This is my new favorite quote. It is so true! If you believe in yourself and do everything in your power to achieve your goals, you’ll have a 100% more chance of reaching them than if you are defeated before you start. Just go for it! In the moments that you feel down, read this quote or others like it and let the pessimism pass. Get on Google and do your research. Get on social media and ask questions. The answers are out there, you just have to know where to find them. I have confidence in you! Now go…
This is generally what I look like when I have been writing for hours on end. I usually start with some sort of plot and at some point it veers off course and takes on a life of it’s own. No matter what I am writing, I can’t help but get inside the minds of my characters. Everything they go through, I go through. Everything they feel, I feel. Everything that happens to them, happens to me and is reflected in my behavior in the real world. In other words, if I just got done writing a fight scene, my husband knows to stay far away from me as I might just bite. >:)
I believe that is the way is should be. If the author of a book can’t empathize with her characters then how is the reader going to?
Getting published is a long hard road and it’s easy to get discouraged. I am at a point right now where I feel like I’m treading water, trying to find land and figuring out how to swim to it. After sending my manuscript to the copyright office it’s like I’m at a stand still. I have to start thinking about my next steps and gathering an audience without knowing when my book will be out. Trying to make your presence known in a market flooded with great books and even better deals is a very intimidating venture. I know I’m not alone but some friendly faces sure would be nice sometimes. I wrote my books for my own entertainment. I don’t expect to get rich from them. My goal is to make it onto the New York Times Best Sellers list, after that, I can die happy. If there is anyone out there who can offer me some advice, I’d be happy to accept it. I guess this post isn’t about encouraging others, it’s more like a statement of “Help! I’m drowning!” (in self pity no less) …is anyone out there listening?… <echoes>
This post has nothing to do with being an author or writing a book but I want to share this news with the world. Today, I am adopting a child. I wanted to let you all read this letter I wrote to be read inside the courtroom…
Adoption, wow, it’s a big commitment. Basically, we are vowing to take care of and love someone else’s child for the rest of her life. We have no biological ties to her, not much history with her, and we are under no obligation to do so, yet, here we are, doing this monumentally brave thing. There is so much that could go wrong but so much that could go right.
I have known from very early on that I wanted to adopt a child. We have had no infertility issues, in fact just the opposite. Together with my husband, I have given birth to three wonderfully active and relatively normal children. I love them with all my heart and would fight to the death for any one of them. My life has been complete for almost six years now. Then I received a phone call from Job and Family Services stating they had an eleven year old girl that needed a place to live. We didn’t hesitate to say we’d take her. She was very quiet when she came into our home but gradually became more and more comfortable with us. Our intent wasn’t necessarily to adopt but she grew on us in a good way.
The road getting here has not been paved with rose pedals and rainbows, the truth is, some days have been pretty rough. Raising a child that didn’t grow up with your own morals and standards is not easy by any means. However, I have seen her thrive in our home and grow into a wonderful young lady. She and I have had long meaningful conversations about life and we have gotten very close. When she calls me “Mom”, I believe she knows that I am a person that is only out to make her life better and to love her unconditionally.
In the future, I know that I will most likely hear things like, “I hate you” or “You’re ruining my life” and frankly, I don’t think I’d be a good parent if I didn’t hear those things. My goal is not to give my children everything they want. My goal is to make sure they grow up safe and happy and that they feel loved. I might not always like them, but I will always love them.
So on this 24th day of March in the year 2014, we will make it official. We will not only give her the loving home she deserves, we will also give her our last name.
Well, it’s official! She is ours! 🙂
I just took the next step in getting my book published by finally sending my manuscript off to the Copyright Office. Clicking that send button and getting one step closer to realizing my dream was both thrilling and scary as hell. I squealed as I watched it uploading and thoughts of ‘did I do everything right?’ swam around my brain. I am still in denial that it really happened. This might not sound like a big deal to some of you but writing my books and getting them published is the single most important thing I’ve ever done (besides getting married and giving birth). I think I may be in shock lol. Well, my journey is underway. I hope you’ll join me as I deliver news of each and every step along this long hard road. Wish me luck!
So, New York Times best selling author, Jennifer Probst challenged her followers to write a short story. It could be about anything but it had to contain only 81 words. I was excited and decided to go for it. Here is what I came up with:
She ran as fast as she could, trying to finally win, but he was too fast. When he passed her up, his tongue poked out. Anger formed as tears in her eyes as she tried to speed up. She never saw the stone in her path. Megan tripped headlong as screams of pain came from her lips. He was there in an instant.
“It’s okay, I’m here,” he cooed and held her.
She knew, as usual, he would make everything alright.
