With less than 36 hours left in the month of January, I have only one question...where did the month go? I swear I looked at my calendar just yesterday and it said January 1st!
If you don't keep a calendar or a schedule of events, may I encourage you to do so? This year I purchased a day planner that is kept in my car. In addition, I have a calendar, with large spaces to write, not far from my desk. I'd be lost without them. I'm finding as I age, it's important for me to put doctor appointments, personal appointments, and manuscript deadlines all in one place so it's easier to find.
I've visited with several authors the past couple months and edited a few manuscripts. One theme appears across the board with all of them...none of the authors took that extra five minutes to run their work through the spell checker/grammar checker. Please, make sure you do this. Your editors will thank you a hundred fold.
While cruising through Facebook, I stumbled across valuable information for us writers. Often I am stuck on a character's character...negative, positive, emotional traits. Thank you to my amazing author friend, Casey Bond, for sharing her photograph on Facebook of the new writing tools she'd received. The books, written by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, are 1. The Negative Trait Thesaurus, 2. The Positive Trait Thesaurus, and 3. The Emotion Thesaurus. These little gems have a plethora of information that will help get you back on track and plotting the best characters for your story line. I urge you, if you don't already own them, add them to your library.
In February, the month for love, I hope you're busy little worker bees, creating many romances, stories of happy ever afters, or break-ups that can't be reconciled. I wish you much success!
PS. I am now accepting manuscripts/projects for editing beginning the month of March. I have several openings and would love you to reach out.