Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – September 25, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – September 25, 2018

Thanks to the Ds –– personal challenges that negatively impact professional performance –– car and computer issues, it’s been 35 days since my last post. As a Pink Collar Beginning Blogger, I must confess: I’m So thankful to have my laptop back and SO ready to BLOG!

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The Creative Writing Process & Progress on Sequel to Seasons of Her Soul

The Creative Writing Process & Progress on Sequel to Seasons of Her Soul

Day 305 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project had me blissfully immersed in the creative writing process so that I made tons of progress on the sequel to my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. The day got started on a high when I learned that it is now available on Barnes and Noble.com. It’s been on Amazon since January, however, getting into B&N has taken more time, so I’m thrilled. Then, in preparation for Thursday night’s writing group critique, I worked off of the feedback from last month’s critique to revise the outline for Hold On Her Heart –  Book II in the Lee’s Legacy series and created a preface of sorts to re-acquaint readers of the first book with the characters and to introduce them to new readers. The group suggested that I read some sequels to see how to write one effectively, so I turned to the work of Karen Kingsbury, the Queen of Christian Fiction, and Francine Rivers, who I want to be when I grow up as a writer. All of these actions are considered Prewriting –  the first step of the 5-Step Writing Process. Time flew by, as it always does, when I’m in my zone AKA the creative writing process. It’s no wonder I made such great progress on my first novel’s secret!

Creative Writing

Sharing the creative writing process with was one of my favorite things about being a middle school teacher. Not only did I get to do this with my students; I got to equip fellow teachers to teach by writing and presenting a creative writing workshop. The creative writing process I use is only a skeleton – and each writer fleshes it out to build a process that works for them. For the purpose of this blog post, I’ll list all of the steps in the process but will only explain the first that I’m currently working through on how I use it.
The Creative Writing Process
1. Prewriting – This includes finding and building an idea, then planning and structuring the story around it. Keeping notes on new ideas is important. This can be done with pen and paper or electronically. (I type them into my laptop or phone when on the run or even in the middle of the night – they get lost otherwise). And I can’t emphasize how critical it is to keep the notes from a previous book when planning to  write a sequel or even a non-related book. Though you won’t use all of them, NEVER throw out the baby or the bathwater! The book – your baby – may be born from the notes you keep; your next one may be conceived from the ones you set aside and fertilize later! Finally, this step often involves some type of research.
2. Writing 
3. Revision
4. Editing
5. Publishing
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, this writing life is like a crazy roller coaster ride. There are days when I experience extreme highs and then I get plunged into steep lows. Sometimes it can be terrifying. Other times it’s exhilarating. Like today when I not only learned that I reached a goal I set for my first book but when I maximized the creative writing process to make progress on its sequel.
I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check on the book below. Also, I’d love to hear about your creative writing process. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~ Pink  Collar Coach

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Publication Process – A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Publication Process – A Marathon, Not A Sprint

 “Publication is a marathon, not a sprint. Writing the book is only the start.”

                                                                                                – Jo Linsdell, Children’s Book Author

Two Women Working Out

It’s Day 279 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and if you’re anything like me, a marathon sounds a lot more daunting than a sprint! And whether you’ve ever run track or not, as we get older running any race is not as easy as it used to be! This was a humbling lesson I learned on vacation last year when I challenged my twenty-five-year-old stepson to a race. It’s the first one I can remember ever losing. That being the case, I’ve yet to watch the video his brother shot! Even so, as an almost fifty-year-old woman, I held my own. At 5’1” but with long legs, I was designed for speed and am still a pretty fast sprinter. But with my asthma, I’ve never had the stamina to go the distance required for marathons.

Like running, breaking into publication is not for the faint of heart. I’ve dreamed of doing it since I was a little girl and set the goal of accomplishing it by age twenty-five. Then I watched that deadline whiz by at ages thirty, thirty-five, forty, and forty-five. At forty-eight, after rejections from traditional publishers, I finally made it happen by self-publishing. But as was often the case with my races, though I won, I crossed the finish line with my heart thumping in my chest and my breath wheezing in my lungs – physically, mentally, and emotionally spent. Exhausted. Still, that pain was worth the gain – not only of having won the prize, but of having finished my race – on the track and as a published author.

The above is the rapport building section of a presentation I’m doing tomorrow night for our local chapter of Altrusa International.  Next I’ll share the what I’ve learned from my publication journey and summarize by retelling what I told them during the presentation with this:

As you can tell from my publication process, novel writing is only one leg of the race. It requires intensive conditioning and training in the form of obtaining mentoring, networking and continually honing the writing craft. And because publication is a spectator sport, identifying and connecting with the targeted audience AKA potential readers – meaning YOU! — is critical to success. Finally, building a platform, reach and stamina will help authors to not only cross the finish line, but to keep going the distance in publication marathons throughout their writing career.

Then, I’ll preface a few words copied and pasted from a reader that make the grueling race worthwhile –

Whew! I’m winded just explaining my race to publication! But then I stop to catch my breath and read an Amazon review by a reader who may be someone like you, entitled “Beautifully Written Treasure”:

This book is a shining example of the work that God’s love can do in your life. You will feel renewed in your walk with Christ. Lee is a character that you wish was a real friend that you could call for sage advice, love and laughter. I’m recommending this book to all my friends and family. As a lover of music, the song that pops into my head as being the anthem for Lee’s story between these pages is Mandisa’s Overcomer. I hope there will be more to Lee’s story in the future for me to read. I’m already ready to reread this one!

Finally, I’ll close thus:

Though I’ve always been a sprinter, not a distance runner, it motivates me to pick up my track shoes – I mean laptop – to run another publication marathon.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I’m excited to share my publication journey with a group that supports women’s professional development and literacy, and I’m excited to share it with you. This is my maiden voyage speaking engagement as a newly published author! I hope it coaches, encourages and inspires you to keep running your race – whatever it may be!

What are you currently trying to achieve at home or work that feels like running a marathon? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and apply any of the above to help you cross the finish line?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle copy of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. Thank you!