As we roll into a new week, I wanted to take a moment to thank each of you who hit that magic follow button, both on WordPress, and Twitter.
This weekend I attended a conference with many writers and want to be writers. We had a wonderful time exploring the possibilities, hopes, and dreams, along with some that have already hit the publishing lottery.
I say lottery tongue and cheek.
We have examined the reasons we write, many times; please don’t let it be the ‘publishing lottery.’
While passion for the craft of storytelling should be your number one reason for writing, it is ok to entertain the ‘possibility’ that you might find the perfect agent who is just hot to trot over your idea or manuscript. When I say ‘possibility,’ I want you to put that in the realm that I do when I spend a dollar on ‘a’ single lottery ticket.
“TW, you don’t waste money on those, do you?”
“Waste, no. You see, with me, when I am traveling, and I need to use the facilities…(Nice way to say pee) and I don’t need gas or what have you, I will spend a dollar on a lottery ticket.
Now, I don’t feel cheap for using their bathroom; well, too cheap. With that lottery ticket in my possession, I think of all the things I will do with it when I ‘win!’
Keep in mind, the only way to win the lottery is not to play.
We writers must have an active imagination, and that includes fantasy. Use those thoughts as writing prompts. Your character spent his or her last dollar on a lottery ticket instead of buying cheap soup. You know those bags of noodles that you put into hot water like you did in college.
- Why did your character do that?
- Did he or she win?
- How did it change their life?
- Did they eat the ticket if they lost?
- Did they have to explain what they did with that dollar to anyone?
- Maybe your character is prosperous and just bought the ticket not to appear cheap and hit the lottery anyway!
*Write a flash fiction on your blog, with one of these and send me a link.
Since I titled this new project, I suppose I should tell you what I am up to. I came up with the idea of creating a book of short stories. Ten thousand words or less per story. The idea is that you can buy this book, and take it with you to lunch and have a mental vacation while you dine on celery and salad. Oh, you’re not one of those that made those ridiculous New Year’s resolutions to eat better?
Stay tuned for more details.
In the meantime, I am still editing and changing my novels as time permits. If you bought one, and I re-release it, you can speak with the people at Amazon and get the latest, I am told. I called to make sure that you could, and what the process was.
Stay safe out there, write to me and tell me how you are doing and if you take on the prompt, I would love to see how you do with it.
*Flash Fiction… For those of you who don’t know, flash fiction is usually a story of 1000 words or less that demonstrates a story and character arc. In 1000 words or less can be a challenge.