Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 - the year of the writer and that writer is me...I hope.

Yes, it's been a year since I last blogged on this site, which is funny since I am a writer and I didn't find the time to write here in 16 months. Well, truth be told, I had cancer and all the related treatments and that had the annoying side-effects of being both tiring and tiresome, as well as a real time killer. But I'm moving forward now. :-)

What I really need is a deadline.  I've found over the last year that my best work was done under pressure. I don't like the pressure but I do like the deadlines. I think because it reminds me of being in school and I was one of those kids that looooooved school.  Not just loved it, looooooved it. Well, not math class and usually not science class.  I knew I wanted and was destined for a career involving words, not numbers. But I always had my homework done ahead of time because I refused to miss a deadline.  As a writer now, I'm much the same way.  I can procrastinate my way into making procrastination a stunning new art form and I can use those excellent procrastination skills to never get a writing project done but give me a deadline that I can't fudge and I am ON it.  So now all I need is somebody to give me a deadline.  Please.  It doesn't work when I impose them on myself. If it did, I would never be a procrastinator.

So blogs full of tips, hints, and markets open to submissions are forthcoming.  Right now I'm just trying to calculate the appropriate length of a YA novel (I'm hearing 50-65K) and how long it will take me to reach that.  In my current Work-In-Progress (WIP), I am at 8100 words. So somebody throw me a deadline to reach 65K and I'm going for it.  Just as soon as I finish the laundry and update my Facebook.  LOL

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