Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6 Things I Learned from a Crunch Deadline and a Giveaway


by Pam Hillman

Overcoming obstacles is a badge of honor for our characters. Just as overcoming obstacles should be for those of us who write those characters' stories and literally pull them out of the fire and save their bacon!

Typing The End, and then digging in to smooth and polish should make us pump our fist in the air and do a joy-jig. Yes, I did a joy-jig when I turned in The Promise of Breeze Hill. Actually, I did FOUR of them.

The first was when I typed The End.

The second was when I finished the rewrite and met my deadline.

The third was when I turned in requested edits on time as promised.

The fourth was when I turned in copy edits a month or so after that.

And each time was su-weet! Each pass made the manuscript better, made me fall in love with my characters and the story even more than before. Summing this whole process up in four short sentences makes it sound easy, but it was far from it. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.

So here are six things I learned to make those joy-jigs as joyous as humanly possible. By the way, I write in Scrivener, so a couple of my tips are specific to that software. If you use Word, or even write long-hand, just apply some of the same basic principles to your method.






Plan the Work - Work the Plan. My husband is a carpenter. He’s been building houses for over thirty years. His father has been in the business for over fifty years, and they still use very detailed house plans.

Every. Single. Time.

Trying to work through plot issues mid-stream really does a number on my daily word count. Sometimes a major plotting snarl can set me back several weeks. I’m about to start book #3 on the Natchez Trace Novel series, and I’m going to take a page from Melissa Jagears. In a Seekerville blog post last month, 5 Ways to Maximize Your Writing Time, Melissa said she pre-wrote between 30-50K on her last two manuscripts before she even started writing the novels.

I’ve done this to a certain extent, but in my mind, I was writing portions of the manuscript, not a 20, 30, 40K synopsis. Thinking of this pre-writing as an extremely detailed synopsis instead of part of the actual manuscript will keep me from cringing when I have to delete 5K because it no longer works for the story.

If the above makes you cringe (you know who you are), then let’s just move on …

Frontload. Do not wait until the last few weeks to write your novel. Life happens. I had eight months to write The Promise of Breeze Hill. EIGHT MONTHS. Never mind that I wrote several novellas in that time, took care of the accounting for three family businesses and babysat the grand during that time. I needed to get started earlier, write longer, and more often. You’ve heard it said, you can’t edit a blank page. No matter how bad it is, get it down on paper long before your deadline. Allow two months to edit. Three or four are even better. What? You scoff at needing three months to edit? Of course you probably don’t. But start with that mindset of getting it done earlier, rather than later, and you’ll have time to spare. If you’re blessed enough to get finished long before your deadline, then yippee…start your next book.

Scrivener Tip #1. Make sure all scenes and chapters are checked “Include in Compile” and after you compile, check the word count in Word against the original Scrivener document. I dropped a scene in a novella once, but thankfully, caught it in the final edit before the collection was published. Whew!

Scrivener Tip #2. If you write in Scrivener, do not wait until 2 am to compile, then run spell check in Word. Compile early and often and run spell check on chapters as you go. Scrivener does have its own spell checker, but a second opinion is welcome.

Learn from the Insanity. Tina has told us over and over again that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I submit that writing and editing for 14-19 hours a day for eight straight days leading up to a deadline is insanity. (Not that I’d know about that. Ahem.) So, whatever your insanity is, learn from it and figure out how to do it differently next time. Me? See all of the above.

Don’t throw in the towel if you find yourself in the middle of a crunch. Just buckle down and do the work. But when it’s over, take a deep breath, and learn from the all nighters and the insanity and apply what you learned next time, and the next, and the next.



AND... We have a GIVEAWAY!



Since my time crunch led to THE PROMISE OF BREEZE HILL, coming August 3, 2017, I'm celebrating by giving away a signed copy to one lucky winner. Solve the puzzle and leave a comment letting me know you want to be on the auction bl --- wait, wrong crowd --- in the drawing.





Also, if you want a 2nd chance to win, hop over to the HHH blog post - Why Write About Indentured Servitude? - and solve the puzzle and leave a comment. Last chance to enter the HHH contest is today, so you're doubling your chances. Cool, huh? :)

Today's discussion...well, as usual, we get to talk about pretty much whatever we want to, BUT, if you need a bit of direction, what's the one thing (or two, or three), you always do to keep yourself from drowning in a crunch?



Breaking News!

The Promise of Breeze Hill received 4 1/2 Stars and is a Top Pick with Romantic Times.



