Gallery Of People And Technology

Today’s featured article will delight students from toddlers to senior citizens. It focuses on photos of astronauts, rockets, and space travel. It is very fascinating and a great way to spend a lot of time browsing. Enjoy.

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Nancy

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First Drafts Are Important

I’m so excited to be here. I visit this blog regularly and always find something new, instructive or inspirational to help me, my writing, and my walk… So the privilege to contribute is just that, a privilege.

Dear Mr. Knightley is out in the world. Lizzy & Jane is in copy edits. And I am beginning my next story – another first draft.

Since this – and moving my family across the country – is consuming my days, I thought I would share some things I’ve learned about first drafts. I regard the first draft (said in deep ominous tones) as the most challenging part of manuscript building. A blank computer screen is a daunting opponent and the idea of filling that screen with 90,000 plus words that actually make sense, and better yet make a compelling a story, is terrifying… but it doesn’t need to be. Here are a few things I am holding tight for the next several weeks:

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Nancy

Helping

Way back at the beginning of my writing journey, I’d been a lifelong, avid reader, but I knew nothing about writing fiction. I started my first story just for fun, not imagining it ever becoming a book length manuscript–not dreaming of ever sending it to a publisher. I loved going to booksignings and meeting Real Authors, but those experiences blew me away, because I knew they were blessed with talent worlds beyond anything an ordinary mom like me could possibly possess.

But soon, writing became a passion. Curious to see if I was even marginally close to other aspiring writers–who were all surely as far beyond me as those who were published, I entered a contest. In my naiveté, I figured this one contest would show me if my new, tentative dreams of becoming a writer were futile. Click here to read this thought provoking article.

Nancy

Planning

At a recent, local writer’s conference, the attendees (myself included) were taught by New York Times bestselling author Susy Flory, and one of the most popular literary agents known to man, Chip MacGregor.

Some of the topics they covered during the two day conference were: creating killer book proposals and queries, harnessing our fear of writing to write better, more compelling words, and the importance of goal setting…which happened to scream my name LOUDLY!

I’m a horrible goal setter! Probably because I set numerous, large, nearly impossible goals for myself. Even though it’s good to have a few way-out-there goals and dreams, the first step in achieving those whale-sized goals is writing them down. This forces you to actually KNOW what your specific goals are, as opposed to having a vague idea of what you want to accomplish.

Sounds simple, right?

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Nancy

Knowing Yourself

Is the phrase “Know thyself” in the Bible? No. It was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. But it’s still good advice…especially for writers.

I’ve been chained to the computer recently – not writing another book, but rather doing interviews associated with the release of my medical suspense novel, Critical Condition. Sometimes the questions we’re asked in various interviews run together, and it’s difficult to recall exactly how we’ve answered previously in order to be consistent with what we say. Then again, some interviewers dig deeper and force us to do likewise. And when we’re forced to answer some searching questions, it helps us know a bit more about ourselves. Click here to learn more.

Nancy

Book Ideas

Hi,

Have you ever wondered how others come up with great book ideas? This article discusses this topic.

I’ve been chatting this week with a few clients about new projects that they are working on. I love talking about new ideas and giving input. There’s something so exciting about a new, fresh book idea. I’m always blown away by the intricacies of the ideas and the depth they have. Sometimes I wonder how my clients come up with these stories. Whether a book is fiction or nonfiction the idea has to come from somewhere. Click here to learn more.

Nancy

Halley’s Comet

Halley’s Comet is an interesting one to learn about.

Halley’s Comet (or Comet Halley as it is also known) is the most well known comet.

  • It is known as a periodic comet (or short term comet) because the time it takes to orbit the Sun is less than 200 years.
  • Records of humans observing Halley’s Comet go back thousands of years, with appearances noted by Babylonian, Chinese and European star gazers.
  • It can be seen with the naked eye from Earth every 75 to 76 years (although the time period has between 74 and 79 years in the past). Click here to learn more.

Nancy