Category Archives: Goals

UnCover Monthly is back and needs YOU! #coverpromotion #UCMrevision #mfrwauthor

Get out the streamers and confetti!!! UnCover Monthly is up and ready to go again! Whooot!

I’ve been doing UCM for four years and I haven’t updated the page, or my original procedure in which I post covers. Shortly before the anniversary of UCM, mid-November, I decided the feature was in need of a small facelift. :LOL: Now I’m finished revamping the feature.

New ideas that will excite!

It’s been four months since I disabled UCM’s guideline page. I originally had only intended to keep it down less than two months, but life has a way of taking control and waylaying the best laid plans. LOL But I’ve finally got the new stuff added and the old reworked a bit to clean up, and shorten that horrendously looooong guideline page. Why did no one ever say anything? I’m just sorry it took me forever to complete.

With my injury creeping up on one year (July 30, 2016), I finally had my needed surgery on March 24th to repair my right shoulder. Two torn tendons in the rotator cuff, and a shredded longhead bicep tendon that had to just be cut loose, it was too damaged to repair. I’ve been in physical therapy since two weeks after the surgery. I’m not healed by any means, but now that those pesky tendons have been repaired (or eliminated, something I didn’t know could be done), I can feel the therapy working to strengthen my injured shoulder.

FYI- to anyone curious, PT is not the same as working out at a gym!

I’m still on TTD for an extended four weeks, but typing isn’t as painful as long as I don’t over do. Which is also why this feature renovation has taken so long, I wasn’t able to type for longer than 30 minutes in a day, and that was spent replying to urgent emails about my injury and job, often followed by a nap. I’m regaining energy each day to soon resume normal life. That’s code for “return to the DDJ,” or dreaded day job. 😆

In the meantime, I AM actively accepting submissions!

This has not stopped or changed. However, I seriously need your covers so we can all begin enjoying UCM once again. I’d like to begin posting covers in June, so hurry and hop over to the guideline page and read up on the new changes I hinted at before here on this page and grab your applications.

UnCover Monthly

Remember to send each cover with its application in individual emails to calisa.rhose@gmail.com. You can also contact me through this site here. You can grab the application from the UCM page again, so click the link above and go get your applications now!

Thank you for your continued support and patience through the reconstruction phase. Please keep sharing so others can submit and join the fun now that UCM is reopened! Comments are active on the UCM page, as well, so you can comment, or tell me what you’d like to see on the Ranch, or UCM. Don’t hesitate to speak out. 🙂

Thank you,

Calisa Rhose

C ~ as in Celebrate! #AtoZchallenge #MFRWAuthor #happybirthday

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

Osiyo~

Andeeschoolpicday10.07.14editedOh, I’m so excited. It’s Andee’s tenth birthday T.O.D.A.Y!!!! TEN!

10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART!!!!!!

C15 is for~

Celebrate, Celebrate! Dance to the music!!!! (yeah, I know, I dated myself a little there lol But I was a young gramma, or Yammy, as the babies call me. 🙂 )

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Zen Andee on Apple- 2014

Folks, Andee is our first grandchild and she has reached a huge milestone. To say we are thrilled and proud of her, well I hope everyone reading this is, or will be, blessed with a grandchild as wonderful as we’ve been blessed with. We actually have five granddaughters and we’re super proud of each and every one of them.

Jetta, Andee, Roxy- 1-26-15

Jetta, Andee, Roxy- 1-26-2015

Andee loves horses, her two dogs and playing with friends. She’s a confessed tom-boy, but loves to dress up and put on make up (to play, of course). She’s in fourth grade and makes excellent grades, but not perfect. And that’s just fine with us since we know she does her best and that’s all we can ask. 🙂

So, because Anna Banana lives with us and we have lots to do to prepare for her celebration, I’ll keep this post short.

Thanks for stopping by to help us party!

Dodadagohvi~

Why Torture Myself? ~ Calisa Rhose #Goals #amwriting #amediting #MFRWAuthor

Osiyo~

Though it’s not Thursday, I thought now would be a good time to post my writing goals for the year. Yes, I’ve been procrastinating doing this. I’m a very good procrastinator. 😆 But, January is quickly slipping away and I need to do this before the New Year isn’t new so, here I am.

