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Potluck!!

I think a fabulous party is the way to celebrate. We must know, like Carol said, how many of you were able to accomplish the hour a day. And even if you tried . . . most days . . . it still counts.

I did great in spurts and then would have an off day. I did try to make up for the times I missed by going longer on other days. Next time we do this, I’m going to keep log and MAKE SURE I do every minute.

Again, let us know if you would like to join us and we’ll decide a place!

Also, the three of us are participating in this year’s Writing for Charity conference.

Writing For Charity

There will agents and writers and more writers and food! Come hang out with us!

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Eight Writing Days Left

How will you spend your last week + one?

Will you write every day?

Have you done well so far?

What is the biggest thing you have learned about yourself during this past writing experience?

My advice today is you can do this. Even if you haven’t written a word this whole time, you can start today and write for one hour. Each morning or each afternoon each evening. Or you can do as a dear friend of mine did and write 15 minutes at time until you have logged your one hour.

Big breath.

We’re  counting down! Eight Writing Days Left!

Can’t wait to hear what you have done!

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Weekend Trouble

This weekend really knocked me down a couple (writing) notches. Then I got sick yesterday, and that didn’t help.

But today I’m back in the game!
I’ve almost made a habit out of writing every day. And that’s the point, right?
Right!
Let’s keep it up.

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Sweating and Stressing

Friends, an article said it takes two to eight months to make a habit. What do you think? Has it started to become a habit? Also, Anne Tyler who I like very much said this:

IF I WAITED UNTIL I FELT LIKE WRITING, I’D NEVER WRITE AT ALL.

Keep going, my friends. Keep going.

 

 

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Monday Hint: Nine More Days!

Keep writing!

What? On Labor Day?

Yes! One of the most prolific and well-published writers of our time, Stephen King, writes every day of the year. Even birthdays and Christmas.

One hour a day.

That’s all we ask.

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Thursday Hint

This writing challenge I began by writing more than 1000 words each day. Then I had to do a final rewrite for my novel that comes out with Shadow Mountain next year.

I always think I will write faster than the average bear (and I just may) but this took several writing days from our challenge. I had to concentrate on that. I sent the book in yesterday morning. And now I am back writing my mid grade novel.

1000 words a day.

My hint?

Is your character making choices or are things just happening to her?

Is she changing? How? Why?

 

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Author Interview: Julie Shepard

 


As a child of the 70’s, Julie’s writing career began on a Smith Corona typewriter, where she hammered out terrible short stories about dog catchers and homicidal identical twins who conspire to get away with murder.
Julie knows that success as a writer is a goal no one can achieve alone, which is why she is actively involved in the writing community—attending conferences and workshops, meeting with fellow SCBWI members for a monthly critique group, and holding various committee positions for YARWA. While her sons have already flown the coop, Julie and her husband still occupy their own slice of paradise in South Florida.

You have an awesome new book out called ROSIE GIRL. Can you tell us about it?How you came up with the idea?
Psychological suspense with an unexpected twist! For me, a story unfolds slowly and unpredictably, so the idea took shape over time.

Tell us about your experience getting into publishing. How long did it take you?
Can “forever” be my answer? Because that’s what it feels like. I queried my first novel about fourteen years ago.

What writing advice do you have for someone trying to breakout in the market?
Study the craft of novel writing. Read every book you can, in multiple genres. Network with other writers. And this was the hardest part for me: Share your writing. It’s the only way you’ll really get a sense of how it appeals (or doesn’t) to others.

When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Anything outside! (Although I do write outside, too, so I guess I should give another answer.) Yoga, reading, long walks with my husband, and lounging in the pool or ocean when the water is warm enough.

Do you listen to music when you write, if so, what’s your playlist like?
Never! Need it fairly quiet to work.

Everyone writes about people they know. Who shows up in your books over and over?
The bad boy!

What are you working on now?
A murder mystery!

Where can we find out more about you and your new book?
http://www.julieshepard.net

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