Motivate for Writing Success

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endless possibilities

You are cordially invited to infinite possibilities in publishing. The Universe is open and waiting, all you have to do is take action and seize the moment. Isn’t it true that only thing that stops us in life is our own fears, self-doubt and hesitations?

If you have ever thought “I’ve got a book inside of me” November is National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). It is an excellent time to get fired up and motivate yourself to start fulfilling what you have always dreamed of doing.

This month begin preparing yourself psychologically. Pull out all the stops and begin visualizing success. You’ve got thirty days in November to write with pure abandon. That doesn’t mean you have to finish your novel within a month’s time, but participation in the event is a great way begin to build momentum for your publishing project.

A writing partner or group who will help you stay accountable and on task is a good idea for those who need the support. Check with your local library, they may have an organized plan for those who are participating in this event.

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From a Different Perspective

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“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”~Richard Brinsley Sheridan

A few weeks ago, my September/October issue of Poets and Writers Magazine  arrived in my mailbox. As I leafed through it, I was stopped by a letter to the editor written by a woman who had disappointments in her life that she was airing. 

What led to her writing the magazine was a letter of rejection she had received for a piece of flash fiction she was hoping to have published. She articulated her frustration at having spent the last nine years writing a novel and fifteen years penning a collection of short stories, with little hope of ever having them published. In the end, she said despite her disappointment, she “will go on” and keep writing. 

First, I felt sympathy for the woman. Her love of writing is obviously heartfelt since she has stated she will keep on writing anyway. 

 Secondly, I would like her to know that she is not alone. Rejections are not unusual. In fact, these days, having an agent to represent you may be one of the few ways to get your foot in the door with a traditional publishing company; they’ve gotten so selective. 

After I read her letter to the editor, I thought, “Why does this woman not know there are other publishing choices and options out there?” I want to help her.

She stated it was very important that her daughter, in particular, be able to read her work thirty years from now and laugh and feel connected. I can understand that and I assume she meant when she was gone, since this woman said she was in her sixties. 

Is that not also a reason why many people decide to independently publish? To pass work along to future generations?Somehow, I think the daughter would still love to have her mothers written words, no matter how it is published. 

Do you think a book would be any less fulfilling to her adult child, knowing the book was independently published? I would like to hear your thoughts on this matter. Feel free to post your comment.

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Mo’ and Mo’ of NaNoWriMo

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Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies, learn behavior from observation, imitation, and encouragement…”                    ~ Gary Gygax

Isn’t it terrific? Last month, writers of all abilities took on the National Novel Writers Month challenge to write as much as 5,000 words all within 30 days. The kids in Steamboat Springs, CO participating in the contest said they aren’t done yet! They want to write some more. They are having too much fun to quit!

The idea behind the contest is to inspire writers, of every age, to create stories, and have fun in the process. Sounds like the contest hit the mark. Young, emerging writers in this town have found that writing is a fulfilling way to spend their spare time. Can’t argue with that!

The kids are right. Writing with reckless abandon means there will be more work to be done. The fulfillment of a well crafted story means editing, rewriting and evaluating, sometimes many times over, until the finished result is organized and cohesive. An imaginative novel must include underlying meaning, well-developed characters and dialogue that supports and compliments the storyline.

Encouraging and developing young writers who don’t just fantasize about writing books is the ultimate goal of this contest. Now, kids in this town say “I’m not done yet!”  But, I anticipate hearing some reports of stories that have been brought to completion. That will mean ultimate success.

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