Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Today is IWSG Day! Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and he does a great job of keeping it going and encouraging everyone. 

Check out our awesome hosts this month: Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins! And don't forget that we have a Facebook page and also the IWSG Critique Circle. We are a thriving community!

I'm proud to say I've had a writing month. The first time in a long time. As many of you know, 2014 was filled with weddings and home renovation. Believe me when I say the wedding was easy-peasy compared to the renovation (you'll learn all about that during our A to Z Challenge!). Finally, everything is over (except the decorating) and I can finally write.

I've made a new friend, one who is willing to meet me at the library and crank out pages for about 4 hours each week. You can't imagine how this satisfies my writing soul. Heather and I are quite compatible. Neither one of us is a chatterbox so we're comfortable sitting quietly in our own little worlds. We may take a break and discuss marketing or plotting or something we have questions about, but otherwise, we're focused.

Leaving  the house to write has proven pretty successful for me in the past. I'm hoping this Calcasieu Parish Library is filled with good creative vibes just as the Mustang Library in Oklahoma was. It feels a little different, but I'm adjusting. Maybe I can get into a writing rhythm and complete some unfinished projects within the next few months. That's my goal.

If you're having trouble writing at home, keep jumping up to dust or get something to nibble on or talk to the (retired) hubby, consider leaving the house for at least one writing day. It really works.

Last week I finished a devotional story for a specific market. I get excited when I accomplish one of my goals, but then I remember the old saying, don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. Anyway, if you have an interest in writing inspirational stories, check out these guidelines.

On another note, if you need some instruction, please check out the 'latest greatest' how-to book by many of your IWSG friends.  And I will be patting myself on the back since I made my deadline and contributed. Read below for details:

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At the time of this posting, Amazon has Publishing and Beyond for 99 cents. Hopefully, that will be changed but ... it's worth it!

Thanks to everyone who contributed – it's packed with information!


Chrys Fey said...

I've never actually left the house to write. I love the library, too, but I've never even tried to write in one. I need to give it a try sometime. :)

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Sounds like you've had a busy year. We had an addition put on our house three years ago, and things were crazy for months, so I know how that is. I've never tried writing at a library. I don't know if I could write as well and not be distracted writing outside my house. It would make a good experiment. Good luck with your writing!

Michelle Wallace said...

A friend to meet at the library and crank out pages together/discuss plot etc...sounds heavenly.
I need that. Real-life interaction.
Good luck with your writing.
Happy IWSG day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool you have a writing partner. And if writing outside the home works, do it!

Patricia Lynne said...

I've only written at home. I get too nervous to write anywhere else. People might look over my shoulder and see and then ask me. They might want me to talk!!!!!!!!!! About what I'm writing! =| Can you feel the horror? LOL

Anonymous said...

I love that you've found someone to write with at the library. I find the library so peaceful, yet I rarely get a chance to go. Good luck with your writing!

Lexa Cain said...

Yay for a writing month! May you have many more of them. And congrats on placing the inspirational story. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Never been good at writing outside my house. I've done it when I had to but never liked it. Glad you are having a writing month!

Georgina Morales said...

I totally love my writing outings! Though I'd never thought of finding someone else to join me. Anywhere with a decent coffee and delicious pastries will work for me, but fireplaces are always a marvellous bonus. =)

Best wishes!

Diane Burton said...

I totally agree with your comparison of renovations and weddings. Been through both this year. Congrats on having a terrific writing month. Keep it up!

Stephanie Faris said...

Leaving home one day a week is a great tip! I had chaos at my house last week, so I took my laptop over to the mall food court. At 8 a.m., there's no one there and wifi is free. My laptop only lasts an hour on battery, though. Once I have a Mac, I could go to the library or anywhere and work all day!

Lynn said...

I'm glad you're writing again! YAY! I'll write a letter after the holiday's... been a bit out of touch with everything. Hope all is well!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I've love a writing partner like Heather. They are sure hard to come by! :)