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Friday, December 27, 2013

MY WRITING - PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE


Welcome back to our Round Robin. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and if you lost power that it’s back on.

We have two topics this time. The first is what have I learned from writing? This is an interesting one. I’ve been writing for a long time. What have I learned? About my writing – no matter how many times I edit, there’s always a mistake.

You can’t do it alone. You need a team, whether it’s the publisher or your team as an indie author.  A copy editor and a cover artist are essential.
And I never quit learning or trying to make every story better. Every book helps me learn a new aspect of the craft of writing. My latest book was one that had been published and I learned how to tighten the story (and cut 15,000 words).
I’ve also leaned that writers are the most supportive group of people I know. They are there to answer questions, critique your work, help with promotion and share their own experiences. If they can do anything to help you become successful, they’re there. Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but with these people to help it’s not a lonely one. And they are wonderful friends.

And the second is my goals for 2014. This is always interesting thing for me. I do write goals, not just for writing but for all aspects of my life; my health and fitness goals, my personal goals, my writing goals and my career goals (okay those could be the same but I separate them).  One of my goals is to eat healthier, read labels and eat more vegetables. Another one is to meditate, try to relax and focus more. I want to publish 6 books this year. I have two finished that I got my rights back. I have a novella I’ve finished. I have two books that are almost finished I want to complete. Once I have them all published I have this great idea and plot I want to write. (Wish me luck.) And one last goal is to learn more about marketing, and Goodreads. All these can continue after 2014.

 


If you have any goals you’d like to share, or if you have any comments on mine, I’d love to hear them.


 
 

8 comments:

  1. Great post, Beverly! My writing has been floundering since I completed my latest ebook. I need to get back into a routine and set goals for the new year. Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. Thanks Susan. We all hit the challenge once in awhile. Good luck with your goals and getting back to writing.

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  2. Loved your comment you can't do it alone. It's so true. Even though the final product is yours, many others have contributed, including the supportive authors you mention. Good luck with all those books!

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  3. I agree about not doing it alone. I've found like you that other authors are super supportive and the best people around. They are so willing to help and showcase you. I couldn't do this without them. :)

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    1. I think that's the secret of writing - the generosity and support o our peers.

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  4. It's so interesting to see the different things each of us has learned during our writing career. I never thought about the team aspect, but you're right. I've learned a lot from my peers, publishers, and especially my editors. However did I overlook the most important element? Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome Ginger. Did you overlook an important element?

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