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Writer to Writer - August 2010


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Yes, I'm behind again.

At the moment I feel like I'm chasing my tail.

I have several projects on the go, plus I'm building blogs for Halloween.  The latter is due to the Halloween course I'm doing. (I told you about it in June.)

It's an awesome course, and I've learned a ton, but it is also extremely time consuming.

Oh, and I have the flu.  Currently I'm on two courses of antibiotics - concurrently - to ensure I don't end up with pneumonia.

I've had this newsletter almost ready for nearly two weeks, but haven't been anywhere near well enough to finish it off or send it out. Thankfully, I'm now at the tail-end of the flu, so I'm pottering around a bit.

Last issue I told you about my writing group's annual retreat.

We had an absolute ball, and as always, we worked very hard.  Everyone was exhausted by the end of the weekend, but it was so worth it.

This year our workshops were based around a writing and finishing a romance novel. Each workshop presented was given a topic to tackle, and we worked our way through a novel over the course of the weekend.

All the workshops were great, with my topics being "The Sagging Middle" as well as "The Happy Ever After".

In addition to workshops, we hold one-on-one critique sessions where we each take a chapter or two of our current ms for critiquing.

We have two critique sessions, and each person gets feedback on their WIP.  I have always found this to be an extremely valuable tool, and wasn't disappointed.

Both the critique partners I was paired with hadn't read the first chapter of my novel, which helped immensely.

(I have done some intensive rewrites, which I will be taking to my critique group next month.)

I feel certain all participants learned something new during the weekend.  But even apart from that, it helps our group members to bond.  There's nothing like living together for a few days to get to know someone better.

Last but not least, my romantic suspense novel, Saving Emma was released on July 23.

It received a fantastic review from Long and Short Reviews, which I'd like to share with you:

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Okay, it's that time.  Let's get onto this week's article. 

What do you do when the unexpected happens and you suddenly land an assignment you hadn't planned for?

Cheryl Malandrinos talks us through the process with her thought-provoking article.

That's it from me [FIRSTNAME], time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…




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Learning to Expect the Unexpected

 Copyright Cheryl C. Malandrinos - All Rights Reserved.


I knew the end of this year was going to be a busy time, so before the kids were out of school for the summer I began writing lists of what I needed to do to get ready for my first book release in October. 

Plans changed, however, when I discovered my book was releasing two months early and I had to begin book promotion in earnest. As a mother and writer, I’ve come to expect the unexpected.  

But what do you do when the unexpected is more than a one day change in plans?  

What do you do if this new project tosses everything in your life up in the air? 

First, take a deep breath. You can make it through the valley of unexpected happenings if you stay calm and focus on what needs to get done and how quickly. 

Sit down and look at your to-do list. Anything that isn’t a priority should be assigned a new due date immediately. Don’t take these tasks off your list or you’ll find reasons to keep them off the list.   

Normally, I spend a good portion of my day networking in some form or another. When I’m working on deadline, the networking decreases significantly. I can’t do both well, so my focus needs to be on the paying work.


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