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Ditching the morning pages for something different

The purple cast is gone, thank goodness. Although it took much longer than I anticipated to be functional again on my poor right leg—and there is still a long way to go before I can get that calf muscle back to full strength. May you never hurt your Achilles tendon!

But I think the post-op brain fog I wrote about last time has finally dissipated, at least enough for me to put up a new post over at Spontaneous Combustion about my experiment with Julia Cameron’s morning pages. Two weeks turned into a month before I stopped. And although there were aspects of the practice that I liked, I ultimately concluded that it was a failure, at least for my purposes.

So now I’m changing the experiment, mulling over my own twist on freewriting that might work better to achieve my personal writing goal—which is to end each writing session with a piece of useable prose, a decent first draft, not just rambling “word salad.” Join me over at Spontaneous Combustion to share in the experiment.

Why Lemony Snicket should be every writer’s hero

This has been a hectic and stressful summer, which means it’s been too long since I updated either this website or my blog, Spontaneous Combustion. I just returned from a blissful solo writer’s retreat and am trying not to lose that sense of dedication and writerly purpose now that I’m home and already drowning in the usual sea of chores, errands, orthopedic issues, and freelance projects. And I think I found it in this quote from Lemony Snicket’s Shouldn’t You Be in School, book 3 of the All the Wrong Questions quartet.

“You cannot wait for an untroubled world to have an untroubled moment. The terrible phone call, the rainstorm, the sinister knock on the door—they will all come. Soon enough arrive the treacherous villain and the unfair trial and the smoke and the flames of the suspicious fires to burn everything away. In the meantime, it is best to grab what wonderful moments you find lying around.”

Please jump over to my blog to read the full post—and I hope you aren’t waiting for those mythical “untroubled moments” to get writing yourself.

Building the dream

When I first started this website and my blog back in March, I felt as if I were throwing words into a black hole. Yes, I studied up on SEO tips and got the word out to my family, friends, and fellow writing wizards. But still I wondered: would anyone ever find me here?

This week I received proof that at least one person did. Check out this post by blogger Andrew Grant, “I Used to Be a Perfectionist, But I’m Better Now.” I think you’ll recognize little old moi. He quotes my post from the first of this month on the same topic—and even says my title is brilliant! Well, naturally. Thank you, Andrew, not just for the shout out, but also for the post itself, especially these words that I keep reading over and over.

“…the antidote for our perfectionist procrastination is to simply do something.  Do something that’s good enough and then do something else and something else and keep on doing something else until, before you know it, you have built the dream.”

Screen Shot 2013-06-29 at 9.57.25 AMAnother gift this week came from writer Kristi Holl. I reviewed her excellent book Boundaries for Writers on my blog last month; I keep hearing echoes of it in my head as I face the daily struggle to clear time and “headspace” so I can work on my middle grade novel.

This morning I awoke to find that she’d chosen to write about my book, Spontaneous Combustion, on her aptly-named Writer’s First Aid blog. What moved me most about her post, “Nourish Your Soul with Spontaneous Combustion,” was when she revealed that she reads part of my book every day before she starts work on her her own novel. That gives me goosebumps, literally, to know that I can help another writer in that way. And it’s just what I hoped my book would do when I wrote it. Thank you so much for sharing that, Kristi. It means a great deal to me.

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Goodreads giveaway was a great success!

I woke up this morning to a cheery email from someone named Cynthia at Goodreads: my month-long giveaway for Spontaneous Combustion is over. Congratulations to the five winners, who are scattered everywhere from Brooklyn to Detroit, from Florida to Kansas to Colorado.

I’m delighted it was such a phenomenal success: 466 people entered, and 216 people put the book on their “to-read” list. What a great way to get the word out!

Now to think of how I want to sign each copy, then wrap them up in bright orange tissue paper, and send them on their way. I hope the book inspires each winner and helps them find joy in writing again.

Seven days to go for Goodreads giveaway

There are only seven days left for the Goodreads giveaway of Spontaneous Combustion, so if you haven’t done so already, click through and enter for one of five signed copies.

 

 

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Spontaneous Combustion by Nancy Butts

Spontaneous Combustion

by Nancy Butts

Giveaway ends June 11, 2013.See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Goodreads book giveaway ends June 11th

Just in case you missed the entry link on my home page, here it is again. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve only recently discovered Goodreads: how could a writer/bookworm miss that for so long? But now that I’ve found it, I decided to sponsor a giveaway for my new book, Spontaneous Combustion. Five readers will get autographed copies of the book, so enter by June 11th!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Spontaneous Combustion by Nancy Butts

Spontaneous Combustion

by Nancy Butts

Giveaway ends June 11, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win