Good Luck – Golden Heart & RITA Finalists
It’s RWA’s Golden Heart and RITA season. All the entry and book scores have been turned in and I can say I read some great material. Now the waiting begins. In a few more weeks calls go out and the excitement explodes. There’s a lot of anticipation beginning to vibrate on writing loops and Facebook. I think it’s a great time to offer a list of ten things to remember:
1] You’re a writer. You must write the next three weeks. You must keep writing as you have projects and stuff to do.
2] You’re a writer. Don’t forget to have pen and paper by the phone. Yes, you will have to write something down. No, you won’t remember what it is later.
3] Once you answer the call, remember what you were doing. Try to remember what you’re saying. You’ll have to share your spontaneous combustion. RITA Finalists will pull out their email lists and let their friends, family and publishers know the good news.
5] You may not make the finals. You’re a writer. Keep writing. You can sell during the same period before conference. Don’t let any dejection or bad thoughts keep you from your passion—telling a good story.
6] Share your news. Keep your creative bubble intact. Get back to work because the opportunity to submit as a current GH Finalist is short. RITA Finalists share the news with local papers and prepare publicity packs.
7] Enjoy the excitement. Prepare for the National conference if you can attend. Ask questions on any matter because there are other finalists willing to answer your questions.
8] Yes, if you attend conference you will need a stack of business cards, a conference schedule, a dress for the awards and a camera/cellphone camera for lots of candid moments.
9] Take a deep, cleansing breath. Chase those jitters from your system and sit down at your computer. Write. You’re a writer. This is a small blip on the radar of your career. You have a project to submit.
10] Enjoy the time. Be recharged, and then go write another great story.
Feel free to add your thoughts and tidbits of advice for the new group in the comment section. Good luck to all of you.
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