Wednesday, April 28, 2010

6 Tips for Writing Success- Tip #2 Write Every Day

The past couple of months have been extremely busy for me as I've worked my tail off to promote the release of my suspense novel, Wrong Number. It's going well and now I'm gearing up for the release of my nonfiction book, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage.

I wanted to get back to my writing tips and hopefully be a little speedier in getting them out, but I won't promise anything! You can visit my introductory post here and writing tip #1 here.

Writing Tip #2 Make Writing a Priority/Write Every Day
 

If you're going to be a writer, you have to make a decision based on the importance of this goal. Are you willing to give up something to attain this goal? Are you willing to sacrifice? As mentioned before, many people want to write a book, but only a scant portion of those are willing to give up their free time to buckle down and do it and then keep working to get it published. You don't have to give up your life and become a hermit and live in the woods by yourself, but you probably will have to rearrange how you spend your time.

For me, I'm choosy about how I spend my time. I don't watch much TV and I've learned to complete tasks quickly. I'm a stay at home mom with three young children and I like to garden, sew, make cards, attempt to keep a clean house, teach my six year old piano, and volunteer with my church. I also help kids with homework, cook/prepare three meals every day, blog, promote my books, dabble with my website, do laundry, change diapers...you get the picture, this is nothing new. But where do I find time to write? I have to create those writing windows because writing is a priority to me.

If writing is important enough to you, you'll make a space for it in your busy life. If not, then ten years from now you may not have finished that book you started. There's nothing wrong with that, if that is what you want. If it isn't, then decide where your priorities are and move on to the next step of this writing tip.

Write Every Day
You've probably heard this before. You must write every day! Well, guess what? I don't always get to write every day. In fact, lately I haven't written much on my novel, but I've written tons of press releases and other marketing material for my book. Does that mean I'm suddenly going to fail as a writer? No, it means that life has been a bit crazy and I'm working back into the groove of writing daily. The point I want to make here is that if you miss a few days of writing, don't consider yourself a failure. Turn the computer back on, pick the pen back up and begin writing. You will hear so many rules in writing and sometimes I think people get bogged down by the rules and feel insecure if they're not doing everything "right".
Yes, you should make a goal to write every day. When I'm working steady on a novel, I feel a compulsive need to write every day and I can't stop thinking about the thread of the story and where I want it to go. Often, my characters haunt me to finish their story and I'm compelled to run back to the computer and type out a few more lines. I love meeting my goal of 2,000 words a day, but I'm not going to beat myself up if it doesn't happen because that doesn't do me any good.
 
So for this part of the tip, I'd like to suggest that you write every day or work on your story every day, be it research, outlining, revising, whatever--just work on your novel every day. If you can't do that, stay positive and ask yourself what is possible for you at this stage in your life. The most important thing to remember is that every book is written the same way--one word at a time. 
Writing is hard work! I wish you the best and encourage you to discover and complete your goals. Good luck! 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday Thought and Going to a Writers Conference

Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter; we persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them.


--William Hazlitt

I'm so excited because Friday and Saturday, I'll be attending the LDStorymakers Writers Conference I've linked you to the schedule of classes offered so you can see why I'm happy about this annual opportunity. This will be the 5th year that I've attended this conference and the first year that I am a Storymaker--which means I'm a published author. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, signing a few books, getting a few signed by fellow authors, and filling my brain with all kinds of great writing knowledge.
I hope that you have a fantastic weekend full of learning, family, friends, and fun!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Review of Women of the Book of Mormon

I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to review an outstanding new piece of nonfiction by Heather B. Moore. Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights and Inspirations

This is a book for those who, like me, belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First of all, I loved the cover of this book. The artwork on the cover and throughout is stunning and the artists renditions of these amazing women told a story of their own.
  Now in stores!

Heather is a fantastic writer and she has won several awards for her novels. Everything I've read of hers has been incredible. She knows the Book of Mormon and has a wonderful talent of helping us, as readers, to get to know the characters better. In Women of the Book of Mormon, she highlights the women mentioned or featured in the Book of Mormon. Through twelve chapters, she focuses on character traits, backgrounds, family and culture, specific faith building experiences of these women, their trials, and helps us to see who they really are.

She explores the rise and fall of the Nephite and Lamanite civilizations and how these circumstances would have affected the women living at the time. As I read this book, I recognized on a deeper level that these women were real people, living life and trying to survive just like me. They all faced trials, some chose the right path and others did not. The chapters focus on each of the following 12 women or groups of women:

1: Sariah
2: Eve
3: Mary
4: Sarah
5: Twenty-four Lamanaite Daughters
6: Queen of King Lamoni
7: Abish
8: Queen of King Lamoni's Father
9: Isabel
10: Mothers o the Two-Thousand Stripling Warriors
11: Daughter of Jared
12: Wife of Mormon


I love the Book of Mormon and every time I study it, I am amazed again at how much it offers to me, to help me TODAY in this state of the world. Heather's testimony of the gospel echoes the many examples of the women in the Book of Mormon.

