Friday, May 30, 2014

Heave, ho

Short post today 'cause that's what happens when in a time crunch! I started out the week well, but haven't finished well due to an abundance of appointments with the kids. Argh. Frustrating. I have a new writing project I'm working on, and also plan to finish the re-writes on my Wordilicious manuscript. I hope to catch up tomorrow, however, and that I recapture the momentum from the beginning of the week!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Five

I've been thinking this week about this writing journey I've been on. I'm quite amazed, actually, as I look back over the past two and half years at how many "firsts" I have experienced. Just for fun, I thought I'd post a "Friday Five" list.

1. I attended a writer's conference.
2. I submitted a query letter.
3. I pitched to an agent.
4. I got a rejection letter.
5. I joined a critique group.

Talk about being out of my comfort zone! The great thing, however, is that the more I do these things, the more comfortable I get doing them, and the more I learn. As Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." I'd say I've taken a few steps. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Pushing forward

I usually don't struggle too much when it comes to finding something to write about. (Yes, I'm weird that way.) Writing prompts aren't something I typically need to use. I guess I just have the thinking that with homeschooling, six kids at home, two dogs, two cats, a hamster, and fish, why would I have trouble coming up with something to write about?

My problem isn't writing prompts, it's trying to stay awake when I finally get the chance to sit down and write! I absolutely love the picture below because 1) I love daisies and 2) I aspire to lie vertical in a field of daisies and 3) Falling asleep in a field of daisies is perfectly acceptable. Falling asleep at the keyboard, however, is not.

creative writing prompts

Happily, I've gotten better at disciplining myself to take advantage of the "short" moments, writing even if it means only for five or ten minutes. I'm learning to push forward through the excuses and lack of motivation, and it's paying off. I can't say that I like writing in haste, but I can say that I'm learning to see the value in it.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Blood from a turnip

I've felt a bit squeezed this week concerning writing, much like getting blood from a turnip. This week has been frustrating, and last week was emotionally draining. Since last week involved what would have been Matt's 19th birthday, I gave myself grace as far as writing was concerned. However, this week was literally filled to over-flowing with appointments, and next week is no better. I counted four different doctor appointments next week for five of us. Throw in trying to homeschool, prep for standardized testing, our anniversary, Mother's Day, and the usual household demands, and, well, there is precious little time left for writing.

I have, however, managed to consistently eek out whatever few minutes here and there that presented themselves during the week. It hasn't been my preferred or ideal writing venue, but I'm learning to accept that "good enough" is good enough, that perfection isn't the goal. The goal is simply to write and write well. Then edit, and edit some more. How utterly appropriate Jennifer Dukes Lee's post was this week! I hope when you read it that you are as encouraged as I was.