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We Interrupt Our Regular Programming…

…for a rant!

Why are writers in such a rush to be published?  I know, I know, it’s the dream.  We all want to hold our lovelies in our hands, smell the pages, sign them for all our fans, give them as presents on Christmas, and of course, highjack our friends for long car rides and tell them to READ IT!  Yes, it’s the dream.

It is my dream too.  I want all those things sometimes so bad I think I could cry or throw up (yes, seriously). But I started walking down this road only six months ago and only wrote my first novel a year ago. My first book was horrible, terrible, but I learned a lot. My second was a middle grade book that I had a ball writing. My third was a full length YA. And now, I’ve begun another YA.

I can’t believe how I’ve improved with each book I’ve written!  The old adage is right, if you want to get better at writing, you have to write.  No excuses.  Just get it done.  Don’t stop at book one, write a second, third, fourth…

No, I’m not saying don’t query the first or second because I’m sure going to, once I feel they’re polished, but I’m also saying, what’s the rush?  You’re probably not starving because you haven’t sold any books.  That’s what other jobs are for.

The moral to my rant: don’t be in a rush, just write, perfect your craft, and make connections with other writers (yes, make friends, just like in kindergarden).  But the biggest thing you should focus on is to enjoy writing.  Love writing.  Be happy you can do this at all.  Every single second of it.  Fall in love with your characters.  Drown in the worlds you build.  Plan more ways to thwart your characters and figure out how to get them out of it.

So go! Write! And never, for a second, take for granted our ability to do what we love.

New Year’s Resolutions

I have four resolutions this year:

  1. Become a published author, whether it be a short story, an article for a newspaper/magazine, or a book.
  2. Learn how to cook!  I can bake with the best of them but the art of cooking has continuously evaded me.
  3. Play the piano every day (this will commence once the piano is brought back out after Christmas decorations are taken down).
  4. Floss.  (Impressively, I am on my fifth day in a row of flossing).

I have joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (scbwi) and am extremely excited for all they have to offer including finding a critique group to join.  They have a conference coming up in February in Atlanta, GA that I would love to attend.  Unfortunately, the trip would cost upwards of $400 and that just isn’t in my budget right now.  Thankfully, more conferences will come up that I will be able to go to.

Currently, I have a few books in progress.

  1. A trilogy for young adults that  I have been diligently working on for a year now.
  2. After all that hard work, I have decided to take a break and am working on a fun children’s book entitled Rupert and the House that Spews Dragons, although I imagine that title will evolve and change a few dozen times before it is finished.
  3. I have pulled out a short story I wrote in my second year of college: The Suit.

I hope one of these will make its way to publication this year.

Stay tuned and I will hopefully put up an excerpt from one of my works in progress. 🙂