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I am a romance writer. That's not easy to say. Most people have preconceived notions about romances, and the people who write them. Let me tell you! Writing isn't for sissies. I got my first rejection in April 2004. That makes me a professional. In what other field are you considered a "professional" when you don't get called back for a second interview?
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How can I have waited to so long to post!?
I can't believe I didn't post yet about finaling in the Chicklit RWA chapter's Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest in the inspy category with my story, The Husband Checklist.
I am thrilled!!!! And nervous. The Steeple Hill Cafe editor is one of the final judges, and I am SO NERVOUS and excited.
Had a great internet chat with some of the ladies in the class today, including instructor Elle James.
My usual method is to have a concept, write by the muse for about 3 chapters, then take a step back and plan the piece, knowing what I then know about the characters and the plot.
This class is my attempt to plan even earlier, though the current method works OK. But I want to write some shorter pieces for e-press, and I can't diddle around for 30 pages if my total page count is 80! Yanno?
Worked some mighty good stuff out this morning, with Elle's help and the suggestion of my classmates. Thanks all!
I Hope It's Finished This Time
I retook the exam. Passing is great, but not enough to get a job.
I resat the exam yesterday, and I think I did well. Should be at least a 90, hopefully 95.
I felt good about it instead of suicidal (that was last time). I usually know how I did on a test.
Thanks for the support.
Celebration time. I've decided to retake to get a better score before I start applying for jobs, but I PASSED!!!!!
Still no scores. None. No matter how I lurk at my inbox, there are no emails from the school. Poo!
To pass the time, I am taking a wonderful Plotting workshop for the rest of the month. So far so good. Offered by Elle James and Delilah Devlin through their Roses website, which I will add to my links as soon as I feel like trying some HTML. Not hard but I am out of practice.
So. Inspy chicklit. Yeah. I hate the new 4 pages I wrote. I sound like the rawest of newbies. Not only that, but it's so not chick-y. It's romance-y. I don't know how chick-y it was in the first place, because my chick is so into kids, it comes off as mommy lit, though she isn't the mommy.
And thanks to Roses Plotting Bootcamp and some timely article sharing from friend Cindy Nord, I have realized that my male love interest in the chicklit must be more than pretty and perfect. He must have a goal (not just to kiss the girl), motivation (not just to kiss the girl), and conflict (more than overcoming her objections to his very chaste and inspirational kiss).
On to the challenge of creating more conflict, more laughs, and keeping a lot of tension without any sexual overtones. This gig ain't for sissies.
That's all she wrote, folks.
I am finished with school, provided I passed the test I took Tuesday. The school (unfortunately) says I must allow up to 2 weeks to receive my scores. TWO WEEKS? Are they trying to give me heart failure?
I am lurking around my inbox, and still NOTHING. Do these people think sleeping is a priority, or what? It's been over 36 hours since I submitted the test. *hurry hurry hurry*
If you're a fwapper or a prayer or a meditator (first I typed "medicator" HA) please suggest to the universe that they HURRY and send me my scores, and that they are lenient so I will get the required score. Sigh.....I know I did well on the objective portion, but I just have no idea on the transcription. I don't know how they grade.