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Dreams vs. Goals — Do You Dream of Being a Writer? | #amwriting

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

We all have dreams—things we want, things we hope for.

But will the dream of “being a writer” actually get you there? Is it something that’s as nebulous, as insubstantial, as the stories that run through our heads when we’re asleep? Or is the dream attainable?

Dreams are hopes. Dreams are wishes. Dreams are visions of an outcome . . . without a visualization of the steps needed to reach that outcome.

Goals are what we need in order to figure out how to reach the end we’re dreaming of.

You may be a best-selling author or just getting started with your writing. You may dream of getting published by a big New York publisher; or you may want to self-publish. In this course, you’ll turn your dreams into specific goals . . . and then use those goals in order to work on making your dreams come true.

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Thanks so much!

What Did You Read in April 2018? What Are You Reading Now? What’s on Your TBR List? | #amreading

Monday, May 7, 2018

Happy First Monday of May, everyone!

It’s time to check in with what you read this past month!

It’s Reading Report Time!

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale


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Tell us what you’ve finished reading last month, what you’re currently reading, and what’s on your To Be Read stack/list. And if you’ve reviewed the books you’ve read somewhere, please include links!

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What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) last month?

What are you currently reading and/or listening to?

What’s next on your To Be Read stack/list?

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Here’s my update since our last reading report post:

What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) last month?

What are you currently reading and/or listening to?

  • The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels #1) by Kerrigan Byrne (Historical Romance–Victorian)
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, audiobook read by Lorna Raver (Classic American Literature)

What’s next on your To Be Read stack/list?
For my 2018 category reading challenge, the categories I’ve targeted to complete this month are:

  • Classic American Literature (currently reading The Age of Innocence)
  • General (non-romance) Fiction
  • Contemporary Mystery

Get Motivated: What It Means to Be a Writer | #amwriting

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A writer is someone who cannot not write. By “writing” I mean creativing writing, not messages to a friend. It may be useful to think of fiction writing as preparing a gift for a stranger, the unseen reader we hope to please. The definition “a writer is someone who cannot not write” may seem clumsy, but acquaintance will reveal its eccentric virtue. Consider the opposite: a nonwriter is someone who can write or not, who does not have the drive and need to put words to paper.

A writer is someone who looks forward to the day’s work, even if it lasts only an hour or two before the writer has to dash to a job that supports him and his family until such a happy time that the writing itself may be economically rewarding. On those days when external circumstances prevent his writing, a writer feels a hollowness, an absence, a longing. A writer is a person who knows that whatever one first sets down is a draft, that drafts are palimpsests ready for change the next day and the next day until they can no longer be improved. True, some writers suffer while writing. I regret their pain, and am glad to report that as on masters the craft, the pain ebbs, and the pleasure of being able to control the result can bring the secont-greatest pleasure of life, the creation of text that arouses the emotions of distant readers.

~Sol Stein
How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them
pp. xiv–xv

2018 Writing Challenge–Prompt: It’s Cold Outside | #amwriting #writingprompt

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Writing Prompt—May 6, 2018

On a winter afternoon, Character likes to . . .

Word Count Goal: 300 to 1,000 words
You can write it as a scene or notes or an outline or even an epic poem worthy of a minstrel in the king’s court. Just write!

2018 Writing Challenge–Prompt: That Time They Got Lost | #amwriting #writingprompt

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Writing Prompt—May 5, 2018

Character talks about getting lost as a child.

Word Count Goal: 300 to 1,000 words
You can write it as a scene or notes or an outline or even an epic poem worthy of a minstrel in the king’s court. Just write!

2018 Writing Challenge–Prompt: She Would Never! | #amwriting #writingprompt

Friday, May 4, 2018

Writing Prompt—May 4, 2018

“She was the kind of person who always [never]. . .”

Word Count Goal: 300 to 1,000 words
You can write it as a scene or notes or an outline or even an epic poem worthy of a minstrel in the king’s court. Just write!

2018 Writing Challenge–Prompt: Don’t Look at That! | #amwriting #writingprompt

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Writing Prompt—May 3, 2018

A picture Character doesn’t want anyone else to see.

Word Count Goal: 300 to 1,000 words
You can write it as a scene or notes or an outline or even an epic poem worthy of a minstrel in the king’s court. Just write!

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