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Writing Wins and Woes: What a writer’s house looks like

Writing Wins and Woes: What a writer's house looks like

I don’t know if I should have captioned this “What a writer’s house looks like” or “What a reader’s house looks like” but anyway, this is a painting my husband did of our bedroom. It does justice to the stacks of books “we” have accumulated because we are both readers. I am a writer, so I read. Writers should be readers. The only way to write well is to be well read. Studying great writers helps us to write great.

Hopefully your house, if you’re a writer, isn’t quite this bad, and maybe you have Kindle now and don’t need all this, but I think there is nothing so satisfying as holding a book in your hands. I have such contentment reading a book I love and feel such disappointment when it’s done. I can’t be involved in those character’s lives anymore. I usually go away wanting more.

As writers, we need to strive to make our characters come alive so our readers want more when the stories over. Hopefully, our audience isn’t saying, “Thank God, it’s over.” That’s a little private joke in our family, but it can be so true of a lousy book or story. We don’t even want to finish it. I’ve filed a few books into the round file.

Well, I didn’t submit a thing this week. It’s the first I haven’t in a while, but it was a very busy week, and I’ve had a few upsets. So…next week. I also got a rejection from Untied Shoelaces of the Mind. I know you’ve been waiting to hear how they raked me over the coals, but oddly, they didn’t say anything. Rejected, without a word. So I guess, it was even worse than usual.

Happy Memorial Day to all the veterans and service people out there. We appreciate all you’ve done and do. God bless everybody and here’s to good writing successes in your future. The odds are never in our favor, but we write on.

Thought for the Day: Build characters that live and breathe. And don’t collect as many books as we do.

Writing Wins and Woes: Happy May

Writing Wins and Woes: Happy May

May is starting out great and maybe not so much, but I am happy. Again, I am privileged to have a story in Guardian Angel Kids, the unusual art issue and this time it comes with a bonus. A drawing by my talented daughter.
http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/05-014-3DFlipbook/index.html

I also had a win for the monthly contest at Enchanted Conversation, a fairy tale magazine. I will post the link when the story is up. Melinda, you’ll be very pleased that the story chosen was “Cell Tower”.

With such good news, I hate to dampen the mood with news of a rejection as well from Youth ‘magination for a story I personally liked but felt like a rough draft to them. I might work on it and submit elsewhere but I don’t know too many other places that publish YA stories anymore.

I submitted to Youth ‘magination and Untied Shoelaces this week. Yes, I’m barking up that old tree again. I’ll let you know the humiliation when it’s received. For those just tuning in, that particular publisher tends to really pour on the criticism. the last one I received for Monkey Shines, a story that Alternate hilarities liked, read that “she didn’t laugh even once” while reading it. Thank you very much. Yet, I keep sending humorous stories to them. I am such a glutton for punishment.

Thought for the day: I guess I have to say it, even though I have a rough time practicing it. Roll with the Punches. When you win, it is exhilaration. When you lose, it is despondence. Don’t let it stop you. Keep on punching.