Welcome to First Monday Mentoring for March.
On the first Monday of every month (or the first Sunday if you’re in the northern hemisphere), I invite you to post your writing-related questions and I’ll answer them here. Lots of talented writers read and comment on this blog and you’re also invited to contribute a question or your thoughts on an answer, or a writing experience that might help others.
There’s another reason I decided to hold First Monday Mentoring.
The 2012 Valerie Parv Award named in my honour by Romance Writers of Australia now opens April 23 and closes May 4 or earlier once the 80 available places are filled. http://www.romanceaustralia.com/vpa.html
Note, the award is now limited to the first 80 entries received.
I mentor the winner of the VPA for the year they hold the award. With only one award and entries now being limited, I created a program called MentorXpress, where you can have a short experience of working with me as your mentor. Details and cost are on my website http://www.valerieparv.com
Between the limited number of entries RWA accepts and the fact that there can only be one winner a year, means First Monday Mentoring gives you somewhere to post writing concerns and questions, or share experiences. You can post your questions ahead of time if you like and answers will go up during Monday February 6. I’ll monitor the blog and post answers throughout the day.
The current holder of the Valerie Parv Award, Michelle de Rooy, posed a question on Twitter that deserves answering here. She asked, “Why oh why do you get a GREAT story idea when you have no time to fly with it?”
It happens for the same reason an idea for a brand new book strikes the minute you want to work on your current project. Developing an idea is mental play for your creative right brain. Turning the idea into a readable story is the hard work. We instinctively look for something more entertaining like a shiny new story idea. Ideas also come when we stop trying to force them. As soon as we relax or give up, say to get ready for some other activity, the resistance vanishes and the ideas flow. Next time you feel this resistance as lack of progress, do a relaxation exercise, play soothing music, light a candle or whatever works for you. Tell yourself the ideas/words will come in their own time…and they often will
Happy First Monday, all!
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