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Becoming a Writer Contest Update

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Remember way back at the beginning of this series when I announced I’d give away a 15-page critique? Well, here’s the list I have of who’s entered. If your name isn’t on the list and you wanted to be entered, leave a comment on today’s post, and that’ll enter you! I’ll be drawing the winner’s name tonight (probably around midnight, so get your comments posted before then!) and announcing it on tomorrow’s post.

Eileen Astels
Rachel Smith
Lori Benton
Leslie S.
Amy Jane
Karen (from Queensland)
Patricia W.
Everly Pleasant
Sally Bradley
Krista Phillips

So if your name isn’t here, leave a comment today—tell us about your WIP (work-in-progress), post that question that’s been bugging you and keeping you from moving forward in your writing, share a little about why you’re a writer, etc.

  1. Thursday, February 12, 2009 1:20 pm

    My novel WIP has been put on hold for a bit because (drum roll) an article I submitted to a children’s magazine got accepted! Not my first publication, but it IS my first one that comes with a check!!! Really excited about that and just the confidence booster I was needing about now. The article is on the Dutch resistance movement during WWII and will appear in the September ’09 issue of Faces, a magazine for 10-14-year-olds about world cultures. So right now I’m polishing that up and getting ready to send it to the editor.

    Okay, bragging time done:) I write because I love it, but I’ve always wanted it to be a job too, which includes getting paid. Now I can no longer call myself an unpaid, unpublished writer, and that feels really good:)


  2. Jess permalink
    Thursday, February 12, 2009 3:10 pm

    I am re-writing the beginning of my WIP–about how the hero and heroine meet–and I like it a lot better. What’s bugging me is the structure–I want everything to fit into neat little twelve-month increments–a year of their being friends, a year of their not speaking, etc., because so much of the story is tied to things like midsummer and midwinter and weather, but it’s not working out that way! So that’s what’s been bugging me lately.
    Thanks for all you do, Kaye.


  3. Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:08 pm

    I haven’t ever commented on your site before, but I thought I would just jump out there and be brave! I have thought about writing since high school (ahem, some 20 odd years ago) and have been a voracious reading for longer than that. Hitting 40 made me realize that I didn’t want to pass through life without having tried to write–to create something that of worth that maybe would bring someone as much pleasure as books have brought me. I haven’t finished my WIP, but am almost there.

    I have been stumped lately after taking a forced break (son got married and just some life issues) but am just now trying to find the flavor of the book again (it’s a medieval romance, so I have to start thinking in my “medieval speak tongue”)

    I love your site and read it faithfully! Thanks for all the work you put into it!

    p.s. I tried to post this, but got an error. I am going to try it again, so if it posts twice…sorry!


  4. Thursday, February 12, 2009 8:39 pm

    Hey. I’ve been entered all ready, I know…but I just wanted to thank you for your last post. “How do I know when I’m finished…” You basically told me the same thing in an email I sent some months before, and it helped me to finally look at my WIP that I was endlessly revising and say, “Ok, this is ready to prepare to see the world of critiquers and agents and etc.” πŸ˜‰ Thanks a ton for the wonderful blog!

    Just a note…I started writing down the plot (I’m a semi-plotter) for a new novel, and I had an interesting revelation. When I began to put together ideas, the story was a contemporary…but there were a million holes in the plot, nothing seemed to work out, so I changed it to a historical set in the 1890’s. Suddenly–bam–everything fell into place. I guess it’s just a sign that I was cut out to do historical fiction. πŸ˜‰


  5. Friday, February 13, 2009 3:48 pm

    Not posting to enter…but here’s a question for you πŸ˜€ How do you motivate yourself to start on a new project (after finally, ten revisions later) finishing your current project. I should mention that the new novel I’m starting is actually all written, just has to be totally rewritten πŸ˜€ It’s all replotted and in fact the first 4 chapters are rough draft rewritten (when I say rewritten I mean basically no scene from the original novel will be used the way it is, just the basic plot of the story and the characters are the same :D).

    Sigh – for 2 weeks now I’ve been ready to start and haven’t been able to get myself to start. I think I need to just pretend I don’t have a completed draft written and just start writing as if it’s a brand new project. Then go back after it’s rewritten and look at my old original draft and pull in elements that still can be used.


  6. Friday, February 13, 2009 6:07 pm

    Kaye – I know it’s taken me long enough πŸ™‚ (life has been beyond busy) but I finished Stand-Un Groom and posted my review πŸ™‚ Loved the story, great writing. Congrats again!


  7. Friday, February 13, 2009 6:07 pm

    *sigh* Stand-In Groom (me typing too fast)


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