Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Random Thoughts

I found an interesting blog today. I think I picked the link off Twitter, but I have no idea which Twitter ID, so I apologize for that. If I ever figure it out, I'll let you know. The blog is called: Pimp My Novel. This is good insider stuff from Eric, who works "in the sales department of a major trade book publisher." You won't be disappointed.

Florida mystery writer James O. Born was the closing speaker at last weekend's Colorado Gold Conference. His entertaining and informative talk began and ended with the same observation. The world has never been improved by whining. (Or something like that. I didn't write it down word for word, and my brain is still tired). Anyway, you get the drift. Don't whine about the way things are (or a bad review, or lousy sales, or whatever). Fix it or write something new.

Joseph Finder was the keynote speaker at the banquet on Saturday night. Joe's advice: Write every single day, even if you write only thirty minutes. He's been doing this for years. I think I'll give it a shot. Thirty minutes is doable, even on the worst day.

And finally, I was so tired last night that I could hardly keep my eyes open. Lucky you, I had to keep this post very short so I didn't fall asleep and end up with my nose in the keyboard.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Great links! You've given me some stuff to check out on my layover tomorrow...thanks.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Carol Kilgore said...

Good idea about writing every day even if only for thirty minutes. I'm checking the links. Thanks.

Lynnette Labelle said...

Thanks for the links.

Lynnette Labelle

Anonymous said...

Hi Patricia, thanks for the links. By the way, I love your website and the photo there and on your blog - really beautiful! I'm almost ashamed to say so, though, because it gives me away as not having visited lately.

Have you registered for the Poisoned Pen WebCon yet? I definitely think you should. The link is www.ppwebcon.com.

Julie Lomoe's Musings Mysterioso

Karen Walker said...

Sounds like you need to catch up on some much-needed rest. Love the idea of writing every day even if it's only 30 minutes. That's manageable.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Great links, great philosophy about whining, great writing advice! Wow!


Anonymous said...

Pimp My Novel is great,have you seen The Rejecter?

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I like the whining remark. Writing for at least 30 minutes a day is good advice but sometimes I find that 30 minutes can be a very long time.

Patricia Stoltey said...

But sometimes whining feels so good, even if no one is listening. Thanks for checking in, everyone.

Julie, if we could visit all the blogs and websites we'd like to visit every day, we wouldn't get any writing done, would we? We do what we can, when we can. I thought about doing the webcon thing, but, unfortunately, I have a conflict and won't be anywhere near my computer when all the action is happening. And with Bouchercon coming up in one month, I'm afraid I'll be all conferenced out anyway.

Thanks for the new link, Carolyn. I'll check it out.