I'm really doing this! Wow, what a week I have had. My blog was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award and one blog post was picked up and given a shout out by another Tweep. I have felt motivated and successful this week! Yes, as Julie said on the ROW80 blog, things are trying to get in my way. I'm doing my best to stay on track though. One distraction I can do little about is my puppy. She has decided she loves to run in the mud, come inside for an hour (so I have to towel her down) and then go back outside and do it again. She must want me to join her because as she does this over and over all day long, she jumps on me and runs in circles around the table when she comes in! I wish she would understand that all of this, while wildly fun and entertaining, is disrupting my writing flow. Alas, she is only 7 months old and a dog, so I think I'm out of luck. Other than that, I have done well. With no kids this weekend, it was a big writing time for me. Much of what I wrote was character development with some progress on my WIP. I'm just shy of my 2,000 words for the two days I was sans kids, but well set up for Wednesday when I'm at it again.
I went to my writer's group (I'm fairly new to this particular group) and witnessed some critique challenges and writing insecurity. This is not a pretty thing when you are in a group and can make for some tense moments among the group members. For this reason, I found this Kristen Lamb's article both timely and thought provoking. (I loved her book, We Are Not Alone. If you have not checked out either her blog or her book, I strongly recommend both.) While I do not believe I will leave the writing group (I need the accountability right now), I do think there is some balance that needs to be had as you consider the value of your particular group as well as your personal reason for attending a group. Proceed with caution and a clear intent.
One article I would like to find is one about submitting your work to various places and how to decide which is the right place for each piece. One of my goals is to select.revise and submit entries. Well, today I looked at various sites that have contests and publication opportunities and I am feeling lost. I have a few short stories, poems and flash fiction pieces that I would like to submit but have no clue which should go where. What if I send it to one and it's rejected, but if I had only sent it to another one it would have been accepted? How do you decide? Where are the best places for beginning writers to submit their work?
Best of luck to all my fellow ROW80ers and #staygroovy