It’s been awhile. I’m hanging my head in shame and cringing just a bit. Seems I’ve been doing everything but writing since I last posted. And I have. I won’t even bore you with a laundry list of errands, road trips and family calamities. Let’s just say I’ve fallen off the writing wagon and I’m anxious to climb back on. What better way to mark this first day of September than to update you on my goings on?
I opened up Garden Variety, my second novel, and read it from the beginning to bring myself up to speed. I can honestly say I really do like this story and my absence has not dimmed my interest in it. I’ll be picking up from where I left off, but today I had another project that was front and center.
Avon Books is holding a novella writing contest to be judged by none other than one of my all time favorite writers (and people) Debbie Macomber. As soon as I read the announcement I knew I had to give it a shot. Barely versed in novel writing, I know this will be quite an undertaking for me.
As I was writing this morning I already found myself jotting down notes to ask my good friend Larissa Lyons, who has written many novellas. Larissa is every writer’s dream friend. Her Texas accent is endearing and she’s loads of fun to talk to on the phone. Best of all, she’s a fountain of knowledge who is willing to share her expertise and experience in this tough publishing business. To learn more about Larissa and her novels (Regency and Erotic Romance) you can pay her a visit at http://larissalyons.com/ and please do tell her I sent you.
Getting back to the contest, I came up with a fun idea that just seemed to sit right. After lots of starts and stops, I’m about 2k in on a story that cannot exceed 25K. Being a writer who is often ‘long winded’ this will be quite a challenge.
Now it’s time to get back to work and see if I can’t log in a couple hundred more words. But if you have any advice to share on how you tackle short writing projects like novellas, I would love to hear from you!