Thursday, 12 November 2009

Monday, 9 November 2009

Writer`s Centre News, Norwich

Ruth Dugdall: Publishing deals are like buses
By WCN, on November 6th, 2009
Before the approaching weekend arrives, we’re delighted to post a guest blog from author Ruth Dugdall. Ruth was a 2006 Escalator Literature winner, and we’re pleased to see that she kept the momemtum going in her quest for a publishing deal. Read on to discover her journey…

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Pinch, punch...

Yup, it`s a new month.
Ah, November. Smoke in the air, leaves underfoot. The promise of Christmas just ahead...

So, I`m kicking off this month with a tight work schedule. I`ve got 3 projects on the go - The Woman Before Me & The Sacrificial Man both have to be up-to-snuff, so I`m editing and polishing, getting them ready for publication.

I`ve also got my `homework` from my mentor Luara Wilson, who has set me the take of re-working the opening chapters of Family Snap before our next meeting.

I like to work to a timetable, so I`ve set myself a target each day, which includes a piece of work on all 3 novels. I learned when I was a probation officer how people respond better to `smart` objectives. You know, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-limited (or something similar). I think it really works. To just think about editing a 90k novel would seem like a tall order, but break it down to a certain number of words per day and within a month you`ve achieved it.

Happy writing!