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To Send or Not to Send?

I managed to talk myself up into this one. I wrote the chapter and edited like a mad-woman who may be allergic to a misplaced comma. The story-line was set, the characters were strong, and everything was formatted just how it needed to go. Finally it was time to send it off, and moving my pointer to the send I found I simply could not. What could possibly be wrong? I went over the chapter again and again. What’s wrong is that the “could happen” after “Send” is pressed may also turn into a rejection (or worse, being ignored).

I know that I am not the only writer to have trouble hitting the “send” button. Great writing requires a certain vulnerability. That being said, rejections can be taken personally. I have since come to terms with this knowledge and when hitting the “send”, I remind myself that this isn’t the end, but the beginning. Truthfully, rejection can be a good thing sometimes. It can show you areas where you need to grow and to strengthen your writing. Rejections should not be personal attacks, but a chance to better yourself.

Even when you doubt, hit the send button. Let it out. If you’re accepted, awesome! Way to go for the dream! If you’re rejected, don’t quit! This is a chance to improve and to become better. Success belongs to those who don’t quit. Close isn’t close enough. Don’t fall into the trap of, “at least I tried”. Go for the goal! Hit send!

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NaNoWriMo Begins!

Growing up, writing was not a favorite subject of mine. I was the girl who loved and excelled in math, had a great interest in science, and wanted little to do with history. Then, I found NaNo! A month of writing feverishly in order to complete an entire novel. This started in 8th grade and I have been a participant every year. This is where I found my love of writing!

Here I am, November 1st – today is the beginning of a long month of writing with one goal in mind — get the story written, edit it later. How hard can it be to write 2,000 words a day? Are you up for the challenge? Check out http://nanowrimo.org.

One month.

50,000 words.

What will your story be?

Start it here.

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The Worth of Your Words

Have you ever met one of those people who seem to talk just to hear themselves speak? No one really wants to listen, or if they did initially they lost interest and are not sure how to get away from the conversation without being rude.

This happens with writers too. We need to weigh our words carefully. Being lovers of detail and portrait painting with words, we sometimes have a hard time not being long-winded or overly detailed. Put simply – we lose our reader’s interest. At some point among the details that we find to be so very important our voice becomes like a drone in their ear.  Suddenly the words we are saying (or writing) become irrelevant. And no matter how important the topic in question is, when this happens, the worth of the words and the weight that you may have carried on the topic is lost.

Why do writers write?

Because we (hopefully) have something of worth to contribute. We write because we have something to share with the world and recognize the power our words can hold.

When you write, consider:

  • What details are essential for a clear understanding of the topic?
  • Why is what you have to say important?
  • How can you best share with your reader in such a way that they understand but as succinctly as possible?

If time is a currency, then make sure that the words you write and speak are worth it.

WRITERS POP CHALLENGE: Weigh the worth of your words.

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