Days 4 & 5: I’ll pass.

A quick update if you’ve been following my twelve days of writing:

My writing prompt challenge was supposed to be daily, but not every prompt was one that inspired me. Since I had a headache at the beginning of the weekend, I skipped days four and five.

Day four’s instructions said this: “Write a letter to an agent telling her how wonderful you are.” I did start to try, but I didn’t get very far. Self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to me, and while I’m sure that I’ll have perfectly good reasons to call myself and my writing amazing someday, I don’t consider inventing self-praise my idea of inspirational fun.

Note: I’m also not a query letter expert at this point in time. I haven’t queried my own writing yet, and all my editing work is helping authors prepare their actual books, not their queries and pitches. If you need help with those, talk to Lara over at write, edit, repeat. She’s a friend of mine and also a genius, and I only hear good things from authors who have done query work with her.

Day five asked for “a 20-line poem about a memorable moment in your life.” I might still go back and complete this prompt someday, but twenty lines is quite a few, and I’ve only ever managed to write poetry with more hours to spare than I had on Saturday.

And that’s that! Later today, I’ll fill you in on days six and seven as well as the contests that you don’t want to be missing this week.

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