For women, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this beautiful book and learn more about your divine heritage as a woman. For men, I encourage you to read this book and revisit the importance of women through the ages of the world and the marvelous gifts that God has given us as we strive to be righteous as men and women.
This would be a perfect gift for Mother's Day, so go pick up your copy now.



To learn more about Heather and her books, you can visit her blog-- My Writer's Lair
or her website here







*Review copy provided by Heather B. Moore--thank you!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Please Wear Your Seatbelt

My dad is a truck driver--has been most of his life. He's driven over a million miles. Safely. He's never been in an accident. But he's been on the scene of many, many accidents.
This past week, he came upon a rollover right after it happened. A man died in his arms. I can't imagine how difficult that would be and it's not the first time this has happened to my dad. But that's for another blog post.
What I'd like to pass on today is the message that my dad tells anyone who will listen...
"Please, wear your seatbelt."
This video says it without saying a word. I love you Dad!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Cover is Here!

My next book, a nonfiction titled, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage for Latter-day Saints will be released on May 8, 2010.
I am so happy with the cover. This whole project has been so many years in the making and I'm so thankful that this book will finally be available. I hope that it will help many people. If you'd like to learn more about coping with miscarriage, you can visit my other blog, www.copingwithmiscarriage.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thursday Thought and Thank You

Okay, I know life is getting too busy when I think, "It's already Thursday again?" Where did the week go? I know where most of it went. I traveled to Idaho to visit family and do book signings. While there, I also spoke to students at Minico High School (where I graduated). It was a wonderful opportunity and I had a great visit.
I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported me and my book.
The community I grew up in is such a great place, full of wonderful people and I appreciate each and every person who took time from their busy day to come and say hello. It's a special thing to know that you have such a network of support and people who believe in you. So thank you again, Rupert, Idaho--you're the best!

And here's Thursday's thought:

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, April 2, 2010

Interview with Me Today

Wrong Number was featured on Cedar Fort's chapter one club today and I thought it might be fun to post one of my recent interviews for any new visitors that stop by today. You can learn a little bit about me and my writing process. Please leave me a comment to tell me you stopped by.

Wrong Number

Wrong Number is my first published novel, but my second is close on its heels. My nonfiction book, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage for Latter-day Saints will be released in May 2010.

What inspired you to write Wrong Number?
 I wanted to enter a chapter into the first chapter contest at LDStorymakers in 2007. I came up with the first chapter of Wrong Number, it won second place, and then I went on to write the rest of the novel.

What books or authors have influenced your writing and what do you like to read?
 I like to read a wide variety of books from children to YA to adult. I really like a good romance, but nothing too detailed. And yes, I love romantic suspense. It’s hard to pinpoint a certain author because I go through phases where I’ll gobble up everything I can by an author and then move on. I love Agatha Christie, Shannon Hale, Clair Poulson, Mitch Albom—and many more. A favorite book of mine is Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart. You can check out my goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1663930  list of favorites and repeat-offenders to see more all time favorites.

Do you outline or write by the seat of your pants?
For Wrong Number, I did have a very rough outline that I worked from and I talked through a lot of ideas with my brother and his wife. They helped me to come up with a believable motive for murdering more than one person. I’m actually trying to do better with outlining and I think it has helped with my current writing projects. My outlines aren’t set in stone, more jumping off points for how I want the story to flow. I like to have a general idea of the beginning, middle, and end, but my characters usually end up writing scenes in interesting directions.

How do you come up with ideas for your novels?
Lots of ways. News stories sometimes tickle my brain and I think…Hmm, that would make an interesting story if… I’ve also been inspired by dreams. Some of my working scenes are from actual dreams I’ve had where I feel like I’m the onlooker taking notes as to what these people in my dream are doing and why. The novel that I just finished writing began from a single sentence that popped into my mind just before I fell asleep. So the ideas seem to come from all over at any time of day or night, so I try to make sure I jot them down before I forget them!

What’s coming up? I’ve got a few things I’m working on. I’ve finished an inspirational romance that I love, called Wind Song and I’m enjoying writing my WIP-working title Caller ID, so I guess we’ll see what comes up first on the docket.

Do you have any advice for other authors? If you’re serious about writing, attend writers conferences and classes, join a great critique group, read novels in your genre of interest, and write, write, write! Also, learn how to take criticism and know when to apply it to your writing and when to chuck it out the window.

Where can we find your books? Anywhere books are sold. If you don’t see it, ask for it and they can order it in. Available wherever books are sold, including Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon

If you’d like to get a sneak peek at Wrong Number, check out the book trailer—it’s awesome!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5X0T59a9E  Happy reading and writing.



Read a sneak peek of chapter one here at Rachelle Writes and you can watch the book trailer here

Thurday Thought--a little late

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
--Agnes De Mille

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