Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A bit of writing wisdom from Elana Johnson

The winner of the Possession ARC is Jill Hathaway! And I noticed she's having a giveaway right now for a another new release book, so head on over there.

More about Elana Johnson's writing wisdom here in a minute, but first, here's my Round of Words in 80 days progress report. I'm picking up momentum, finally. It's day 32 out of 80, or 40% of the way. I sure wish I was 40% of the way done with revisions on my novel (only about 10%), but my re-writes did total over 5000 words this week, and I'm famous for hunkering down on the keyboard and getting the work done when deadlines start breathing down my neck. So give me some heavy-duty breathing, okay?

Here's progress reports from my ROW80 friends, Susan Kaye Quinn, Sheri Larsen and C. Lee McKenzie.

Just a reminder: I'm on a blogging break for the month of May - except for my Tuesday progress reports - so ya'll can keep me accountable to my writing goals. I am really missing all my regular blog stops, but you guys know I'll BE BACK (said in my best Terminator voice).

Okay, on to the good stuff. I couldn't help but gush to Elana (on her blog) when I received the ARC of her beautiful book in the mail. I told her I would be doing a giveaway, and did she have anything to share? And of course she did - because she's Elana. #elanalove. Here it is:

5 most important things I've learned on the road to publication:

1. Patience is absolutely necessary.

2. There are some things you can't control. Give it up already. You'll be happier.

3. Find people you can confide in. Use them regularly.

4. Writing for publication is a lot different than just writing.

5. Be grateful for every step. Once you take it, you can't take it again.

I love how she mentions control in tip #2. Since her book is all about control issues, ya know.
She also shared her motto. It's from Galaxy Quest.
Never give up, never surrender.
My motto these days is from Finding Nemo - slightly modified:
Just keep writing. Just keep writing.
What's your motto?

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