January 20, 2010

Feng Shui for Writers

A writing loop I'm on ran a bootcamp on staying healthy as a writer, and one of the elements covered was making sure you have a pleasant work environment. Hence, feng shui.

Turns out I may need to make major changes in my writing area, like turning my desk around so it faces the door, which is supposed to make me feel more in charge of my life. Of course, that'd mean I couldn't look out the window at the mountains and the forest, so maybe I'll have to think about that one a little more.

But I'm happy to see I had some things right: the artwork on my walls is stuff I treasure (drawings by my kids and a gorgeous watercolor of a pink cockatoo my artist mom painted), and my writing corner is in the "prosperity" area of my house.

Yep, if I ignore the occasional foosball game four feet from my desk, things are looking good.

How does your writing area make you feel?

January 12, 2010

A Writer's Learning Curve

I recently had the honor of reading the first manuscript of a fourteen-year-old writer. While this girl isn't Nora Roberts  quite yet, her love of her story shines through the words on the page. But mostly, it blew me away that she writes as well as most adults do in their first manuscripts.

I believe that either you're a storyteller or you're not. And if you are, the craft can be learned no matter how old—or young—you are.

January 06, 2010

Golden Heart Judges: Entries Arriving Soon

Carol Ritter from National gave permission to forward this information, which will be of interest to RWA members.

"Half of the Golden Heart judging packets went out yesterday and the other half will go out today. Domestic packages are shipped UPS ground, except for members using PO Boxes. International is UPS WorldShip."

I can hardly wait to get my contest package. I adore judging writing contests. There are some great entries, and it's a fantastic way to contribute to RWA.
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