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  1. So much wisdom here, Pam. So little time to let a story sit for 2-3 anything. Sigh. What's the virtual treat of the day from Breeze Hill?

    Where did you come up with that cool name?

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    1. I know. 2-3 months is wishful thinking. I can keep hoping, though.

      Breeze Hill? I wish I could say where I can up with Breeze Hill, but honestly I can't remember. As the story developed, I knew the house was on a hill, and since it's hot and muggy in MS, breezes are SO welcome. One thing led to another, then to the plantation being named Breeze Hill. :)

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  2. 4:14 on my laptop...a little faster than the other day on the HHH blog you were featured on :-) I still think I would do better on my desktop computer with my mouse!

    I think some of these tips can be used in everyday life too (since I'm a reader not a writer). I especially like the planning part as that's one of my strong traits. I guess if I were ever to be a writer, I'd be a plotter...lol! I like organization, I adore lists, and I like having things down on paper.

    What a informative post for our writers Pam! I like the way you think ;-) Please add my name to the pot for the signed copy of "The Promise of Breeze Hill", thanks so much!

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    1. Trixi, I just turned in the 2nd book in the Natchez Trace Novels series, and I'm marking things off my list like crazy so I can start on the next book. My list is still pretty full, but it looks better than it did two weeks ago. :)

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    2. Trixi, I love organization too. My favorite treat for myself is to go to The Container Store, wander around and wonder what I would put in everything. I love lists!

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    3. Kaybee, I'm so laughing about the containers. Several years ago, my nephew's wife helped me purge my den of "stuff". She was an amazing cleaning lady and organizer, and one day she bought two HUGE containers and cleaned out all the magazines, boxes of photos, children's artwork, etc out of the den.

      It was years before I had time to go through those bins and separate the junk from the gems.

      She did the same thing with my horribly messy closet. I still have a bin full of clothes that I have no idea what's in there. lol

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  3. Hi Pam:

    I solved the puzzle on the HHH site. Glad to have found that site as I like historicals. Been on the trace many times. Love the area. Can't wait to read your book. Congrats on the RT rating! Wonderful post. I could not agree with it more. Now, just to do it!

    Vince

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    1. Vince, riding the trace is a soothing time to slow down and go back in time a bit. I'd have to check to be sure, but I think the speed limit is 55, so traffic is light and the roadways are pristine. And there are historical markers all along the route. The closest on ramp is about 30 miles from me. I'm planning to take a day trip soon and will take some videos. :)

      And thank you for the kudos on the RT rating. I was SO excited! The review is chock full of phrases like sweeping, tension, and exquisite. I love descriptive phrases and Carrie Townsend wields them with abandon. :)

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    2. Hi Pam:

      The first few years I was into reading romances I would read RT each month, go over the series reviews, and look for 4 and 4 1/2 star reviews. Once I found the themes I liked among those top reviews, I'd go into Wal-Mart and buy those books.

      I'd also see shoppers come in and spend about 1 minute picking three to five romances off the shelves and then go on shopping. They also knew what they wanted before they went shopping.

      Since I never saw, in all my years, a 5 star review on RT, 4 1/2 stars is fantastic in any way you look it at. And while I did read a few 1 and 2 star RT reviewed books (auto-buys of favorite authors) that I thought were really 4 star reads (one reviewer just didn't seem to like Lucy Gordon!) I never read a 4 1/2 star review that wasn't excellent. It looks like your hard writing work has paid off! And it is the readers who get the benefit.

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    3. Vince, I love the way you analyze everything to figure out what works. Brilliant!

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  4. The puzzle is fun thank you. I was slow at 4:04.

    Count me in thanks.

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    1. Mary, that's not slow. It's savoring. :)

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    2. Slow? I was 13:51. That is slow!

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  5. I'm getting slower on these puzzles...4:52..yikes.

    I would love to be entered to win a copy Pam. Thank you.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    1. Cindy, you too? Seems like I get slower every time. These were kinda hard because there was no "landscape". That was the kind of jigsaw puzzle my dad and I always choose every Christmas. We would get the one with as many pieces as we could find. :)

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  6. Great tips, Pam! Throwing in the towel is never an option.
    Congratulation on your 4 1/2 Stars and is a Top Pick with Romantic Times!

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    1. Thank you, Jill! I knew you were just as determined as I am to just get 'er done! :)

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  7. Loved the article Pam. I fight procrastination constantly so I need all the tips I can get telling me to start early.

