Finding your writing tribe!

Its two days until the Romance Writers Australia (RWA) annual conference, can you tell I am excited???

Spoiler alert: I am!

Last year I attended my first RWA conference, and it was an eye opener. It was full of fantastic craft workshops, great networking events and more importantly, I found my tribe.

I have read countless articles about the importance of finding your tribe, and like many other people, I paid it off. I am at heart an introvert, the last thing I ever want to do is mingle with strangers, but I can honestly say that it was worth it. A writer’s conference is probably the only type of event, where introverts surround you and everyone wants to discuss their favourite books or what they are writing.

If you haven’t worked up the courage yet to attend one, even for a day. Be brave. Take the plunge.  It’s worth it!

Writing Goals!

Writing Accountability post copy

This blog is quickly morphing into a come join me on my crazy journey as an aspiring author. I think I should do an accountability post. I am slowly realising that I need to tell someone (even if it is on the blogosphere) my writing goals.

Finishing off for the year at work. Family coming from interstate. Uni essay. Holidays. I know I should be grateful for all of the above (maybe not the uni essay) but finding the time to fit in writing is getting harder and harder. I am finding I have to be more disciplined.

I am adding writing to my daily to do list. And yes, I now have a to do list. #ADULTING

So I am pledging to write 5000 words in December. 

This may not look like a lot of words but it means I will be writing almost every day – I don’t plan on doing what I normally do for an upcoming uni assignment and wing it until the last two days – literally counting down the clock until its due as I frantically write and try to form a coherent argument, let alone have the correct referencing system. At the moment I can fit in a couple of hundred words a day -in between my other commitments, but that’s a couple hundred more than I would write if I was waiting for the perfect ‘writing’ time. I am also learning the importance of sprints and #500in30 on a good day. Sometimes the muse shows up, other times I’m still waiting but the words are getting written!

Come join me.

How many words are you pledging to write this month?

 

Writing competitions: to submit or not?

Final

I procrastinated for three and half weeks, visited Shanghai Disneyland but somehow (the gods of procrastination must have been busy or distracted) managed to still submit a synopsis to the RWA (Australia) Selling Submission competition.

I don’t think I have ever been as nervous as I was when I pressed send; ok that might be a slight exaggeration. It was right up there with sending the dubious work email to your boss/work colleague/arch nemesis, where you spend ten minutes re-reading the email and thinking about the pros and cons of sending it. Press send than realise there was a typo and you can’t recall the email back.

But the only way to move forward is to share your work and learn from the feedback you are given. So send I must.

On the bright side, I now have a roadmap for how I think my current WIP ends….or do I?

What has been your experience in entering writing competitions? The good, the bad, the ugly?