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Recently, I wrote out my life goals.  I now keep this list open on my computer all the time, to subtly remind myself of what I need to do.

Over the last two weeks, a question has been bouncing around in my head: what exactly is it that I want? In other words, if I could live in a perfect world, what would it be?  What’s my utopia?

The answer to that questions isn’t a simple paragraph or two, because let’s face it, I want a lot of things in my life.  Ultimately, I want to retire with my husband and have a happy time.  There’s a lot of ways to get there.  And in some cases, I want to get there multiple ways.

One of those ways is to become a novel writer.  I’m not really looking to strike it rich ala Stephen King or anything, but having a sustainable career (without having to write what I would consider unpleasant material – corporate or marketing writing, for instance) would be great.

Call me crazy, but the other dream that I have is to become a farmer, which stems from my love of gardening.  I would put myself in the category of “homestead” farmer, which is vastly different than a commercial farmer, the main difference being one is to live and the other is to make money.  I’m not that interested in making money by farming, or by writing for that matter.

I could go on and on about homestead farming, but I won’t bore you with the details.  Suffice it to say that my dream is not a reality, or even close to it.  Firstly, I live in a condo association that likens gardening to the black plague.  And mostly, my husband isn’t too thrilled with the idea of sharing a backyard with chickens (although he does like my idea of the pool – hey, farmers can swim, too).

That doesn’t mean, however, that I can’t dream about it.  The advantage of being a writer is that my very overactive imagination can fathom a place that doesn’t even exist.  I can write it down, and make it real.  I can put it in a book, and see that it becomes not a dream, but reality.

So what’s your utopia?

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I’ve been having a little bit of writer’s block lately and I am totally bummed out.  I started off my book with a big bang, writing every day and pacing myself pretty nicely.  Then, all of a sudden, I seemed to have hit a brick wall.

Well, it just so happens that I got a shipment in the mail today, and inside was a book called 45 Master Characters.  I ordered this book along with my other one, and it got delayed.  I was totally psyched to get it in the mail. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing a novel seems like such a daunting task, and I have this fear in the back of my mind that it will be one of those things that I start, and then never finish.  It isn’t really a fear that I can’t do it, but I always have this cloud hanging over my head.  Sometimes while I am driving (the best time to think, I might add), I ask myself, how do other people come up with all these fantastic ideas for a book? Read the rest of this entry »

Last night, I watched The A-Team, the new one starring Liam Nielson.  That sparked an interesting conversation between me and my husband.  I see him everywhere now!  Either he was just discovered on the Hollywood scene, or I just discovered him. Read the rest of this entry »

Today marks the first week of my writing goal: to go with my husband and sit at a cafe and write.  So today, I won’t be posting a blog entry of any length.  Wish me luck!

A few weeks ago, I started a class at Walden University*** about writing short fictional stories.  I was (and still am) really excited about this class, mostly because I’ve never done any kind of fictional writing before.  One of the first things we learned about is freewriting.

Freewriting is a way to generate new short story ideas, and to go places with your creative writing you wouldn’t go otherwise. At the very least it will get you to set pen to paper.

Now, I used to think freewriting was very difficult.  I’d sit at a page for an hour and I wouldn’t write anything, because nothing came to mind. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve written for a few blogs before, and I’ve written a few of my own.  (I even started blogging before blogs were popularized … but that is an entirely different story.  That just shows everyone how old I really am.)  What I’ve never done is write for a blog every day.  And I have to tell you, I’ve gotten a little overwhelmed by this daily blogging thing.

My fear is not actually that I won’t post something every day, because, let’s face it, I am lazy.  There are going to be days that I skip.  And then there will be days that I have so much to say that I will write twenty posts all in one day and schedule them for you to see.  I’m really hoping that those days will carry me through the lazy days. Read the rest of this entry »

Ok, the last day or so I’ve learned a few things about blogging.  The first thing is that blogging is just not blogging.  In other words, you can’t just type out a bunch of words and hope that people will like you enough to visit your blog.  In order to be successful at a blog, you need to head on over to a bunch of other people’s web sites and make a lot of comments about their stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

I read this article on Daily Writing Tips, encouraging readers to write every day:

In these situations, a deadline and a sense of responsibility to your readers can work wonders. Promise on your blog that there’ll be a new post each day, then set yourself a private daily deadline (eg. 8pm) and aim to hit “publish” before then. Even when you’re not in the mood to write, the embarrassment of letting your readers down will motivate you to get typing…

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