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Uploading a Vlog on What’s Happening at Writer…Interrupted
was harder than I thought! But I did one!!! And I’m having trouble uploading it to the blog because it exceeded the limits… So trying to upload it to my Youtube account. Stay tuned and say a prayer!!
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6 Month Novel Interrupted by the Super Bowl?
Well, not really… more like the 6 month novel was interrupted by the snow storm and a lack of planning and the Super Bowl, but I’ll get to all that later.
Today was the day my crit partner and I started our 6 month novel, starting with the “Idea to Premise!” We talked about it (a little,) and I planned out a vlog to do on Sunday... [Read more of this review]
Top 10 Observations from the Jury Box
This last week, I had the opportunity to serve on a jury. While there, I noticed a lot of little details about jury duty that I’d never realized. So, here are my Top 10 Observations from the Jury Box
10. Judges and their clerks are responsible for the current global sticky-note shortage.
9. Most of the people sitting in the courtroom are just... [Read more of this review]
Um… I’ve Been a Little Interrupted
And I’m perfectly okay with it.
It’s taken me a really long time to be okay with not writing, or not worrying about writing, or not stressing about keeping a blog schedule. But it’s a beautiful and freeing place to be.
As a new writer there was this sense of urgency to write and publish, and with that came a lot of heartache and disappointment... [Read more of this review]
The 6 Month Novel
Due to technical difficulties, we didn’t get off to a quick start after the new year. But we’re here now. And we’ve got a lot planned!
Writer…Interrupted is taking a new approach. While we’ll still have some inspirational moments, we’re going to focus more on getting the job done. How do you, the... [Read more of this review]
How Do You Refuel During the Holidays When You’re Running on Empty?
I feel like the last couple of weeks I’ve been coasting down hill, running on empty. Like many people, my life has become insanely busy during the holidays and the more important things have been pushed to the curb or all together forgotten.
Often times I’ve thought of pulling off the interstate to refuel, but obstacles in the road of life... [Read more of this review]
The Rule of 5
As we near year’s end, many of us are setting goals for 2014. You are, aren’t you? Writers should always set goals. Discipline is a component of our craft that may rank even higher than talent. The world is awash with brilliant writers who have never been published. These are the ones who weren’t disciplined enough follow through... [Read more of this review]
Release the Novel in You! Online Christmas Break Class!
When you friends ask you what you did over break, you can say…
“I wrote a novel!!”
3 weeks to choose from!
December 16th – 20
December 23rd -29th (extended due to the holiday)
December 30 – January 3
Is there a Novel Inside of You?
Christmas Break Novel Writing Online Class
will have you writing it in no time!
Will... [Read more of this review]
The 52 Books Challenge
Over on my blog, RonEstradaBooks.com, I’ve started a challenge. Having heard a few too many of my friends, both virtual and real, tell me that they never read any more, I decided to ask them, and you, if you can commit to 52 books in 2014. A book a week. Paper, e-book, or audio.
I have two reasons for doing this:
1. I’m a writer. It just... [Read more of this review]
Writing Interruptions: Handling the Holidays
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time. Ephesians 5:15-16a”
One of the biggest interruptions I deal with lasts over two months, is tons of fun, often is full of sweet family memories, and always plays havoc with my entire schedule – starting with my writing plans!
If you haven’t... [Read more of this review]
A Novelist’s Movie Review: Catching Fire
Catching Fire, the second part to The Hunger Games trilogy, opened last week just in time for the big Thanksgiving movie rush. Of particular interest to writers is the big question of how to treat the middle part of a trilolgy. While not the focus here, I always stand on two rules when it comes to trilogies:
1. Each book should stand alone. It should... [Read more of this review]
Practicing Hospitality During the Holidays
Oldie but Goodie Repost
What does it mean to practice hospitality?
I recently had the opportunity to utilize my home as a ministry tool and host two sisters in Christ for a week. As you might guess if you frequent my Home Management posts, this was a bit of a mountaintop moment for me.
However, hospitality isn’t confined to being a gracious hostess.... [Read more of this review]
Watching a Movie with a Purpose
This week kicks off the big movie season for Hollywood. Thanksgiving weekend will launch some of the biggest flicks of the year. In fact, Catching Fire, part two of the Hunger Games trilogy, has already opened. It’s on my “to see” list this week.
As a writer, though, you shouldn’t just sit and watch these movies. You don’t... [Read more of this review]
The Balanced Life?
Guest Post by Jennifer Maggio
Yeah right! Some of you may be thinking. The elusive balanced life that many of us aspire to seems harder to achieve than ever before. We are balancing soccer practice, house cleaning, full-time jobs, family duties, friendships, church functions, writing, and more. How do we manage our to-do lists while still finding... [Read more of this review]
A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Thanksgiving
Oldie but Goodie Repost 2012
Last year I wrote about listing your Thanksgiving “Lessons-Learned” to track those once-annual thoughts of adjusted recipe measurements and where the fancy serving platter is stored. (Mine was in the guest room closet. Obviously.) I’m sharing my notes from this year’s feast, because sometimes the best you... [Read more of this review]
At some point, the average writer will make a decision: to continue writing for pleasure and occasional payment or to make it a career. Either is fine. Some of you may not want the stress of producing words to keep your finances in the green. It’s no easier than clocking into a shop or office every day. And certainly not as stable.
For others,... [Read more of this review]
Thanksgiving and Community: Who Will You Invite to Your Table
Oldie but Goodie Repost
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7
I used to dread the holidays. Sometimes I still do. I grew up in a NY Italian family that celebrated every holiday together. Then I got married and moved away and holidays weren’t... [Read more of this review]
Getting by with a Little of Help from my Friends
I’m just back from a ten day trip, so I’m still recovering mentally and physically, but I just wanted to give a shout out to my amazing critique partner in crime who helped me stay a float at Writer…Interrupted. Ron Estrada is off celebrating with his bride of 23 years in the Big Apple! He’s been instrumental in filling in... [Read more of this review]
2 Essential Elements of a Scene
The characters of Breaking Bad have different goals…this creates conflict!
If you’ve been following along with my NaNoPlotMo method of plotting, or even if you haven’t, eventually you have to write the scenes. Be excited! This is the fruition of your labor. Now you’re free to create without fear of missing some key story element.
If... [Read more of this review]
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