Linda Hornung

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  • in reply to: Week 26 Check-in #42151
    Linda Hornung
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    Still at it daily with my Pomodoro clock making sure I get in my 25 minutes. I did miss last Friday due to working late and then my writers’ group Zoom call. But I get such great feedback on my story, so it’s making my writing much stronger. I try to make up any time I miss, so I’d better start the timer again!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Lecture One #41388
    Linda Hornung
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    I’m a plotter, but with my current WIP I seemed to have wanted so much to happen that I’ve really had to trim and tighten the plot.

    The premise of the story came first and it is a family history mystery. I love books where some buried family secret is uncovered, and following the heroine (usually) as she tracks down the clues and deals with how they change what she thought she knew about her history.

     

    -Linda H

    in reply to: Lesson One #41376
    Linda Hornung
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    Beth, I love the idea of using a casting call for your characters! This sounds like it will really ignite my imagination and help me see their flaws to cast just the right character for the role. Thanks for that tip!

    -Linda H

    in reply to: Lesson One #41374
    Linda Hornung
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    That is wonderful news and so inspiring, Jeanne! Congrats!

    I’m slogging through a re-re-re-rewrite and appreciate hearing your story.

    -Linda H

    in reply to: Lesson One #41339
    Linda Hornung
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    Thanks forΒ  your introduction, Beth. I’m Linda H and I write seasoned romance, usually novella length. I’m Indie published with one book out and two more in process. The book I’m working on now has characters I love, but I am have such a hard time with it! This trouble is probably because there is a mystery in the story as well as romance.

    I’ve been revising this story for a couple of years off and on. I know I’m going to have to rewrite big chunks of it, so I’d like to keep some of my main plot points while incorporating feedback I’ve gotten to have my character get out of her head more often. Her best friend needs to have more scenes and this is where I’ll need to do most of the rework.

    So what happens next will also need to include who it happens with! πŸ™‚

    -Linda H

     

    in reply to: Week 17 Check-in #41277
    Linda Hornung
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    I’m in the workshop, thank you!

    For our e-Retreat we used Kerika, a Google app add-on that gives you a goal board, and we could see each others goals. We swapped chapters one day, and then met via Zoom to go over comments. I learned so much from my fellow retreat members. We plan to keep it up by sending each other chapters and then meeting up via Zoom bi-weekly.

    -Linda

     

    in reply to: Week 17 Check-in #41273
    Linda Hornung
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    I’ve been writing steadily, just got busy with working from home and didn’t update here. I even had a virtual writers’ retreat last week since none of us could travel. It turned out great! My story needs a lot of help, though. I’m having such a hard time with this one despite loving the characters. I’m hoping the struggle will be worth it!

    I’m wondering how to register for the workshop “What Happens Next” but never get a link to sign up, I just get sent to a forum to post a message to that group. Cheryl, can you help me?

    Thank you.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 5 Totals & New Goals Here #40286
    Linda Hornung
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    I neglected to post last week, but I wrote every day and got my second novella submitted to my dev editor Tuesday night. Now I’m revising a longer book I submitted to Harlequin, but I’m going to strip it down to a novella and self-pub…after dev and line edits. πŸ™‚

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 3 Totals & New Goals Here #40113
    Linda Hornung
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    Got in extra time this week due to the hubby being sick and staying home to take care of him. Still have a goal of a really clean draft to send to my dev editor in mid-Feb.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 2 Totals & New Goals Here #40059
    Linda Hornung
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    Belle, I agree. I love this online group and Cheryl does such a great job of motivating us with her weekly quotes and checking in on our progress.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 2 Totals & New Goals Here #40058
    Linda Hornung
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    Dory, we’re going through this now, too, with my FIL. It takes a lot of energy doesn’t it? Wishing you the best this week!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 2 Totals & New Goals Here #40057
    Linda Hornung
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    Sorry to hear of your bad news, Cheryl. Sending you best wishes for the strength to handle it.

    I continued revisingΒ  my draft WIP so I can meet my goal of turning it in to a dev editor in a month.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Week 1 of 2020 πŸŽ‰ Post Totals & New Goals Here #39765
    Linda Hornung
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    Still made it with my 25 mins/day, though the holidays and family issues made it tight. I checked with my dev editor and she needs my WIP by mid-Feb in order to get comments back to me for my April writers’ retreat. My focus is tightening up this novella so the feedback is super helpful.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Week 1 of 2020 πŸŽ‰ Post Totals & New Goals Here #39764
    Linda Hornung
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    I also focus on time, Vicki. But I just manage 25 mins a day, not in multiple sprints. Good luck to you this week!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 52 Totals & New Goals Here #36668
    Linda Hornung
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    Focus is what I need in 2020, too! I also chose this year to be more active in online groups–wow, is that going to be a rocky start given the current RWA situation.

    I was able to focus on my story and fill in a missing motivation theme. Yay! My goal is to have it to my dev editor in late February so I can have her edits backΒ  in time for my April writers’ retreat.

