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Monday, March 15, 2010

Meg Cabot Breaks it Down!

Hello Fellow Writers!

I'm officially a published writer now (okay, just for my advice column in the Mahopac News, but still!). The newspaper was released, they ran my column "Ask Shana", I got a check, and I even got my first writing deadline for the second column (already written, and submitted thankyouverymuch).

I'm still working on my quest to be a published romance writer, however. I'm almost done with my revisions for "The Art Thief's Punishment" for Ellora's Cave. I plan on having two of my writing buddies critique it before I send it off. My goal is to have it submitted by the end of March so that the editor doesn't forget that she asked me to revise and resubmit... you gotta strike while the iron is hot, so to speak!

I borrowed all ten of the "Princess Diaries" books from my NaNoWriMo buddy Aimee. They are like popcorn in a very good way. Light, fluffy, and impossible to put down. I love this YouTube video of the author, Meg Cabot, explaining how to write a novel.

The key point here, I think, is that the process of actually sitting down to write is what separates the real writers from the wannabees. It's easy to say "I want to be a writer" or "someday I'll write a novel", but it's another thing entirely to actually put pen to paper (or hands on keyboard, really) and put the time in to get it done.

For everyone out there who is rising to The Writer's Challenge - writing 1000 words a day, I salute you (and I think Meg Cabot does too!). Hey, even if you are writing on a regular schedule, or writing everyday even if it's not quite 1000 words, I still salute you - because actually writing is harder than saying you want to write!

Tomorrow night is my last class for the Advanced Writing Workshop at WCC. I'm bringing my 2 page synopsis for "Snowed in With a Millionaire" to be critiqued.
Wish me luck, and good luck to you too!

Yours Truly,
Shoshanna Evers

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