2014goalsSome of you may have read my goals last year, that HUGE 2-year plan I set out with last January 7th. What a disastrous mess that turned out to be! If you missed it, you can find that memorable post of My Writing Plan For 2024-2015 here. I warn you, take a deep breath before reading it! LOL

I’m doing it again. Yes, again! Why? Why torture myself? You might be thinking I’m a glutton for punishment, that I like to set myself up for sure failure. You’d be wrong. I did it for the same reasons, I guess, that I started edits on a five year old manuscript this weekend. Partly because I’d never set a long term plan and wanted to see if I could. Well, I can set goals. I did. And, as you can probably tell…I failed. Miserably.

I also did it, and am doing it again this year, to push myself, challenge myself. I didn’t set those goals last year for anyone but me. That’s why I do it. But, as with all new things, goals are meant to learn from, I think. And learn, I did!

What did I learn? For one, not to bite off more than I can chew. In other words, I need to set realistic goals, not what I want to do in one or in two years, but what I can do in that time. Can I realistically write four novellas and a full length manuscripts in 12 short months, plus revise another novella to re-publish? Obviously not when it takes me three months or more to write just one.

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Click on Image to purchase Risk Factors

Did I accomplish any of my goals for 2014? Yes. I was successful in promoting Risk Factors after it’s new release with my new publisher, Kensington-Lyrical Press, in March. (Do you like how I did that? 🙂 )

I didn’t succeed in getting any other goals completed. Not even blogging once a week. In fact, I didn’t get one novella finished last year. Why? Because I overwhelmed myself. Good lord!! On top of the goals I set, I took on a new project, that isn’t finished yet, either.

Part of my failure is due to a burn out that began in May and didn’t fully end until October. I couldn’t write, didn’t even look at a ms much less work on any. I had to give myself permission to take a break and reevaluate my writing and regroup.

This year I’m taking a new direction with my writing. So, take a look at my new goals for 2015. Yeah…no more two year plans for this writer. But I will be diving into the Self Publishing pool this year, finally.

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GOALS FOR 2015

1. Learn to mute phone when working!!! (can’t turn it off with fil here)

2. Blog at least once a week, aside from guests and regular UnCover Monday features

3. Edit completed full length ms, HW, in progress

4. Post some free reads on website

5. Write two novellas, both already started, but not the DDD novellas from last year

6. Self publish HW, already have a cover in the works and tentative date, May

7. Submit, or self publish at least one of two novellas, not sure which pub route I’ll take yet

8. Write a second full length ms*, my first paranormal, in progress (Juliet’s story in my 2015 goals)

9. Figure out a better marketing solution, for me, or at least a more productive way to use what I already have

* By ‘write a second ms’ I mean complete the first draft in 2015.

So, there you have it. Eight (not counting #1 🙂 ) simple, less stress-inducing goals. Still challenging, but hopefully, doable.

What about you? Will you be making goals (again) this year? How tough are you on yourself? Do you torture, or love yourself with your goals?

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Plotting made easy with Alicia Dean

Osiyo~

I’m turning the Round Pen over to a special guest and friend today.

An editor for The Wild Rose Press going on nine years now, as well as a freelance editor, Alicia Dean also has several (climbing toward ten) books published both trad and indie routes. She has a fine understanding for structurally writing a book to publishing standards. 😀 ). Now Alicia has breached another gorge to self publish a writing book.

Who doesn’t need all the help they can get? 🙂 So I was thrilled to give her the gold key today to tell you about Find the Magic– How to Plot a Story in 10 Easy Steps. A plotting craft book that I rushed to get the first day because…I don’t know how to plot. Yes, I’m a pantser. But we pantsers can learn to plot, too, can’t we?:) Now, I admit I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I am looking forward to and know I’ll come away with something I can use, maybe even a DUH moment or two.

Let’s give a big ranch welcome to award-winning author-editor, Alicia Dean!

How to write a novel?

That is the question. There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people who ask it. Wanting to write and actually doing it are two very different things. I am well acquainted with the sometimes grueling process of churning out a story. Over the years, I have tried many methods for creating and completing manuscripts, and have tweaked and honed it down to a workable (for me) process. Using specific examples from one of my own novels, Without Mercy, I share my method in this mini how to book. The first eight steps actually deal with plotting while the last two are designed to help expand your outline into a well-developed draft. There is no one, perfect way to create a story, but there will be a method, or methods that work for you. I’m not sure if this is the one, but it works for me. Only you can decide if it also works for you. Fingers crossed that it does!

