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July 30 2013 Editor Assistance Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations -

Thank you to everyone who pointed out to me that this coming Wednesday is JULY 31st and not AUGUST 31st :). I was jumping a bit ahead of myself. The editor chat will be at 9pm EST. The chat room is linked to from your main admin page, and I'll open it up as we get near chat time. I keep it closed generally so we don't have strange people hanging out in there :).

Starting on August 1st, for the month of August, I'll be working on Birch Blackguards, my sequel to Aspen Allegations. This is a modern murder mystery that I will write in a chapter-a-day format, basing each day on the real life weather and places I go. I did the first novel as a NaNoWriMo project and spent just an hour a day on it. The result won a gold medal! So you absolutely can achieve your writing goals even if you only have a short period of time available to write in.

If you'd like to practice with me, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the Fiction Writing forum. You can work on whatever you want to! A key part of it is simply to write each day. The more you get into the habit, the more your mind lubricates and gets used to writing. Your fingers get faster at typing. Your mind gets smoother at rolling out words. Your brain gets used to focusing rather than flitting around to other tasks. It's like riding a bike, playing the piano, or anything else. Practice and repetition make the process easier.

This isn't about creating a masterpiece, necessarily. It's simply about building the practice and habits and laying down the basics. You can always go back and polish as much as you wish later on! But so many authors recommend that you release all those doubts and mental hurdles and just WRITE to start with. This type of exercise gives you the incentive and freedom to do that.

I look forward to hearing about your writing projects in the forum!

Lisa Shea, owner


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