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Sharing Writing/Publishing Tips

Two documents that I found valuable were published in the past week, so I'm sharing the URLs here if you are also interested.  

First, Storm Constantine had a wonderful article on how to get a fantasy book published.  Check it out on her blog here:  

http://ipmbblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/how-do-i-get-a-fantasy-book-published-by-storm-constantine/

And next, there was a great post on Creating Space for your Writing that was found by Lynn Flewellen and passed on in her LJ.  Check out that link here:  

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/05/never-run-out-of-ideas/#comment-407613


Happy writing, everyone.  
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Cutting out the noise would make me crazy, there's a lot of noise in my life. I have the radio set on a talk station most of the day (one that gives space to a big variety of ideas and views) alternating with music. I write with music, usually something I'm familiar with so it's not intrusive. I studied with a music backdrop and haven't lost the need to have it there so I can focus.

The final point - write to an idea - is one you might find useful in November. I found with NaNo, no matter how well outlined the story is, there are days when your mind is blank and the only way to get past that is to write till you get somewhere, even though you know you'll delete the first 1,000 words later when you're in editing mode.

I still think I'm totally out of my mind even thinking about NaNoWriMo because I'm usually a very slow writer although I can sometimes pull a story out of the air. But I'd really like to try it, even knowing that I will end up putting at least half on the editing room floor after the month is over :-)

I also need noise. I've studied to a TV background for more than 30 years and am adept at allowing it to be white noise for me. True silence, unless I'm in the middle of nowhere specifically to enjoy the sounds of nature, drives me a bit crazy. I'm totally a city girl in my productive modes.

- Erulisse (one L)
The best advice I can give about Nano is have a detailed outline and try write around the same time every day. After a week or two you almost get used to pushing out 1,700+ words a day.

I've since gone back and read Storm Constantine's article. I expected to roll my eyes for some reason, but that was one of the more sensible, empathetic how to's I've read on the subject. I think a lot comes down to having a good editor who'll understand what you're trying to do and takes time to explain the changes he/she decides are necessary (have heard a few horror stories there)
There are many things that can be said about Storm Constantine, but I found her article very lucid and filled with legitimate and reasonable information.

I'm determined to try NaNoWriMo. I may not succeed the first time, but it's that way with many things. You have to learn to walk before you can run. I've at least been writing for a bit now and feel more comfortable with it, and I'm working on the research and the character developments so that I can hopefully make this tale work. I guess I'll find out - LOL. Thanks for the advice, it sounds very reasonable and with luck, achievable.

- Erulisse (one L)