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A new UBC writing course

https://www.edx.org/course/how-to-write-a-novel-structure-outline

I can’t wait to start this new UBC writing course. I’ve been looking for the motivation to get working on my next romance novel re-write. It’s a daunting task. On my editor friend’s advice, I removed the storyline that I had initially based my story on and focus on a plot I had as a secondary mention.

So, here I am, looking at my manuscript at arm’s length, wondering what the hell do I do now! LOL. Where do I start? Do I tear it up and start over? Do I go scene-by-scene and start changing things hoping that it will make sense when I come out the other side?

She suggested I redo my heroine’s and hero’s GMC (Goal, Motivation & Conflict) to fit the new storyline. Okay, check!

Next is to do a plot outline. Start with the heroine, who is my main character, and then do one for the hero. Okay… Ummm… Well…

NOPE!

So here I sit this Sunday morning, scrolling through Facebook, when a writing group that I belong to (BC Writers, Authors & Editors) posted the above link.

I wasn’t looking for it. I think it found me.

Let’s say it’s the kick in the pants I’ve been waiting for to start working on a story I think about every day but can’t seem to find the motivation or desire to begin.

Look out, March 1st! I’ll be there will bells on!

And maybe I’ll see one of you there? Go ahead and take a look at the course description; it’s going to be great.

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Surrey International Writers Conference

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great spring/summer so far.

I’m writing today to remind everyone that the Surrey International Writers Conference (aka SiWC) is now open for registration. This writers conference sells out super fast – in 27 hours last year! I received an email this morning saying that the full and basic conference packages along with Friday and Saturday single day workshops are already sold out. That is less than 24 hours! CRAZY!

So, that leaves Sunday and the master classes left. HURRY if you don’t want to miss out!

See you there!

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Deadlines… Stressful or Inspiring?

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Deadlines are everywhere.”Get this report done before the three o’clock meeting.” “Chores need to be done before you go out with friends.” “Have this chapter read by tomorrow.”

They give us structure and a sense of accomplishment.

But we can’t make this easy! Throw in an 8-hour work day, errands, groceries, meal prep, catch up on your weekly shows, walk the dog, dishes, laundry, chauffeur kids to all their after school sports and activities. The list is endless.

Our goal then is to figure out a life/work balance to make everything hum along in well-tuned harmony which brings us to… deadlines.

Me, for instance… my deadline is to have my first draft done by January 31. I have 9 days left to write four chapters. Part of me is screaming, “EEEKKK!” The other part is saying, “Okay, I have four chapters to write. I need to write for this many hours every day. GO!”

Now, this looming deadline is of my own making.. This isn’t a deadline from my editor. I want to be accountable. I want to have this done as writing is my passion and I need to be professional about it.

So, what do you take from this shortย blog blurb? Find time to do fit everything into your life even the not so fun stuff. And deadlines may just be the answer. They work for me. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Happy New Year! What’s next?

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I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years Eve! ๐Ÿ˜€

It was a quiet night for me. My two sons and I watched Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson, and consumed our favorite comfort food reserved for past highland games – S’mores Pop Tarts. Just like the rest of the Christmas season, we splurged with wine and root beer. Interesting combo, right?

Some neighbours set off fireworks–starting at 9 pm which I’m assuming were for the youngsters and then again at midnight. I watched Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve – turned it to that station with 25 seconds to spare! At least once it would be nice to be in Times Square to share the camaraderie of hope and peace with others.

I know the pounds are creeping up a tiny bit on the scale each time I stand on it, but I, like many others, will fix that right up–January 2nd is the day to get back on track… and back to work.

This past week has been a relaxing and productive one. My husband set a challenge before me – to finish my first draft of book two in my Fashion World romance series by mid-January. I was halfway through chapter six at the time.

I’m currently on chapter eight! Trust me that is amazing! It is so hard to find time to write when you have a full-time job. So I now I sit on my couch with a cup of coffee close by and turn the TV to Stingray The Spa channel (you could say it’s my writing jam). I am most productive when it’s playing in the background, my cat curled up somewhere nearby, and my dog asleep at my feet.

So, my goal for now–as short-term goals are more achievable–is to finish the first draft of book two. Will it be by mid-January? I sure am going to try, but I do have to go back to work tomorrow.

Let’s say January 31. Sound good?

Please feel free to share your short-term goals for the beginning of 2019. I’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy the day!