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Monday, June 28, 2010

I'll Be Back*

Okay folks, I'm going to sign off on blogging for a week or two. Nothing is wrong. In fact, the opposite is true.

I'm almost finished with my WIP! *cue the music, fireworks, or whatever*

I know a lot of you have already finished a book (or twelve), but this is the FIRST one I've ever attempted to write. And it's almost done! I need to add another five chapters or so, then on to revising! I'm going to try to squeeze every spare minute I have to finishing this thing.

But, seeing that I have other duties (namely taking care of the kiddos who require an INSANE amount of attention during the summer), I'm going to have let some things go. Spotless house, gone (well, that was never the case to begin with;). And blogging is going to have to go on the back burner for a while.

So I'll see ya when it's done!

*Yep, I was totally going for The Arnold's voice here;)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Baby Steps

Okay folks, I've come to a realization. I'm not going to write a book by racing through the whole writing process. I know, shocking;) In fact, it's going to take a lot of time. See, my attitude has been Holy crap! I've got to finish this thing! Kind of like it's a one step deal - write the book, end of story. But it's not like that. (Yes, I know you have to edit and all that fun stuff, but I'm not there yet.) Writing a book takes a series of steps. There's no cheating allowed, no skipping anything, no writing so fast that you start and end with a book deal in three months.

It. Is. Going. To. Take. Time.

You know, like taking baby steps. And each step will get you that much closer to your dreams. Sure, sometimes you're going to fall down, but you need to pick yourself up, dust off those doubts, and push on.

Baby steps.

So have you come to any realizations lately?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Forgotten Gift

I was cleaning out my desk a few days ago and I found something that a dear friend gave me years ago just before I graduated from college. She knew that I was having doubts about being a teacher and that I really *wanted* to be a writer. I can't remember if this was a graduation, Christmas, or birthday gift (sorry, severe mommy brain prevents me from remembering these kinds of details), but I remember how I felt when I received it. Relief. Gratitude. Happiness.

So what was the gift? It was a framed quote. Now I can hear some of you - Yeah, yeah, so what? What's the big deal?

Well, it's the quote itself. I have no idea who the author is, but it was so inspiring to me. It said:

If you imagine, you can begin. If you believe, you can achieve. If you start now, you can fulfill...your dreams.

Pretty cool, huh? I was relieved because someone finally understood that I had a dream and it wasn't stupid of me to want to pursue it. I felt gratitude because she was the first person to get that dream. And I was happy because it made me feel that my dream wasn't some childish fantasy.

I used to have that quote next to my computer, and I'm not sure how it was lost in all of the junk in my desk - I'm gonna blame the kiddos:) But now I have it proudly diplayed again next to my laptop.

So do you have anything that inspires you? Have you ever had somebody help you realize that your dreams are valid?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Isuckitis

I think I've come down with Isuckitis. What? You've never heard of it? Well, it's a nasty ailment that usually strikes most writers at some point during their careers . It can come at any time: during the first draft, during revisions, or when your crit partners are reading your chapters. And occasionally it has been known to flare up before a writer even types one word of a new project, causing said writer to abandon it in favor of seeking an alternative use of his/her time (Twitter, blog hopping, facebook - you get the picture).

So what are the symptoms?

* Thinking everything you write is complete crap even though yesterday it seemed brilliant.

* Staring endlessly at your monitor, watching that little cursor as it mocks you for not typing anything. You almost can hear it- YOU *blink* SUCK *blink* YOU *blink* SUCK

* Hating your work so much that you abandon it for weeks, telling yourself that you "need a little break."

* The inability to open your Word document.

* Have I mentioned that you think your work sucks to the millionth degree?

So.........does any of this sound familiar? Have you been struck with Isuckitis recently? If you have, please tell me how you got over it.