July 20, 2013
Hi, all. I just want to provide a quick update. I’ve been working on my memoir, Freedom from Fat, and editing my other memoir, Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. Both are far along but still have a bit to go. The first draft of Freedom from Fat is not complete yet. It’s currently up to 46,000 words, but until I’ve reached my weight loss goals, I’ll still be working on it, because it chronicles my weight loss journey. I’m anticipating that I’ll be done with the first draft within one year. But sooner would be great, in more ways than one!
I’m currently on page 59 out of 230 in the editing/proofreading stage of Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, so I’m just about 1/4 through it. I only plan on doing one round of editing, since it is a compilation of journal entries and I want them to be as close to the original writing as possible. The entire memoir is 71,000 words.
Besides working on my books, I also have a freelance career during the week, and I focus on my health and fitness every day. I spend part-time hours working on all three aspects of my life. I like the variety, and they’re all important to me, so I have to manage my time to include them all in my life. I truly love writing books and connecting with my readers, working with my clients to help them with their publishing goals, and working out and eating healthy to have a healthy balance in my life. My weekends are spent relaxing, having fun, and doing housework. It’s quite challenging trying to fit everything in, but it’s the best way to live.
I have some book reviews I’ll be posting this week. One is How to Write an Essay, and the other is Wake up Successful – How to Increase your Energy and Achieve any Goal with a Morning Routine. Both are excellent nonfiction books that I’m looking forward to sharing with you.
So tell me how your life is going. What do you do for a career? What are your favorite things to do? What is your passion? I’d love to learn more about you. And let me know if you need help with writing or publishing, or if you’d like to be interviewed on my blog.
Above all, have a wondrous rest of your weekend!
April 7, 2013
I am pleased to announce that I have resumed working on my work-in-progress, Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I’m in the editing and formatting stage. I worked on it for over two hours yesterday. What got me working on it again? Well, my husband mentioned my book, asking how I was coming along with it. I told him I had finished writing it and I just needed to edit it. That conversation created a spark in my mind that motivated me to resume working on it. I intend to spend as much time on it as I can until it’s finished and ready to publish.
I’m enjoying reading the book as I’m editing it. I think it’s going to be a great book that tells the story – in the form of personal journal entries – of my challenging life. There are a few journal entries from when I was 9 and 10 years old. Then it glides into my teenage years, starting with age 14 and continuing all the way up to age 30. That was the last time I wrote a journal entry, because I didn’t need the therapy of journal writing to get through tough times, because my life had smoothed out and improved.
In the book my personal thoughts and unique actions are communicated. I talk about the people who meant the most to me. My feelings are as clear as day and permeate from the words I wrote. My experiences of growing up with controlling parents, my rebellion against my parents and life, my use of drugs and alcohol, my mental illness, my eating disorder, my career changes, love and relationships, and going to school to pursue my passions are all revealed in this book.
The book is personal, deep, revealing, and honest. The words were written respectfully and tactfully, so I did not go into extreme detail about uncomfortable matters; therefore, the book will not embarrass me or my readers.
If you would like to read and review my book, email me at email@example.com, and as soon as it’s published (which I anticipate will be in a couple months or less) I’ll email you an ebook copy in exchange for your promise to write a short review on it.
I can’t wait to wrap up this book and get it out to the world!
Have a great day!
January 23, 2013
The day after my last post, which was about how I hadn’t worked on my manuscripts in a few months, I resumed working on my work-in-progress: Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I wrote for one to two hours a day most days, and I’m happy to say that I finished the first draft the other day! It feels great to have completed the writing part of the book project.
The next step is to edit. Since it is a compilation of my journal entries from childhood to adulthood, and I want the book to be as accurate of the times as possible, I will not be doing a lot of editing. I will just review what I have written for spelling and grammar. Since I did that as I typed the journals, there will not be much editing to do. It will be a fairly quick review process and I will only need to go through the manuscript once, since I am also a professional editor.
Lately, I’ve been trying to spend less time on the computer since my body has been feeling stiff and uncomfortable when I sit for too long – due to previous leg injuries. But I’m sure I will begin editing soon. And since my last post motivated me to finish the first draft, I am hoping this post will inspire me to begin editing. I will just need to spend less time online each day so that I’ll be able to spend time editing the manuscript, and I’ll only be able to work on it for an hour at a time so that I can get up and stretch my legs.
