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Rebecca Laffar-Smith

It can be really hard to stick to forward plans, especially this time of year when holidays and children are on the horizon. I find it hard to stick to a schedule at the best of times but your idea of having a plan for just 'the next six weeks' sounds like a great idea. If we can commit to six weeks we can commit to six more!


Rebecca - Exactly! (And if you need to you can start those six weeks on January 1st.)

Lisa Manterfield

What? You mean just because I have finished essays in neat files that editors won't just call me wanting to publish them? Oh no! I think that like many writers (yourself included, I know) I strongly dislike the marketing aspect. My writers group came up with an idea to help. This week I submitted an essay to them that I really like but don't know where to send. They will each give me a couple of possible market ideas and in return I will pledge to submit to every one of them until my essay finds a home. Somehow being accountable to someone else makes it easier to write the letters and get them in the mail. I'll report back on the progress.


Lisa - That first sentence made me laugh out loud. I love the idea your group has come up with. Keep me in the loop - I'll post about it.


Check out Writer's Relief. They have a newsflash which lists literary journals looking for articles, essays, ficction, poems, etc. You don't have to be a member to access newsflash. I am a member, however, and when I write an essay on their schedule, they submit to 29 publications. Not cheap but they prepare all the cover letters, labels, etc. I have had some success with them, and it forces me to write when I would rather get a manicure or go running. Anyway, check out their website through google and see what you think. Best, Loren Stephens


Loren - I checked it out and signed up for their newsflash. Thanks for the tip.


i haven't done your 6 wk class from here yet ~ i have saved each wks assignements & background because i am going to do it.

i'm just having a tough time lately having been sick for over 2 months now with an infection that just keeps moving from place to place instead of going away!

i've also been such a bundle of nerves & panick attacks since i found out the wk before last that my social security disability hearing has been scheduled for 12/11!

my motor skills have been cumbersome lately and typing has been very difficult because i have to pay more attention to what i'm typing as i type it because i can't trust my head & hands to get things out in plain correct english!

i'm exhausted to tears & frustrated and focusing on any one thing just seems impossible lately. so very hard. my girlfriend & i were talking about it last week and she said that i'm "just drifting right now" and i felt like charlie brown because i yelled "that's it!" in response!

but that creative, inspired feeling started creeping up on me yesterday so i know i'll get back to my writing soon ~ i always do. that's how i know it's what i'm supposed to do - every path i take eventually leads me right back to writing.


Jo - Just take notes during the rough times. Physical stuff, panic attacks - it's all material. Take notes.


Congrats! You could use a lot of this material to aconhr a book. Just think, most of the work would already be done! I do think that there would be a pretty big audience for your story, and not just for addicts or their partners. You've got a great story of healing in marriage that many people could benefit from.

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