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Writer, Stop Whining
My title is a little harsh, eh? Well, I've been saying this line to myself for a while so I thought I'd share it with you.
Things that help to stop the writer's whining.
1.WRITE SOMETHING DIFFERENT: If you are having trouble with your novel length work, write a short piece. I joined Readerlicious.com a couple of months ago. As a contributor on this blog, I have written two short stories and do a feature called Blame It on the Trailer. My two short stories are posted at my blog as well under a FREE READS section. Both were a lot of fun to write.
2. VISIT OTHER WRITERS: I was inspired just yesterday by a writer. Sarra Cannon, indie author of the Peachville High Demon series, blogged about reaching a milestone of 150,000 book sales. I loved several of the things she said. Also, she posts data and I need to see numbers. So, thanks Sarra.
3. BE INSPIRED BY TELEVISION: Michael Offutt, author of A Crisis of Two Worlds series, talks a lot about television. He tempts me with summaries and opinions about shows like Breaking Bad and Revolution. For three years, I've avoided television. I attempted to watch as little as possible in order to spend more time on writing. I gave myself permission to watch one show, True Blood. Then, I gave that one up because I missed some shows and couldn't keep up and the plot was all crazy.
In one way, the strategy of limiting my television time to allow for writing time works. But I think avoiding it completely is the wrong way to go.
I've discovered NetFlix and I am now happily studying the writing, characters, and story arc of a certain series from season one. It's in my nature that I have to watch a show from the beginning. And with Netflix, I can watch on my schedule. The series? Sons of Anarchy. I'm well into season two. Although I could dissect the series with enthusiasm, this is not the post for that. Warning: This show on FX is very graphic and for mature audiences. I keep saying to my husband, "This is on regular television?" The script writing and actors are fantastic.
4. BE GRATEFUL: Last Thursday, my niece had the most beautiful baby boy. Yesterday, her husband was driving on the highway and hit a horse. He's lucky to be alive. The horse wasn't as lucky.
Life is short. Seize the day.
I'm posting a baby pic where you can smile like I did when I saw it.
Giveaway--Box of Books
A couple of months ago, I offered up this prize (box of books) or another prize. The winner chose the alternate prize. I'm putting this box of goodies up for grabs a second time.