They write lots and lots of books. Last I heard, James Patterson churns out one book a month. While many don't like his writing style, many do. Many writers use the "beach book" formula and get their books published. So write and write and write!
They write more than one book. What do Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Mary Higgins Clark have in common? They've written a series that have the same characters we readers like to follow. While I personally am getting annoyed with all the trilogies (I'm not very patient. Ask my hubby about a certain Christmas season many years ago when I opened my presents to see what I was getting. I couldn't wait!) they sell not one, not two, but THREE of your books.
Patience my young padawan. It takes time to write and publish a book let alone get your name recognized. Name ten authors. How long have they been around? But don't be discouraged. Find your pace and move!
Do you have a favorite author that you would read no matter wh…
What are you doing in 2011?
How will fate run your year? Wait a minute!
Fate does not run your life! YOU DO!
Nor should fate run your writing. YOU DO!
With a whole new year stretching out in front of you, how will you master it?
Here are some ideas for you:
Finish your book
Write Begin a blog
Write Find a new genre
Write Find a new market
Write Send your queries out
Write Go to a writing conference
Write Get in a critique group or start one
Write Submit an article to your favorite magazine
Write Become someone's writing partner Write
She paced the small confines of her bathroom as she waited the obligatory two minutes for the result. Yet, part of her sensed the truth. Not only did Austin take her self-esteem and plans for happiness, but he also took her get-out-of-this-marriage-free card.
The plus sign glared at Meg from the white plastic frame of the pregnancy test. The test fell from her hands and clattered into the bathtub as Meg’s back slid against the wall until she reached the floor.
“I’m pregnant,” she said into the quiet.
Meg never imagined she'd end up like this. With nowhere else to turn, she's forced to rely on the family she pushed away, the church she abandoned, and an unexpected friendship to help her find her forgotten melody. Meanwhile Matt is still mourning the loss of his wife. But determined to keep things together for his daughter's sake, he decides starting over in a new place might be just what his family needs.
Today I'm the winner.
And because Tristi's doing her book launch tomorrow I thought I would show you what I won on her blog-o-love.
But first! I have to tell you about my dream last night. Tristi was doing her book launch at Thanksgiving Point. I was hanging out as moral support, helping collect socks and whatnot. Then I started handing out chocolates for my books that weren't there. I felt really stupid. There was a table set up for me but it was empty. Sad. (After I write this post I'm kicking it into high gear on my WIP). Heather Moore and Nicole Giles showed up with their books and sat next to Tristi. James Dashner was sitting on a bench nearby talking with Rob Wells. They waved at me as I went to hide in the bathroom.
Any takers on analyzing my dream??
Be gentle :)
You are invited to the release of Tristi Pinkston’s new novel Dearly Departed on Friday, January 14th, at Pioneer Book 858 S. State, Orem 6 – 8 pm Refreshments, prizes, and fun! Bring a package of socks to be donated to the homeless, and you'll be entered in an additional drawing. Hope to see you there!
"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." Lao Tzu
What is one habit that is destructive to writers? What do you think? Here's one: Comparing yourself and/or your writing to someone else and their work. Every author is different. Their words, characters, ability to build tension are unique to that writer. By comparing yourself, negative feelings build up and build up and by the end of the day you've given up your dream of writing.
How do we stop comparing or at least get it under control? 1. Give back. By giving back, you are thinking of others and not focused on yourself. You've come along way in your goals and talent of writing. Has someone helped you along the way? Our local writers community has sooo many authors who are willing to help newbies like me. They give advice and help and humor. They give back because they were where I am now and someone helped them too. So giving back is a great way to refoc…
I took the reading challenge to read 100 books in 2010 and I accomplished it!
I need a new reading challenge for 2011. What are your reading goals for this year??
This is the list of the books I read this past year, starting from the books I finished this week.
1. Book of Mormon
3. A Time To Die
4. The Silence of God
5. Legend of Shannonderry
6. Book of Mormon
7. Human Blend
8. The Limit-MG
10. Dangerous Connections
11. The Christmas Shoes
12. Cross My Heart
13. Promise Me
14. A Return to Christmas
16. The Fairy's Mistake
17. The Forgotten Garden
18. Scorch Trials-YA
19. Emotional Intensity
20. Clockwork Angel-YA
21. Forbidden Sea-YA
22. English Triffle
25. Outlive Your Life
26. Out Of My Mind-YA
27. One Hand, Two Hands-PB
28. How To Ditch Your Fairy-YA
29. The Rising Tiger-YA
31. Red Queen
32. The Last Book In The Universe-YA
33. Crossing the Tracks
34. Believing Christ
35. The Wit and W…