Award winning author and editor, Alicia Dean, shares her process of creating a story, along with bonus tips in Find The Magic – How to Plot a Story in 10 Easy Steps.

*** ON SALE – 99¢ through November 15, 2014 ***

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Kindle:

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Nook:

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Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. In addition to being an author of more than twenty published works, Alicia is both a freelance editor and an editor for The Wild Rose Press, under the name, Ally Robertson, in their suspense line. Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

Find Alicia here:

Website: http://aliciadean.com/

Blog: http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008364070487

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alicia_Dean_

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/aliciamdean/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/468339.Alicia_Dean

What are you waiting for? Go grab a copy before it goes off sale!

Dodadagohvi~

 

Hiatus, Frisbee, Relaxation and Jewelry #jewelry #frisbeegolf

Osiyo~

So as I said a while back, I’m on hiatus from writing. I needed a break to focus on family and personal lives for a bit. That doesn’t mean I can stop thinking about writing and my characters, who sit surprisingly quiet and patient as I take this needed break. 😆

As some have seen in a couple of recent posts, I dragged my other favorite pastime back out after nearly ten years. Jewelry. I’ve taken that one to a new level this time around though, adding polymer clay to my creations.

Jewelry IS fun!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAs with all creative outlet ideas, some things work, some don’t. This yellow and purple piece started out as a necklace pendant, now…well, I’m not sure what it is other than interesting since it took on a life of its own. 😆 What does it look like to you?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERABut then, this army green pendant turned out perfect and the dusting of pearl glimmer powder really lights it up and shows off the subtle texture I added to the flattened center.  It’s really more even and centered than this picture makes it seem. I’ll make something simple with this so as not to detract from the laid back focal.

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I returned to my beads for this next project, and this has to be one of my favorites to date. I don’t know who made the glass rocks, but they are beautiful (unlike this closeup photo!) and so earthy that I fell in love and had to make earrings to match. I call this set Red Dirt Craze.

I have more items but these are a few I made most recently. I’ll be selling “Lisa’s Pieces” once I have a nice base stock pile, but for now I do take special orders and I will try, and have made, jewelry items to match with some (romance) books for authors and promotion as well. I’ll reveal some of these at a later date. It’s such a relaxing craft, much like writing a new book can be, before the editing phase, which all writers know is NOT relaxing as we yank out hanks of our hair! LOL

But, as with writing, we also need to get in some physical activity and I was introduced to a great one yesterday. My son in-law discovered Frisbee Golf this summer. In fact, we had a big tournament held in our little town here back in April that sil played in as his first. Wow! My sil was practicing a couple of weeks ago and ran into the world’s champion disc golfer (his actual title!) and autographed one of sil’s pro discs with that guy’s name on it. He saves that trophy on a shelf in his office now. LOL But I digress. So my daughter has also gotten involved in this air-form of golf and I get to watch my little Kia a lot more while her parents play. Happy gramma days there!

Frisbee: it’s not just for kids anymore

Well, yesterday was one of those days I never want to talk about, much less repeat…EVER! My darling daughter took pity on me and invited me to get out for dinner at her house. She made roast, one of my favorite dishes, so I couldn’t say no if I’d wanted to. I brought leftovers home and had it for lunch today. 🙂 We were just finishing dinner when her husband called her into his office and when she returned she said Kris wanted to know if I would like to go play Frisbee. Why sure. I’d played with Fribsees all the time as a kid. Who hasn’t?

I actually couldn’t understand the big deal with the tournaments and a kids game that attracted thousands of adults. After all, you throw a disc. Period. Right?

Wrong!

We went to a “9-hole” course not far from home (they live just five minutes from me so the course is close to us both) for a short game because our town’s course is 18-holes and very long. Kris said it generally takes 2-3 hours to complete that one, and we didn’t have that much time to play since it was already after six. First thing my daughter handed me one of her discs and Kris began telling me to hold it like this, do this with your fingers here (the bottom), then press down with your thumb like this to bend the disc… Wait. Bend the hard plastic disc? With my little, weakling hands, with my thumb and wimpy fingers? I laughed. Riiiiiight.

