Writing on a deadline…

 

I am officially writing on a deadline. It doesn’t matter that it is a self-imposed deadline. I am taking it as seriously as if it were headed to the publisher.

There are a couple of reasons for this.

~ I have yet to get into a schedule of writing. I had begun before the ACFW conference but that was just getting things ready for that specific conference. This is much more than that.

~ I figure it is smart to have the practice. In the past, I have had the bad habit of rewriting and rewriting and rewriting again. I am determined to break that habit. I will edit, have my editor look over it, fix what she tells me to and then put it aside.

It works out well that I am committed to participate in NaNoWriMo. Starting on November 1st, I won’t have time to argue with this WIP because I’ll be starting a whole new one.

And I intend to be done with it before then.

 

Thus far, I am not on schedule but I am getting caught up. I’m more than half done and gaining ground as I go so I should still finish on time.

The only problem I am running in to is that I took several chapters out – which shortened the book considerably but… the more I edit, the longer the book gets again.

So… I gain ground, but I’m adding more ground as I go too so it’s almost counter-intuitive.

Oh well. I’m getting there.

And speaking of getting there – I better get back to it!

Night!

 

© Rachel L Miller 2014

2014 ACFW pre-conference mix and mingle!

It’s that time again!

This is my first year to attend an ACFW conference and the pre-conference mix and mingle sounds great so I decided to participate. I hope it will help me learn new faces and get to know people for my first year at conference :)

If you would like to participate, click the link above and join in! There’s even a link-up at the bottom of the informational post with links to the different people who are participating.

Here’s what to do:

– Copy/paste and fill out your own answers (you don’t have to answer all of them!) in a post on your own website and paste the URL to that post (not your home page) using the handy link-up tool.

– Click through the links below to get to know other conference attendees before St. Louis!

Here are the questions and my answers!

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Name: Rachel L. Miller

Location: Nashville, TN

What you write: Amish fiction

Your tagline: “Inspirational Fiction Straight From Heaven”

Place in the book world: Pre-published (I love this phrase!) author not yet represented. Editing book 1 and writing book 2 of my Windy Gap series.

On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: LOVE hugs!

The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Books! Starbucks! My kiddos!

Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: I’ll still be missing them but they’re coming with!

Conference goals we can pray for? That I follow God’s path during conference and for general calm. I’ve been to two other small conferences but nothing on this scale.

One or two ways we can help you build your platform? Yes! You can like my author page on Facebook, follow me on twitter and of course I always love having new followers on my blog as well!

 

GOD BLESS and hope to see you all soon!

Have a GREAT Day!

©Rachel L Miller 2014

Conferences, Conferences, Everywhere…

GOD IS SO GOOD!

The ACFW Annual Writer’s Conference is in Beautiful St. Louis this year and I am beyond excited!

The only reason I am going to conference this year is because GOD PROVIDES!

 

Only a few weeks ago, I was certain we could never afford to go and I was heartbroken but trying very hard to buck up and let it go.

I wasn’t terribly successful but my wonderful family didn’t let on too much… that I was annoying them to death.

Then mum sprung the surprise on me! We were going! God provided the money we needed to make it happen and it was just in time too! Another few days and we would have been saying no again – because the registration would go up by $100!

GOD IS SO GOOD!

So, instead of being heartbroken, I am now in a mad dash to get my manuscript (MS) as perfect as I possibly can before conference so it’s ready to be shown to agents and editors and anyone else who might happen to want to see it!

And a HUGE Thank You to VistaPrint for having such AMAZING deals on Business cards! If not for their deals, I wouldn’t have business cards to pass out to the aforementioned agents and editors and fellow authors!

 

So now I will go back to my MS and keep polishing! I might even find time to work on book 2 of the series!

 

Good night and God Bless!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2014