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Monday, February 16, 2009

Writers and Confidence

Personal Weather Report - Barometer steady as calm returns after period of intense activity.

Writing Activity - New story continues to progress nicely. Currently at 40,500/60,000 words. Judged seven contest entries.

Writing is a tough business, which requires talent and skill. Determination, thick skin and confidence help too.

I saw a link to a great article on confidence that I'd like to share. The post is from consulting editor Alan Rinzler's blog, The Book Deal: An Inside View of Publishing, and is titled "How successful writers keep up their confidence."

I hope you find the article as helpful as I did.


Anne Barton said...

Thanks for the link, Keli. I esp. like the last bullet: "Embrace irrational exuberance and obsessive compulsions." Really, it's OK to do that? Phew! :)

Keli Gwyn said...

Anne, since I have enough OC tendencies to give Monk some serious competition, I especially like the idea of embracing our compulsions. :-)

Thanks for dropping by.

Kay Cassidy said...

Thanks for the link, Keli. Good food for thought to kick off the week. :-)

Keli Gwyn said...

Kay, I'm glad you found the article helpful. Mr. Rinzler gave lots of sound advice, I thought.

Jessica said...

Yikes! Seven entries? LOL

Keli Gwyn said...

Yes, Jessica. You read that right. I judged seven Golden Heart® entries last week. Since the only feedback the entrants receive is a score, these entries didn't take as long as those on which I make comments.

I enjoyed reading the entries. I learn so much from each writer. That's one of many benefits I receive from serving as a contest judge.

And, wow! There are some amazing stories and voices just waiting to be discovered. I won't be surprised to see some of the entries I read announced as Golden Heart finalists on March 25.

sherrinda said...

How are you producing the word count you are and judging contests? I find that amaazing! Are you a disciplined person who finds it easy to sit and let your fingers fly over the keyboard? Do you have time to read for pleasure??? :)

Keli Gwyn said...

Sherrinda, thanks for asking.

I have the luxury of working on my writing-related activities full-time. I've been a stay-at-home mom since our daughter was born. She's now 18, so I have a good deal of time to devote to my pursuits.

I love to read romances for pleasure, but I do struggle to find time. I manage to read about two books a month. I want to read more. There are so many wonderful stories waiting on my TBR shelves.

When I sit down to write a rough draft, the words flow freely. If I were to let my internal editor loose, I'd be hard pressed to get even a page done, so I do my best to forge ahead. I'm of the belief that getting the first draft written, however rough it might be, is a good thing. Then I have something to revise. :-)