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Plan to finish chapter 8 today. It's almost 3000 words already and just have a little section left to put in. Then maybe start chapter 10.

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I sent in one query as they didn't require a synopsis. Need to write that thing so I can send out to more. Just been distracted with work and sleep and internet...

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Elf, did you ever send out any queries? You were talking about it but I don't remember hearing anything.



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Focus today is a little YA first draft writing before going to bed.

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Have a fantasy newsletter to finish.

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Ignite, do you feel discouraged from writing or do you feel there are things you should be doing other than writing?

I treat my writing like a job, so even when I don't want to do it, I do it. There are exceptions, of course. But not excuses. It's up to you on how to approach it. Writing won't help your daughter. But not writing won't help her either.



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Depends on the situation and everything. With any how do you keep yourself writing it's going to be in part what is a priority for you and sometimes that just might not be to write. Some situations require our attention more and that's okay.

On the other hand, there are so many things that could take our attention and it's easy not to do things instead of doing them. For me, I just have to put aside some time, sit down and write even if I don't always feel in the mood or anything. Or I find different ways to get writing in. Lately I've written at work before clocking in or during my short lunch break. It's by hand so very minimal but each sentence is another step forward. It doesn't have to be full chapters or thousands of words. Even just 250 words at a time is progress.

I need to transcribe a little more of what I wrote from yesterday then back to blogging and novel work. Had today off though did stuff away from home plus laundry. Will go to gym later too but hope to also write tomorrow and maybe film something for youtube.

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Discouraged re writing..
My daughter, she has 2 children, 4&2, isn't working, husband left them, and just found out her place to live fell through.
How do I stay focused on writing?

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How do you overcome the desire to stop writing when life becomes troublesome?

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Not much. I got caught up in responding to reviews sent to me on WDC. Might write later but not sure as I have work then the gym. But I have the next two days off from work, so writing should happen then.

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No problem. emoticon

Today I worked some one youtube stuff. Videos, intro and trying to get a cover image but it's hard to get the sizing right for what the channel page requires. Next up should be novel work and blogging.

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ARgh thanks for the newsletter reminder. Oy.



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I need to finish a newsletter on conflict before going to work.

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My focus today is to figure out the end of chapter 5. It was a nice neat ending, but I need to shake some things up.



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going to read about tips on writing here, I hope!

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Working on newsletter but hope to write a little too. Well, I write a few sentences at work playing with a potential story. I have a headache though and have for hours (took something but still have it), so we'll see if I can write a little fiction tonight.

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Yes to both. All kinds of hard things to work on but it's fun. Lately I have been reading over my already finished first drafts but need to focus on writing new stuff in September as I also have to look over ideas for this year's NaNoWriMo novel.

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It does sound like fun. And work. :)



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I have a couple of lifting videos posted already and a few more in the works. Someone was curious about the peak cycle so was going to show what lifts I do during it. Also thinking of doing comparison from an old squat video to a more recent one. And I have a question and answer one thanks to questions from WDC but have to refilm as had camera and phone issues. So much to do but it's kind of fun and works on my branding too.

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Working a little on youtube but need to get to work on some fiction too.

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Today's focus is chapter 2 critique edits. I added a really sweet part which made me go awwwwww to my hero.



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I have been so busy with other stuff I haven't written for a while. Still nothing on agents or published children story publishers.

Finally finished the therapy so now I will have more time. I can not sit too long to write with my back so I get up and stretch for a few minutes.

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Focus today is on the fantasy newsletter about friend characters in speculative fiction stories.

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LoL Tell the Fla girl it is a little different being in the 90 at age 83 then it is at her age.

Today went to Therapy and then came home to meet Landon. I put him to work washing the kitchen and bath floors. Well, bad choice. With one hand, like he was painting he dipped the mop over the floor and then picked it up and did it again. I told him both hands and use elbow muscle. I ended up doing most myself. Then he did the rugs. He does good at that.
The other time I had to take stuff off the bureau and put it back myself and he polished the furniture, but he does not do that good a job on the mirror. I think he does better when I am teaching him cooking. I ended up washing sheets, making beds, which I did before he came and then clothes and towels. Then Alexis came after babysitting and I heated up the chicken I saved for her with the squash and cranberry sauce and I did the dishes so doing this at my age I am exhausted, but you would not be. Being young you have so much energy. When I was your age I could go through the house in nothing flat, now it takes days.

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Like the being in the 90s is unusual, said the Florida girl. *grin*

Tonight I'm planning on fixing Chapter 5.



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When you are young it is hard to juggle things, but if you want something bad enough you manage to get it.

I just don't seem to have ambition to sit and write. It has been in the 90 and even with the ac going full blast day and night, just wears me out. Heard this was the hottest August we had in a while. Expect rain with scatted showers and thunder. I can't sit too long as legs and back start so do it in spurts.

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Yeah, the price isn't awful, but it you're saving pennies...



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With the high ac bills I am with you on fees. I thought there were some that were free.

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Too tired for much but general focus recently has been to finish the YA contemporary first draft, North West.


