ANNOUNCING the 25th Anniversary Hook Winners!
We had 317 hooks submitted to our writers’ contest, and these 25 are our winners:
Suzanne Anderson, Debbie Ashley, Hilary Bernstein, Peggy Bodde, Susan Brehmer, Kurt Bubna, Karen Bucci, Jolyn Canty, Jessica Ferguson, Katharine Ivey, Erin Kahn, Laura Kestner, Wendy L. Macdonald, Paul McCullough, Erin Mifflin, Vina Bermudez Mogg, Marilyn Nutter, Krysta Peterson, Kathy Phillips, Eva Priest, Cynthia Roemer, Evelyn Sherwood, Jill R Stanton, Carol Van Der Woude, Stacey Weeks
Congratulations to each of you. You’ll be receiving an email with details about sending in your proposal.
Memorial Day is the one day we pause to remember those who gave their lives pursuing freedom for all us. And we do remember with deep thankfulness. However, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summertime for many of us. Kids home from school. Vacations planned and taken. A break in the normal routine of the other nine months and, unfortunately, no lack of deadlines for the writer.
I thought it would be great if you could share some of the tips, tricks and hacks you use to keep writing despite travel and bored children. Use the comments to share with the writing community how you stay on track.
Here are a few of things I used to do when I had kids home and writing deadlines:
• Accountability— I have been part of a critique group for more than twenty-five years. Back in the day, we kept each other accountable in spite of those lazy, hazy, crazy days.
• Quiet time— I avoided the frantic schedule some parents kept with kids. Ours had to chose between activities– they couldn’t do it all. Plus we insisted on them spending time doing quiet hobbies for a small part of the day. My eldest daughter now credits this time for her love of music. We bought all the Disney animated music books for her and she loved playing these favorite songs on her flute and later her oboe (the instrument that accounted for her eventual scholarship to Biola). Our youngest daughter wrote and painted. Our son? Well. . . video games, but they loved this time and it allowed me time to write.
• Save your site research for summertime. The family will love to participate in researching sailing ships, marine life, historic settings, museums, and new places. Have them jot down details for you to use. They’ll notice entirely different things than you will.
• Enjoy these days in the midst of writing. They go so fast. I wish I could groan about kids home for three months all over again.
So, how do you work with the changed schedule of summertime when you have books to write? Help us out.