Friday, January 28, 2011

Deadline's Almost Here

I'm working on a short story for the Highlights Fiction Contest. I've been dragging my feet getting it finished. Not sure why. It's a good story and I like it but I can't seem to make myself finish. The story has to be postmarked by January 31. I intend to break through my resistance and get 'er done this weekend. Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

500 Words

That's how many words I wrote today. I just started a story that I intend to submit to a short story contest, the theme of which is a true account of how God has helped you in a time of great hardship. We all probably have a story that could fit that category.

I know 500 words doesn't sound like much, but for me it's a milestone that was a long time coming. Until now, I was reading about writing, thinking about writing, talking about writing, joining writing groups, going to writing conferences, taking writing courses, pretty much doing everything you could do related to writing except write. Well that barrier has now been broken. Look out world, I'm back!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

This is Cool!

Ever wonder what books were on the NY Times bestseller list the day you were born? Of course you have. Well wonder no more.

Birthday Best Sellers

I have to say that I've never even heard of the majority of the books on my list. It wasn't until I entered my youngest son's birth date (he's 21) that I started to recognize more books on the list, which goes to show you just how fleeting literary fame can be.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Evolution of African Writers

The new African literary superstars (like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, above) are enjoying benefits their predecessors could only dream of as this article in the African Review illustrates.

African literary writing changes hands

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pub Sub 3rd Fri

Just read a great article in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Working Writer, a wonderful e-newsletter edited and published by Maggie Frisch that's packed full of great information and advice "for people who write, by people who write." The article, by Joan Y. Edwards, is about submitting a ms. every 3rd Friday of the month in 2011, thereby increasing your chances of getting published. I know I'm guilty of completing projects and then dragging my feet about submitting so I'm really up for this challenge. (See my badge?) If you'd like to be part of the challenge visit her very colorful website for more information.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Who am I as a Writer?

Who I am as a writer is inextricably tied to who I am as a person and how I relate to others. I have always cared deeply for people and I believe people can sense that when they meet me. I'd like that caring and compassion to reflect in my writing, especially my writing for children. The world has some hard lessons to teach and they can be learned in many ways. Some are necessarily painful but some can come as tiny revelations, gentle epiphanies that can come through a well crafted story. A reader can learn vicariously through a protagonist with whom they can identify. That struggle on the page can be the eye opener, imparting one piece of knowledge that helps one move more easily through this world. That is my ultimate goal as a writer. To entertain, yes, but also to enlighten.