Wednesday, October 27, 2010


So Halloween is almost here.  The time for candy, costumes, and scary things.  Things that make you want to hide under your covers.  So what scares you?

Do you have a fear of walking down a cold, dark street at night, wondering what's making all those noises you can't see? 

And to make it worse, what if you saw something like this peering out at you from the shadows?
You better believe I won't be standing around very long.

Ugh, who can forget spiders?  I'm terrified I'll wake up and find one crawling on me! *shudders*

This was a big one for me when I was little.  I was sure there was something lurking under my bed, waiting until my parents went to sleep so it could get me.

Clowns! Enough said.

So what scares you?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Reasons I'm Glad I Don't Have a Book Deal (Yet)

I'm not going to lie - I want to be published.  Sure, I write because I love it.  Isn't that why all writers write? (Because chances are we're not going to get rich by it).  Anyways, I've been focused on finishing my WIP and jumping into the madness of Query-land and let me tell you it's stressful.  I've been putting too much pressure on myself. Not a good thing.

And then I had an epiphany.  Why am I doing this to myself?  Shouldn't I enjoy this part of the writing journey?  So here's my list of why I should be thankful I don't have a published book.

1.  No pesky agent or editor breathing down my neck.  That's right, I answer to no one right now. I mean, having one of those is almost like having another boss! *shudders*

2.  No pesky agent or editor means I have all the time in the world to work on my WIP!  I can finish it in a few months if I want, or I can take a few years.  It's up to me. (Alright, I admit the second does involve lots of procrastination).

3.  No deadlines!

4.  No bad reviews!

5.  I have the freedom to write what I want, when I want! Nobody can tell me I can't write a YA Vampire/Angel/Werewolf love story! (Complete with SPARKLES!)

6.  I can abuse ! and ( ) to my heart's content!

7.  And.....I'm drawing a blank!  Give me a number 7!  What's a good reason to be thankful for not having a book deal (yet)?

Monday, October 4, 2010

You Wrote How Much Blogfest

A few weeks ago, Patti Nielson had a cool idea for a blogfest. Starting Monday, September 27th, participants were supposed to write down every minute spent writing or editing until Friday, October 1st.  So I said to myself "Hey, maybe I'll get a few chapters knocked out of the way if I do this."   I'd been stuck revising chapter 3 for quite a while, so I thought this would force me to power through it.  Well, just take a look at my times.

Monday, Sept. 27  - 1 hour 
Tuesday, Sept. 28  - 45 minutes 
Wednesday, Sept 29  - 1 hour 25 minutes 
Thursday, September 30  - 1 hour, 45 minutes 
Friday, October 1  - 4 hours (Yay!)

Okay, so I was weak the first four days.  I wasted lots of time checking blogs, Twitter, and e-mail during the day.  Now it's  hard for me to write during the day anyway because of my extremely energetic toddler, but to be honest, if I had really tried I could have squeezed more time in by limiting my time on the Net.  I know because that's what I did Friday.  I allowed myself to read exactly five blogs, check Twitter once for ten minutes, and check e-mail once in the morning and again after my writing was done.  As a result, I'm happy to report that I did finish the pesky chapter 3!  One of my problems during the week was that I kept staring, thinking, typing, deleting, and staring some more.  Yep, the joys of revising.  But it's done and my CPs have it, so on to the next chapters (finally).

What do you think about keeping track of your writing time?   Have you ever tried this?  If so, does it work for you?