If you need to get unstuck in the middle of writing November, here’s some simple, but effective advice.
On his blog today, Robert Brewer offers some great advice. He challenges writers to develop a slogan. This helps a writer develop focus. It’s also very useful for stationery, invoices, business cards and websites. Mine is “Writing for Children, and the Wonderful People Who Help Them Learn.”
The slogan includes my fiction, but also my poetry, nonfiction, and my works for the educational market. It does not include editing, illustrating, or works for adults.
Click below for expert information about developing your own slogan.
Kristi Holl is, as usual, right on top of things. Today, she suggests that we start to think about our goals for 2013. Right now, uh-hem, I’m having trouble keeping up with my goals for today, but that’s another thing.
My unofficial writing goals for 2013 are to find an agent for my novels, chapter books, and picture books, to sell at least one of them, and to finish reworking five manuscripts that are almost “there” into a new middle grade mystery series.
In the near term, I plan to finish my years-in-the-making fantasy novel by the end of this month.
Next month, I plan to form two of my Picture Book Idea Month ideas into finished manuscripts and send them out. I also plan to craft a query letter to one of the agents I met at conferences this year and run it by my critique group. I will, for a change, record all of my submissions on Query Tracker. I don’t usually do that. It is too depressing. This time, it won’t be. I also plan to edit and submit my poetry chapbook to Robert Brewer’s challenge. That sounds like a lot of work, but it won’t take very long.
What may take some time is updating my resume and submitting samples to educational publishers. I will do that next month too.
If you want to start thinking about your writing goals, click on the link below to read Kristi’s blog post.
Your children are banging on the door of the laundry room where you have your desk and computer. Your husband needs help in the yard. The neighbor’s dog is lost again and she needs help to find it. An old colleague is going through a bad divorce and needs to talk for the third time this afternoon.
You really want to finish three scenes today. It probably isn’t going to happen, unless you set boundaries. If you want to know how, click on the link.