How long have I been saying that for? Forever it seems! I've also been playing with taglines, as you can see from the image (maybe). Emotional. Fierce. Now. I've been doing a lot of playing.
In truth, I’ve been plugging away at Common Ground. I’m at the tail end and the end needed some work but the good news is I’ve figured it out. Figured out where to take the ending of the story but also how to subconsciously let it go once I’ve completed the planned revisions. Talk about being a slow writer. And a slow learner.
Then it’s on to the next stage: agents, queries, and the really big contest, oh my!
More about the submission process in the fall. But about the really big contest? I’ve always imaged entering the Golden Heart. From the moment I heard of the RWA and the contest's existence, I’ve pictured myself entering it. I don’t know why I feel I must, but if I must, I must. My creative visualization didn’t see me winning, just entering. Okay, that’s a lie. I have imagined being a finalist. Oh, who am I kidding, I’ve imagined winning. I’m certainly not going to image myself losing!
As an unpublished writer I image or visualize many things: book contracts, cover art, spines with my name on them, those books resting on the shelves of a bookstore, etc.
1. the act or an instance of visualizing
2. (Psychology) a technique involving focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal
We’ve all done this in one form or another - used our imagination to envision the completion of a goal, the granting of a wish, or the realization of a dream. Writing is a hard business and we all need to create a source of visionary fuel to battle the doubts, ennui, distractions and disasters.
I tend to go more for the third person technique of watching the action unfold, much like watching a movie of me. Ha. But I recently read, like five whole minutes ago, it’s more powerful to visualize in first person; to watch your dream unfold through your own eyes, to participation in the action. Feel the pen in your hand, the coolness of the paper, as you sign the contract versus watching yourself sign it.
Furthermore, play it out high definition movie style with sound and color and applause. Ah...that was a lovely
So, congratulations to all the 2010 Golden Heart and Rita finalists. The big day to announce the winners is Friday, July 30, 2010. To those of you attending the RWA 30th Annual Conference have a wonderful time! See you in New York in 2011!
What I’m reading: Delicious by Sherry Thomas (my new-to-me favourite author)
Latest movie seen in actual theatre: The Twilight Saga - Eclipse (last night in fact!)
Latest movie seen on TV: Sahara (took me back to a time when I liked Matthew McConaughey and thought he could act – snarky, but true)
Pages left to revise on Common Ground: 55 pages (Woo-hoo) (I have to admit when I see that low number I feel a bit pathetic, as in what the heck are you thinking, get your butt in gear girl and finish it already)
Words Count on Story for Writing Group: 509 words (and a theme and a plot and everything, which makes me glad because it was driving me nuts that I couldn’t come up with a decent short story idea, not even one, but now I’ve settled on one so it’s all good)
What do you visualize achieving or doing or completing? Tell us what you’re up to writing-wise this summer? Summer music, reading, movies...fill me in!