Disc_golf_in_basketI was after Stephanie and Kia (remember she’s five years old. lol). So I stood on the approximately four by eight foot cement Tee pad surrounded by pretty green grass and dubiously eyed a steel basket draped with chains and cemented into the ground. It looked like it was at least 100 feet away. How in hell was I supposed to throw my Frisbee that far? Into that little basket?

Surprisingly, it wasn’t as difficult as I knew it would be to grip and bend my loaner disc, aaaaaand throw! OMGosh. It went all of ten feet. Pathetic! My second throw wasn’t any better as my disc smacked a pole on the black top, then rolled half way across the parking lot! In the opposite direction of that little basket. Ugh I don’t remember tossing a Frisbee as such UNrelaxing WORK! Well, I was in it for the exercise, right?

We walked over to my disc, remember the parking lot? The rules are that whomever’s disc lands the farthest from the basket goes first on each throw (unless you throw past the basket I think). Oh- and I wasn’t expected to make a basket in one throw! Like golf, that would be a hole in one (throw or swing). Cool, yes, but rare. I think it took me at least four throws to make my first hole. LOL And so our game went; me going first at every round and last in every basket .

Little_Axe_disc_coursemarkedThis image to the left is the course we played. You’ll see where #1 begins (at the top of the picture in white, we didn’t use the pro tee in red)) and the basket at the fuchsia dot, in relation to the parking lot. The green dot on the gray in the image (parking lot area) is my disc on my second throw. There was probably 30 feet of grass between the black top and the basket and I missed it by a long shot. LOL

On the second hole a man I’ll call “Roger” caught up to us and we offered to let him “play through” but he declined and said he’d just join us if we didn’t mind. Hey, what’s one more? I’m sure Roger could use a good laugh and I was the one to give it to him with my less than stellar form! Do you know, there’s a certain way to hold the discs for different effects? Three that I used yesterday.

Alternative throws: one of which you hold the disc sort of like a knife thrower tossing at a wall of balloons (or a brave soul). I used this to get over the shrubs I landed in the middle of  on the second hole and couldn’t throw around.

Fore hand: Gripped between middle and forefingers and the thumb and thrown from the outside position, arm tucked against your side and then extended. I used this as it gave me the most force and control in my throws.

Back hand: How we all throw a Frisbee, crossing our chest and coming around as we throw…that’s the one that got me into that parking lot. 😆

Unlike those for regular golf, disc courses are cluttered with trees we have to play around and between and I did pretty well avoiding them. To all our amazement, I was good at using my left hand–I’m right-handed–to get around trees and into clearings. Mainly because I can’t aim or throw worth a damn, I fear! Although, on #4 I did land in a batch of poison ivy or oak because that park is chock full of the stuff! LOL After about an hour, lots of laughs and water to rehydrate, and the offer of a little “herbal” pain relief for dd’s headache coming on near the end of the course (which she declined lol), we finished our game. I humiliated myself, laughed at me, enjoyed family and had a blast and got good exercise doing it. I can’t wait to play again! I’m told by Kris that after a few rounds I’ll get better. I’m not so sure about that because, seriously, I was horrible! But I’m up for the challenge. I think I’ll try to convince Mitch to play too. 😛 Miraculously, and best of all, I didn’t hurt afterward with my arthritis. I actually felt invigorated. 🙂

I’ll let you know if I play again, maybe get some pictures for whatever reason and a few laughs. LOL Until then, I’ll make jewelry and host bloggers and live. 🙂

Dodadagohvi~

2013 in review ~ and a fun new contest

Osiyo~

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s time again for WordPress helper monkeys to regale us with the site stats for Pen of the Dreamer for 2013!

These fun monkeys prepared a year-end annual report for my website/blog. I love this feature! And I’m going to send a few gifts out to some special people who helped make this year a success. Read to the end and see if your name is listed. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

For best overall post with responses:

Ally Robertson aka. Alicia Dean– for an excellent editor’s post and great comments in return! 74 comments with a grand total of 181 views and the highest comment count in 2013, which kicked off last January with a bang!

For most comments posted:

Mae Clair– 39

Liza O’Connor– 36

Kelly Moran– 34

Vonnie Davis– 29

Mackenzie Crowne– 25

I need all six of these lovelies to email me at calisa.rhose@gmail.com with your snail mail addresses!

