Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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National Novel Writing Month

My NaNoWriMo project this year is not a novel. It’s an anthology called A Class of Muses, and my ID on nanowrimo.org is JMK. I’ve written first drafts of four novels during past Novembers. My third novel, Hada’s Fog, is in its sixth and final draft.

Monday and Tuesday writing class members have submitted stories, poems, essays, blogs, and a group tag story to A Class of Muses. Writing tips will be included and some art work too.

The book probably won’t be 50,000 words, but I will use the time it takes me to write around 2000 words a day to organize the many files into a first draft. I’d like to publish it before the San Francisco Writers Conference in February.

Vistaprint Fun

Since Hada’s Fog is in its final draft, I have ordered promotional items to saturate readers’ minds with the title. Then they will recognize the published form and buy it, right?  That’s what presenters tell us at the promotional workshops I’ve attended.

Somewhere along my internet sign ups, Vistaprint offered me 100 free business cards. I liked their design choices and couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Of course, they have specials right now so I bought post cards, labels, a pen, and a bag that have Hada’s Fog on them. Some items where there was enough room, I added my blurb. Great fun and psychologically, it will make the intention for publication happen. Again, that’s what the promotional presenters tell us.

If you aren’t sure about your title yet, get a pen with your title-in-progress on it, and your muse will enjoy helping you write new possibilities with it.

Here is the link: http://www.vistaprint.com

 

 

 

Give Feelings a Chance to Act

   I read somewhere to give life to abstractions by substituting concrete images that suggest the feeling. I’ve decided to put that advice into practice with every other chapter. The newest one I wrote in revising Chapter One again is about Hada. Instead of saying she felt guilty, I wrote:

Guilt pinched at her heart and then hid somewhere, maybe in her bones.

It takes a while to think of feelings taking action, but it’s fun and avoids overused words.

Harlequin Published My Story

My story “Enough Time for Christmas”, about a Christmas story my son wrote when he was in high school, has been published by Harlequin in Jennifer Basye Sanders’ anthology called:

A Miracle Under the Christmas Tree: Real Stories of Hope, Faith and the True Gifts of the Season.

It’s available on Amazon. There will be a book launch in Pacific Grove on November 10th at The Works Bookstore, 2 to 4.
Thank you, Jennifer for making this acceptance possible.

CWC Literary Review

A nice surprise arrived in my mailbox. The California Writers Club has produced a Literary Review where CWC members can submit stories for publication. They chose twenty-eight to publish out of one hundred sixteen stories and poems that were submitted. Stories can be previously published as long as the author has the right to convey all rights to the CWC Literary Review for a one-time use.

This Spring 2012 Inaugural Issue is very well done, high quality paper, interesting stories, nice design and layout. they plan to have three issues a year. Submissions for the autumn issue are open from May 1st through June 30th. If you are a CWC member, you may enter. Here’s another good reason to join the club besides the inspiring meetings and activities they have for members.