    Wonderful rating from RT! The puzzle was so much fun. Please enter me in the drawing

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    1. RT: Thank you, Terri!

      You know, in some ways I blame procrastination on pushing me up to the wire, but on the other hand, it's just the sheer volume of things that must be done that are time suckers.

      We look ahead and say we have a month, six months, or a year to do something, so we think we have plenty of time. Then before we know it, that time has flown by. The older I get, the less organized I think I am. lol

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  8. I'm on crunch time for my next deadline as we speak. And now I'm wondering why I let myself take time off when I was fighting the flu a few months ago! Why didn't I write more when I had time?

    Congratulations on the RT review! Can't wait to read this series!

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    1. Exactly, Jan! Praying hard for your deadline, friend!

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  9. I understand the celebration rituals, through I seem to over celebrating every little milestone for my book that comes out next month.

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    1. Walt, there is no over celebrating in my book. Every milestone is cause for celebration!

      I say enjoy every one of them. And congrats ton the book coming out next month! So exciting! :)

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    2. Walt, I'm so excited for you!!

      Janet

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    3. Oh my gosh ... congratulations on the upcoming book release, Walt!!

      Nancy C

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  10. Also, I'm flying to Buffalo this morning. One of the best things about a plane flight is having writing and reading time.

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    1. Have a safe trip, Walt. Enjoy your down time. :)

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  11. Great tips Pam - I have yet to find out what crunch time is, but I'm kind of looking forward to it. Fun puzzle but I was kind slow - just over 4. Breeze Hill is such a great name. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Not slow at all, Cindy. I think I was somewhere in the 5 minute range.

      Breeze Hill brings to mind a cooling wind, and in the humid, still air of the south in the summer, every bit of breeze is welcome!

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  12. Fun post Pam, and fun puzzle. I was kinda slow at 4:14. I have yet to find out what crunch time is in book publishing but I am hoping to experience that agony some day. Breeze Hill is a great name, sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Cindy, when I was entering contests and submitting to agents and editors, it was the same way, just maybe not as extensive. Many nights I stayed up half the night getting a proposal or a contest entry ready.

      I guess that was in preparation for the real thing. :)

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  13. The puzzle was the coolest thing ever!
    Didn't know they made those. We won't talk about my time...

    "I submit that writing and editing for 14-19 hours a day for eight straight days leading up to a deadline is insanity." That sounds miserable.

    Such good advice. Thanks Pam!

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    1. Aren't they fun, Connie?

      At the time I thought I'd die, but looking back, it doesn't seem so bad, not now that the book is getting great reviews and about to hit shelves.

      Hmmm... reminds me of forgetting all the pain when my kids were born, and we're thinking we'll never do this again.

      Yikes, that's why we end up with the same deadline crunch as before. We forget the pain in the midst of the joy.

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  14. Wonderful, Pam. Most writers I know have their plates full with, well, a heaping portion of Everything Else, and it gets worse at deadline time. I set smaller manageable goals and chip away at the big one every day. If something happens to throw me off, I'll double up the next day -- writing is worth it. We.Will.Do whatever it takes to finish our books, finish our rewrites, finish our edits etc.
    And if we manage the time we have, we won't get burned out. The world doesn't need burned out parents, burned out pastors, or burned out Christian writers.
    I finished my revise-and-resubmit, the one where I was asked to NOT kill off two minor characters, and I sent it in over the weekend. Working on my WIP, layering, checking for inconsistencies and working on the synopsis. Some time this week I also have to address my Genesis feedback and work on my entry to Indiana Golden Opportunity.
    It's all worth it. It's just some days we don't FEEL that it's worth it. Like everything else in the Christian life, we need to not rely on feelings. End of sermon.
    May be back later,
    Kathy Bailey

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    1. Kathy, congrats on sending in the request! How exciting! :)

      And you said... chip away at the big one every day.

      Yes. Yes! YES!

      This is so clutch and my goal for this next writing/working phase. This is where the #1K1HR facebook group comes in. Chip away every day should be my mantra.

      Another area that I'm working hard on is to keep the accounting side of the family businesses posted continuously instead of waiting until December to do it.

      A little every day keeps the crazy away <<<<Maybe we need to do THAT meme, or even a puzzle with that saying on it. :)

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  15. I didn't hyphenate the last three "burned-outs." Please don't report me.

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    1. No worries, K. No grammar police allowed in comments. ;)

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  16. Good morning, Pam. That puzzle was amazing! How fun!