I have a special *Thank You* gift for those who promoted the heck out of this blog or hosted awesome posts this past year that helped me get some fabulous results. 🙂

But I want more! 😆

In 2014 I’m going to run a year-long contest. Whoever generates the most commenter response for their guest post, and the top commenters for the whole year will win- beginning NOW. That means if you are a guest blogger or have your cover posted on UnCover Monday you need to rally people to visit and COMMENT! Viewers only will not count because views alone don’t raise the post to popularity, but comments can. You will be expected to promote the post in every venue and comment often on your post. Each post can be promoted for longer than your own day since this is a blog that has permalinks to share, but responses ON your day is what counts, that’s the date WP records. 😀 Plus, the more you comment, the more numbers you rack up toward winning that category too! 😀

You want to beat this years’ winning numbers so that means more visits per contestant. 🙂 I’m putting a minimum of 50 comments per entrant for the year, and it would be awesome sauce if bloggers can beat 74 comments for guest posters on that day. Maybe 100? More? Leave a comment here to get you started. It can be a new year’s resolution to WIN MY CONTEST!!!!!!!!!

Periodically throughout the year I’ll post a contest reminder because I know we all get busy and don’t always take time, or even have time, to visit and comment on a lot of blogs. We forget to keep up when life intervenes. When it’s over, I’ll pick the top two blogging guests and top four commenters. Winners will receive a goody bags or gift cards-not to mention awesome recognition if you are promoting yourself and/or a book. If you are a winner it will be announced on New Years Day 2015 with a link to you in recognition. Later this year I’ll post the prizes to motivate everyone. 🙂

I wish you all have a blessed New Year!

Dodadagohvi~

NOTE:
This is a world wide contest.
Void where prohibited by law.
No purchase is necessary.
Participants MUST be 18 years or older and winners may be asked to verify age.
Prizes will only be mailed inside the US, and within 30 days of contest end.
Winners outside the US will receive a GC* within 30 days of contest end.
*Gift card amounts TBA, but will not be valued at less than one prize package.

Why I’ll be self-publishing in 2014 ~ by Calisa Rhose

Osiyo~

I decided to write today and see how it goes. I fell on December 11th and broke another rib, or two? so any time on the pc is painful

This is not my x-ray.

This is not my x-ray.

still. Sitting up, walking, breathing…you get the picture. But while I can’t be on the laptop daily as often, I’ve been thinking about why it’s driving me nuts not to be working on the novella I’ll be publishing early in 2014.

I set a deadline for myself to have it completed and the cover made by the end of December, just four days from now. It’s not gonna happen, unfortunately, since I haven’t been able to work on edits since the tenth. My whole month is wasted because of the pain. I hate that! I’d planned to publish the book by mid-January and that’s not gonna happen now either.

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Wordle for this story.
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Have no fear! I’ll get it done very soon and am revamping my schedule to get the book finished and published by the end of January. That’s right. I’ll just have to add a month to my original plan. 😀 I’m okay with that since this will be my first self-published work and I’m a little (okay, a LOT) terrified of the thought. 😆

So why do it if it’s so daunting? Because I want to. Because I’m confident enough in my writing to know readers will love it. Because it’s the new frontier of publishing and I don’t want to be left behind. And…because I can! I have a wonderful artist working on a cover for me that I know will bring out the essence of the story I’ve fallen in love with and I can’t wait to see the final product. I’m anxious to get back to work on the book edits, expansion really. It was written as a short story for an anthology it didn’t get finished in time to get put into, so I’m making it longer and self-publishing it because I want to share it with the world. As with my writing, it is a sweet, sensual story of love between a man and woman. I’m thinking it might also turn out to be a preclude to a new series later in 2014. Maybe. Possibly. I’ll keep you posted on that thought. 🙂 It depends on how my other series pans out this next year.

In the meantime, I’m sharing an excerpt for Risk Factors and why this time of year is so special to me, aside from Christmas. (Psst- it has to do with tomorrow and aging. 🙂 ) I’d love company at the wonderful Michelle Ziegler’s blog if you have time to stop by today! http://michellezieglerauthor.com/2013/12/27/fun-fact-friday-calisa-rhose-and-the-small-world

Tune in next week when I’ll post my new two year writing plan- and why only two years.

