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Here’s to… “What’s Next”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I wish that for everyone reading this, but it’s hard for me to maintain a happy disposition. In a few days, the one year anniversary of my dad’s death arrives. He died in a car accident that also put my mother in the hospital for months. I’m forever afraid of turning left at any intersection. My driving has suffered, but so has my life since Dad is no longer here.

I was hoping to get my copy editing business up and running this year, but starting any new career is obviously a challenge.

I’ve been writing, but not fast enough. I enjoy it though when I do.

I’ve been on the hunt for a new job, but that isn’t going well.

My family creates new dramas for us to deal with all the time. I just wish I could not have to deal with it all.

Here’s to hoping 2019 is better than 2017 and 2018!

I hope to finish the first draft of my novel.

I hope to find a steady job that I love.

Here’s to finding new friends and enjoying time with the ones I have.

Here’s to my love, who I hope stays healthy and kind.

Cheers!

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Writing

Karma Craze

How many people here are on Scribophile.com or at least know about it?

I love using it to practice critiquing when I’m not busy with other things. I’m thinking of going premium, but haven’t yet because I think I need to wait for my WIP’s first draft is finished. A part of me wonders how long that will be, but I’ve been making good progress with my writing. I’m just being impatient.

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I highly recommend you look it up if you never seen it. It’s a great writing site that allows you to gain Karma points for critiquing in exchange for posting your own writing for others to critique. Posting your own work costs Karma points. Typically, you get one Karma point per critique, and it takes 5 Karma points to post your own work. I need more Karma points, so I can bank them for when I am finished with my first draft.  It’s a great incentive to write. I love it!

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When it comes to my WIP, I’m on chapter 13 right now. I’m wishing I can lite a fire under my chair to get me to write better and faster, but here I am writing a blog instead of my novel.

It’s Saturday night. Come on! Why can’t I concentrate? I guess it’s because I’ve reached a cross roads. Party or not to party… Ummm.

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If anyone would like to keep me from writing, I’d love to critique, line-edit, or copy edit your work. Discover my site at owlfixitediting.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Sincerely,

Nicole Fruit, Owl Fix It Editing Services

Writing

Poetry: Path Starter

Have you ever noticed that most writers start with writing poetry in high school? I have, and it always makes me smile. I love poetry, but I’m not very good at it. Well, I use to think so, but now looking back I just smile at my old poems. Teenage angst. SMH.

With my writer’s group, one member loves to write poetry, so it made me remember some of mine from college. I went on the hunt looking for my favorite poems, but never found the one’s I loved from college. I found over 50 poems from high school, but very few from later. I’m so disappointed. My best writing was in my college years.

I guess I have no other recourse than to say…oh well. Tear.

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I did look through so many boxes and found a lot of my novels and nonfiction books starts that never went anywhere other than a box. I counted two finished novels, five started novels, and a finished nonfiction research project about bipolar disorder.

I’m a constant writer that would love to publish but never felt anything was quite right for public consumption. Right now, I’m writing a New Adult Fantasy novel that I’ve planned for two years and have written only 20,000 words. It’s book one of a series of at least four books. I guess it will fill my compulsive writing quota, but will I get to the point of publishing it? I certainly hope so. That is why I started a writer’s group. The first one helped me finish one novel, but I shelved that. This group I hope will keep encouraging me to keep writing and finish this series.

I know I’m not the only one out there that writes but has never made that step toward authorship. How did you manage to get passed self-doubt?