In the Land of Blog

October 30, 2009

It's an amazing fascinating whirlwind place to be with phenomenal writers who share the simplest parts of their life that make me giggle.  Seriously, there are a lot of witty people out there just waiting for the world to discover them.  So this week I have done one of two things; read blogs or battle the html code to redo my blog.

Notice the zero writing.  Yeah, me too.

As a stay at home mother I get about fifteen hours a week writing, twenty if my husband lets me work on the weekend.  Time is of the essence and I spent that time, this week, buffing up on what accomplished writers do.  (So see, I worked just not on my novel.) 

So I read some blogs on procrastination, yes I know, **insert whining voice here** but I found some really good posts that truly helped me out.  Blogs about goal mapping, making a writer’s to do list and how to make the most out of twenty minute writing blocks of time.

After I panicked, I created a list of to do’s for myself.  This list is to get me from Point A (passion) to Point B (print).  So here it is.  Feel free to let me know what I might have left out.

Things to do…
1.                 Finish novel  Stop reading blogs
2.                 Stop writing blogs
3.                 Finish novel
4.                 Complete the three R’s: Revise, Rewrite and Redact novel (I love this word, it makes me feel…professional)
5.                 Draft a query letter
6.                 Join critique group
7.                 Redact J again, polish and spit shine
8.                 Scowl at the query draft over in the corner
9.                 Attend writing classes, workshops, conferences; network with authors, writers and agents
10.             Buy and read book about query letters
11.             Write query letter with confidence *she says as an affirmation*
12.             Research agents and agencies
13.             Mail off query
14.             Wait
15.             Wait
16.             Wait
17.             Sign with Agent
18.             Do step 7 again
19.             Find publisher, step 7
20.             Done, you have finally arrived, open champaign

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  1. I like your new blog look! I tried to comment on the old one the other day, but you must have been working on it. I love your blog title... because squirrels and lions rock! Now stop reading this comment and go finish your novel!! :)

  2. I love this look for the blog! It's one of the ones I had on my shortlist for the background on my travel blog. It's so cheerful & fun *g*

    A good blog to give you an idea of what authors do once they've 'made it' is the Deadline Dames - authors including Keri Arthur & Rachel Vincent talk about various things they are up to and give out a lot of very helpful advice to aspiring writers. Deadline Dames site

  3. Snarf. I'm so happy to be able to comment now too! My to do list is pretty much a constant repetition of your #1.

    Stop reading blogs.
    No, really. Stop reading them.
    I mean it this time.
    Et cetera, et cetera.

  4. Glad you all like my new blog look, my brain hurts after working the html.

    Valerie - glad you like my title, it just fits me (and my lack of confidence)

    gapy...-I always love finding new blogs so I will check it out and see what my future entails :)

    Carrie - it's an addiction, seriously my next blog might be "Bloggers Anonymous - How to kick the habit."


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