Marley tagged me for a meme the other day … since I’d already created two blog posts and deleted them this morning for being too whiney, I figured this was a good time to do this.

1.List one of your writing goals for the month of June and how likely you are to accomplish it.

Main goal is to finish the first draft of the story I have targeted for Harlequin. How likely am I to accomplish it? I’ve written 23K in two weeks, I’m aiming for 55-60K, so yeah, that’s pretty likely although it’ll be a really rough first draft that’ll need a big edit afterwards.

2.What genre or subject would you like to write about that you aren’t currently?

I tend to go in cycles, last year was historical, the couple years before that was fantasy. Right now it’s mystery/suspense. But then again, I was writing a mystery about ten years ago. So I guess I’d probably have to say a mystery. But you know, I really like writing romance, all my stories have a romance in it before I realized I wanted to write romance. (Even though I swear it’s harder than writing a non-romance, all that emotional baggage, you know?)

3.What is your writing lifestyle, habits ? How do you manage the interruptions with your writing? HOW do you stay positive? Believe in your writing success?

Wow, this is a whole bunch of questions, not just one, Marley!

a) Writing lifestyle? I get up in the morning, check my email, open Word (I’m running late today, usually I’m writing by 8:30), and write in 30 minutes intervals, then take about 15 minutes off, then write again. If I’m writing a first draft, then I have a wordcount goal of 2K and don’t let myself stop until I’ve hit that. If I hit it early, then I keep writing until the flow slows. Usually I’m brain dead by about 2 p.m. though not always.

b) Interruptions? Well, it depends upon the interruption and how urgent it is. When Dad was in hospital, that took priority. But usually, I retreat to my office and close the door. My kids are old enough to know that to knock on that door means they’re REALLY intruding.

c) How do I stay positive? *snort* Me? Positive? You should have heard me talking with Marley yesterday because I was in an extremely grumpy mood yesterday. Feeling very sorry for myself about how everyone else I know is getting published and I’m still waiting to hear … blah blah blah, world’s smallest violin and all that cr*p. Usually I need a kick in the pants to tell me to stop whining. From Marley. From BlueSue. From Guitar Hero – he’s REALLY good at that since he is physically here to nag me. And has, on many occasions, offered (very enthusiastically) to deliver said kick-in-the-pants to me in person.

d) Believe in my writing success? Hmm … well, at this stage in my career, typing The End is a success. Clicking Send on a submission is a success. I figure that’s put me further than a lot of ‘wannabe’ writers. An email saying “Hey, send us a full” or even better, “Hey, we’re sending you a contract” would be even better validation. For now I’m just slogging on telling myself, “You’re a better writer than you were a year ago, one of these days someone’s going to pay attention.”

4.Are you a pantser or plotter?

Plotser, as Amy Ruttan dubbed it a while back. I blogged about this a while back. I outline, and plot, but usually the outline takes a left turn part way through. So I’m a combination plotter AND pantser.

5.Who are two of your favorite current authors and why?

Only TWO?

All right, all right — JR Ward. I love the world she’s created and the extra-sexy tortured heroes. and Susan Elizabeth Phillips for her humor.

Honorable mentions (in no particular order of preference, just as they occur to me as I’m mentally going through my ‘keeper’ shelf): Patricia Briggs especially her Mercy Thompson series, Molly O’Keefe, Christine d’Abo (I love her Bond series – and I’m anxiously awaiting Taber’s story), Robin Rotham (Robin – wow, she really got creative in her alien anatomy. You HAVE to read Alien Overnight to understand what I’m talking about, but may I say again, WOW!), Julia Quinn – especially her Bridgerton series, Lynsay Sands (another one filled with humor – both in her historicals and her contemporary vampire Argeneau series.), Allison Brennan – really scary suspense stories, her books are now ones I automatically look for in the stores.

6.How does your family feel about your writing?

My hubby and boys are 100% behind it. Gizmo Guy has actually started writing himself, has written three stories in the past year. I swear that if he decided to shop them around, I’d buy his books as I think he’s a better writer than me. *gak that’s hard to admit* Guitar Hero is the one who bugged me until I took my writing seriously. He’s the one who said “Mom, if you don’t try sending something out, you’ll always wonder what you might have accomplished. Go for it.” And Curly, my 17 year old, is also writing now – a YA urban fantasy. We often have family conversations about POV and tense, and styles and writers we like and dislike.

When I mentioned about going to Dallas last year, Gizmo Guy told me to forget about our financial worries and go, so yeah, I’d say I’ve got an incredibly supportive family.

Okay, so who wants to be tagged. Michelle Lauren again (I’m keeping you busy now I know you like memes, aren’t I?), Wylie (if she’s up to it considering she’s cut down to two blogs a week, which really bums me out) and Julia. I’d sort of like to tag Bonnie Staring too, I’d love to see her responses to staying positive … but I don’t know her well enough to tag her … so Bonnie, if you read this …

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5 thoughts on “Writing Meme

  • May 30, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Liked reading all your answers, Leah. I flipped over here from reading comments at Martie’s blog. It is hard to stay positive. I even read that from a multi-NY published author recently. So I’m gonna guess that’s something that never quite changes.

  • May 31, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I can just picture your family by the fireplace. You’re standing at the whiteboard and everybody’s brainstorming their plots. Like a mini-meni-conference. What a cool deal.

    Now THAT’S something to be thankful for. I’ll bet none of them need quiet to write. lol

  • May 31, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Leah – thanks for the tag. I’ll post mine in two weeks, June 13th. I have to admit I haven’t done a single thing about submitting since my dad passed away last March. I just didn’t feel up to it. Then I had two other deaths at the end of the year, and I’m really just letting myself come up for air. I’m feeling the urge to get my stuff out there, though. This meme is actually another little nudge in that direction.

  • June 4, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    You’re so sneaky Leah! Okay, consider me tagged. đŸ˜‰

  • June 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    *blush* Thank you so much, Leah!! You have no idea how much your support means. I’m excited that Taber’s story is coming. And I’m starting Sean’s story next!

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