Getting Back On the Horse

 

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August was not a good writing month for me. At. All.

What happened to me happens to all writers at some point. At least I hope I’m not the only one! Essentially, life got in the way and I either had little time or little energy to write. Things are better now and I’m ready to get back on the horse, as they say.

So since this is the start of a new month, I have made myself a schedule and I’m going to try my hardest to stick to it. I won’t be able to write every single day, but I do have days in the week that are dedicated only to writing, and I feel pretty good about that. On days that I don’t write (or edit), then I will do something writerly, like come up with story ideas, make an inspiration board on Pinterest, or look for inspiring quotes for motivation.

I am behind on my current WIP since August was a washout, but I’ll have to find a way to be okay with that if I can’t catch up. I’d much rather take more time and put out a book that I’m proud of instead of rushing to publish something that’s not the best it could be. I will have to get out of my own way and modify the plan I had decided on in my mind and on paper. That’s not always easy to do, but not impossible.

I have found that in my life, and especially since I’ve decided to fit writing into it, that sometimes I just have to roll with the punches.

Standing Under A Neon Sign

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Julianne stood outside the bus depot, the pinkish glow from the neon sign washing over her. This was the single most thrilling moment in all of her eighteen years. Sad, but true.

Nothing ever happens in this one-stoplight town. She decided a long time ago that she was going to go somewhere where things do happen. The last four years spent in that steamy diner serving burgers and meticulously saving her tips were worth it for this moment. 

The bus is only the first step. The second step is to board a plane. To where she doesn’t yet know. 

My Business Card!

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I got my business cards a few months ago before I went to my first writer’s conference. I still love them!

They instantly made me feel more professional. When someone asks me if I have a card, I’m prepared, and I hand one over, hopefully with a modicum of confidence. But I’m sure the confidence will build up in time!

I tried to select a design that was pleasing to the eye, but that also had all the contact components that I needed, and found this one on Etsy. You can’t tell in the photos, but the cards are printed on pearlized paper. Thank you, Vistaprint! That decision was twofold: I love things that have a shine to them and the pearl is my birthstone! By selecting pearlized paper, it made my business cards a bit more ‘me.’

Like I said, I love them, and I have a business card I’m proud to hand out!

June Writerly Goals

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I can’t believe June is over already, but it was a great writing month for me! I had five goals, and I met them all.

I finished my edits on the manuscript I wrote back in April for Camp NaNoWriMo. My deadline was June because I wanted to go ahead and get the manuscript out to beta readers. Prior to the start of the month, I had one beta reader lined up, so another goal was to find one or two more. Success on both counts! I got the manuscript edited and sent it out to my beta readers!

Speaking of Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m doing it again in July, so I needed to prepare. Preparation is key when trying to write a first draft in thirty days! I did some preparation, though not as much as I would have liked. I have a good handle on my characters and the setting, plus I have quite a few scenes mapped out, so I feel good about starting writing on July 1!

I desperately wanted (and needed) to get into a blog posting habit, so for June, I wanted to experiment with blogging twice a week. Wednesdays and Saturdays seemed good to me, and with the exception of being too busy one Saturday, the experiment was successful. In my defense, the one Saturday that I did not blog was because I worked the whole day finishing the edits on my manuscript. I did post the next day, so I have posted twice a week each week in June.

My last goal was to experiment with writing fragmented flash fiction, which is also called segmented or mosaic flash. It sounded like a cool concept to me and I love writing flash anyway, so I gave it a shot. I didn’t publish it, because I wasn’t truly happy with it, and I thought it would be a good idea to get more familiar with the format before sharing it with the world. But one day, I will do that!

June was a great month writing wise, and I can’t wait to see what July brings!