Sunday, June 22, 2014

Motivate Yourself

  Anyone else taking the Mini WOW week challenge--writing seven nonfiction picture books in seven days?

The challenge isn't as easy as it looks. You have to have a complete (although, rough) first draft finished to qualify for each days drawing. Getting all the interesting details in the right order for the significant first draft is a super challenge. I love challenges, but I don't like losing.

So I decided to change my work space a bit for motivational purposes. Brightening the atmosphere by opening the window seemed to help today. With gallons of coffee of course. If you need motivated today listen to music, light a candle or brew a pot of tea. A short walk could do the trick. And you know what they say about smelling the roses? Sometimes something as simple as a smell can turn your whole day around!
I hope this helps you with your challenge!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

One of The First Rules of Getting Published

As writers, we all live for the next big idea, spark, challenge to start scribbling our next big draft. I think most of us continually watch for new ideas, funny situations and unusual settings to add to our stories so they will stand out in the barrage of slush piles. We write because we are writers, we write because we want to, we write because we MUST!

But there's more to writing than just getting our stories on paper, running them through critiques, endless rewrites and submissions. The publishing industry is BIG with HUGE competition. These days, writer's need to do more than write to succeed; they need to mingle with other writers, get Facebook and Twitter accounts, and learn to network.

Writers that mingle by joining groups and helping other writers WILL learn about the publishing industry, learn more about writing, and make life-long writing buddies(friends) to help them down the long road to success. Goodness knows--it can be a lonely road. Have you heard that old saying: together we stand--divided we fall? Truer words were never spoken. Reach out to other writers!

Below is a link to an interview posted by one of my fabulous writing friends who is also an author/illustrator, Dani Duck.

Thank you, Dani!!!

Dani Duck: Artist Obscure.

Don't forget to go to Dani Duck's website; Artist Obscure to learn more about her work!

I hope this will be a help to someone. I'd love to answer any writing questions you may have:)