Thursday, May 26, 2011

Setting Realistic Goals in Writing

Colleague Karina Fabian writes about her writing goals in Writing: Setting and Keeping Realistic Goals. She's trying to write 3000 words a day on her work in progress. I started reading and thought "Wow, that would be really nice, but it isn't likely to happen for me anytime in the near future." Then I read this line: "When I first started writing, I was homeschooling two kids, had a toddler and a baby. My goal then was a sentence a night. That's all I could realistically achieve." I burst out laughing. Yup, that's my life in a nutshell these days.

In all honesty, I can't really see myself writing just one sentence a night. Once some other projects are wrapped up, I hope to be able to get back to writing at least 10 minutes a day. We shall see. But, in the meantime, Karina has some really good ideas and gave me some hope that maybe all is not lost in my writing career.  

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Importance of Details

In the May/June 2011 issue of Writer's Digest, Natalie Taylor talks about writing  Signs of Life: A Memoir about her life as a young, pregnant widow, She states "I still wish I had been even more observant. As I went back through my manuscript, I realized it was the tiniest details that were the most powerful and most important to the story. You can never have too many of those in the bank."