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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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Digging In

researchI am currently working on  my latest fiction piece. This novel I am hoping to have published. Something that is crucial in the writing of this book is knowing what I am writing. That might sound so obvious, but not everyone seems to realize just how important this is. In light of that, when you write, RESEARCH. Know the little details. Are you using a real town/city as the main character’s hometown? If so, research the place and if possible, visit it! Learn the culture. What are the best restaurants? Is there anything that is really notable about this place?

Not only will this help you in setting your scene, but it also creates a connection for readers who are from that area or areas that you talk about in your book.

If you are looking for an example, one of the best that I have come across is Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family Drama Series which consists of Redemption Series, Firstborn Series and Sunrise Series. Bloomington, Indiana is the place of interest. It becomes so familiar as you read that you find yourself at home and are easily able to visualize it. It is one more way to make your story come alive.

Research.

Know what you are talking about. The difference an hour of research can make is incredible when it comes to writing. Know enough sensory details about this place that you are writing – sights, smells, atmospheres, people, etc.

What books have you read that create this kind of setting?

What city would you have be your main character’s hometown and why?  What makes it special?

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Stop Moving the Goal Post!

I was looking for inspiration today and this quote is what I found.

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

It is good to have dreams, but if you aren’t doing anything to pursue them then they might as well be on your amazon wish list that you hope someone will finally check out and randomly send you something on it. Basically, if you want something, you need to go after it.

How is that book coming along that you have dreamed of writing for the last several years? I suppose you might have said, “I’m going to write my book this year…” and then you continue pushing it back because you find you don’t have the time.

STOP MOVING THE GOAL POST.

If something is important to you, you will find a way. If it is not, you will find an excuse.

Is writing that book on your wish list or your goal list?

I challenge you to set a deadline for your dream and start working towards that goal. If you keep moving the goal post, then you will always be a field away from it. Set yourself, run full force and find a team to help keep you accountable and on the right track.

You now have your goal in sight. Take it one yard at a time. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, just as long as you get there. There will be set-backs. You might fumble along the way. But when you pick that up and run with all of your might, you are going to get closer and closer to that goal post until you finally score.

That makes it 1 for the dream team!

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