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  • September 5th, 2008 | 12:12 PM
Friday Five - The Writing Edition


Yes, I know, it's been a while since I talked about my writing life. There are a lot of reasons for that, some good, some not so much, but in any event, here is my Friday Five from behind the writer's desk.


1 - I'm thinking about writing again. This might sound funny coming from a writer who is used to always thinking about writing but my brain got overfull with life and needed to decompress. I'm not hearing any voices from characters but that's okay. Right now my life is very noisy and I am craving silence. Once the inside of my head has realized the rest of my life is quiet, things will begin to percolate again.

2- I'm working on a couple of book proposals for some non-fiction books about writing which is getting the business side of my brain working again. Of course the business side of my brain craves organization the way the rest of me craves chocolate but the chocolate seems easier to come by.  I'm working up some survey questions I hope to post in order to get feedback from the masses.

3 - I signed up to take a class at MediaBistro.com . It is about writing for the glossy magazines, something totally outside of my norm for the last 7-8 years. I'm looking forward to the challenge of learning something new. I'm especially looking forward to learning how to write better "pitch" letters to get the assignment as that is a real weak spot for me.

4 - I overhauled my business plan. What? You're a writer and you have no business plan? Don't feel bad. This is only the third one I have done and the first one that feels like it is a workable plan.

5 - I am thinking about starting a business group for writers. A group that discuss the business side of things - promotion, recordkeeping, organization - that sort of thing. It would be a private thing, only those in the group would be able to read/respond. Possibly via LJ as a private community or maybe some other online venue. Yes, I know there are blogs that talk about this sort of thing and bulletin boards like Verla's and SCBWI and such but I want to put together a small group, a brain trust of sorts, maybe 5-7 folks? That way we could all share more personally, support more specifically, and watch our business grow. If you think you might be interested in something like that (this is just in the thinking stages) leave me a comment, please.

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medwriter
September 5th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
I am interested.

Good luck with the class!
susanwrites
September 5th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Cool! You are at the top of the list.

The class should be fun. Anything that makes you a wee bit nervous should be fun, right? :-)
phoebe_k
September 5th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in this.
susanwrites
September 5th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've got you down.
kellyrfineman
September 5th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Alas, my business plan, she has fallen to pieces. Thanks for the reminder to revamp/rewrite.

I'd be interested in the biz thing, but I'm not sure I should be allowed to participate, seeing as I've got no contracts. So.

And man, do I wish that organization were as easy to come by as chocolate. And that is saying something, since right now, chocolate would involve the need to drive somewhere. Must. buy. chocolate.
susanwrites
September 5th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that driving for chocolate thing stinks. I wish you were close enough to share as I have a lovely box of French chocolates of some kind that was a gift from a French co-worker this week. I am trying to make them last.

As for not having contracts, that's not the issue. As long as you treat yourself like a professional, which you do, that's what I am looking for. Besides, you speaking/teaching and that is part of it too.

In a perfect world we could all just write the books of our hearts and make whatever money we needed to make in that fashion. But we don't live in a perfect world.

Also, you have control over whether or not you treat your writing like a business. You don't have any control over the issue of someone wanting to buy what you are selling.

I'm gonna pencil you in.

kellyrfineman
September 5th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

janni
September 5th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I might be interested ...

(Been years since I updated my business plan, but making one was still pretty useful!)
onegrapeshy
September 5th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Uh...business plan?
lisaalbert
September 5th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Business plan and pitches...shudder!

I'd be interested in being a groupie!
lizjonesbooks
September 5th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
#5-- I could *definitely* use some help on the biz end.
Partly because I'm lousy at business stuff as a whole, and partly because Dan is now self employed too... which is scary.
So count me in!
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liz_scanlon
September 6th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Here's to percolating, Susan.
You're an inspiration...
beckylevine
September 7th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Go, go, go! The writing-business community sounds wonderful.
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