HOME FIRE:  THE BIG YEAR  WINNERS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO Linda S!  (FROM THE ROGERS COMMUNITY CRAFT FAIR!)


OTHER WINNERS:
AMY G.

DOROTHY H.

Nancy L. 
Nancy E.
Julie T.
Rita B.

You can get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of any of the Home Fire books by completing the attached  order form and mailing it along with your payment to:
Nancy Ann Books
PO Box 47392
Plymouth, MN 55447

Home Fire:  The Journey Home  is now on  Amazon!

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Writer’s Workout

Confidence Builder and Handling Rejection

By Nancy Ann

Many writers are introverts.  They sit alone at their desks and write story after story, or article after article.  Their desire is to get published and share their work with the world yet not draw attention to themselves.  But, if they want to make a successful career as a writer, they must expose themselves as a writer.

If you feel too shy or embarrassed to share your work, start small.  Write a short story or an article.  Type it up so it looks professional and print out a few copies.  Share your story with your mom, sister, uncle, or anybody that you can hand it to with a degree of comfort.  The feedback will likely be all positive, but this isn’t the purpose of the exercise.  The purpose is to help you come out of your shell as a writer. 

Keep writing and finding more people to approach.  Don’t bombard them with tons of reading, but rather give them a non-returnable copy that they can read at their leisure.  They may even share it with somebody else.  Eventually you will come across people that you can count on to give you an unbiased opinion of your work.

Always be prepared for rejection and weigh and consider why a person didn’t particularly like your work.  Take advantage of all reviews, feedback, comments, whether they are negative or positive, so that you can improve your skills and confidence as a writer.  Keep in mind that not everybody will like your work.  After all, can you think of an author or columnist whose work doesn’t impress you?

If your grammar and punctuation is atrocious, you will need to know about it and improve it.  But if you receive criticism for mere subject matter, take it for what it’s worth and don’t let it get you down.  You need to write for your targeted audience. 

Take a debatable subject such as global warming.  There are two sides to that coin and only a percentage of readers are going to like or agree with your article, no matter from which prospective you write.

While positive feedback is what every writer wants, negative feedback can also help a writer to build confidence and improve. 

Nancy’s Notes

 

Keep Moving Forward

By Nancy Ann

Summer is just around the corner.  Whether you are a student and find yourself with ample time on your hands or are a fulltime employee where your daily schedule will look much the same, we all try to find time to enjoy the summer; especially if you live in a northern state like Minnesota. 

For the fulltime employee, the longer days allow you to enjoy an additional 3-4 hours of sunshine that, until quitting time, you were only able to admire from your office window.

The warm days of summer are filled with picnics, boating, fishing, camping, gardening…it’s easy to push your writing aside.

This summer, find additional time that you can block out each day for writing and commit to it.  Even if it is only for a half an hour longer than your regular writing time, your skills and discipline will improve.  If I may be so blunt as to state the obvious, if your desire is to become a successful writer, the only way it will happen is if you write.

Some writers carry a notebook and pen with them and write throughout the day, several times a day; others need to set a schedule.  If you fall into the latter category, then schedule a specific time that you can commit to each day and use that time for writing.  Make sure that this is a time where your mind is sharp and focused. 

For example, if the quiet, early morning is when your pen flows the best, then that would likely be your most productive time to write.  This is when I do most of my writing.  I’ve learned that if I skip this productive pocket of time, then I really don’t write anything of consequence.  It’s easy to tell myself that I’ll do it after I get home from work, or after I go fishing, but as the day wears on, my energy level decreases, as does my focus level.  In the end, I will have written nothing.  So I no longer procrastinate like that.  I stick to my schedule.  Sure, there is an occasional morning that gets skipped, but for the most part, I do adhere to my schedule.  It has worked for me over the past decades and it can work for you. 

It really boils down to dedication and commitment.  So, this summer, be sure to keep writing on your daily calendar and keep moving forward!



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