Merry Christmas!

Yes–I’m saying that early–and speaking for all of us here at TUW.

We’re taking a break and spending the rest of the month just relaxing, preparing to open presents and who knows what else? Getting massages and living the high life, probably.

We suggest you take this month to love one another, have fun, and of course, get massages, too.

Really, I’m already preparing my goals for next year. What shall the New Year bring? Or better yet, what will I bring to the New Year? And how will I end this year? So many plans. Best wishes and may you end this year with love.

Happiest Holidays, Friends.

 

Carol, Ann Dee, Kyra, LoriAnne, Cheryl and Lisa

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Kra Leigh, Queen Bee

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Late Monday

From our WIFYR Newsletter

Everyone is invited to attend a NaNo reward party on Saturday, Dec 3 at 4pm. The address is 11192 South Automall Dr. Sandy, Utah. There will be treats. Come whether you win or not. (And, BTW, you still have time to get some words!)

The WIFYR Website will be up and running in December. Drop by and see the awesome faculty we have for 2017.

Our WIFYR Launch Party will be Friday, Jan 20, 2017 from 7-8:30pm at the Provo Library. More information on how to get your free tickets coming soon.

Agent Erin Harris at Folio will be giving a writing workshop on Feb 22-25. More details to come!

Agents and Editors for WIFYR 2017

Ben Grange Agent

Ben has been the assistant at JABberwocky since September 2015. In April 2015, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and emphases in Shakespeare and creative writing. Four months later, he picked up and moved from Utah to New York, where he interned at at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management for three weeks before starting at JABberwocky. Before working at JABberwocky, Ben did internships at Dystel & Goderich, the Bent Agency, A+B Works Literary Agency, and Shadow Mountain  Publishing, where he gained a range of experience in the publishing industry.

Amy Jameson Agent

Amy Jameson began her career in publishing working with renowned literary agent Lynn Nesbit. During her seven years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, Amy had the privilege of working with acclaimed authors such as Michael Crichton, President Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, Jeffrey Eugenides, and many others. She also sold audio and first serial rights for several years at J&N while building her own select client list. In 2004, she left Janklow and partnered with her husband Brandon to form A+B Works. Amy has always had a passion for young adult and middle grade fiction.

Emily Feinberg Editor

Children’s book editor at Roaring Brook Press, a Broadway music lover, and a dog fanatic. She works on mostly picture book, chapter book, and middle grade titles, though she would never turn down a chance to look at a humorous, realistic young adult novel. Feinburg is looking for quirky, voice-driven picture books and middle grade and nonfiction for young readers. Young adult fantasy is not her thing. Her recent titles are upcoming nonfiction picture books Coyote Moon and Highway Hawks by Maria Gianferrari. She also recently acquired Marina Cohen’s The Inn Between, a supremely creepy middle grade story about a haunted Nevada inn with a strong emotional hook.

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SATURDAY POST!!!

Five Days!

That’s it!

You have five days left!

(I’ve just used my allotment of exclamation points for all the novels I write next year.)

How’s the writing?

Are you going it? Succeeding with NaNo?

The truth is, I’ve done my best.

But I still have several writing days left.

So I’m going for it. ;0)

Here’s what dear Bruce Luck said about making it this last week or so:

Mired in the middle of my story, Carol’s wonderful Throwing Up Words post last week was timely.

Of special significance was her suggestion to list the scenes that still must come. Did that and a zillion ideas floating in the brain gained clarity. Boosted the word count, too, and Carol says that’s legit.
But how to order those scenes? So I took it a step further and created a document titled Writing Backwards. It starts with “the end” and lists events in reverse order. It looks something like this:
TE-1 (the end, minus one) final scene in which the MC reconciles with grandma
TE-2 MC visits grandma in hospital
TE-3 MC locates Angela
TE-4 etcetera, etcetera
That walked me back to where I am now. Well, almost. Middles are notoriously mirky. And mucky. It’s going to take a slog to get to the path toward the end, but at least I know which direction to head.
Thanks, Bruce. A perfect post to help us these last days. As is this one:
Says Gatanathoa (Your slightly rum soaked and piratical ML) who reps Utah County for NaNoWriMo:
You don’t need to have hours alone, you only need 10 minutes. If you can take 5 or 6 ten minute breaks through out each day you can easily get the daily word count. Everyone can manage that.
Good luck, Everyone!

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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting lately.
Things have gotten crazy in the writing world for me.
Revisions of my latest novel are never-ending. Been making goals to get it sent to my agent, and never reaching those goals.
Then there are revisions for Reaper. HOPING THAT BOOK IS FINALLY DONE.
And of course, been working on my Nano novel. But lately I haven’t been successful. {I blame the election. And also my work schedule}

So yeah.

I know I keep saying this, but I do plan on getting some interviews up on the blog within the next few weeks with some Awesome Authors. I have a couple in mind that I think would make for an interesting interview or two.

How is NaNo going for everyone else?
Is anyone taking off their writing for the Holiday?

Also!

I’ve been actively using Instagram and trying to promote my book and Fellow Authors’ books. {If you’d like to follow me on IG my user name is KyraZLeigh}

I’d like to get my write nights up and running again. Would that be something people would be interested in participating in? Just get together and write our little hearts out? Me and fellow author Kate Coursey used to get together to write every few weeks, and it was very inspiring. {Partly because she’s such a fantastic writer and partly because she’s one of the smarter people I know!}

Anyway….

I guess that’s all I have to say for today.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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This is how I’m doing NaNo

I call it the “be kind to myself”approach. It’s a little bit like this  or this when things don’t go my way.

Here are my rules:

  1. Try to write every day.
  2. Try to write more than I think I can.
  3. Try not to start a new book when things get hard.
  4. Try to stay focused rather than rummaging through the cupboards or cleaning out my closets.
  5. Being okay with messes both in my book and in my life.

So far so good!

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Monday, Rainy Monday

Three Things to Help You if You’re Staggering Along with NaNoWriMo.

I’m behind, but I’m writing. Trying to every day unless something comes up (like last week’s headache).  Here are a few somethings that might help you as you try to keep writing this crazy number of words. All this brainstorming can be counted in your words for the day.

  1. We’ve done this exercise before. It’s a good one. Set your timer for, say, thirty minutes. In that time, write EVERYTHING that could happen to your character. EVERYTHING. He blows up. He dies. He changes into an alligator. He fights his best friend. His best friend wins the fight. He kisses his best friend’s girlfriend. He kisses his best friend. As you’re writing anything and everything, think about what’s happened so far in the book. What crazy things could go along with that? Write out of that box of This Must Be and go for things you didn’t expect. Think of moving the story forward with plot or dialog.
  2. Write a list of all the scenes that you know must come still. Add these things two things to your notes–sense of place and emotion. You don’t need to go in depth, but how do you feel as you’re writing? What emotions are stirred up? Put those on the page. Who will be in these scenes? Write their names down. Write these ideas a little more slowly and, if you feel like it, complete the scene. Scenes will make your novel.
  3. Skip one hour of TV, of using your phone, of being online–whatever. Give that up every day for just one hour and write as fast as you can during those moments. What’s your word count now? Was it worth missing Grey’s Anatomy? Of course! You’re closer to that 50,000 words! Woot!

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