I'm not a member of any writing organization at this time. I would like to join one like RWA or the YA one that I can't remember the acronym for at this very moment, but right now anything with a fee is out of budget.

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Ok I might try 20 pages as that is what you send to the agents. Still no word on the 3 I sent out too or the publishes on children stories. I guess sometimes there are too many writing to them and it takes time as they say 3 to 6 mo.

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You enter the first 20 pages, and if you make it to the finals, you can bypass agents' and editors' slush piles. That's the allure of contests. Most all RWA chapters have contests.

I entered a contest in 2012. The final judge was an agent who liked what she read, requested the full manuscript, signed me, and sold me to a New York traditional publisher as a digital first book.



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I don't like to put something that took me a long time to write in a contest. I rather go with a traditional publisher. I can't understand what is taking 3 agents to get back to me. I have waited as long as 6 months. It is such a pain. That is what turned my friend off from writing after she published some books on Amazon. She could not break into traditional. I do not want to go that course by publishing them myself. I haven't been writing lately either. Sitting too long with the back is a no no and I end up with pain when I get up. So I mostly do my mail right now till my back gets back on track again. I have 3 more times to go and got some home exercise which help.

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Yes, you can go to two meetings before you have to join FCRW. However, you can enter the contest without being a member. :) But if contests aren't your thing, that's cool, too.



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I read somewhere there after two times you had to join. I don't really like entering contests, never did before. I have been fortunate so far to have my short stories I wrote not have to be redone. Right now I want to concentrate on a traditional publisher like I had before. A lot want you to go out and promote the book and I am not able to start traveling to do that.
So just looking for something around here to promote, as a traditional publisher usually does the marketing. The one I had did it for me and I just did it in libraries, on local tv.

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You can enter the contest without being a member. I don't expect you to join a Florida chapter when you live in MA!



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Thanks, took a look at it but it says you have to join after two meetings. I can not travel anymore, one because of my arthritis in my legs that hurt and my hands, and Hailey as we can not put her in a kennel with her anxiety, so I have to go the other route with sending to agents.

I remember one agent was having a baby and wrote me that she would get back to me when she went back to work. Not sure when that would be. But I am not going anywhere.

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*laugh* Thanks. :)

My chapter of RWA is sponsoring a contest for unpublished manuscripts. The finalists get to have their entries read by an agent and a judge. You should check it out.

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Thanks, I don't mind if you uncross them to write. LOL

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I'll keep crossing my fingers for you that you hear some good news soon.



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I just wrote you a whole message and it disappeared.

I wrote that my girlfriends and my neighbor loved the book as it was, also my gd reads some of my children ones and some of the novels and if she finds something she tells me. My problem is trying to find the right agent to send it to. It is not completely romance like your book, but has romance in it.

The 3 agents I sent it out too, one is on baby leave, and the other two haven't heard anything yet and it is about 3 months or a little over, same with the 3 children publishers.

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Abby I didn't get rejections from the 3 agents, just haven't heard anything yet. It is just 3 months as sent them out sometime in April. One was on baby leave and said she would get back, the other two just haven't heard anything one way or another. The 3 children stories haven't gotten anything back yet either. A lot of times, My gd reads the short stories and tells me if she thinks I should change it. On my first book, my friend, majored in English threw out a lot of stuff said I didn't need. He passed on and my neighbor read the book and loved it, and I gave one to my girlfriends to read and they loved it. On the one I sent to your agent it wasn't her type she told me. My story is not completely romance and I really don't know who to send it to but there is romance in it. The ones I think I should send it to you need an agent but then you have to find an agent who deals in what you write and I really don't know where my stories belong.

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So, here's my thought. If you're sending things out to agents and publishers and you're getting rejected, then maybe you should have someone take a look at it for a critique? I thought my first story was amazing until I was shown how it wasn't. And it's not a reflection on you as a writer. There's a reason publishing companies have editors.



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I never had that problem so far. I haven't been writing as had therapy and stuff to do and just so worn out at night. I do my bike for 60 min now instead of 40. Still haven't heard from agents yet and it is now 3 months.

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I do write the way I want, but sometimes it's too wordy or complex. I'm too close to my own stuff to be able to edit it properly.



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I had my neighbor read my book and she loved it. The one I got published before I sent it to a publisher. Everyone taste is different. I feel you should write the way you want. I have always edited my own stuff, after my friend died, who majored in English.

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I love my critique group. I've learned so much from them and it helps get a second (and third, and fourth) pair of eyes on my work before sending it to my agent.





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7/20/16 10:32 A

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I never liked those groups. When I took a course in Creative Writing at Northeastern we had a teacher that had us get up and read what we wrote and everyone had to say something.
I still have some of the writing on my poems and the teacher said they were good but she made some corrections. I might put them in a book, but I have to add a few more. So many things to do and yet so much stuff gets in my way to do it.

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Critique group still didn't give me the nod of approval. Back to the drawing board again. Ugh.



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7/18/16 10:37 A

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Will be 3 months end of July so hope I hear from the agents I sent to and the publishers for children books.

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