Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing Session 3

Sorry I have been so sporadic. I'm hoping everything will calm down so I can get back to posting these great handout I have.

5.) Read – a lot: I agree with this. The one thing I find helps me with my writing is editing for another publisher. Most of what I read isn’t published books anymore because of my editing job, but boy has it made me a better writer. So read as much as you can. Everything and anything. Don’t just stick to one genre switch them out every once in a while.

6.) Stick to a Schedule: I can be a pretty good procrastinator. I think most of us are in one fashion or another. If you find you get sidetracked easily then you should set aside a certain amount of time to write every day. Try to do it at the same time each day. I know some authors who get up early to write, others write at night. And you don’t have to set a lot of time aside. Just fifteen minutes will do. You’ll find some days that fifteen minutes is all you’ll do, but other days that fifteen minutes will turn into several hours. Personally I start my writing around 8 p.m. and try to write until I go to bed. I get interrupted by my family but that is part of my routine and it works for me. Find something that works for you.

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