can store and share your documents from several sources – laptop, tablet, etc.

I downloaded the app and dropped my hard work that was on my old computer into the little square box. It showed up on my new computer. When I opened my manuscript it was formatted in something called writer 10- pages of hieroglyphs. My work was ruined. Because it had not copied my work from my old computer but had taken the entire document, everything was lost.

Oh I could, for a fee, download the upgrade.

Hate dropbox. Removed it from my system. Now I’m routinely emailing my stuff to myself.

Nano again

fired up for National Novel Writing Month. Have write-ins scheduled for at least three different times. Wish me luck!