Monday, November 7, 2016

Hello World!

I spent the evening looking through my blog. I remember when I published articles at least 3 and 4 times per week.

I had enough visitors to keep me busy.

I ran contests and workshops.

I wrote about writing and graphics and fun stuff.

And then somehow, one day, I got too busy.

Too busy to visit my friends, whom I'd taken so long to get to know, spent hours and days investing in their time.

I miss my blog. I miss my friends.

I've been so busy writing that I let my blog go, and I stopped visiting other blogs.


Now, I have to start over. I plan to write about everything I learned in pitchwars, which is a lot.

So excited to be back!!!

I hope to see you all soon. Until then, write with purpose, beautiful guys and dolls!

Friday, November 4, 2016

My PitchWars Experience

Hey beautiful Guys and Dolls!

I know. I've been gone so much from my blog. *sad face*

I'm almost finished with PitchWars manuscript (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) A few more edits, and it'll be good to go! I'm so super excited about the way my story turned out and I"m super excited to share it with the world. Yes, I may be getting the cart the before the horse, but really. I'm THAT excited about it!

So how was my PW experience?

I'll start from the beginning....

I really wanted to enter Pw this year. I loved my story and characters. I'd work so hard on this story and after I got the final edits back from the pre-pitchwars round, I knew it was ready.

I scoured the mentor blogs and studied them all. I pretty much had my mind made up on my top choice. Lizzy Charles was number one from the get go. Her strength was exactly what I needed help with: adding HEART to your story. The one thing that scared me was the fact she was really quiet on Twitter. I sat back and just listened and watched. Then, another mentor posted a link to a video of Lizzy where she vloged about her wishlist. After watching it like a hundred times, it was decided. She was my choice.

I had interacted with a lot of other mentors on Twitter and asked questions to them. I hired a couple mentors who also did freelance work and asked for help on several of my pages. And I won a couple of contest various mentors ran for query and pages critiques. I got A LOT of feedback that helped. But after deciding on Lizzy, I knew the manuscript and query I wanted to pitch was perfect for her wishlist. I ended up choosing a query that no one had seen or helped me with.

What was I thinking???

The entry days came and almost passed. I had some technical difficulties and out internet was down for a day. After a ton of frustrations, I decided it must not be meant for me to enter my manuscript this year. Why fight the stars in their courses?

But Heather (thank you Heather!!) came to my rescue. She helped me with my tech issues and my internet mishaps, and I made it in PitchWars! And then we just won't talk about the tech issues I had with my manuscript itself. Thankfully, Lizzy was understanding and helpful and PATIENT as I worked through the missing words, pages, and whacky, funky formatting.

Whew!!

I got two full requests before announcements were made. I was so nervous I could barely stand it! When announcements were made, I just cried and jumped with excitement!!! Thank you, Lizzy. <3

Lizzy had me write a new outline, in short summary of each chapter. We worked on it for two weeks. When she was happy with the outline, she wanted me to study plot structure because my story structure was non existent.

Finally three weeks into PW, I was ready to revise. And Lizzy was like, no. We are rewriting this story! So I dug in and rewrote. I wrote and wrote and wrote. And in three weeks, I turned in my my draft to Lizzy. She worked her fingers to the bone to edit and send questions and suggest changes.

Not gonna lie. She wasn't easy on me. But I listened to every comment and every suggestion and I worked hard to implement them. I promised her from the beginning I would be the hardest worker she'd ever met. I didn't cut myself any slack. I tore my manuscript to pieces and tried my hardest to revise according to her advice. Although, I will say the ending took a turn from the outline. My characters wouldn't listen to my pen and they chose a few surprises.

What can you expect from a Pantser...???

So all together, since this story was envisioned, I've revised it NINE times. Four times this past year, three times during PW, and two times after the original was penned and I sat it aside to work on other projects. I have to say, THIS version is my strongest. Lizzy was an angel. I'm so glad she chose me.

Not only do I have a stronger manuscript, I met a group of writing friends on our private Facebook group that literally saved my sanity. Having a group of writers who were going through the same thing, yet was willing to cheer and hug and encourage me was AMAZING! Thank you Facebook friends. You made my life so happy the last few weeks.

And finally, I want to give a huge shout out to my two new Cp's. You both came into my writing life just when I needed you the most. You saved my spirit and my sanity, and I'm so thankful we found each other on the CP match up Of course, we knew each other before then, but not as CP's. Thank you for believing in my story, Ellen and Rebecca!!!

The YA category will be post tomorrow. I will keep you posted on how things go.
Happy writing, beautiful guys and dolls<3






Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hey you beautiful guys and dolls!!

Yes, I've been gone pretty much all year. I've been so busy. That's not an excuse, I know, but it's true.

Earlier this year, I received word that a contest I had won several months back (about 2 years ago) would be finalized this year and I'd be able to self publish that book! Well, that's not going to work as fast as I'd hoped.

Publishing is a slow world, am I right??

I'm not even for sure if I'll be working on that particular book any more. I wrote this particular story about SIX years ago. It went through several rounds of revisions and edits, and this last time I went through it on my own, I made a mess of it. I took the chapters apart, and even some the individual scenes and rearranged and rewrote some chapters to add to my word count. I didn't know how to fix it. I'd hoped the contest I won would work out, but not all dreams can be realized and sometimes, it's best to know when to shelve a project and move on.

So in light of that, I moved on. I still love my story, but I don't think it was meant to be. Who knows. Maybe one day, I'll pull it from the archives and see if I can make it work....

For now, I'm working on my PITCHWARS manuscript. The amazing Lizzy Charles chose me and my  YA fantasy to work with and I'm so excited. I applied three years ago to Pitch Wars, and at that time, I was chosen. Honestly, I wasn't ready and when I look back now, I"m thankful I wasn't picked then.

But this year, I made it!! I've been working non stop between school (I homeschool two kiddo's!) and writing. I still have a ton of revisions, but my story is moving along and I can't wait to see the finished product:)

Well, that' my very short update. I hope to post an in-depth article about my pitch wars experience soon. Until then, have a beautiful day, you lovely people!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Insecure Writers Support Group

Hey beautiful guys and dolls... I'm sorry I forgot this month and last month posting. I've been swamped with work. Please bear with me and I'll see you next month.

How's everyone doing? I hope all is well.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Insecure Writers Support Group January 2016

Welcome to the first IWSG of 2016!! I'm so excited to start the year. I've got so many wonderful things happening this year!

My biggest piece of news? I will be publishing my first novel via self publishing! I'm so excited! It's a bit early to share any details, but I will have more information ready by March, so be patient and BE EXCITED!!

Also, I wanted to thank all of YOU for your continued and faithful support. There have been many times through the past 4 years I've looked forward to each month because I needed a hug or a smile. Insecure Writers Support Group has never failed to deliver the encouragement I needed.

Thank you!!

See you next month, you beautiful guys and dolls!!

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