Until then I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

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Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose Welcomes ~ Karolyn James

Calisa Rhose presents: Wednesday Wrap-up with Lyrical Press’s Renee Rocco

Too close to my own dirt

Osiyo~

I was looking around the bathroom this morning and realized I need to give it a deep scrub. It’s the one most neglected room in my house I think. LOL Yes, I need to bleach the tub and scrub the floor. And those kiddie smears of only-God-knows-what around the knobs? Gotta go.BathroomMess

It got me thinking about my writing and the responses we authors often encounter to our ‘babies’ tossed out into the world to sink or swim. They are only as presentable as we make them.

Back to cleaning house. Why haven’t I noticed the hand grime before? Why haven’t I seen, and picked up, those scattered hair ties the ‘kid’ has strewn around the toilet (normally kept in a container on the rack above the throne)? How could I not have seen the stain ringing the tub–from a kid who loves the outdoors more than washing the outdoors off–before that moment? Ewwww.

The answer is easy. It’s my dirt, my mess, my bathroom. It’s not crusty and gross. The toilet is clean, the sink only has a couple of toothpaste smears today (as opposed to covered in the sticky goop) and I can see myself in the mirror (I only have to tilt slightly right, instead of doing the bob and duck to see around specks and spots). I mean, honestly, it’s looked a LOT worse. It’s clean enough to me as I gather the left over towels and clothes left behind by a kid in a hurry to go play for just another half hour before bed.

It’s my mess.

Have you ever gone to someone’s house and noticed these same things (maybe not the tub ring and probably not as bad as my own–have I mentioned that I hate house work) and wanted to clean the smudge or speck for them? I have. Yet, I don’t see the same thing in my house, which I look at daily, hourly.

AnimBroomSo how does house cleaning tie into writing? Well, we write a book, it may take weeks, months, or in many cases, years of struggle and sweat, but we finish. Whew! Then it’s time to shop the baby. Find that perfect publishing home for it. Right?

Wrong. It’s now time to clean house. Scrub all those bad spots out, wash the smudgy areas so they shine, wipe away the rings we thought should stay, but honestly it’s better off without, and polish the whole thing.

We often set it aside thinking that will make it look better, or to allow us to distance ourselves from the clutter so we can make sense of it later. But left too long it will grow mold or rot to oblivion. Usually it gathers dust at the least.

How many wips have you written, only to set aside and never look at again? Shove those under the bed…let’s face it–some of those really don’t belong under the bed, some actually belong in a bag gracing the garbage can (but I didn’t say that–as I peer at all the ‘bunnies’ hiding under my bed).

Okay, so for this we won’t go there…

We pull that baby out and clean it up. We might even clean it two or three times. This is called editing.

Sometimes we pull them out, wipe the dust off and think they are miraculously all fixed. Wa-la. We didn’t need to do nearly as much as we thought we would to make it all spiffy and pretty. We’re just that good of a writer. They have steeped long enough to have rearranged those poorly written areas without us, and all we need to do is mail it out and watch it flourish.

Wrong again. THAT NEVER HAPPENS! Don’t fool yourself and set yourself up for rejection.

Take another look at it and I’m sure you’ll find something to correct, something to add a better word to, something–

TeamworkBetter yet, have someone else take a look at it. It often takes teamwork to dig deep into those cracks and crevices.

Let someone else walk into your house and see what you can’t. Have them point those smudges out to you, not clean them for you. You won’t learn to recognize those dirt specks if you do. No…that green spot is not part of the wall paper. No, your cabinets didn’t come with blue speckles all over them. It’s more likely toothpaste spatter.

I had an epiphany while staring at my dirty bathroom this morning.Idea

I’m too comfortable in my house, and no, that’s not a bad thing, it’s a fact. I can clean my house, pick up the laundry, do the dishes. I can clean my own house. But it often takes an outsider, an unbiased eye to notice the little things I can’t see in my own writing.

I’m too close to the dirt to see the mess.

I challenge you to look around your clean house. Really look at it as a visitor might having seen it for a first time. What do you see that you never noticed until you read this post?

Don’t tell me.

Go get your wip out and look at it as if it isn’t yours. Now…what do you see?

Go forth my grasshoppers (you probably won’t know what that means unless you had dinosaurs for pets). Edit.

I’m going to clean a bathroom.

Dodadagohvi~