On Writing: I’m talking goals today. I’m back fresh from RWA Nationals more excited and motivated than ever to dig into writing. Writing is such a solitary venture so it was wonderful being around other people like me who can’t stop imaging plots and characters when hearing stories on the news or tidbits of conversations. Even just the fragment of a sentence can lead you down that “what if” path. #camaraderie
“My top three pieces of writing advice? Stop whining and write. Stop fucking around and write. Stop making excuses and write.” ~Nora Roberts
On Writing Goals:
1. Revise GH m/s based on recent amazing feedback. (Over next few days.)
2. Send GH m/s out to requests from RWA. (Hopefully by end of upcoming week.)
3. Revise sequel to GH m/s based on ideas I got sitting in Sarah MacLean’s conflict workshop. (Aiming for 3rd and 4th weeks in August.)
4. Pick which WIP to pick back up: Tynan’s story, the next Cates brother or Dante’s story in my new Texas series.
5. Finish emailing or posting hello on FB to the rest of the new friends I met in San Antonio!
“Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn’t look up. Well, maybe once.” ~Isaac Asimov
What are your writing goals? Did you set any new ones for the fall? Oh, speaking of goals, I thought I’d pass on a tidbit from Susan Elizabeth Phillips. You know how we often set a daily or weekly word count goal? SEP said she sets a timer for writing instead of a wc goal. For example, she’ll set a timer for five hours and starts writing. Every time she stops writing to eat, take phone calls etc she stops the timer and only starts it again once back to writing. She gets that five hours of pure writing in each day. Some days it takes her until noon and other days it may take her until dinner. Does that make sense? It sounded like a little less pressure than a wc goal yet still very nose-to-the-grindstone.
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop until you get there.” ~Bo Jackson
On Life: Celebrated my birthday with Chinese takeout, a bottle of Cabernet and a Carvel ice-cream cake. And most importantly, people I love! Oh, and we got to use our fire extinguisher for the first time! But that’s a story for tomorrow 😉 But as a preview, today’s musical inspiration, I’m off to listen to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”