wine on the keyboard


by Kay~Kacey on 6/24/2005

so I’m listening to a workshop from RWA National last year. (yes, on the previously mentioned MP3 player)

The workshop is called When Real Life Gives You Nightmares, Six Steps to Achieve Your Dreams. The workshop was by Karen King. (#9-270 Under Life/Muse on Disc 3 if you’re looking for it…and really, the numbering system on these CD’s makes NO SENSE…but I digress)

Anyway, the talk is very motivating. Common sense things like, if you’re unpublished and it takes you two years to write a book, and the next unpublished person is writing 4 books a year…who has better odds of getting published?? :mrgreen: The more work you have out there, the better your chances.

Set a page goal for everyday. And then set a BIG page goal. Reward yourself if you reach the Biggie…like 20 pages…and don’t cook dinner :mrgreen:

okay, she said some stuff I don’t agree with, like don’t revise until after you have the first draft. Well, I start out revising the previous day’s writing each new day to get me going. So, whatever works for you…

And one thing, her # one thing…was Believe in Yourself. :love: Take yourself seriously. :typing: She also said she did affirmations. Writing “I am a published author” longhand 15 times (not sure what # times she used) every day.

So I sat down and did that today. Long hand. With a fancy pen…

I am a published author. I am a published author. (fifteen times…)

Anyone want to join me in 21 days of writing these down?? (you know, that whole theory of 21 days to make something a habit) I’m going to throw in some more affirmations everyday too.

Michelle June 24, 2005 at 7:29 pm

I’ll join you! You know, I really believe attitude is everything. I believe it more than ever now. It’s funny because I’ve met some published authors and they were really surprised to find out I wasn’t published. Not yet. But I will be. And so will you!

I won’t have four manuscripts ready, but I’ll sure try for 2 or 3! :typing:

Jill June 24, 2005 at 7:36 pm

I’ll join you in a page count, but a BIG page count is not going to happen for me with kids home … I’ll be happy with five pages a day right now!

Kelly =) June 24, 2005 at 8:58 pm

Sounds like a smart lady. But yes, I must edit pages from the day before to get me going again too. 😉

Steph T. June 24, 2005 at 9:17 pm

I’ll join you! Especially because I just got my nice Staples delivery today – new pens and writing pads. I’m in Heaven!:angel:

Taking yourself seriously is huge.:typing:

Amy K June 24, 2005 at 11:52 pm

I’ll join you! I totally believe affirmations can work. 🙂 (Oh, and I suppose I’ll have to crank out some pages too, eh?) :mad2:

kacey June 25, 2005 at 6:52 am

Okay, it’s morning now, and I wrote my 15 “I am a published author” Before I even finished my first cup of coffee… :coffee:

Mary June 25, 2005 at 8:29 am

I am Ms. Positive and believe in affirmations. Great blog today.:grin:

Suzanne June 25, 2005 at 8:31 am

It works!!! You can do it!!

Tori June 25, 2005 at 10:59 am

You’ve inspired me, Kacey! :beer:

Crystal* June 25, 2005 at 1:26 pm

All right. Count me in. I believe this works. And I definitely need to work on my latest manuscript. 😳

Kelly June 25, 2005 at 5:06 pm

I love the idea of making a page goal and then a big page goal. That’s great. I’m about to write “The End” on The Outlaw Bride tomorrow and then jumping into using First Draft in 30 Days to get a jump on outlining my next book before Reno so I can pitch it down there. Good luck with your 21 days – that sounds like a great idea!. :beer:

LauraP June 25, 2005 at 6:13 pm

Karen’s in my local chapter. Believe me, she wrote through the toughest times a person could go through on her way to being published. She’s an inspiration.

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