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  1. Devon Alexander

    YAY!! Can't wait to meet in person!

    YAY!! Can't wait to meet in person!
  2. Devon Alexander

    SHOUT it out! RWA2018 Here I come!!! From New Zealand

    I'll be there! Can't wait to meet a few people I've met here and see old friends. RWA is an amazing, crazy, busy, exhausting, event but so worth it. You're going to love it.
  3. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 8: Wrap Up!

    Thanks Lisa, this has been great! *goes to revise Lesson 4 homework again*
  4. Devon Alexander

    It would have to be writing description. I have a much easier time writing dialogue so...

    It would have to be writing description. I have a much easier time writing dialogue so descriptions tend to be bare bones. I have to make a conscious effort to write descriptions whereas dialogue just flows.
  5. Devon Alexander

    :) Thanks! And I like the rejection letter competition. Sounds like a fun thing to do. (Yes I...

    :) Thanks! And I like the rejection letter competition. Sounds like a fun thing to do. (Yes I can be a glutton for punishment LOL)
  6. Devon Alexander

    Yep, that's it exactly. Now to pick one thing that I need to work on... *looks at long list of...

    Yep, that's it exactly. Now to pick one thing that I need to work on... *looks at long list of things that need improvement*
  7. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 7: Taking the Sting Out of Rejection

    Pick from the list of some techniques you are going to try to help prepare you for the, “no.” You could also come up with your own. As long as you have a plan you are good just in case the no does happen. If it does happen, follow the plan and know that you are not alone, and many yeses often...
  8. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 6: The Secret Weapon

    Implement deliberate practice into your writing life. A) What does it look like for you? What did you do? I write and I take classes, go to conferences, attend local RWA and SIC meetings. Occasionally do 1st page critiques and have done a few contests. I have also judged contests critiqued, and...
  9. Devon Alexander

    I've been reading through the lectures and homework again and realized I didn't completely...

    I've been reading through the lectures and homework again and realized I didn't completely respond here. So, after further thought, here is an updated response. I have a good friend, Dawn, who is a writer and I’m sure she would be an accountability partner for me. Also, I go to the sprint chat...
  10. Devon Alexander

    Revising homework... Goal: to have a completed manuscript ready for beta readers. Benchmarks...

    Revising homework... Goal: to have a completed manuscript ready for beta readers. Benchmarks: 60 days to finish – currently at 22,756 words with an estimated 80,000 when completed. This means 954 words a day for 60 days. 30 days to edit – this includes researching and revising as needed...
  11. Devon Alexander

    It makes me feel good and scared... I keep thinking it's not realistic but when I look at...

    It makes me feel good and scared... I keep thinking it's not realistic but when I look at everything I need to do, it is. The only obstacle I see is that I didn't include time for my research. I'm working on an historical romance and the things I am not sure about, I have comments to fix it...
  12. Devon Alexander

    Thanks, that helps. And my husband doesn't mind the hour a night I do. I think it's just me.

    Thanks, that helps. And my husband doesn't mind the hour a night I do. I think it's just me.
  13. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 5: Retrain your Brain to Keep Writing Despite the Fear, Feeling Overwhelmed, and Negative Peo

    Figure out your number one obstacle that keeps you from writing as much as you like and determine how you are going to work around it. My number one obstacle is switching my mind to the creative side. Working for an engineering firm, I tend to be a linear thinking person and my writing isn’t. I...
  14. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 4: Time Management When You Have Too Much To Do

    Tell us what your 90 Day Goal is and list the major action steps you need to take to accomplish that goal. What are the benchmarks you need to meet? By when? Goal: to have a completed manuscript ready to be submitted to an agent. Benchmarks: 60 days to finish – currently at 22,300 words with...
  15. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 3: Discover your Weakness with the Theory of Constraint to Keep You Writing

    OK, I struggled with this one. Still trying to work it all out but here's what I have so far. Any help finishing this homework or insight or direction on where to go, I would appreciate it. I think I've identified the constraints but I'm lost on the map & chain. So here are my 5 constraints...
  16. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 2: Develop Your Perfect Practice

    My perfect work day looks like: My perfect work day would be spending 3 hours at the coffee shop with a café au lait, herbal tea (both at the same time) and a quiet table by the window. And my back to the wall. Another perfect work day would be sitting at the computer desk in my front living...
  17. Devon Alexander

    Homework Lesson 1: Stop Working Against Yourself: Align Your Goals with Your Life

    OK, I originally had 6 sentences as my response. One for each question. I love lists so it made sense to me. After reading Sue's comments I realized I didn't delve deep enough so, after further thought, here are my answers. Why did you want to write? I have so many stories and I want to share...
  18. Devon Alexander

    Georgian period. I'm having fun researching it but keep getting pulled in the rabbit hole so had...

    Georgian period. I'm having fun researching it but keep getting pulled in the rabbit hole so had to stop for now LOL
  19. Devon Alexander

    Discussion Welcome!

    Hi Lisa! I too am excited about this class. It's funny how small the world is; I live in Louisiana also. New Orleans area. And Wendy, I know how to pronounce your name LOL. I knew some Perniciaros, in the Chalmette area, years ago. I've been working on an historical romance for a couple of...
  20. Devon Alexander

    Going on RIGHT NOW Hey, anyone wanting to sprint?

    Getting ready for the 8pm CST sprint if anyone is interested