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Friday, February 5, 2016

Writing Tips

I have ONE writing tip.

Get out those writing tips and re-read them!

If you are like me, you have printed numerous pages of writing tips. Or, you have numerous  books on writing.

But, how long has it been since you got out those tips and read them again or got out those books and refreshed your memory on the tips and info they gave you?

I have been organizing my writing space. I don't have a room devoted to my writing (wish I did), but I mainly use our family room for my writing.

I have rearranged my family room. I have went through and organized my three bookcases. I have gotten rid of a bunch of books (took them to the thrift store or my writing group). I have rearranged the books I have left and grouped them according to what they are about.

And, I switched out my dad's old trunk with another bookcase I had in an adjoining room. Now I have all four bookcases in one room.

The above are my reference books. I write articles for kids and these books are filled with helpful ideas and info. 

These are my writing books - how-to books, dictionaries, thesauruses, etc.
Here is my tray of folders filled with info - writing tips, publishers, submissions, etc.

What I am saying to do in this blog post is to use your info you have gathered down through the years.

Get out those tips and refresh your brain.
Get out those books and refresh your brain.
Have them organized so they are easy to find and get to.

Then do what you love - write!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Don't Quit - Submit!

Another year has come and gone.
What accomplishments did you have in your writing last year?
Did you obtain a great contract with a big publisher?
Did you get on the best seller list?

Maybe not.
But, I bet you made smaller accomplishments.
These small accomplishments add up.
They are important and keep us on our path to being published.

If you didn't give up, you made a very important accomplishment.


What do you want to accomplish this year?

One year I made a resolution to submit at least once a month. And, you know what, I did.

Your stories can't get accepted if you don't send them out. I sent out submissions last year in February, March, April, May, June and September.

So far, I have received 3 rejections.  But, I also placed first and second in a contest.


I am going to pledge to send out submissions every month this year.
Want to join me?

They could be submissions to magazines, book publishers, contests, etc.

Let's start the year out right by getting our manuscripts out into the world.

But --- make sure your manuscripts are ready. More on that later.

If you don't give up, you have taken the first step to being published!

Happy Writing.