Deb's Morning Pages

My Writing Life. One Morning at a Time.


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Fall Into Writing

I know, I know. I shouldn’t rush the seasons but it’s starting to feel a lot like fall around here. This morning it was in the upper 50s. Football is on tv. School has started. If it walks like a duck….

With a new season comes a new goal. You see, I’ve finished my most recent project and it’s been tucked away for a later date to be pulled out and read through with a clear set of eyes. So I’ve started a new romantic suspense. I’ve just written the first scene in chapter four. And I’ve also worked on plotting. Over the summer I took a class on the 3 act structure and I liked it. I liked it so much that I used it for my new manuscript. Now, the panster inside of me has had a little difficulty in embracing the whole plotting concept but I think I’ve done very good. I’ve outlined the first act, I have a broad overview for the second act (to be broken down in a couple of weeks) and I know what happens in the third act but I haven’t outlined it yet. I’m getting there. I promise.

I hope that you had a great weekend and that the coming week is awesome.

D


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Happy New Year!

It’s 2012!

My last post I discussed how not to drive yourself crazy with goals so I took what I wrote to heart when I decided what I will accomplish this year. And here is my list, short list, of what I will accomplish in 2012:

1. Polish & submit the first Dangerous book by March 1, 2012
2. Revise & submit the second Dangerous book (I already have it’s first draft completed.)
3. Write the third Dangerous book (they are all category length so I believe I can meet these goals)
4. Write a novella

That’s it.

I wish you all the best this year!

Happy New Year,
D


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New Year’s Resolution – How Not to Drive Yourself Crazy

With Christmas behind us it’s now time to think about the new year we’re about to ring in. And with the new year comes resolutions. Love them or hate them, we make them. And they range from fitness to personal relationships to work matters. But, there’s a resolution we probably never make, but it can easily be the end result of some of our other resolutions. And as writers, we can have some pretty hardcore resolutions when it come to our writing. So, how do we avoid the crazy factor?

1. Goal – BIAW can be done every month because we are going to be SO productive in 2012.
Reality – Be realistic & honest about how much you can devote to your writing. You don’t have to keep up with Susie “fast-fingers” Writer who turns out a new manuscript every other week.

2. Goal – Self-publish all those BIAW babies
Reality – Self-publishing has received a make-over and it now very attractive to many writers and is now know as Independent publishing. However, Indie may not be for every writer. When you decide to go Indie, you are accepting all the responsibilities of a publisher on top of the responsibilities of a writer. If you can barely squeak out a manuscript in a year, do you think you can publish it? If you do, make sure you have a solid plan in place & best of luck!

3. Goal -Set daily, weekly, monthly goals that will rock our writing because they will keep us focus
Reality – Goals are great to keep us focused. So we shouldn’t set unreasonable ones that we can’t accomplish. And you need to keep balance in your life. Your writing goals shouldn’t keep you from living your life. Writers need to get out of their writing caves and their heads on a regular basis. Otherwise, who will you base your characters on?

4. Goal -Get organized and track your word count,sales, promotional events, etc. on a color-coded spreadsheet on a daily basis.
Reality – It’s a great idea to keep track of your production, of your sales and everything else related to writing but spreadsheet love can lead to obsession. Use spreadsheet to bring calm to the world of chaos writing is. It’s a tool for you, not a crutch.

5. Goal – Promote more this year, get aboard every possible blog tour and post your way to best-sellerdom.
Reality – More and more it seems that published authors are the ones responsible for promoting their books and unpubbed are expected to have a marketing plan and an online prescence already established when they submit their work. But, all of this takes time and it means that when we’re blog hopping, we’re not writing. Be smart and selective because only you can protect your work.

There you have it, my 5 ways not to drive yourself crazy next year when you set your writing goals. Trust me, there will be other opportunities to be driven crazy so you don’t have to worry about it. Best of luck when you sit down to list what you want to accomplish next year and how you plan to do it. I’ll be doing that very soon and yes, I will share with you.

Happy Writing,
D


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We All Need A Goal

Without a goal what do you have to look forward to? Whether it’s a personal or professional goal, we all need something to work at achieving. I’ve found that goals give hope. Sure, we may stumble from time to time but it’s the hope we harbor in ourselves to keep moving forward pushing away all the obstacles that stand in the way of us achieving our goals.

Writers have one big ultimate goal – seeing their novel published.

Well in order to get to that goal there are a ton of little goals that need to be reached along the way. There are articles, online classes and forums of your peers that offer ideas and suggestions on how to set goals and how to achieve them.

Identify your goal(s), pick your method and get going. Because if you don’t write you’ll never achieve the goal of being published. That’s a fact.

G = Goal

Debra


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Routines Anyone?

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Do you have a writing routine?

This was a recent discussion over at the Girlfriend’s Book Club. 18 novelists shared their writing routines or lack of routine. Currently I have no routine and it’s frustrating. But next month I will have one because I that’s when I will be starting the first draft of my new manuscript. I typically write in the evening for about an hour. Previously, I’ve experimented with setting goals for pages or word count. I find I’m more comfortable with a page goal but I think word count is more accountable. I can put twenty words on a page and call it a day. 🙂 As of this moment, I’m not sure which goal I’ll be using but I know I’ll be getting back into my routine shortly.

So, what’s your writing routine?

TTYL,
Debra