So, I was going to write yet another pithy little piece on productivity, but life had other plans.
So, another little lesson I've learned ... start right away.
"Complaining about not achieving success despite working hard is like ..."
Eventually I discovered why so much of my writing time is unproductive.
Aspiring writers often ask about an author's process ... as if there is some magic clue that will help them write.
They're a fact of life, especially for an author.
Ah, the joy of bad reviews! Yes, they're fun. But they take a little getting used to.
Riot and destruction at our nation's capitol. Riot and destruction in our nation's cities.
I love working with new writers and watching them grow in their craft.
Christmas is a glorious holiday ... but it's a little funky this year. And I'm having a certain amount of trouble focusing.
Working when things get tough. I keep at it. But uncertainty and sadness take their toll.
Today was a GOOD day! Here's what I did ...
What else can I do when a book comes knocking, but answer the door and get on with it?
Okay, so it's true. You can't write ALL the time.
Okay. I confess it. Working on the new book is a struggle.
So, COVID. Yeah, I don't really want to talk about it, either.
Having received my agent's letter after reading my work-in-progress, it's time to assess some cold. hard. facts.
So if my agent had said something irrelevant, I would have known it.
So I send the partial to my agent. Bless him, he reads it right away. No waiting and waiting ...
I've written 25,000 words of the new novel--and couldn't be happier!!
Working on the new middle-grade novel and it's going ...
Sketches are coming in. They are lovely. But I also have some comments.
Inspiration! It's so wonderful when it shows up at my door. And it usually brings its friends ...
My creativity tends to flourish when I have a physical challenge.
Some good things have come from having a broken wrist.
Uh-oh. In a never-ending quest for exercise (the writer's life is all too sedentary), I fall like a chopped oak.
See, I always thought editors had ULTIMATE POWER!
Yeah, so I'm a little grumpy. It took me years to tame my (admittedly monumental) author's ego ...
So, okay, Marketing does not like my title. Now what?
The juice to write is apparently still there, flowing hot and strong.
So something's happened. I've talked about the new book too much.
A peek inside the telephone exchange between a writer and her agent ...
Okay, I know there is a book here. I have so many images ... but they're fragmented.
After the summer Bookology hiatus, Lynne Jonell is back with all sorts of images filling her head for her new book.
Waiting for my editor ... Okay, she's busy and can't get to it. Meantime, I can't just wait around ... a new book is knocking at my door.
I'm not just being WHINY here (well, maybe a little). But I have a FIRM DEADLINE for the finished book.
Waiting for my editor: hours turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months ...
Another good thing about waiting is ... um ... it BUILDS CHARACTER.
Good things about waiting for my editor to respond ...
Glory be! I've sent off the revised book! I really, really like it. But will my editor?
The best things about a writer's retreat is ... time.
After a period of long, hard slogging ... it's a delight to sink into the peace and quiet of a week away from it all.
But my To Do list is long. And there isn't enough space for those quiet hours of creative work; there isn't a spot for the MUSE to land.
I haven't made a ton of progress on the book.
There is nothing, nothing, NOTHING so crucial for success as a writer as being able to sustain a long-term SLOG.
Just getting started is HUGE. The inner drive to set down that image that won't leave us alone ...
When you're a writer, you have the career bonus of being your own boss ... except ...
The refrigerator is a wonderful appliance ... On the other hand ...