Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | By: Taffy

Wednesday Writing with 2 Felines ~ Advice on ending your story

Sometimes this is what I want to do all day. haha Doesn't she look comfortable and relaxed and happy? 

But I'm determined to get this book done and query soon.

This post came through my email and it resonated with me. I'm at the end of my story, trying to finish it.  I try and write Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Having a couple of writing buddies helps keep me on schedule and writing. 

Do you have daily writing goals? What are they?

Linda Goodnight on How to Finish That Novel

Here are the points:

  1. Set daily goals and keep them. Start small. Writing one page per day will give you a nice fat novel at the end of the year. Each day, five days a week, I tell myself I have to write five pages. If I surpass that goal, and I often do, I’m super pumped. If not, no guilt involved. Either way, I’m moving forward on the manuscript.
  2. Discipline. Allow yourself no excuses. If you truly desire to be a writer, you will sit down and write. People find time for what really matters to them. I’m amazed at the number of people who tell me “someday” they’ll write a book. Someday is now.
  3. Spend a few minutes visualizing the scene and feeling the character’s emotionabout the scene before you begin. You’ll be amazed at how fast and how much you can write when you allow your subconscious those few moments to warm up.
  4. Let the story out without censor or editing. Yes, this is hard. Shut off the part of your brain that says the writing stinks and allow yourself to write badly. Vomit the story onto the page and clean up the mess later. First drafts are never the finished product anyway.
  5. Each day, begin 10-15 pages back, lightly editing as you move up to the blank page. By the time you get there, you should be back in the flow of the story.
  6. Stop writing in the middle of the action. Tomorrow, it will be easy to pick up there and keep going.
  7. Have a set time and place to write. As with any habit, the subconscious mind responds to triggers. Once you establish a routine of sitting down at the computer at a certain time and in a certain place, the writing machine in your head will know to turn on.
  8. Limit distractions. This may mean turning off the television, the internet, your phone, and even arranging with your family to give you this quiet time. Protect the work from life’s interruptions.
  9. THe Memory House_coverKnow the end of the book and write toward it.Better yet, use an outline. Even if you don’t plot, you need to know at least two or three big turning points in your novel. Write in to and out of those major events. This gives your writing direction and will keep you moving when the way grows weary.
  10. Plan to reward yourself when the book is finished. Promise yourself anything you can afford that you would really enjoy. A new pair of shoes, a day off, dinner and movie, a weekend away. A friend of mine buys herself a piece of jewelry, her passion, after every book is sent to her editor. Find a computer photo of whatever it is and hang it over your work space. Look at it when the going gets tough. Use whatever dangling carrot will keep you motivated.
And there you have them, ten tips to keep you moving and motivated toward that final page. You have a marvelous story inside you, so stay the course, be strong and fight through to the end. The reward of a finished manuscript is a powerful feeling that many aspire to and few accomplish. Be the exception.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | By: Taffy

Wednesday Writing with 2 Felines~ Be proud

Summer is hard for me to get much writing done. With all the kids home from school we want to go out and play. Last year I worked on short stories. That was a great way to keep writing when I had a small writing window. I've turned a few into contests. No gold medals yet but I have had a few Honorable Mentions. I really like this prompt today:

Gather everything you’ve written over the previous 11 days. Pick your favorite. Edit it, polish it and either try to get it published or post it on the Web to share with the world. Be proud of yourself and your work.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | By: Taffy

Wednesday Writing with 2 Felines ~ Letter to me

I have no idea why the cat decided to sleep on this chair, between the tongs. I think cats can sleep anywhere. They don't make goals and probably don't think ahead more than a few moments at a time.
Here's what their schedule might look like:

  • Get in the house
  • See if the humans are eating
  • Beg for food from humans
  • Indulge humans with a string game
  • Tired of string game
  • Find a warm spot to sleep in
  • Wake up to loud noises
  • Humans making food
  • Beg for food from humans

And around and around. Did I miss anything?

It's the halfway mark, half a year! How are you doing on your goals? Do you need to reevaluate them? Have you finished your writing or editing? Here's a great idea for today:

Write a letter to yourself telling you what you need to improve in the coming 6 months.

Dear Taffy,

If you haven't queried the WWI book, do it now.
If you haven't finished editing It's Not Me, finish it by the end of the month.
Have a piece of chocolate.
Enjoy the summer.

Love, You and Me
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | By: Taffy

Rene Collins UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN ~~ Cover Reveal


They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time.

Cassandra is a headstrong teenager craving drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and new stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger named Lawrence shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—in jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history—or risk losing Lawrence forever.


Renee Collins grew up on a beach in Hawaii. Sadly, she never met anyone from the past on those shores, but she did go on to get a degree in History, which is almost the same.

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This cover intrigues me enough that I think I would pick it up and read!!