The title of this blog comes from some very good advice, a quite successful writer gave me. She said, "Glue your butt to the chair until you have a breakthrough or a breakdown."
To tell you the the truth, it was the mantra that got me through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, where insane people attempt to write 50,000 words of a new book in 30 days). With a trip to a family wedding in Delaware at Thanksgiving (and no, I can't really write in a moving vehicle), I was stressing about how I would ever meet the deadline. On my worst day I didn't write at all and on my best day I sat in the chair for hours pumping out 9,000 words. I'm not saying they were all "good" words; in fact at one point I was ready to just put words on a page and sort out the order later. But when the final bell sounded I had an incredible feeling of accomplishment, a neat t-shirt, a congratulatory dinner from my husband and a good start on a chick lit book I think could be interesting.
I try to do a little something every day toward this dream of mine. Today, it's starting this blog. Some days it's editing, emailing other writers, entering a contest or reading and critiquing other struggling writers on authonomy.com (more about my love/hate relationship with that site in a later post).
I was in the newspaper business for over 25 years and was surrounded by talented writers. I can only guess how crazy they must think me: a designer trying to become an author. I tell myself I'm new to this and I can only get better if I work at it. I'm on no timetable except my own. I know the publishing world is changing a lot and it's a tough nut to crack for a new writer, but hopefully there will always be agents, and publishers and readers out there. At the end of the day, a good story well told is my goal.
I try to do a little something every day toward this dream of mine. Today, it's starting this blog.
Glue YOUR BUTT
TO THE CHAIR
The ups and downs, small victories and major setbacks of trying to get your first book published. There will be laughter, tears and all that good stuff.