Breaking the Ice

Breaking into the Publishing world is probably the hardest part for new writers.  If you’ve never been published than you’ve never been heard so publishers don’t know if your good or not, but then you can’t be heard unless you get published.  It this endless loop of frustration for us want-a-be authors.  I’ve spent endless month thinking about how I can make a name for myself so when I finish my novel than I will be able to get it published by one of the big five, but I haven’t come up with any solutions.  Until now.

Back in January I heard about NULC, the National Undergraduate Literary Conference, held at Weber State in Utah.  With the submission deadline coming up I decided to submit a piece I had previously written.  Shamefully, I must admit that I really didn’t read the guidelines very carefully or anything about it at all really;  I just submitted my piece for the heck of it.  The least they could do was reject me and I wouldn’t get in, which is exactly what would happen if I didn’t even apply.

Well, I promptly forgot about it and the whole conference all together until I received an email congratulating me on my acceptance.  To say I bouncing off the walls in excitement would be an understatement.

I feel like it’s the ice breaker I’ve been looking for.  Shortly after my acceptance into NULC I received an email from a new literary magazine called JuxtaProse, inviting me, based on my acceptance to NULC, to submit my piece to them for publication, which I did today.

Hopefully this is just the beginning and has just opened the door to the wonderful world of publishing.

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Revamping the Down Days

If you’re anything like me, your writing isn’t just your baby, it’s a second part of your split personality, or the center that your life revolves around it, and when your writing isn’t going so well, neither is your life.  Unfortunately it works the other way around as well, when life isn’t going well, neither is your writing.  I’m not going to lie, my writing is my world.

Today was one of those days where I woke up and wished I hadn’t.  I didn’t want to get out of bed, I didn’t feel like writing any more than I felt like living.  The hard truth is that if you want to be a real writer on those hard days, you have to get up, live life, and writing anyways.

Getting start on is honestly hardest part–trust me, I know–but there are a few things that may help you kick start your creativity.

The first thing I try is listening to music that resonates with my mood.  Often if I can listen to music that reflects how I’m feeling, those feelings will dissipate after a while and I’ll feel free enough, mentally and emotionally, to be creative and work on my writing.

The second thing I’ll try is reading an old favorite.  I pick up that book that first inspired me to write, and that, to this day will make me cry, laugh, and fall in love, though I’ve read the book about a million times.  If I reread those book I’ll often times remember why I wanted to write and that will re-inspire me to write once again.

The Third thing I try is free writing.  I like to work out the kinks in my plot with free writing but The Magic Violinist, on her blog The Write Practice, suggests free writing as a warm up every day.  It doesn’t have to be about anything, it doesn’t have to make sense, it’s just writing and meant to get the creativity flowing. (You can read her full post about free writing here.)

Those are only three things I use but there are countless other ways to get through the down days as well.  How do you get through those gloomy days?

Here we go again…

I’ve tried several different blogs for several different reasons and nothing really seems to stick so I’m trying it again.  This time instead of having a plan to begin with, I’m just going to dive in blind save for my theme: writing.

I’ve been writing for years.  My mom says that I’ve always wanted to be an author–apparently I was saying ‘author’ before she thought I should even know what it meant I was that young–but it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I decided to start writing seriously.  Since then I have come up with many book ideas, and have written two novels, countless stories and things from my younger years (k-9), and several short stories, on top of all the ideas I’ve plotted, random scenes I’ve written and all my rewrites.

Currently I am working on a novel I hope will be my first to get published.  I actually had a false alarm the other day and thought I had finished my first draft of it, but that’s a story I’ll tell another time.

I will document my writing here from the very conception of an idea, all the way through to the publishing it, including all of the twists, turns, and dives my life and writing take in the mean time.