When I published Love at the Fluff and Fold in August 2017, I realized it was the best book I've written so far and I entered it into the RWA Rita Awards. When it didn't final, I was disappointed and took some time to try to process my feelings. In the end, I came to a decision I could live with.
Create a new goal: write better.
Since I'm still living out of suitcases, my 3-point plan is pretty simple:
- Read more nonfiction books on writing. I brought Lisa Cron's Wired for Story and Strunk & White's The Elements of Style with me in my suitcase. I also have several similar books on my Kindle. And the library is just down the street.
- Read more fiction across genres. My birthday was last month and I got so many books as gifts! Over the next few months, I'll be reading fantasy, romance, science fiction, dystopian, thrillers, historical, suspense, and more.
- Do more daydreaming. And write more notes about story ideas that flit through my head, whether on paper, in Scrivener, or using voice memos on my phone.
I go into more detail in the podcast about what exactly I'm going to try to achieve through all of this. I hope you find it helpful as you find more ways to improve your own writing.