Enter a 1500-word scene involving your protagonists’ first kiss, plus a half-page set-up. But I break my rule of ‘always read the book before you watch the film’ and watched it on DVD in 2011. Can you imagine my shock when Wood recommended a TED talk on creativity by none other than ’s Elizabeth Gilbert? You can’t give up after the, ‘thanks, but no thanks’ emails send us plummeting into a coma of wine and chocolate.
in that it features characters and situations that YA readers will genuinely relate to.
2016 Great Beginnings Contest Enter the opening five (5) pages of romance novels of all sub-genres. My policy was: You hit it to me, I’m going to hit it straight back out into the universe.” Gilbert also asserts the importance of taking control of our self doubt, of not feeding the monster and allowing it to overwhelm the passion to write. These points totally resonate with me, as I struggle with both of these insecurities, these worries. And from this moment on, I fully intend to embrace my uniqueness and be the court lobster 🙂 There were also countless cool anecdotes throughout – several of which I absolutely adored.
will submit a query and 5 pages of their draft (completed) manuscript to one of fifteen, highly sought-after freelance editors. ) authors to work with for a month of intensive manuscript development. “Speak to your darkest and most negative interior voices the way a hostage negotiator speaks to a violent psychopath: calmly, but firmly. by Robin La Fevers (which I loved, by the way – thanks Lorelle for buying me a copy and not allowing me any more excuses), I asked the Print Posse gals what they thought I should read next. Well, she didn’t exactly shout, as we were chatting on Facebook, but she might as well have been, because after our conversation I felt I had no choice but to order a digital copy of You see, Big Magic is organised into six sections: (i) Courage; (ii) Enchantment; (iii) Permission; (iv) Persistence; (v) Trust; and (vi) Divinity. Like the story of Winifred, the 90-year-old expert on ancient Mesopotamia, and Elizabeth’s own tale of not letting lack of inspiration get her down, but instead allowing her curiosity to guide her on a journey of discovery through botanical history that began in her own garden.
The editor will help prepare you and your work for our agent round in the middle of April! Most of all, never back down.” I will embrace these ideas for my writing year ahead. And when it comes to the first few topics, namely, overcoming fear and giving myself permission to embrace a creative life, I’ve sort of already faced that struggle back in 2009. I’ll finish off with my favourite quote from the book – it relates to Elizabeth’s inspirational attitude to receiving rejections. As soon as the last fire cracker dissolves into the midnight sky, I start resolving and it’s not a fast process.
The Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest will begin accepting entries on January 1, 2016. With fear and excitement bubbling in my veins, I jumped ship and dived into an ocean of uncertainty, leaving my legal career behind and pursuing my dream of being a writer – a dream I’d long considered an impossibility until a close friend of mine simply said “If you wanna write, stop whining about all the things standing in your way and do it.” Not life changing words on the face of them, I know. Instead of taking them to heart and giving up, she viewed her journey to publication in terms of an entire lifetime, and upon receiving one of those dreaded “You think you can scare me off? There are people who haven’t even been born yet who are gonna reject me someday—that’s how long I plan to stick around.” Elizabeth Gilbert is touring Australia in February! I pretty much spend most of January reflecting on the year that was, what worked, what didn’t, reviewing the resolutions I made and thinking about things I’d like to blossom in the year ahead.