Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The best motivator I've seen in a long time

I attended an online workshop given by WriteOn not too long ago and this article was posted. Some of you may have already seen it, but just in case you haven't, I wanted to share with you. You don't have to be a writer to feel guilty from time to time about things, in my case it's more often then from time to time, but this article tells you to give yourself permission to feel guilty. Give yourself permission if you are tired and don't feel like writing today. Anyway,  I hope you enjoy reading it and... GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION!!

Give yourself permission. give yourself that permission. Today. Now. Before you write another word, give yourself permission:E. specially if the thought terrifies you.but to try to write through it anyway.Molly O’Neill is an Associate Editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsChildren’s Books.
WriteOnCon.com – Give Yourself Permission by editor
Molly O’Neill


Being a writer is a solitary act of will—it can only happen in the first place if you actively choose to do it. Your writing depends entirely on you for existence. And your life as a writer depends on you, too. If you grow as a writer, it is your doing. If you remain static as a writer, it is your doing. You are boss and worker and teacher and student and coach and cheerleader all rolled up in one writerly self, in a sense. And you know yourself as a writer better than any outsider could. So ask yourself—what sort of permission do you need as a writer, in order to make yourself a better writer today than you were yesterday, and in order to help your stories become all you hope they will be? And then—
Permission to call yourself a writer.
Permission to collect sparks of inspiration from even the unlikeliest of encounters.
Permission to wander your way into telling stories completely unlike those you perhaps once thought you would write.
Permission to start writing something new—totally, gloriously new—even if the thought terrifies you

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It feels good to write again

Well, Thanksgiving is over and I finally have time again to sit down and write. In the last few weeks, I've been running myself ragged trying to get everything I needed to do, done. You see I'm going out of town next week to visit my family so I wanted to get all my xmas shopping, wrapping, decorating done Thanksgiving weekend because I have to mail all my gifts. Once I get back from my family visit, I didnt want to be stressed and rushed to get it all done. So anyway, I have 98% of it done, whew. I've been working on all this for the last couple of weeks.

Plus, I needed to get my website up and running and my contract looked over and signed for my new book!
Now thats all done and I can finally sit down and write again.

And here I am spending precious writing time, writing on this blog! Sometimes keeping up with everything you ave to do to become a writer is stress in itself. I had no idea there was so much administrative work involved. I probably spend 75% of my time doing administrative work and 25% actually writing. But it is finally starting to pay off.

I dont have hardly any submissions out there right now so I need to stop yacking on this blog and get to writing. I cant get published unless I write and submit!

Anyway, I hope all my friends had a wonder Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Art by Tammy

A friend of mine is trying her hand at illustrations! This is one of her first that she has done for me.

I think this little girl is just darling.

What do you all think?

Christmas

Is anyone else anxious for Christmas? For some reason, this year I'm really excited about it. Not about the presents or even the shopping, but about the decorations. I just love looking at all the lights. I enjoy putting up the decorations, AFTER IT'S ALL DONE, but it's alot of work!

As a young girl, putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it was a big event around our house. Back then, everyone decorated with sparkly garland and silver tinsel. My mother tortured us kids though with the tinsel. She would only allow us to put from 1-5 strands on at a time! Mother how could you!!??

Anyway, one of my favorite memories of Christmas was laying underneath the tree once it was decorated and just looking up at all the lights. I would dream for hours in that position.

What are some of your favorite Christmas memories?