Set a Goal, Even if it is just for you!!

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Maybe it is because I was a first born child. Maybe it is because I have a type A personality even though in my heart I would really love to be such a laid back type B I’d fall into the Cs if there was such an animal. Anyway, I function better with goals.

They can be little ordinary goals, such as the list of things I need to get done on the weekend. Extraordinary things such as clean the wood floors, iron, clean out the fridge…you know all the stuff we hate to do but have to.

They can be much larger goals. One of my goals this year has been to get a children’s book and/or magazine article for children published. This goal may or may not be met, but logically thinking I made a sort of “publishing plan”.

First – I had to write something for children. Duh, couldn’t publish a kid’s book if all I was writing was for adults. So I’ve been writing, rewriting and writing again. And I also read any children’s books, current and classics. I suggest you read the type of books you want to publish also. It really helps.

Second – I am active in my children’s critique group on Yahoo. The gals are the best ever. They are honest and encouraging. I would suggest anyone writing in any specific genre look for a critique group to join. Mine is online, because it is difficult for me to be someplace on a specific day and time each week. Whatever works for you, go for it!

Third – I had to actually submit my stories to editors, agents and magazines. Anyone that is trying to publish anything needs to be thick skinned. One of my children’s picture book manuscripts as been rejected 4 times this year. Each time I get the bad news, I rewrite again. Might be a little, might be a lot. But it will make me a better writer someday. I hope πŸ™‚

Lastly – I need to realize that it may just be so-so, not great and start this whole process over again. Will I get published? Who knows. Will I give up? Nope. Maybe I’ll be a retired grandma before I get a book published, maybe I’ll never see it happen. Either way, I am not giving up. My type A won’t let me πŸ™‚

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Good day for writing

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eToday was a great day for writing.

I updated my knitting blog (writeknit) with my project progress, wrote a book review for Chesapeake Crimes, This Job is Murder and now this. Some days are easier to write than others,

My latest picture book manuscript, Eli’s Spots in safely in the hands of my crit group. I’ve already received great feed back from them.

What are your feelings about crit groups? Personally, I feel then strengthen my writing. I don’t have a local group, but online has been a great resource for me.

I found lots of information, and wanted to share part of the article at this site:Β http://www.the-writers-craft.com/writing-critique-groups.html

Choosing the Right Group

 

While the right critique group can advance your writing in giant leaps, the wrong group can severely damage your tender confidence.

So how do you choose a group?

There are a number of questions you can ask before you begin. Assess your comfort with the answers before committing to join.

If it is a face-to-face group, how often do they meet? How long are meetings? How are critiques handled at meetings?

N/A for me

Do you submit manuscripts ahead of time so that the other members have a chance to review them at their leisure? Or do you only critique what is read/heard during the meeting?

We don’t actually meet – only emails πŸ™‚ Our schedule is to submit once a month, then crit the other member’s reviews with weeks we don’t submit.

How many people are in the group? Are they beginners, experienced or both?

There are 5 members of my group. Most of them have published children’s books and stories in magazines. Personally, I have not been published in this genre, but hope to say I am by the end of this year.

Does everyone critique all submissions? How long do you have to critique a submission and how many per week are you required to critique?

Yes, a week, one

How often are you required to submit something and what word length is expected?

Once every 5 weeks. It can be a whole picture book, a chapter or 2 from an early reader, a magazine article or story or a query letter.

Sounds simple, but I think I was just lucky to find my group.

 

 

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