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Yes, started a new book yesterday and worked on it again today!

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I go to Books a Million. It's the only chain bookstore left in my town. :(



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Not yet, but this evening I'm going to go to Barnes and Noble with my MacBook to work on it!

"Take it one day at a time."


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I find it easier to get beta readers if I cultivate a relationship beforehand. So I have my author page on Facebook, and then when I need a BR, I ask folks who have been regularly responding to my posts.

Depending on the genre, you might want to enter a contest for feedback on your first 30-ish pages. (Romance Writers of America chapters have contests all the time.) Yes, it costs money, but it's honest, unbiased feedback. Plus if you final, you get your MS in front of an agent or editor.

Good luck!



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Thank you.

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2/28/17 7:31 A

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Goodreads has a group where you can post for beta readers.

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Hi!


Working on outlining the next work, getting psyched up to start querying the 2015 novel, and searching high and low for beta readers for the 2016 novel. How does everyone go about the process of getting beta readers? I find that to be the biggest logjam these days, even more so than writer's block.

Thanks and glad to see all of you! :)

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1/25/17 8:43 A

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Oh, cool! About four years ago a radio psychic (I called in to the radio station) told me my fifth book would be my most successful one. The host tried to convince me a radio DJ would make a great hero. :)



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1/24/17 7:42 A

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modern witchcraft and psychic experiences

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Hiya, Nanci! What are you researching?



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Hi. I'm fairly new here. I got a bit of writing in yesterdayand Thursday, and plan on doing more today. Also need to do some research on some of things I'll be touching on in the book. Heading off to the track in about 1/2 hr for a walk. Expect to do at least 5km.

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Excellent! I did not, but tonight is my writing night, so I have high hopes.



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I did work on my writing project today.
Research for my hypertension article.

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1/11/17 8:57 A

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Have you heard of Save the Cat? It's a way of outlining the beats of your novel. Actually, it's a way of outlining the beats of a screenplay, but works just as well for a novel.

www.savethecat.com



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I have been so bad lately! I am going to dedicate some serious time to outlining! I think I get hung up on the writing part when I don't know whats going to happen next, but I want to do the writing part, and not the planning that needs to take place first!


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1/8/17 8:31 P

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Yes, making progress on my book happy to report but it still needs a lot of tweaking.

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The one person I thought would help me referred my question to someone else and they got back to me. Have not heard from the other person. Boo.

At the office now, so hopefully can make some progress.


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woot woot!

I'm editing and deleting. Bye bye, word count!



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Not today but two nights ago yes. Putting together a quick reference guide on managing a particular patient group. Typed 4 double spaced pages in my rough draft. Love how it is going and where it is going. Also sent 2 emails requesting detailed info from some military resources. One i know and believe she will help me. The other i do not know so he may not help. Looking forward to hearing from him either way.

Could be a bust and could be something tbat will go viral in our military community...

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Yes wrote two poems
She Awoke
Patience

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I was editing a scene last night when the heroine decided she wasn't neurotic enough and freaked out. Uh... okay, then. I guess I'll add to it.



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12/18/16 1:15 A

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yes

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Yay! I always enjoy that sense of completion.



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Yes, I have completed my writing project for the day! emoticon

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Good luck, Michelle! Sounds like you really enjoyed writing it.



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I worked on my book this week. It is about finding fulfillment in life not working, whether one is disabled, retired or a stay at home mom or dad. A bit on the religious side I recently decided. It just wasn't cutting it without the mention of God and the holy rosary. It is such an immersed part of my very life that I cannot deny how much it lifts me up as I praise God. But the book is filled with much about all the fun things we don't get to do when we are working, like gardening, hiking and doing spontaneous things like go to La and visit an old dear friend who is our priest. We live 2 1/2 hours away!
The book is filled with so much and examples of my own life and others who have inspired me through their writing such as Gandhi and Thoreau.
I am not quite ready to share my draft but it is getting closer as I finetune the chapters.
Sparkcheers!

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11/23/16 11:19 A

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Except 10 is so overused. ;)
Another one was to take a well known saying and twist it. Not that I can think of an example at the moment.



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Oh yes I like that list idea...just like David Letterman's Top 10 Lists...

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If it's about getting your oral-ness in shape, then I think it's perfect!

I was listening to a workshop once about getting people to read your stuff, and one thing it said was people like lists. Like, Seven Things to Do for Diabetes Oral Fitness or something like that.



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Did some more background research and I'm thinking of the following title:

Diabetic Oral Fitness


It makes "oral health" more interesting and fresh. Also it moves away from "oral wellness" which has some negative connotations in the natural/whole health movement. This is my perception of what I'm reading at least.

What do you think of the title?

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Did another hour or so last night.
Collecting background material.

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Diabetes and Oral Health.

Thinking about Diabetes and Oral Wellness or some combination of those words.

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All right! What's the topic?



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Ok everyone....drumroll.......

I just finished 30 minutes doing research for my diabetes article.......

Woo Hoo!!!!!


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Doing some research for an article right now.

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Yeah, that would scare anyone!



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Worked on two poems last night

Yesterday had a little meltdown went to put my memory stick in the computer at work to work on a few projects and nothing cold chill down my back. Looked down i pulled my new memory stick out mumbled to myself.

Congrats on the book

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I've been trying to work an hour a day on my second book.

It's been a month since I published my first book, Santa Baby. My sales are low and I still have no reviews on any of the outlets it's for sale on. I have been selling print copies myself (hubby even sold a few at his work). This has been a huge learning experience. I did the whole thing backwards. But I was SO thrilled to have a finished, publishable book that I did just that. I publish with no marking plan in place. That won't happen again!

To everyone here just starting out...keep at it! It's such a thrill to see your name list on a published work!



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i worked for about 20 minutes on my writing project today

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Are you going to do a giveaway on goodreads? (I like goodreads.)
good luck!



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Some sales but no reviews yet Abby. I'm waiting on the print copies I ordered that going to do a give away.

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Research really came up dry... Either the devil is the reason for failure or God is making it a challenge...

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Mazel tov! May you have lots of sales and great reviews!



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Congratulations on publishing the book AANGEL3!

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Hey everyone! It's been like forever since I've been on Spark. I was really into focusing and my writing and dealing with real life. But I'm trying to get back to Sparking.

As for my writing, on Tuesday (10/06) I published my first book, Santa baby. It took me a year and half or so but it's out there now! I have it wide on Kindle, it's also on iTunes, B&N, and Kobo.

Right now I'm trying to get an Author's page working. But WordPress is NOT cooperating with at all. GRRRR

So I hope to be back here on more timely basis.

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I submitted another draft of my dissertation. Chapters 1 and 2 are ready to go to my second committee member and chapter 3 is about ready to go.

Bekah

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I'm judging a romance contest now for unpublished manuscripts.

Tonight I'll work on my own - must add southernism to my story, as it takes place in Georgia. Somehow, I have to fit in the phrase, Who are your people?



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What do you write, Mommy?

I love contests. Even won one! :)



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i sure did. i will be entering a variety of writing contests this year.

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