GETTING STARTED IN WRITING (PART 2)

Recently,  I told you about the cyclone and how now we were going to Oz!

Once you begin your journey, people will back off.  They will see how serious you are and even if you can’t discuss the process with them, you’ll be okay–if you keep your promise to yourself and write.  Yes, there will be problems, all good things come to those who keep plugging away!

Find a writers group.  Please do.  People who understand your journey and will help you on your way.  Or at least friends, even just online, who will understand and admire your journey.

Here’s what Dorothy got:  shoes

Here are the first things you need:  THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Carpenters get hammers, nails, and saws.  Dorothy got shoes!

You NEED:  A computer, a working knowledge of the internet, and a printer, preferably in color.

PLEASE DO NOT FOOL YOURSELF INTO THINKING YOU CAN WRITE AND PUBLISH WITHOUT THESE THINGS.  YOU CANNOT.  YOU’RE NOT THE ONE PERSON WHO CAN GET AWAY WITH IT.

Trust me when I say that there are people who are trying to do this and failing.  I know.  I know them.  It’s ugly.

Don’t need to know much about the internet?  Even Harlequin recently asked a new author about her internet presence.  Hmm…need I go on?

The 411–

You need to know about your surroundings.  Dorothy had the good witch to tell her.  You have, well, me.  Not quite as good…or pink.  :)

Here is the main thing you need to know:

YOU ARE IN A BUSINESS.  TREAT IT HAS SUCH.

Yes, we have fun.  We eat, we laugh, we get interviewed, we attend great parties, but if you think for one minute this means that it’s all poppies and magic: get over it.

If you want to make any kind of place for yourself as an author, know this and you will make it.  YOU MUST HAVE A TOUGH SKIN.  There will be rejections, reviews, critiques.  There will be people who are jealous—and of whom you are jealous.

The map-follow the yellow brick road.

This is the hardest and most time consuming of all things.

This is the one where you must write.  I hate that process I am the type of person who can’t enjoy a car trip because I just want to get there.

But, the truth is this:  you have to write it to sell it.

Don’t tell yourself you’re the only person in the world who doesn’t have to do this.  Sandy (Sullivan, Secret Cravings Publishing) runs her own publishing business and she has to finish the book before she can publish it.

You cannot write 3 chapters and then say:

They got through all their problems and lived happily ever after.

Even Nora can’t do that.  And how would you have felt if Harry Potter had ended when the first movie did with JK saying: and Harry killed the Dark Lord, Married Jennie and lived happily ever after.

YES EVEN THEY MUST FINISH THE BOOK.

A very sweet friend told me that I can’t fix a blank page.

And it doesn’t have to right; it just has to be written.

WRITE YOUR STORY.  EDIT YOUR STORY.  SELL YOUR STORY.

Join a writer’s group that encourages you.

Keep in touch with people you admire and who are uplifting.

Leave the negative people out of your life.

If I can leave you with one thing today, it’s just write.  If you do, you can soon find yourself at the Emerald City.

 

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The year the trees froze

Originally posted on Writings & Reminiscences:

It’s difficult to believe the first month of 2014 is drawing to a close. It’s been an eventful month in many ways, but the weather is probably the most universally discussed topic, including the heat and draught in the western part of the country and the miserable cold in my neck of the woods (East Tennessee). The snow, of course, has contributed to weather-related miseries in much of the nation.

Our recent single-digit lows remind me of the night almost 30 years ago when the temperature got down to 24 below zero (air temperature) in my part of the state. (We were the coldest spot in the nation.) The next night was 18 below zero. One effect of that frigid temperature was that the trees froze. I would never have imagined that sort of effect from the cold, but I had to deal with the results for years to come.

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Welcome to new followers!

Thank you for taking the time to read and follow my last post!

The conclusion should be up by Monday 2/3!

Don’t forget to listen to my radio show: Hummingbird Place–your home for romance!

Monday nights at 7pm or in the archives, this week I am giving away my 3rd book, Diagnosis: Love. 

blogtalkradio.com/hummingbplace

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GETTING STARTED WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN (PART 1)

Over the next few weeks, let’s talk about getting started.  Maybe you would like to write a novel and don’t know how to get started. 

The following is taken from my copyrighted workshop: Getting started!  Please email me at donna@donnawrightsbooks for more info or if you’d like me to bring a workshop to your group.

 

You have an idea or several and you feel as if you must write them.

     You want a career in writing!  Here’s the problem: you aren’t sure how to get started, but I can help! 

If you want to write, I am here to tell you that you can do it! 

But, I’m also going to be honest with you…which you may not always like.

Your first stop: the cyclone.

You think you can start telling your friends about your book, your story and/or your ambition.  And you can.  But not everyone will be excited and even fewer will understand the voices in your head that seek to be heard.  But, you understand.  Now, is the time you ask yourself, IS THIS REALLY WHAT I WANT?

People are strange.  Your friends want you to go over the rainbow, but they don’t want you to get there your way.  The cyclone is not the best and most secure or nicest way to travel, but I am not here to tell you lies.  I tell you the truth; it’s the way of it.

