Celebrating!

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If you’ve been following my writing agonies and struggles to keep focused on my WIP, What She Didn’t Know, I’d just like to say…

WOOHOO! I’ve done it!

The first draft of What She Didn’t Know is now FINISHED! 🎊🎉 🍾🥂🌟🎊🎉

I’m going to go out to dinner tonight to celebrate. It took me a year and half to finish this novel of 88,000+ words through much mental exhaustion, sweat, dedication, and love!

And. It. Feels. Darn. Good!

 

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The Business of a Brilliant Blurb

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I’ve been working on my blurb for Passage of Promise, and I believe I’ve gotten it where I want it. With a little help from my husband and oldest son on tweaking a few words, the blurb came together. Hope you like it and find it intriguing!

Marina loves babysitting her four-year-old nephew, Christopher. But when her family gets the shattering news of her nephew’s life-threatening illness, their lives are forever changed.

Marina’s family sends her to the Greek island of Santorini to retrieve her great grandmother’s wonder-working icon of Saints Anna and Mary for healing Christopher. But Marina discovers the icon has been stolen. She recruits a high school English teacher vacationing on the island to help her search for her great grandmother’s precious heirloom. During the search, she finds something more than the icon.

Returning home, Marina must face her fears of Christopher’s serious health condition and her family’s fractured bonds. Will she gain the courage and faith through Saint Anna’s guidance to bring about healing for her family and a love that lasts?

 

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Copyright © 2019 Dorothy Robey

Disciplined in Writing

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I’m struggling to get into a set routine and schedule for my writing work and reading, along with my work around the house, errands, and time with my sons and husband.

I keep telling myself I need to set concrete blocks of writing and reading time in the mornings when I’m most alert, active, and creative.

But I get easily distracted by social media, news stories, and every day life events.

In the past three days, I managed to type up two and a half chapters in my work-in-progress, What She Didn’t Know. I did so at the spur of the moment, when I had a minute. Incidentally, my story is up to 75,000+ words and getting closer to the end. I need to continue on this upward moving path!

My ideal schedule would be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., but that rarely works due to certain activities that happen once or twice a week at my church at 9:15 and 10:00 a.m.

Do I just make those days exceptions?

Something has to work and keep me focused.

Perhaps I should force myself out of bed and start at 6:00 a.m. and finish up around 11:00 a.m. Maybe my dilly-dallying will be overtaken by my desire to write.

Sure, Dorothy. It hasn’t so far. Ugh

It also doesn’t change the two church group activities I like to attend, but I can at least work on my writing three to four times a week.

The thing is, I also write and read in the evenings, usually from around 8:00 or 9:00 pm. to 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.

Looking into this dilemma, I found that one should write during one part of the day and read during another part.

So, I am going to work on a schedule I can stick with by writing in the morning and reading in the evening before I go to sleep. It must become a regular routine and habit for me to accomplish this. Wish me luck!

What’s your writing and reading schedule? Has it worked well for you?

 

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