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Month: November 2015

Thanksgiving, NaNoWriMo, and Relaxing

The Day After Thanksgiving I’m taking the day off; no cleaning, no cooking, no waiting on others and no-over-full belly. I’m enjoying a clean house; the one me, the husband and kids frantically did our best to make our home presentable for guests. I’m not planning on joining the crowds at any store. I’ve done my fair share of black Friday shopping and had great fun, but not today. Today my fun is to enjoy my home and leftovers by lounging in my warm pajamas and selecting videos from my movie library. I have sadly given up on my NaNoWriMo, too many distractions to stay on track. You may ask what it is I’m speak about… National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. I completed about 11,000 words. I have a story waiting to be written. However, I have not given up on writing. I have much to do and…

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Writing is more than art, it’s a business!

Writing consists of many things. There is the creative side and the business side. I attended the SF Algonkian Write to Market Conference this November 12-15, 2015. Our group (and, now, new writing friends) were blessed by Michael Neff who was dedicated in teaching us to become commercially published. Ann Garvin was just as committed as Michael. Their enthusiasm motivated us to work harder and do better. They gave us honest and professional evaluations of our novel or work-in-progress, Learning the art of pitching your novel is the business of marketing. After three days of writing, practicing, writing and practicing some more, we (the students) pitched to agents. It was a positive experience for us all. I have interest from three agents for my Women’s Fiction Novel. And one agent (I only pitched to one) for my Cozy Mystery Novel series. Getting validation for ideas I’ve worked on for many, many hours has put me on cloud nine! Now I have to edit and polish my work and sell my writing and not just an…