Archive for May 2014
DON’T GIVE UP!
To all writers, my message today is, DON’T GIVE UP. It has taken me almost ten years off and on to get my book to completion. There were times I would rather do the dishes or the laundry, than sit down to that annoying ever present computer screen.
Today I am working on the final galley of my manuscript—at least, I hope it is the FINAL galley. Though MONASTERY TO MATRIMONY, A WOMAN’S JOURNEY, was the main book I wanted to write, I know the next one will be easier. I will actually follow the advice I had received from speakers at conferences, other writers, writing group critiques. I will pass that advice on to you:
o Don’t edit as you write—just get the first draft done.
o Don’t revisit and rewrite yesterday’s writing—move on.
o Schedule a daily writing routine—then follow it.
o Join critique groups—listen to feedback.
o Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite again.
o Ask people you trust to read it and give an honest opinion.
o Pay a proofreader/editor to work it over.
o DO NOT submit to a publisher, magazine, or anywhere until you have checked and rechecked every line, every word.
ENJOY BEING A WRITER