Well there it is! If you would like to take the 81 word challenge, go to Jennifer Probst’s website: http://www.jenniferprobst.com/2014/03/14/the-short-story-and-a-challenge/
Oh yeah, did I mention you could win an ecopy of her latest book? Go on, try it. You know you want to!
When I was getting started, before my first book was done, I was exploring a whole new world of unknown territory. Going through the steps to get my manuscript in print was a daunting task and with an endless amount of information out there, it can be overwhelming. In my search for information, I wished that I could ask someone who had already been through it for some advice. Then a thought occurred to me, why can’t I just ask? I am following a few of my favorite authors on Facebook and Twitter so I decided to private message them all. Some of their pages didn’t offer the ability to message them privately but three of them did. I composed a simple email message to each of them, asking what advice they could offer me to aid in my quest. I sent them around 8:00am and to my surprise, by 2:00pm that same day, one of my now favorite authors emailed me back! I was so excited and even teared up a bit. She didn’t just send me a quick reply either. Her message to me was quite lengthy actually, and full of great stuff. There was one thing she said that I didn’t understand so I thanked her for emailing me back and asked her to clarify. To my amazement, her next reply was just as long as the first one! She explained what I didn’t understand and wished me luck. I try not to bother her but have emailed her once or twice again since that first correspondence and each time she goes out of her way, despite her busy schedule to reach out and help this starving artist. I can never repay her for her generosity but have vowed to pay it forward. When I finally realize my dream of becoming a best selling author, I will answer each and every private message that comes across my computer screen. I will try and help anyone who asks me for advice because she helped me first. I don’t want to divulge her name unless she approves but JP if you are reading this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If we ever meet someday, I hope you won’t be offended (or freaked out) if I offer to buy you a cup of coffee. To me, you are a hero and a wonderfully kind woman. I just wanted to say how much I appreciated what you did for me, God bless you and may all of your books a hit the top of the charts!
PS. I just got permission to tell you which author I am referring to in this blog. It’s none other than JENNIFER PROBST! She has written so many great books! Honestly, when I looked up how many she’d written, I was shocked. I had no idea she had so many out there. In my own collection I have the following: The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Trap, The Marriage Mistake, (The Marriage Merger <–I still need that one), Beyond Me, Searching For Someday, and coming in April 2014, Searching For Perfect! There are many more but those are the ones I can personally tell you are awesome! Please consider reading/buying her books. Not only is she a very talented writer, she the nicest person! <3 http://www.jenniferprobst.com/
I have been moving right along on my current book the last two weekends. In all, I have written over 20,000 words. I know that the length of a good book is as long as it takes to get to the end of the story but I can’t help but check out the word count once in a while. When I think about the parts I am the most proud of, I can’t remember writing them. I mean, I could see my fingers feverishly typing away, and they are my words but honestly, it’s like I take on an assumed identity. I am Kate Squires, Author, not just Kate the mom or Kate the wife or my favorite (or not) Kate the chauffeur. Writing is also freedom. It’s freedom to be whoever you want to be. In turn, you also get to make your characters do whatever you want. (Mwah haha!) So write what you feel, write what you want, but for heaven’s sake, JUST WRITE! That is all for today. May you all have sweet dreams of your next greatest idea.
I am at a crucial part in my latest manuscript. It’s the final climax, if you will, and I know how it’s going to go but it seems like one distraction after another is stopping from getting in my zone. Every time I get started, something comes up and tears my attention away from finishing it. I only have about twenty-five thousand more words to reach the minimum length I want for this book, (which sounds like a lot but it’s really not) and I can’t seem to gain any momentum today. Ugh! It’s making me crazy(er)! Anyone else out there having a similar issue? What do you do to keep being productive? I would love some ideas. Anyway, I hope you are all having a great Saturday!
I have heard it said that you should read your dialog out loud. This will alert the writer if the words the characters are saying sound realistic or not. I can tell you for absolute certainty that this is true but not just for the dialog. I have a friend who is eighty years young. She lives in a nursing home and I see her at least twice a week. I have been telling her about the books I’ve written and the one I’m working on currently. I read them to her as her sight is impaired. Let me tell you, that woman is my greatest resource. She gets enjoyment out of me doing this and when I am reading to her, it gives me a wealth of information about any areas that need to be polished. Laughing at all the right parts (most of the time) and being touched at other parts is valuable feedback that most people have to pay for. My friend is happy to do it for me and in a way, our relationship is symbiotic. She recently confessed to me that my current manuscript sounds better than the one before it and that’s one way I know my writing skills are improving. I am going to go back and take another look at that one to see how I can make it more compelling. Thank you TJ, I love ya honey!