    Although I've not experienced a crunch time yet, I LOVE Long Range Planning. I did it when I was teaching and helped so much because there are always unexpected glitches in life!

    I haven't tried Scrivener yet, but since Word on my Mac keeps crashing and it's so annoying, (nothing gets lost, it's just a timing thing), I am about to take the Scrivener plunge!

    I'd love to be entered in the drawing!

    Thanks again for great life and writing tips!

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    1. Kathryn, I LOVE Scrivener! Yes, there's a learning curve, but it's fairly intuitive (like most Mac stuff), and once you try it, I bet you never look back! You can ease into the basic features pretty quickly and try out more advanced options as you go along.

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    2. Kathryn, same here. Word kept crashing, and it was worrisome. :(

      When I first got Scrivener, I used it to write articles and blog posts so that helped me get used to it without worrying that I was digging in with a full-length novel and worrying that I wouldn't like it.

      Now I write everything in Scrivener and rarely use Word at all. I have a Marketing & PR Scrivener document and all my articles and blogs are in there.

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    3. Hi Myra: I found that not only does Scrivener have a steep learning curve it also has a rapid drop off rate. That is, if you don't use it enough, the learning drops off very quickly. It's not so much that it is hard to learn Scrivener; it's that Word is so much easier to retain what you have learned. I believe Scrivener wants to be used everyday...or else!

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    4. Vince, what you say is true. I learned a couple of tips last year, then could not for the life of me remember how to implement them this time around.

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    5. You're probably right, Vince. I do have to look up how to do some things that I don't do on a regular basis. But for everyday writing and keeping my character profiles, setting notes, and research collection handy, it can't be beat!

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    6. Myra: You are absolutely right. I took the three on line courses on Scribner but I use Word for all my routine business and Scrivener for my WIP only and I keep having to relearn the basics! I need to be like you and work with S. everyday. You're doing the right thing. Now, I need to.

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  17. Pam! Congrats on the fantastic RT review!

    And excellent advice all around for avoiding deadline crunches. We don't do ourselves any favors when we fail to stay ahead of the game and make allowances for contingencies. I thought I had everything under control when we left on vacation last month. I knew when we got home I'd have two weeks to complete the revisions my editor asked for. What I DIDN'T plan on was Project Guy crashing and burning on the cruise ship and coming home to several doctors' appointments for follow-up tests!

    Good news: Finished the revisions on schedule AND Project Guy (so far) is getting a clean bill of health and is pretty much back to normal.

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    1. Myra, thanks for the update on Project Guy. So glad he's doing so well.

      Your comment reminded me of something that happened the Sunday before I turned in my last manuscript. It was due on Monday and I was putting in every waking moment to get it polished to my satisfaction.

      The one thing I refuse to do is skip church for a deadline, so I'd gotten a few hours sleep, then worked for a couple of hours, went to church, then to eat Chinese with the Cowboy. (Hey, going out to eat was faster than cooking, and, by that time, our cupboards were pretty bare!).

      So I have this major deadline not just looming, but dangling off a cliff, and as usual life had intervened and put me even further behind than I'd planned. But I was on track, the deadline was in sight, and I was still very confident I'd make it.

      Then I got my fortune cookie and it said...

      Prepare for the unexpected.

      Gulp.

      I'm not superstitious. Black cat runs across the road in front of me, and you won't catch me marking an X on my windshield. I might think it, but I won't do it. And no, I don't intentionally walk under a ladder, but if the paint bucket is within reach on the other side, I'm not going to walk around the ladder to get it.

      But that little piece of paper did give me pause. I could just see my laptop exploding and all my files being destroyed, or something equally horrific happening in the next 24 hours!

      But I made it, even with the internet going out for several hours that Monday morning.

      And that's what counts.

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    2. Myra, so glad to hear your hubby is doing well.

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    3. Thanks, Sandy! Except for some bumps and bruises that are slowly healing, he's pretty much back to his old "Project Guy" self.

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  18. P.S.: Just did the puzzle--what fun!

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  19. Thanks for the fun post, Pam. Loved the puzzle, although I'm apparently really bad. People are saying the were slow at 4 minutes and it took me over 13. But it was just for fun.

    If I am ever in the position to have a contracted book, I will have to force myself to start early and keep working as I am notorious for waiting until the last minute for any kind of deadline.

    Please enter me in the drawing!

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    1. Sandy, there is something to be said for working at the last minute... adrenaline just kicks in and I do my best work then. Or at least I thinkI do.

