This was my seventh year participating in NaNoWriMo and my first year not completing it. And I’m working on being OK with that.
I’ve been in technical communications field for eight years now—first as a technical editor for six years, and currently as a technical writer for two years and counting. Regardless of what kind of products I was reading or writing about, or which company I was working for, the core skills remained the same. And I believe those skills have strengthened my work as a fiction writer as well.
Here are some of things technical editing and writing has taught me:
Pay attention to word choice and repetition.
Well, it’s done. I finished the manuscript, converted it from Word to e-book using Draft2Digital (which was SO EASY—I highly recommend that method), and submitted it to the Chanticleer contest for Contemporary Romance. Wish me luck!
Now I need to finish the next two books in the series before I publish this one. So while that’s going on, I’m excited to reveal the cover to you!
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“Group projects” was the most dreaded phrase a professor could utter in college classes. In professional settings, it’s “teambuilding exercises.” Ick. Then, in interviews there’s the loaded question, “do you prefer working independently or in a group?”
It was sweet how many non-writers I talked to called me a “famous author” after hearing about my award win, which is what sparked this blog post. If anyone was ever curious what being an author is all about, hopefully this might answer some of your questions. For those of you who do write, I bet you can identify with some of this! Let’s get to mythbusting!
MYTH 1: Awards make you rich and famous.