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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Do you want to write a novel too?


I started this blog because I want to be a writer. Actually - I'm already a writer. I write stuff all the time. I want to be a published author, and I'm guessing if you are reading this then maybe you do too.

Let's support each other, and cheer each other on.

Here is The Writer's Challenge: Write 1000 words a day - that's about 4 manuscript pages - every day, come hell or high water, until your novel is written. Then get an agent. Then get it published.

Writing every day is hard for me, especially since I just had a baby. I'm typing this now while balancing him on my lap with the lap top. I have written two novels and countless short stories. They are collecting dust in my desk drawer. The first novel I wrote is pretty horrible, so it deserves to stay hidden among the dust bunnies. But the second novel I wrote has potential, I think.

I submitted the first three chapters to a literary agent and got a form rejection letter, and that was that. The letter wounded me so deeply (stupid, I know) that I gave up. Just like that.

But I've heard from published authors that the key is to keep pushing on. I'll never get my book published (that one or any future ones) if I don't even try to get it out there.

I'm not into self publishing (although I'm publishing myself on this website in a way) - but the whole self publishing thing is a debate best left to the experts, so I will find the info for you and post it on this site so you can decide for yourself.

I'm the sort of person who needs to be held accountable - so here I am, making myself accountable to you, promising you that I will write 1000 words of fiction a day and then try to get an agent, so I can try to get published - and it would be really neat if you joined me in this challenge.

I've bought practically every book about writing and fiction and publishing out there, so I will also start pulling those books off my shelves and reviewing them here, to let you know which ones I found most helpful and informative, and which weren't worth the money.

You can post your daily word count as a comment, tell me about how your novel is moving along, and we can help each other through this :) I am by no means an expert, but if you have questions about anything please ask and I'll do my best to find the answers for you.

Today I am fixing up some of the glaring errors in the romance novel I wrote - working title "Marrying a Movie Star" - so that I have something decent (I hope) to bring to the writing class I am starting on 9/23.

Wish me luck, and good luck to you too!

Yours truly,
Shoshanna Evers

5 comments:

  1. Great stuff, Shana!

    Well, I'm not a writer by any stretch of the imagination, but I'll be keep tabs on your progress. This should be awesome!

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  2. Thanks Brian! I really appreciate your support!

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