Recent content by Christal Armstrong

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    Goals Introduce yourself and list your goal!

    Hi, I'm Christal. I'm getting back to writing after a long hiatus. I had landed a publishing contract with Penguin that fell apart right when I had my second child, so the two events knocked me off my writing course for a few years. I write mainly romance and am currently working on a paranormal...
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    Lecture Introductions!

    Hi everyone, I'm Christal from BC Canada (Okanagan Valley). It's cool there's another Canuck and BCer in the group! I haven't written much in the last few years so I want to get back into it. Like DD, I have a room of craft supplies and have spent the last few years with those: painting...
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    Homework Lesson 7: Taking the Sting Out of Rejection

    In general, I no longer get really down at rejections. I read the rejection letter once, knowing that it’ll dampen my mood for a while that day and then put the letter aside for a day or couple of days. I go back to my life and try not to think about it over the day(s). Usually when I come back...
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    Homework Lesson 6: The Secret Weapon

    A What does it look like for you? What did you do? I’ve been practicing for years. And I continue to work on it. I first worked on writing itself (grammar, sentence structure) and then on the grander things like story structure, premise, theme, etc. I’m still working on it all and hope to...
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    Homework Lesson 5: Retrain your Brain to Keep Writing Despite the Fear, Feeling Overwhelmed, and Negative Peo

    What is my biggest obstacle and how will I work around it? *note, long-winded post lol I’m my biggest obstacle. I think too much. I can talk myself in and out of most anything. I learned when I was in university, paying a mortgage myself and working 20 or more hours a week, that the best way...
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    Homework Lesson 4: Time Management When You Have Too Much To Do

    My 60 day plan: *I did lesson 5 and then came back to do this because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on or how to prioritize my days until I did lesson 5 and now my 60 day plan is much clearer. My plan is for 60 days. In exactly 60 days (Sept 18) my youngest will be in kindergarten...
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    Homework Lesson 3: Discover your Weakness with the Theory of Constraint to Keep You Writing

    Problems: My focus. I like to create and have several hobbies I could be doing and that catch my attention. I know I’m using those hobbies as shields, allowing myself to work on something else to take my focus off writing and the pressure off. The internet, especially social media and Pinterest...
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    Homework Lesson 2: Develop Your Perfect Practice

    A. My perfect work day looks like: Before kids, I’d sit on the sofa with my coffee/tea, cats curled around me, dog at my feet, and write for 8-12 hours in a quiet house with just my music playing. If I was on a roll, I’d write until the inspiration waned (even if that was 3 am). With kids, I’m...
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    Discussion Welcome!

    Hi Lisa I'm Christal from BC, Canada. I can't say I'm working on any one project at the moment. My problem right now is finding my passion again. I've been writing for a lot of years in several genres of romance (historical, contemporary, paranormal) and have been "so close" many times. I've...
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    Announcement PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hi, I'm Christal. I've been writing on and off for years, mostly romance and paranormal but recently have been trying my hand at middle grade. I'm pre-published but just last month my paranormal manuscript was a contest finalist and has been sent to an editor at Penguin Publishing. This year my...