Freeform Friday: Five Things I Learned This Week

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1. My crit partner is a freakin’ genius. Check out Wastepaper Prose for a new series where more than thirty authors answer a series of always interesting/sometimes provocative questions. But don’t go over there before you comment on this blog if you want to win stuff!

Okay, actually that wasn’t the No. 1 thing I learned this week because I already knew that. So.

1-B. Don’t sign up for four workshops at once because you might get sick from the ginormous clouds of pollen in the air and not feel like keeping up.

2. Writing a short, one-paragraph summary of your novel-in-progress does help keep it focused.

3. It’s really hard to write a killer first sentence. Actually, I already knew that, but I got a reminder this week.

4. Nice guys can be really boring. With apologies to my character Galen, who’s gonna have to go darker.

5. My day job, Auburn Magazine won a “gold” medal for magazine publishing improvement from the national trade org, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, DC. Just found out today. Woo-hoo!

Now, what did YOU learn this week?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

6 thoughts on “Freeform Friday: Five Things I Learned This Week

  1. The number one thing I’ve learned this week is to accept that stress kills the writing muse.

    I haven’t written anything in a month mainly because I’m stressed about kids, school, money, taxes, spring break, hubby leaving town for a week (work related), spring sports meaning everyone’s schedules change which is huge in our house because my youngest is autistic and change is more difficult for him.

    I look forward to next week where nothing should interfere with my writing. I hope so at least. I need to work on that wip.

  2. I learned that I have a lot of reading/buying to catch up on. Some of my favorite authors (Briggs, Butcher, Ann Aguire) have put out books this month and alas I haven’t been on top my my game.

  3. I learned tha choosing to write my contemporaries under a pen name and my Scottish historicals under my real name was okay…but how do I manage 2 websites, 2 blogs, 2 yahoo accounts, 2 g-mail accounts and keep my identities straight? Eek! I have covered my office wall with copied pages and urls and passwords and more. Who needs wallpaper? I’ll sign my real name today.

  4. Bookie, know what you mean–I have Briggs and Butcher in my TBR, plus JR Ward’s out in a couple of weeks, then Charlaine Harris. Haven’t read Ann Aguirre, but I need to….

  5. Beth, sounds like you have so much going on! I juggle a job, an octogenarian parent, and a couple of dogs, but it’s all pretty stable right now (knock on wood). Hope you can carve out some writing time next week!