Win a Copy of “Wild” by Pamela S Beason

A Child is Missing in the Wilderness

Win a copy of Pamela Beason’s autographed self published book, no longer available as her novel was picked up by a New York publishing house.

This story will debut with a different title, and a few minor changes … sometime in 2011.  I enjoyed reading it, and noticed that for me, a notorious ‘skipper’, I skipped no words in this novel.

To win, subscribe to my blog and add a brief comment with your most effective time organization tools, listing the major things you do, to keep those words flowing onto the pages, while attending to the business end of being a writer—and not neglecting personal obligations.

Last date to comment will be Sat, August 21 at midnight, Pacific Daylight Time.  I will choose the winner and post it on Monday, August 23.  It is my hope that we will all benefit from reviewing the time challenges that every writer faces every day.

I will pick the one (s) most likely to help me, totally subjective, and send the book.

Have a great writing day,  and a wonderful weekend.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marion Spicher
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 11:53:52

    ‘Tis one of the captains of the good ship “1st Turning Point” … thanks for the visit Jacquie. Your “plan” sounds more true to life on many of my “planned” days. Folks, if you haven’t visited 1st Turning Point yet, you’ll find a wealth of information in the treasure chest of this great pirate ship. A ship that gathers brainy stuff from folks, conscripted for their expertise, charm and wit, to offer self promo help for writers and artists.



  2. Jacquie Rogers
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 05:08:00

    Organization? You jest.
    Plow through and hope for the best.

    It’s past midnight–way past, so I’m not in the running for the book, but I’m the only one who responded in verse. hahahaha 🙂



  3. C.
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 21:46:10

    I get myself in a writing “place”. When I was in my house in Spokane, I had my own office where I could lock the door and stay focused. Now that I’m living in a cramped apartment with my husband, my daughter, my dog, and my cat (yes, we’re all very cozy), I go to a local cafe to write on my day off from work. One I get to my “place”, I’m totally in the zone and can usually write 3-6K in a sitting. Until Meg gets older, I don’t think I’ll have any better solution since she absorbs so much of my time and attention at this time.



    • mspicher
      Aug 21, 2010 @ 22:36:55

      Christy, thanks for your comment. You are dealing with some challenging changes, and have found a way to keep the focus. Congratulations. I haven’t dedicated a spot solely to writing, not because of a lack of space, but possibly due to a lack of determination. I do bookkeeping both for my writing, and for hubby’s small consulting business… and as I look around … egad! It looks like I am a library, a music buff, have a small TV, and lots of binders full of information on computers, internet, writing, manuscript revisions, class notes. A while back, I downloaded a class of Margie Lawson’s on how to defeat self defeating behaviors, and couldn’t get past the chapter where she said to get rid of the clutter. I am still working on it. Getting better.



  4. Marianne Strnad
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 19:00:43

    Laurie’s advice is hard to beat, but here’s mine. I’m a list-maker, so I write down what I need to do for the day and in the order it needs to get done in so I don’t make unnecessary tripsn have to double-back, etc. I also don’t proceed to the next item on the list until the previous one is complete. To avoid distractions at home, I unplug my “triggers”, the TV, radio, cellphone, etc. I also build in rewards, allow myself a favorite food or snack for good behavior. After all that, I hope for the best!



    • mspicher
      Aug 21, 2010 @ 22:23:59

      Aha. So you can’t proceed to the next item on the list until the previous one is done. I have not tried that one. Thank you for the comment, Marianne. I too am a list maker but complete the list at random. This does not always work, as it is possible to use some things on the list as legitimate procrastination devices.



  5. mspicher
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 13:26:53

    Thanks, Laurie. Good suggestion for those of us on the business end of writing in the self promotion part of it.



  6. Laurie Ryan
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 13:02:05

    Time organization? Well…each night I take a look at my schedule for the next day and build in my writing time. I had tried writing first thing in the morning, but I’m too anxious to check my emails. So I build it in later, so I satisfy my email addiction and promo/marketing needs.
    That being said, I’m supposed to be writing now. Oops. 🙂 Great question! I’ll be checking back to get some more tips.



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