D is for Dawdle and Deadline

I know people who have deadlines they have completed that are days and weeks away. Some days I wish I was one of them, but I’m not. I don’t feel like I dawdle because I am constantly working on things. But it seems like I am always having to push at the last minute to get the project completed.

Right now, I am working on the edits for my manuscript and despite working on it every day, I still feel like I am running behind. I am determined to get this edit done on time. Therefore, no more dawdling by writing blogs. Time to work on edits so I will meet my deadline.

C is for Change

When I tell people about the book I am writing, they frequently ask how long I have been working on it. I hate to say it, but the answer is around fifteen years. That seems like a very long time.

Now, that seems like a really long time, but the truth is that is not the only thing I was doing during that time. Ignoring all the time I spent on life—family, day-job, health, housekeeping, etc.—I also wrote six other novels which are in various stages of editing so I can submit them. But what I want to talk about here is the work on this specific book.

B is for Bubbles

Editing my manuscript can get discouraging. My wonderful editor found a lot of things I need to review and consider. Note, I don’t have to change everything, but I do have to consider quite a lot. Just glancing at the manuscript is enough to make me run and hide.

However, I have found a way to keep working. My editor color-coded all the things I need to consider making some pages quite colorful.

Now I am a person who loves to watch bubbles floating through the air. When I look at a page with a lot of color, I am mentally turning them into bubbles and watch them float over the page.

A is for annoyance

I decided on this year’s A to Z Challenge, I would write about my writing journey getting my manuscript ready to be published. I have passed the hurdles of writing and having my book accepted for publication by the Prism Book Group. I am now in the process of editing the book.

One would think I am annoyed by all the things the editor told me to change. But I am not. I am annoyed because I keep running into things I did wrong. And I know I did them wrong. It is a perfect example of the fact it is almost impossible for an author to edit her own work.

Conference Crashing

I made it home from the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. After four days of total adrenalin, I came home by way of a Rockies baseball game and an AWANA year-end awards program. As an introvert, the past few days have been a total drain on my energy, but it was totally worth it. Why do I put myself through all the stress of such event?

First, this particular conference is a time of renewal.

Divine Appointments

Tonight’s blog will be short because it has been a long day at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and I have another long day tomorrow.

Today I spent some time comforting authors who for one reason or another missed appointments with agents or editors. It is important to note in each of these situations, something happened.

Getting Started at a Conference

Okay, I have to admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. Last week I posted about getting ready for a conference, packing in advance and taking time to rest before the conference.

I didn’t get Monday’s blog done because I was frantically trying to get last minute things done including washing clothes and preparing to facilitate a workshop on Tuesday. And I got to add in helping my husband change a tire in the snow and spending time at the Discount Tire while they fixed it.

Most of the day Tuesday was spent at the workshop and related activities.

Decreasing Stress

For introverts, just the stress of going to a conference is enough. We don’t need the stress of other concerns and worries. There are things we can’t control, but we need to control what we can.

Be sure your packing is complete. By packing a few days in advance, I keep my suitcase and briefcase open so I can add items as I think about them. In a blog in the next few days, I will share a list of important items to bring to a conference.

Take security precautions. Most of us like the anonymity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

C is for Crayons

What do you like to write with?

Most of us now write on computers in today’s writing world. I do most of my writing on one. I have memories of when I was in college and my papers were written on a typewriter. When I made a mistake and I was lucky, I could fix it with a little bit of whiteout. More often, I had to totally retype much of what I had written to correct the error.

A is for A

A start. A beginning. A is one. It is the first one and the one which must be completed before there are others. We have to have A before we can have others.

As a writer, I have to start with A single something. A letter. A word. A sentence. A paragraph. A chapter. A finished manuscript. A submission.

Today I am starting a new set of blogs. The set is starting with A blog. It’s a baby step. Tomorrow I take the next step with the letter B. This month reminds me that just like the blogs for this challenge; all of my writing is one step at a time. I can’t do it all at once.

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