On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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Monday, December 18, 2006


Saturday at critique group we went around the table and stated our goals. It was a wrenching experience. Committing to something aloud to your group at the end of a hard year – and somehow it was a hard year for all of us – can be difficult. We have one member who has an editor panting for a book (s)he's revised so often (s)he hates it. We have another who was previously published and has changed genres. We have one who is multi-published and keeping his/her schedule stressed him/her out until (s)he is behind deadline for the first time in his/her life. I have the 3 proposals to Luna, so it's hard to judge what a realistic goal for next year is. That's my rationalization and I'm sticking to it.

We talked about rejection and success and failure and writing. We philosophized about needing alone time or being part of whatever's going on (at least three of the group are wild extroverts, I know, odd).

We spent a LONG time talking, defining, philosophizing. Being intimate.

One member who just finished Life Coach training was a great help. We defined things many ways. Someone is going to write at least 30 minutes a day for 6 days a week. Someone else will bring pages (however many of whatever (s)he wants, even journaling) to critique group. Someone will learn to manage his/her time better. Someone will finish a book and hope Castro doesn't die so (s)he doesn't have to rewrite. Someone will submit proposals. I will write 3 pages EVERY day and get my trilogy featuring a single h/h urban fantasy romance proposal together and out.
It was a good session, and left me hopeful.

May you define your goals today.


Blogger moonhart said...

Hey! Some writers really ARE extroverted!


moon (who knows she is one of the minority)

3:43 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Moon, you haven't shared a critique with an extrovert until you've been bombarded by a regional manager for Jazzercize. Always wakes one up. Good for a show, too!

And extroverts are so much better at promotion, good for you!


7:36 AM  

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