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CoverAlthough I have written for decades, I don’t have a wide variety of publishing experiences. So, this is how I will proceed for my next project from what I know now.

I’ll write about something that intrigues me. I think one of the most powerful forces in society is the ability to utilize insights. My fiction writing will continue to celebrate the quirky nature of subtle lessons and relationships.

I will fully develop characters, relationships, and motivations. However, I will write loosely concerning times, days, and seasons. I have spent more time during revision adjusting the details of the weather than the important points of the plot.

I will try to master the use of the audio-notes feature on my phone to record ideas, details, or entire action scenes when talking is more convenient that writing.

I’ll stay well organized.

I’ll take energizing walks when my brain is dry.

I’ll continue to seek out like-minds with whom to share ideas, phrasing, and coffee.

I’ll stay in touch with the mentors I have come to know.

I’ll hone my skills of interviewing experts for primary research.

I’ll try to stay on top of organizing my photos. Although my book did not require photos, the website did, and the trailer will. It’s a lot easier to take pictures at the time of the writing than to dig them up later.

I’m going to research my next project and confirm the salability of my topic, presentation, and length before I do much writing.

I’m going to expect to send out many queries for my next book before I get a nibble.

I’m going to continue to explore different modes of social media.

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Last Import - 15To Contact Chris McCloskey, you can go to www.tootenandter.com. Check out the pics and quotes from some of T&T’s adventures, meet some of the Guide Dog puppies, and send a comment or add to the blog.

Email Chris McCloskey at http://www.tootenter@gmail.com

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This is day 4 of Chris’ tour with the National Writing for Children Center. Continue her tour tomorrow at http://www.thelearningleaf.com.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we’re hosting Day 3 of a 5-day virtual tour for Angela Joseph’s book, Women for All Seasons.

Throughout my journey as a writer, I have learned from my mistakes and picked up several tips along the way. One of the things I have learned is: 

  1. Practice. Writing is an art, and like any other, it has to be learned. Steve Martin, comedian, who also wrote a novel said, “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.” With that bunch of blank paper, or a blank computer screen staring at you, it can be easy to become intimidated. But you have to write and write, edit and edit, rinse and repeat until your words sing to you, or someone else. And even then most writers are not content. I read somewhere that War and Peace was edited one hundred times before being published. Bottom line, the saying practice makes perfect holds true for writing as it does for any art form.  Which brings me to the second point: 
  1. Patience. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to be published. I know this is your goal as a writer, but before you begin sending out your work, make sure it’s the best it can be. Take workshops, attend conferences, network with other writers, and don’t be afraid of rejection. It’s just another tool to help you improve your art. If the editor/agent was good enough to explain why your story was rejected, thank him/her, keep the letter and refer to it often when you are writing or querying. Many famous authors like Stephen King, Jane Austen and others had their work rejected before they received acceptance. Which leads me to: 
  1. 510Q+Ep9v8L._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Perseverance. Dr. Richard Carlson, now famous author of Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff was discussing with his wife one evening that he was thinking of quitting writing because he had received such a small advance on his book, You Can Be Happy, No Matter What, when the phone rang. It was Oprah’s producer calling to say that she was just in their library looking for a book on stress management when the book fell off the shelf and hit her in the head!  The lady wanted to know if he could come out the next day to be on the Oprah show.  And as we say, the rest is history. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff has sold over 25 million copies.

Keep on writing. No matter what happens, never give up.

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