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Lake Isabella, CA, United States
I am an aspiring writer in the Kern River Valley. This blog is a "test kitchen" to try different writing styles and to work through the many rejections and the handful of acceptances my work has received. But no matter what other people say about my writing, at least my mother thinks I'm a good writer!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Resolution


My Husband and me at my Cousin Jennifer's wedding in 2006


One of my my New Year's resolutions was to write a page a day every day this year. As Guy De Maupassant (French writer and author of the creepy story "The Horla,") put it- the best way to become a better writer is simply to "Get black on white."

I had been playing around with writing here and there when I got inspired every two or three months, but I decided it was time to really buckle down. Ergo, if I'm going to be a writer, I need to get in gear and WRITE.

So far, my resolution has yielded good results. It sometimes feels like slow-going, but I am already six chapters (about 40 pages) into a new children's book about a little girl named Marilyn Marlin. The book will only be about 13 chapters (about 80 pages), so I'm practically halfway! I like it much better than my first children's book, A Cavey Journey, which I am still revising.

I think Marilyn is a likable, albeit pathetic, character. I never did like my protagonists in A Cavey Journey- how could I expect my readers to like them? I am also happy with where the story is going. It's actually going to be pretty good. It's definitely a "hero's journey" sort of plot.

I hope to finish it by the summertime and then get to work on revising it.

For my next project, I hope to try my hand at Christian Fiction.

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