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Showing posts from September, 2012

Learning the writing trade

Norman Galaxy of Writers presents “Using Your Five Senses in Your Writing,” an interactive workshop by Sherry Bynum Date:                 October 6, 2012  Place:         University Lutheran Church, the Soul Room                   914 Elm Ave., Norman, OK Register:    9:45 a.m.   Program:  10 to noon Cost:          $10.  Limit:  25 participants This is a workshop! Bring writing materials—and your five senses! Park behind the church on College Street. Want more information? Contact Sherry Bynum, 405-364-7818, 401-2410, . Limited Enrollment—Please Pre-Register

Achievable writing goals

I believe in setting achievable writing goals. That doesn't mean I settle for less. It means I am usually fully aware of my present abilities; therefore I am usually fully aware of which goals are actually within my reach, and which ones are beyond reach from my current position. With each achievement I set the bar a little higher for the next project.  For years I was a closet writer. Most of what I wrote sucked and I wouldn't let anyone else read what I had written –because it sucked. Like learning to play a musical instrument, I got better with practice and finally allowed a few trusted friends to read and critique my stories.  Eventually I joined a writing group, took a couple of classes, and attended workshops and conferences. As I learned writing technique and honed my skills I started entering contest. Then I started winning contest.  Finally I got secure enough in my skills as a writer to submit my work to publishers. I've had a few short storie

setting goals

I wrote my first Paranormal Romance Novel over a year ago. It just flowed out of me as if someone stood behind me whispering the words into my ear as I transcribed them onto the page. I finished the first draft in less than three months. Unfortunately, I've been editing and rewriting it ever since and can't seem to get to a point where I feel it's ready for submission. I've worked on it to the point of hating it.  With the help of a word processor I'm no longer forced to write six or seven drafts of a manuscript. I just edit and revise in my program adding, subtracting, and substituting words until I am happy with the sounds they make together. I'd say I'm at the equivalent of about the twentieth draft by now.  The book is over 70,000 words. The story is all there. But I'm still not satisfied.  I've worked it to death.  So I've set a deadline to quit working on it. If it's not any good by the end of the deadline that&