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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting Paid to Write

Hello Fellow Writers!

Yesterday I had my last writing class. The teacher, Vinnie Dacquino, said I was a wonderful writer. That made me feel pretty good. Of course, he also said that self-publishing counts as "being published", which is a statement I know most people strongly disagree with. I don't know why he said that, since he was published by Dell. Strange. The other women in the class and I are going to continue to meet up and share each other's work for critique, which I'm looking forward to.

In class we discussed how my heroine in "The Movie Star's Very Personal Assistant" needs to tell her secret to the hero sooner to make her more moral, and then have a different conflict as the final showdown. I totally agree so I'm going to rework that today. I need to get it done before Sunday because when NaNoWriMo starts I will be busy on my next novel, "Snowed in with a Millionaire." Hopefully I'll get more words out of this as well to bring my word count up!

I wanted to share this inspirational video from writer Stacey Cochran. After 15 years of writing, and 2000 rejections (yes I said 2K), he finally gets a check in the mail for the very first time. $1500. I literally almost cried when I watched this video because you can just tell how getting this check for his work is an affirmation to him that he wasn't wasting his time all those years.

I never did get to watch that DVD yesterday, but I doubt I'll have time to watch it today since I will be adding a scene and rewriting another for "The Movie Star's Very Personal Assistant." Also, I'm making my hero tall, dark, and handsome, instead of blond -I read that readers don't like blond heroes. Oh well.

Wish me luck and good luck to you too!
Yours Truly,
Shoshanna Evers

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