Monthly Archives: April 2013

Maybe it’s not really about time

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(c) 2010 Photo by Carol Munro

This week’s topic in Marci Flinchum Atkin’s We’re All in This Together series on her blog: How do you make time to write?

It’s a two-parter again, and you can find it here on Saturday and here on Sunday. (The complete series is archived here.)

My contribution is included in Sunday’s post. Perhaps I didn’t precisely answer the question that was asked, because after writing my bit, I realized it doesn’t have all that much to do with having the time. Rather, it’s deciding you are going to do it and – well – doing it. No excuses.

If you want to write and can’t find the time, you don’t really want to write. Sorry, but be absolutely honest with yourself.

Oh, you do want to write. Okay, then, are you a list maker, one who loves to cross off completed tasks? Then put writing on your list, and be specific (i.e., write 1,000 words on the novel OR finish the short story I began last week). If you’re a fanatic about scheduling your life on a calendar (paper or electronic), book an appointment with yourself for an hour of writing. Whatever your style, when you schedule showers, work, chores, appointments, picking up the kids, date night, calling your mom, be sure to include time to write. If you don’t actively consider fitting it into your life, you’ll never have time for it.

What stops you from writing? Is it time? Or is it simply you?

Happy attitude adjustment hour. Now go write.

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Blog hopping

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to two writing blogs.

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(c) 2013 Photo by Carol Munro

Laura Shovan (poet, author, educator, and editor of Little Patuxent Review) is celebrating National Poetry Month with TechnoVerse, an exploration of how technology intersects with poetry. If you’re a poet, there’s a bounty of greatness awaiting you. My post is about using e-mail to write poems with a friend.

My 12 x 12 friends and I got into an interesting conversation on our group’s Facebook page last week, which inspired children’s writer Marcie Flinchum Atkins to create a weekly series on her blog called We’re All in This Together. She and a handful of friends (including me!) will address a variety of topics near and dear to writers’ hearts. The series debuted this week with a two-parter about dealing with rejection (oh, dear, our aching hearts). Here’s part one and part two.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

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March trudged

Whew! March is over. For me, it felt a bit like trudging across a field covered with three feet of snow. Other than feeling quite busy, there isn’t any huge reason why March was a tough month. I think it has to do with the potential of spring. I wanted it to arrive so badly, and we had a couple gorgeous days in March that only teased, thumbs in ears, fingers wiggling. Nah-nah nah-nah-nah! Now April is coming in like March’s lion. Wind! Here to blow away winter’s cobwebs.

As much as March tried to kick my butt, I managed to write a new picture book manuscript, edit two, and submit to three places. So I exceeded my goals with these activities, but if I’m ever going to get published… OK, I’m boring you again, but as I said in January, accountability helps, so thanks for your tolerance. Let’s get to the good stuff – what I read.

Not much. Only 17 picture books (my goal was 40). Here are the ones I liked best.

  • THE CLOUD SPINNER by Michael Catchpool, illustrated by Alison Jay, 2012, A Borzoi Book/ Alfred A. Knopf
  • JUST DUCKS by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, 2012, Candlewick Press
  • ONE by Kathryn Otoshi, 2008, KO Kids Books

Here’s an interesting thing about ONE. The author/illustrator self-published this book, apparently, along with four other books. I would love to know the story behind her decision to publish her books herself. ONE is very professionally done, has garnered much recognition, and won ten awards. Brilliant! And the best thing about ONE? I snatched up my very own copy at my library’s book sale last Friday. Yay!

Now on to April. I already have a new manuscript almost finished and read twenty-something books, but my focus this month will be polishing at least six manuscripts and sending them out, out, out! What are your April plans?

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