I am looking forward to editing Chronicles of a Troubled Girl and moving on with the publishing process and getting it out to the public. I will not be doing a blog tour, since it is a very personal memoir. I prefer that people I know, and those I announce it to, will be the first to read it, and I will allow word-of-mouth to be the main method of marketing.
I hope you all have a joyous day. Happy writing and reading!
October 2, 2012
Today I will be interviewing Katrina Rychling, a published writer and scholar. We met at the Yahoo! Contributor Network where we published articles, poetry, and other writing assignments to their online platform. I haven’t written for them since the end of last year, but Katrina and I have remained in touch through Facebook.
Katrina Rychling enjoys networking and helping fellow writers. She holds a Bachelor of Science – with a concentration in psychology – from Charter Oak State College; a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University; and a writing diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. Katrina is published in the May/June 2011 issue of Writers Digest Magazine. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three pet snakes.
Now, on to the interview.
Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
Katrina: Sometime after high school I rediscovered my love for reading. My love for reading then developed into an interest in writing and then a passion for writing. I had not considered writing as a career, only as a hobby. It has only been in the past few years that I have decided to turn my writing into a career.
Christine: What is your writing experience?
Katrina: In high school I began to despise writing. By my senior year when I had a paper due I would throw tantrums and become hysterical. In college I found myself taking more and more writing classes to help overcome my fear of writing. Somewhere along the way I slowly found writing easier, but my fear was not totally gone. I would turn papers in late and reuse the same piece multiple times.
Now I have come to realize that I was sabotaging myself because I wanted it to be perfect. I would stress out so much about getting it right, that I did not get it done at all. I have since learned to let go and find it much more enjoyable to write. I still have my days where I can’t seem to finish anything, but then there are others when I write for 30min and come out with something fantastic.
Christine: What types of writing do you do?
Katrina: I write a little bit of everything. I’m not sure there is a genre I have not had an idea in or tried writing. This makes my skills versatile and helps me find more ways to earn a paycheck through my writing.
Christine: What have you published recently?
Katrina: I try to update my blog, Star’s Escape, as often as possible. Star’s Escape is about everything and anything writing related. It has tips on writer’s block, marketing, improving your writing, and finding more time to write. I’m always looking for more contributors to help build the community and to support each others’ writing. Contributors get a link to their website of choice and are welcome to write anything, as long as it pertains to writing. I also publish my non-fiction, poems, and an occasional short story on the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?
Katrina: Currently, my only source of income is through my writing.
Christine: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?
Katrina: Since becoming a mom, I have learned to write whenever and wherever I can. My writing time has taken a drastic drop, but the reward of caring for my son is worth it. I am still learning new ways to squeeze more writing time in every day.
Christine: How do you come up with ideas for your writing?
Katrina: Many of my ideas for my non-fiction and fiction work come from reading other people’s work. I also get a lot of ideas from things I wonder or am interested about. As for my fiction writing, I find myself using what happens in some of my dreams as a springboard for a story. On rare occasions I actually dream in words, so I guess you can say I write in my sleep (which is a good thing, because I love to sleep).
Christine: What interests you about writing nonfiction?
Katrina: Reading non-fiction books and articles is one of the things that has made the biggest impact on my life. I love learning new things, and I constantly strive to become a better person. Reading teaches me how to live and how to improve every aspect of my life. Since others’ writing has made such an impact on my life, I want to return the favor and help even more people to become the person they are meant to be.
Christine: What do you like to read?
Katrina: When reading non-fiction books I tend to gravitate towards self-help books because I’m constantly striving to improve my life. My favorite genres of fiction are fantasy and science-fiction. I get enough reality in everyday life, so when I read I want something completely different.
Christine: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?
Katrina: Yes! I find myself constantly editing other writers’ works as I read them. The biggest problem with this is I always want to tell the author what they did wrong. I sometimes need to work on holding my tongue, because if an author does not ask for criticism I feel it is rude of me to mention their flaws. However, another part of me wants to tell them so that I can help them improve and become an even better writer. It would be interesting to hear what other writers think about unsolicited advice from fellow writers.
Christine: Where can we find you on the Web?
Katrina: My website: www.katrinarychling.com
My writing blog: www.katrinarychling.com/blog
My health blog: www.cavemanparty.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KatrinaRychling
Christine: Thanks so much for joining us today, Katrina!