Friday, August 22, 2008


Only one more week to go in the Wild Rose Press eReader contest. If you buy Spark of Magic for only $1.50, your name will be entered the drawing for the giveaway on Sept. 2. Deadline is the end of the month. The link for the contest is in the post below. In addition to my book, there are many other wonderful novels/stories to choose from--the list of authors is posted at the site. Buy more than one. Each time you enter, you'll get another chance to win.

I've spent this past week taking a terrific writing course--Write 50 Books a Year! This class taught by multi-published romance authors Elle James and Delilah Devlin offered lots of insight into ways to schedule writing into your day no matter how busy you are.

When I used their idea of counting the number of words you need to write to finish a book and divide it by the number of days until the due date (either the publisher's deadline or your own imposed deadline), I was shocked. I'd been psyching myself out, picturing the 60,000 words I needed to write. If I want to finish it in 2 months, all I have to do is write 1000 words a day. Why was I so scared? Because 60,000 sounded too hard. So I kept procrastinating.

That may sound like a simple tip, but it was eye-opening for me. And has helped jumpstart my writing. I won't give away all their secrets--if you want to find them out, take the workshop next time it's offered. Check it out along with the other workshops they offer at Rose Colored Glasses:

Just heard that I made it into an October workshop with a Newbery-award-winning author. More about that later....