They will tell you how you can’t do it.  You can’t.  No matter how well you write, you can’t do that.  You work during the day.  You have children.  You must have 8 hours of sleep. You really aren’t that good at it. Time is a challenge in today’s world, so maybe there will be conflicts.

If you are looking for a place where there is a lot of warm fuzzies, I’m sorry you’re in  the wrong place. 

But, there’s good news!

Next week, let’s go from Kansas to Oz!  I’ll explain more about how to get started and really make a go of it!

Donna

 

 

 

 

 

 

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INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCES ON HUMMINGBIRD PLACE

Go to blogtalkradio.com/hummingbirdplace and listen to my interviews with Carol Post, Heather Gray, and Morgan K. Wyatt.

Write romance?  Let me know, maybe we can get you on the air as well!

 

 

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Barbourville Christmas Book Is Now Available

Donna Wright:

LOVE THIS AUTHOR!!!

Originally posted on Writings & Reminiscences:

Just in time for Christmas reading, The Forgotten Christmas Tree, the newest in my Barbourville series, is available as an e-book on Amazon. Following is a bit about the book and its characters.

Abby Grant grieves because she failed to fulfill her father’s dying wish—that she take care of her identical twin sister and their mother. Now her sister has gone her own way, their mother is dead, and Abby’s left to fend for herself and her five-year-old nephew Blaine—and she’s failing again. Homeless and almost broke, she travels to Barbourville, Tennessee, looking for a clue as to the identity of Blaine’s father. What she finds is a man who holds her responsible for the death of his best friend and a place that she longs to call home, both for Blaine and for herself.

forgotten christmas web copy 3After Jim Markman lost his best friend to an IED in Iraq, he returns home…

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The New TV Season

Okay, let’s admit it.  There is too much TV out there now.  In my day, I followed 3 channels.  ABC, NBC, and CBS.  In recent years, I watch mostly CBS.  But, I digress.  We have a whole new season out there and we should talk about it.

Old shows:  NCIS is still #1 in ratings and in my heart.  Poor Tony is taking Ziva’s departure hard.  I do wish that Gibbs would begin to lighten up a bit.  I saw an old rerun of the first show and he wasn’t quite so…Gibbs.

Shows I waited on to return: Big Bang Theory, Face Off and Grimm. 

I love the Big Bang Theory!  The first few episodes have been as good as ever.  GO HOWARD!  Why does this actor never get an Emmy nod?  Is everyone really that jealous?  Simon Helberg should have an Emmy for each season and this past season he should have 2, even though that’s not exactly possible…

Face Off has not let me down at all.  I love that Tate is doing so well.  I’m disappointed in Roy.  He’s so good but needs to really show it.  My prediction?  The top 3 will be Miranda, Tate, and Laura, who will win.  I don’t see–unless something drastic happens–Roy moving to the top 3, and that’s sad because he’s my favorite. 

Grimm’s first show was a little better than mediocre, but I think we’ll see better stuff this season.  I was disappointed at the ending of the premier, but the previews look really good.  I think by the end of the season, I’ll be juiced again!

Shows premiers that I looked forward to:

Sleepy Hollow.  I am still extremely intrigued.  It’s on my don’t miss list.  And, the casting, especially Crane, is impeccable.

Dracula.  I am SO disappointed.  The ending of the first show had Van Helsing as Dracula’s ally.  No.  I bought all the other changes, but that one, no.  I’m not really impressed with the actor playing him.  He’s a great actor but sorry, just didn’t like him in this part. 

The one show that I was not waiting on and am now hooked to the point that today I watched all 5 new episodes on demand is the Blacklist.  I don’t understand how this big screen quality show will be able to continue because their budget must be massive.  James Spader is fabulous!!!!

That’s the new season for me: how about you?

 

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LOOK AT THIS–NEW COVERS!!!!

NEW TN: LOVE COVERS

LOVE MY NEW COVERS.  INADMISSIBLE: LOVE AND VERDICT: LOVE ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE WITH THESE COVERS.

THE OTHERS WILL BE COMING SOON.

 

RIGHT NOW: INADMISSIBLE IS ON SALES FOR $2 AND DIAGNOSIS IS ON SALE FOR  $.99 CENTS!

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October 23, 2013 · 8:32 pm

SMOKY MOUNTAIN ROMANCE WRITERS

I am a charter member of the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers.  I really love that group of (mostly) women.  So, here’s to my writing buds!  Let’s raise our cyber glasses to many books on the horizon, lots of 5 star reviews and of course, lots of dough for our craft!!!

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Print version of Dreaming of Dayton is available

Originally posted on Writings & Reminiscences:

I’m pleased that Dreaming of Dayton is now available as a print book for those who prefer paperback books to electronic. The paperback is currently on sale for $8.07 as opposed to the list price of $8.99. (Note, too, that the introductory price of 99 cents for the electronic version of Dreaming of Dayton has expired, but it is still available at a very reasonable $2.99.)

dayton-web-copyAs most of us are aware, the rise of electronic books has been phenomenal in recent years, and I’m one of the converts, although I still enjoy holding a paperback from time to time. At the same time, it’s great to be able to download a book to your device and be able to start reading a new book any time of the day or night.

What’s your position on reading electronic books? Are you, too, a convert, or do you prefer always to…

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