    Thank you, Cheryl, for your hard work!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 50 Totals & New Goals Here #36538
    Linda Hornung
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    A February exercise chain sounds great!Β  That’s the month exercise studios empty out after all the good intentions of New Years have resulted in fatigue or injuries from launching into an exercise routine too enthusiastically. πŸ™‚

    There are lots of friendly, free YouTube videos within keyboard reach (where we spend at least part of our days). Search for Jessica Smith or Leslie Sansone for easy walking-based routines.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 50 Totals & New Goals Here #36527
    Linda Hornung
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    Still getting in 25 minutes a day, despite the really busy week at work and home. I alternate Barre3 and Core Power yoga classes to take care of my physical self. Yoga has taught me excellent coping techniques and they are even rubbing off on my husband. πŸ™‚

    This week I need to keep strengthening my story and SHOW their mutual attraction.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 49 Totals & New Goals Here #36463
    Linda Hornung
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    Been running through my entire first draft of novella number two. My main goal is to work out what parts I’ve got, putting them in the correct order, and then working on continuity.

    I need to go through and make sure GMC are clear, then the twelve steps of intimacy, and make sure I’m following a story layout for novellas. Whew!

    Is anyone aware of a resource that combines all of the above story elements into one handy-dandy little reference? I’m sure it would be an excellent exercise if I need to make my own.

    Thank you for the reminder to take some time to enjoy the holidays!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 47 Totals & New Goals Here #36192
    Linda Hornung
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    Back to writing the second book! Managed to put in the default 25 minutes with Pomodoro each day–though it came close several times.

    I enjoyed the tip from you on the built-in thesaurus and dictionary in Scrivener!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 46 Totals & New Goals Here #36071
    Linda Hornung
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    Wishing you a much better week this week, Kathy! And a warmer one. πŸ™‚

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 46 Totals & New Goals Here #36061
    Linda Hornung
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    I’m on it, thanks for the link! I was going to wait for the FB Toot Your Own Horn day, but I’ll use your link now.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 46 Totals & New Goals Here #36050
    Linda Hornung
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    #1 and #2 resonate most with me.

    Did I ever try something new this week! Made it through Scrivener set-up for KDP, and got my book up on KDP. Counting on Christmas, by Lexa Fisher, will be out this Thursday. This is my first published book, and it is a seasoned romance. I hit a goal and completed a project.

    On to novella #2!

    -Linda

    in reply to: SPECIAL ELECTION MEETING Tomorrow on the Main Forum #35986
    Linda Hornung
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    I’m not seeing where I should vote, though I think I’ve searched through the main forum discussions. Can you send more specific instructions, please?

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 45 Totals & New Goals Here! #35946
    Linda Hornung
    Participant

    Closer and closer to release day! I found myself making a few more changes tonight. πŸ™‚ Managed to get in my sacred 25 minutes of writing–me time!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 44 Totals & New Goals Here #35734
    Linda Hornung
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    I’m still combing through the final draft before publishing on KDP. My goal is to get through the entire book this week and then have a test run. Eeek!

    My biggest time management habit is to tell myself to do something for ten minutes. Then, if it’s working, keep going! If not, I’ve earned the time out to assess why, and get right back to my writing. But, boy, when that dryer signals a load is done all my focus is on folding laundry. No one wants wrinkled clothes. πŸ™‚

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 43 Totals & New Goals Here #35668
    Linda Hornung
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    I’m not doing a pre-order, but KDP insisted on a publication date. I was guessing it was to make sure I’m serious. I needed to extend the original date and was able to do that.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 43 Totals & New Goals Here #35663
    Linda Hornung
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    I’m self-publishing, and right now KDP gave me a date of 11/21 to shoot for. I was thinking a Thanksgiving release, but a week earlier should be no problem…as long as I can get Scrivener to format correctly!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 43 Totals & New Goals Here #35643
    Linda Hornung
    Participant

    I need that wish, Cheryl, thank you! I faltered at getting back into my writing routine after the conference, but I’m settled in now. I even gave a test compile a try and sent of an ARC to a reader. I’m going through my book now and making tweaks before the release date. Exciting and terrifying all at once!

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 40 Totals & New Goals Here #35459
    Linda Hornung
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    Always love your quotes, Cheryl, thank you! I missed one day due to registration chair duties for a local conference this week. This week I won’t get any writing in Fri, Sat, or Sunday, also due to the conference. But I will be SO glad to get back to a regular schedule after that!

    I did manage to incorporate all of my editor’s comments, and started revising the back blurb.

    -Linda

    in reply to: Post Week 40 Totals & New Goals Here #35131
    Linda Hornung
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    Great quote, Cheryl! For me, it’s not so much burnout as it is faltering self-confidence. I muddle through it by assuring myself that everyone surely feels way this at some time, even my favorite authors. But it’s hard not to be hard on yourself. πŸ™‚

    I kept up with my 25 mins/day and plan to do so again this week.

    -Linda

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