Saturday, April 19, 2008

Scary Good News

After my win at the LDStorymakers Confererence last month, my winning chapter was requested for review and as of yesterday they want to see the rest of the book. There's only one problem.

It's not written.

I am ecstatic they want to see it and feeling a bit overwhelmed at the idea of writing a book as quickly as I want to. At least I can honestly say the first draft is my favorite to write. Editing is the hard part for me, as I'm sure I've mentioned on several occasions. I'll continue to post my progress here in the hopes of holding myself accountable to somebody. I don't want to lose an opportunity to laziness!

So, to help myself along this journey, I've made a list of ten things that have helped me in the past. I needed the reminder to kick start this insane book writing I am about to attempt. I thought I'd share my list with all of you in the hopes that maybe it can be of use to someone other than myself.

1-Go walking every day, out in nature or just around the block. Take the time and get in tune with your creative self.

2-Write your author/morning pages (3 pages of freehand stream-of-conscious writing) and let all the garbage flow onto the page.

3-Do something to fill your creative well each and every day.

4-Remember who the true author is and be sure to check in with Him and ask for advice daily.

5-The spiritual well needs to be filled as often as the creative one.

6-Remember that life does not revolve around writing-writing is about life-and thus you need to remember to live it!

7- Coordinate with family on your needs and let them help you to succeed. Talk to them about what you are doing and where you are at and they might help you move past fears, blocks, and speed bumps. (I'm blessed to have such a supportive family)

8-Have faith. The Lord put you on this path for a purpose. Believe He will help you succeed.

9-Write with a purpose. Make goals and follow through. Use a timer and don't stop until it dings. Remember, B.I.C.F.O.K.T.A.M. (Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keyboard Typing Away Madly).

10-Feed your artist self with love and she will shower you with inspiration. Starve her with criticism and she will wilt and prick. In other words, keep the inner dialogue positive. Love yourself. Love what you write.

Quote of the day: "Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn't we?"

~Audra Foveo-Alba


Karlene said...

Those are great tips. I should try them. :)

Tristi Pinkston said...

I am so excited that they want to see the rest of the book! Get writing, woman! I mean, not that you're not, but you know what I mean! :)

Jewel Punzalan Allen said...

Thanks for the ideas. Good luck!!

Melinda said...

Loved the tips. Now to apply them...

Sounds like you are very busy about now. :-)

Good luck!

Julie Wright said...

Swweeeeeeet! You are awesome!

Melinda said...


I have noticed that your blog is a little dormant of late. I hope it is because you are writing like a mad woman and will soon thrill us all with your new book.

Keep at it!

Love ya!

~paulette said...

don't mean to be an echo :) but i absolutely loved this post. Hope you don't mind if i copy them into word and print them off for my "wall of positives". :) Number 6 hit me like a wonderful brick--writing is about life, so remember to live it. Thank you. I get so busy with work that i sometimes forget about life. And #10 holds so much truth to it. I'm issuing myself a challenge to live #10 for a week, and see how it changes me--both for writing and life.

thank you Nerak :)

Danyelle Ferguson said...


Congrats! Good luck getting the rest of your book written! And thanks for all the tips.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Hey there,

I need your final word count for the BIAM, please!!

Ronda Hinrichsen said...

Good luck! Good luck! Good luck!

Candace E. Salima said...

Excellent tips for writing, Karen. Really, really good. I'm a writing frenzy myself trying to complete a 100,000 word book by June 1st. Good luck with your journey.

Dan and Wendy said...

Great writing tips. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the First Chapter win.

Candace E. Salima said...

Our next Blogging Babe get together will be:

Saturday ∙ May 17, 2008
11:00 a.m.

Golden Corral

Sorry, I've been so preoccupied with Alvin's surgery and recovery I forgot to plan anything. So let's meet at Golden Corral at 11:00, rather than 10:00. We'll get our usual room and just get together and visit. It'll be great to see you all!

See you Saturday.