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Wanna read my book?

I’m looking for a half-dozen or so beta readers of my manuscript. If you’re interested, please message or email me (me (at) amandamichellemoon (dot) com).  I’m looking for feedback on the overall plot and story, not line editing. I can provide you the document as PDF, word or kindle format, I’ll need your notes back as word or PDF.  And, as an added bonus, I’ll put your name in the acknowledgments section when the book is published.

How to be great

This is a really interesting post about a study of violinists.  The difference between the practice habits of the average and the great players makes me think about how to best organize my days between writing, jewelry, etc.,and further how to divide up the writing between working on my books and working on freelance articles. What does it say to you about how to organize your day?

To be elite: Put in the hours, devoting yourself to two sessions a day of complete and deliberate focus. When you’re done, be done. Go enjoy the rest of the day. (And as a side effect, feel more relaxed).


Write what you know

I’m supposed to be writing right now.  It’s my time out of the house to get some writing done, but it’s slow going.  Everything I try to write about today is coming out too personal.  It’s fiction, but based on truth, and I’m afraid if I write it someone is going to think that I don’t love my family or that I’m going to leave my husband or fill in the blank.

It’s a bit psycho, I know. But I wonder- when Agatha Christie was working on her first book, did anyone wonder if she had really killed someone at some point?  I mean, if you’re supposed to write what you know…

Actually, Stephen King talks about this in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft I can’t remember what exactly he says, but it’s something along the lines of the fact that he didn’t have to kill people to write horror stories.

So…my conclusion is that I should get over it and write. Right?