Just write it

I’m a lucky writer.

I participate in two writing groups that are very supportive, both at meeting time and after. One is based in a Unitarian church, and the small group is well-meaning and cheerful, though the members aren’t regularly published; it’s mostly people who like to write for themselves. The other is part of the larger Pennwriters group that’s branched off to meet in Erie, and is made up of people who are professionally farther along, and mostly published writers. I’ve been meeting with this group for maybe five years–they were a group before I came along. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we can evaluate new projects in light of these.  Some write and improve the same pieces over and over to bring for critique, working toward perfection; others, like me, tend to work in mass quantities.

As a result, I’ve been able to accomplish my earlier goals, preparatory to making a run at a second NaNoWriMo, completing a full edit of one on my sci-fi novels so I could send it to an editor I met this spring at a conference, as well as sending out multiple queries for my 2007 NaNo novel, since the agent who had accepted it is now having some serious solvency issues. I have two weeks now to edit my urban fantasy, complete with deep gratitude to long-suffering writing partner Jean, who red-penned it (ouch! but it’s necessary) so I can be ready to send it to yet another agent who expressed interest at the conference. I have one novel under review by Harlequin; another by a well-known New York agent, and not one, but TWO Cup of Comfort books coming out in the next year. (More on that when the publicity packs come out.)

So….with the patient understanding of the Cabana Boy and children, who all know I’m a better person when I’m involved in creation, it looks like I’m on track for the chemical-free rush of NaNoWriMo.  Well, except for the caffeine.  LOTs and LOTS of caffeine….


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5 thoughts on “Just write it

  1. Congratulations on all of the writing success you’ve already achieved, and best of luck with NaNo this year! I can tell just from your blogs what a great writer you are, and I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job this year. I’m so looking forward to it!

    If you’d like to be “NaNo” writing buddies, my name on the site is megan_lynn 🙂

  2. Wow! You are lucky:-) Where would you suggest someone look to find a writers’ group? I’m in Miami right now but will be moving to Kentucky in a little under two months…Any ideas?

  3. Congratulations!
    Fingers are crossed that some day soon, the “day job” can be a thing of the past, and you can spend your time and talents creating, while the ol’ advances and royalties roll in.

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  5. Hello there! Thanks for visiting my blog! (: I definitely get all excited when I meet another NaNo-er outside of the forums.

    Anyway, congratulations! I’m in awe just reading about the world of queries, agents, and editing, because that would be like a DREAM for me.

    NaNo is truly awesome, isn’t it? It brings amateur writers (like me.. and serious writers (like you!) together under the same goal!

    I’m Versia on NaNo; definitely add me! Best of luck in November!

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