It's February, my ms is finished and off to Publisher/Agent, and I now need to plan what competitions I'll enter this year.
I haven't entered many in the past and I think this needs to change - because my success rate is 75%!!
I need to ramp my writing up. Deadlines make for the best motivation and competition deadlines are non-negotiable (chiseled in stone), so they motivate big time.
RWNZ Clendon, Strictly Single and Romantic Short Story are a must this year. (The one and only Romantic Short Story I entered was in 2008 - and I won - so surely I should enter it again - where has that thing called confidence gone?)
Also looking at Valarie Parv and various RWA Chapter competitions to practice tight synopsis and first pages writing.
The hook, it's all about the hook. This mantra is to be repeated when I wake and when I go to sleep.
Speaking of mantra's I also often repeat to myself
"Thou shalt not write a boring book, thou shalt not write a boring book..."
I think it works...