Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dear Friends and Acquaintances,

I appreciate that you love your family and want to help them out in these hard times. But remember, they are hard times and I’m not even a professional writer, much less gainfully employed. I work in the public sector, part-time. I barely make enough to live on, much less pay someone to read and edit my writing.

So, I’m sorry to say, I will not be employing your, also non-professional, editor sister/brother/mother/cousin/uncle/etc/etc. It’s great that they have an English/Journalism/Creative Writing/Etc Degree (or in some cases only working on them). But I also have a BA in English and a Masters in Library and Information Science. I read, write, and breathe books daily.

I also have a great group of writerly friends, thanks to NaNoWriMo, who are eager to read and critique my work in return for the same favor from me. No money will change hands here. Instead, we will be meeting twice a month to critique various group members work and twice a month to just hang out and write together.

If I am ever going to pay someone to read and edit my writing, I will be sure they come well vetted. No offense to your wonderful family member, but I want to make sure that I’m actually going to get what I’m meaning to pay for, rather than paying blindly for something that could be nothing close to what I need. I know it can be a vicious cycle, it’s hard to break into the business without credits but you also can’t expect to get paid with out any either. Sometimes people just have to start at the bottom and work their way up.

But all that aside, let me be completely honest, the only time I would pay someone to edit my work would be if I was going to go into self-publishing. And that’s not the direction I’m trying to head. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll want to stake out on my own, but I want to start first with traditional publishing. Anyone can self-publish, but not everyone can get a book deal.

So, please, don’t ask me every time you see me if I’ve got any work for your dearest loved one. Because I don’t and I probably never will. I wish I could say I was sorry, but I’m not. Instead I find that you are putting me in a horribly awkward position in which you are asking me to pay someone who isn’t a professional in my journey to enter the world of professional writing.

You wouldn’t pay the brother of your friend/acquaintance who has never even looked under the hood of a car, but only read picture-less books about fixing them, to fix you’re only mode of transportation to work, would you? Your loved one might read books everyday, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be any good at editing them. You see, I’d rather have someone, who looks at books with a critical eye because that’s also what they want to do, critique my work for doing the same thing for them than pay someone who only reads for pleasure outside of school.

Sincerely,
Your writerly friend/acquaintance, Emmie.

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Update!

It has been nearly a week since my last post, so I think I’m definitely overdue for a post.

It has been kind of weird not posting everyday, but because I’m doing a daily free write through 750words.com, I almost feel like I am blogging everyday. When I take a nap in the middle of the day (part of NaNo recovery), I wake up and think, Oh no! What time is it?! But luckily so far, I’ve always managed to drag myself to the computer with at least 30 minutes to spare and get the words out. And since I’m a pretty fast typer (I seem to be averaging around 80wpm), it means I only need about 9 minutes to get in all 750 words that are the goal on the site.

While I haven’t necessarily been doing the kind of writing I want to lately, I’m at least forcing myself into writing everyday, which is what I really want. I want to create a habit and stick with it, even if what I’m writing is just a bunch of random thoughts that are occurring to me as I go along. But, once I start thinking that I really have a habit established, then I might try and focus my free writes a little more through the use of word prompts. The idea being that I get a random word and then type whatever comes to mind when I think about it. This kind of writing, will hopefully, produce more story like elements that I can reuse elsewhere. It’s actually how I used to warm-up for NaNo during October, especially if I wasn’t really sure what I was going to write about yet.

That all aside, I will report that I spent five, yes five, hours editing my werewolf novel yesterday. That put me about two-fifths of the way through what I have in the original document. And I’ve been transferring it into Liquid Story Binder as I go through each section and break. That way I can have each scene in a separate file so that later I can go back and more easily rearrange things because I have everything more broken down now. And I have to say that the more I work with Liquid Story Binder the more and more I’m liking it. I’m really glad that I decided to spend the money on it. And, if you’re interested, it is currently still 50% off for a grand total of $22.98! Not bad, right? Go check it out here!

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Finding Motivation

I’ll be honest, after November ended all I wanted to do was just sleep. While I had plenty of motivation and even typed a few hundred words on the Space Opera 3000 since the month ended, it doesn’t mean that I’m really getting anywhere close to my goals for writing. But as I was going through my Google Reader and catching up, I came across something that peaked my interest.

T.N. Tobias made a NaNoWrimo Wrap Up post that linked to 750words.com. To say the least, I was quite intrigued. While 750 words is less than half of what I would like my daily goal to be, it is something to get me started. And I’m using it completely as a free write exercise. Once my brain and fingers are all warmed up I can go get busy working on doing writing on my novels or even editing for that matter.

If you want, you can follow my own progress here. If you join and want some extra motivation, don’t be afraid to follow me and post your own link, so that I can follow you!

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Post NaNo To Do List

Now that NaNo is over, it’s time to get back to those things that I either never got around to beforehand or realized I need to get done sometime during the last month.

In my top priorities outside of writing and editing are:
– Patching the three pairs of pants that have been slowly collecting in a pile since the beginning of November.
– Clean the inside of my car, because I was a bad girl and didn’t do it before November.
– Making Christmas presents (because that’s how I roll).

Things lower down on the list include:
– Reading that pile of books that is building up (Includes things like The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima, Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr, A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane, The Dark Planet by Patrick Carman and Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay)p
– Finishing various craft projects (crocheted bag, knitted blanket, crocheted cape, fairy cross stitch).
– Going through all my stuff and doing another purge.
– Putz around with the new blog design.

On the writing front I’ve got a lot going on…

I’m still researching information about Leadville, Colorado for my werewolf novel which begins its first phase of editing today! I will probably also being doing a small amount of research on the Appalachian Mountains which somehow ended up in the werewolf novel too…

I’m going to start researching stuff for Space Opera 3000, so that the science is a bit more real. Along with writing a bit on the novel each day.

Also, I’m going to go back to some old short stories I’ve written and send them through a couple edits and get them out to some people to read. I will also need to find people to read them too, but there are plans starting to form in that area too with other local Wrimos.

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