      Even if (no... when) I finish my next project ahead of time, I suspect I'll keep fiddling with it right up until the deadline because there's always some little something that needs fixing.

      There's just no pleasing me, is there? lol

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  20. Hi Pam, Great post and an important one as it seems we are always finding ourselves in a crunch at one time or another. sigh. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing them. Can't wait to read your book.

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    1. People who say they have nothing to do or are bored really confuse me. I haven't had that problem in at least 30 years.

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    2. Pam, I agree with you on people who get bored. I am never bored because I can always find a good book to read!

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  21. Loved the puzzle. How cool is that? You are always so clever.

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    1. If it can be thought, it's probably on the internet. The key is using the right words to search. ;)

      PS... I learned this from Tina, who is a master at using search engines.

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  22. Did the puzzle in 3:52. Very fun. This book sounds really interesting. I love stories set in the old south on plantations.

    nina4sm at gmail dot com

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    1. Sylvia, you are a whiz! Hope you enjoy Breeze Hill. :)

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  23. Pam, loved your post! I work in Word, but I have friends who use Scrivener and really like it. And you made great points about working your plan. You're a perfect example of how it can be done!

    The Promise of Breeze Hill sounds SO good! Congratulations on such a wonderful nod from RT.

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. Sometimes I don't feel so accomplished, but so far I haven't dropped the ball too many times. I just keep juggling... :)

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  24. Yay! I finished the puzzle!

    Congratulations, Pam, on your release. It's almost as exciting as my being able to finish the puzzle. Almost.

    I work in Libre Office, I'm probably the only one who does. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Yikes, Nicki, there's yet ANOTHER software out there for writing??? lol Glad you enjoyed the puzzle. Nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone. :)

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  25. Great post, Pam, and congratulations on the wonderful RT review! As a procrastinator myself, reminders of how to avoid prevent trouble are welcome. The puzzle was a lot of fun, too!

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    1. Darlene, I'm working hard to avoid the same crunch on the next go round!

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  26. Pam, excellent points for meeting deadlines with a great story! Sometimes insanity is just part of it, but that is hard on a person.

    Mega congratulations on RT giving The Promise of Breeze Hill a 4 1/2 Star Top Pick! I cannot wait to read this story!

    I love the puzzle. No time to put it together right now but I'll be back to play with it. I'm impressed that you can create a puzzle from your book cover!! Is there an app for that?

    Janet

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    1. Probably so, Janet. lol The site is jigsawplanet.com

      I'm sure there are other sites, but that was the first one I tried and it lets you imbed puzzles, so I liked that aspect a lot.

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  27. Hi Pam
    YAY!!! for the RT Top Pick. Way cool. I visited the HHH site and did the puzzle the other day. Took over 5 min on my tablet. Was fun then.

    As a scuba diver, I've long had the Plan your dive, Dive your plan thing going. If you don't, there are pretty serious repercussions. Makes sense to carry that over into other stuff. In fact, my dive instructor hubby does that all the time. It's sort of his theme for anything that needs to get done.

    Would love to be in the draw for Breeze Hill. I really like the cover, btw.

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    1. Deb, scuba diver, huh??? And I thought working around cows and writing was living dangerously.

      Scuba diving is definitely an area that requires careful planning and execution.

      Uh...I have a healthy fear of going so deep or so high that I need assistance to breath. Just riding in a plane stretches my comfort zone in that area. lol

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  28. 3:27 time, I solved the one on the HHH blog a little quicker. Guess I'm slow today. lol
    Can't wait to read it--would love to win! Thanks!!

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    1. lol, HOlly! I've been making Facebook banners, bookmarks and poster layouts this week, so getting some memes in with reviews and quotes. Lots of fun.

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  29. PAMMY!!! I am SO over the moon for you on the RT Pick, my friend, because it is SO well-deserved!! I have always loved your writing, Pam, so it's really rewarding for me to see you get the accolades you deserve. :)

    VERY informative and encouraging blog -- but then you learned it the hard, way right?? ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie, I think we all paid our dues. :)

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  30. PAM, I love the overcoming meme! Thank you for sharing. My time was 5:26.

    I brought Texas Sheet Cake to share!

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  31. Great post, Pam. Love your pics. You always go above and beyond.

    Those guys climbing the rock wall...WOW!

    Congrats on your RT Top Pick!!! So thrilled for you. Can't wait to read the story.

    Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debby. That wall looks ... impossible! Thanks for the congrats. It's been a fun day. :)

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  32. Pammmmm ... that puzzle is way too hard ... 10 pieces I can do. Maybe 15. I am not going to give up, though. Gotta prove to myself I can do it :-)

    Thanks for the tips. I always appreciate learning from what others learned. I especially like your tip about front-loading -- life has yet to go as I planned.

    Congratulations on the 4 1/2 Stars and Top Pick with Romantic Times!!

    Nancy C

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    1. Nancy, everything we can learn to make things go better and faster is clutch! Thanks for the congratulations. :)

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  33. P.S. Thanks for the heads-up about the HHH website. I love historicals -- had no idea that site existed.

    Nancy C

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  34. Congrats on your beautiful story and its being a top pick!

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  35. So, it's been a crazy busy day and week, but I so appreciate your suggestions. I need them. It's hard when life twists me up with too many things to do and drama-ridden teen-age boys and whatnot.

    I especially appreciate your comments about Scrivener. Great ideas. :) I need to do the compiling much more often than I currently do it. :)

    And, that puzzle? I wasn't going to do it, but it looked so fun! I did it in 6:35. Indicative of a very tired brain. :)

    Please put my name in the, er, drawing. ;)

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    1. Jeanne, teenage boys? I remember those days. You have my sympathy. :)

      Glad you picked up some tips, and you're in the drawing!

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  36. Pam, I'm late to the party but wanted to say Woo hoo!!!! on the RT Top Pick!! Congrats!

    And thanks for your tips. I truly need to do more front end loading. I'm so bad about going down to the wire and getting in the middle of the insanity.

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  37. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Pam! Nothing speaks as strongly as experience, and yours gives us so much to think on! I admit, I find myself in a crunch more often than not. Something I need to work on!
    I'm so excited about the release of Promise of Breeze Hill. Wonderful story! That hero! *swoon* ;)

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. I don't think I've mentioned it, but I pictured Brendan Fraser from The Mummy while writing Promise. ;)

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  38. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Pam! Nothing speaks as strongly as experience, and yours gives us so much to think on! I admit, I find myself in a crunch more often than not. Something I need to work on!
    I'm so excited about the release of Promise of Breeze Hill. Wonderful story! That hero! *swoon* ;)

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  39. Congratulations on your new book, Pam!! Thank you for sharing such helpful tips and advice. I get positively panicky when I think of pre-writing that many words, but I do write down the conversations my characters have before I ever figure out a plot. Thanks again

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    1. Laura, I kinda have the same feeling, but the way Melissa explained it, if you're just free-writing, the words should flow. There's no right or wrong words. It's all good. So I think I want to try it. :)

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  40. I did it in 2:01 and beat my time from the HHH blog! I love your advice about giving yourself plenty of time. I find myself procrastinating the editing I do on the photo session I take. I love doing the photographing, but I worked in photo labs for years so editing really feels like work instead of something I enjoy. But clients tend to want to see their images sooner rather than later, so when I find myself getting close to my two week deadline I have to remind myself to "eat the frog" and just get it done. I can't remember where I learned that saying but a quick google search says that it originated with Mark Twain: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

    Please enter me for your book giveaway! :)

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    1. lol on eating the frogs. Yes, need to eat those frogs first thing.

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  41. With the help of my baby I did it in almost 4 minutes. Haha. Party way through he decided I needed to pick him up. LOL.

    Thank you for sharing this post with us! Great ideas to apply. :)

    Can I just say I am sooooo excited about this book! From the first time I saw the cover I was enthralled!! :)

    Please enter me for your book giveaway!

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  42. I love the idea of organization. I try to be as organized as possible but with all my children home for the summer it's not always easy.I have 10 still at home at 2 out of the house. This book sounds like it has a great plot and I can't wait to read it. My time for the puzzle is 3:37. yes, please enter me in the drawing for The Promise of Breeze Hill.
    Deanne Cnnamongirl@aol.com

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  43. I love the idea of organization. I try to be as organized as possible but with all my children home for the summer it's not always easy.I have 10 still at home at 2 out of the house. This book sounds like it has a great plot and I can't wait to read it. My time for the puzzle is 3:37. yes, please enter me in the drawing for The Promise of Breeze Hill.
    Deanne Cnnamongirl@aol.com

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  44. Congratulations! "The Promise of Breeze Hill received 4 1/2 Stars and is a Top Pick with Romantic Times" so excited for you!

    Please enter me in your giveaway :)

    May God bless you and all of Seekerville!

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