The deadline is nearing! September 15th is the last day to submit entries for the Space Coast Authors of Romance writing contest, 2014 Launching A Star.
The contest is open to any author unpublished in book-length fiction, or any author who is not considered PAN-eligible under current RWA rules, or has not been published in the romance genre in the last five years.
There are eight categories: Historical, Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal, Series Contemporary, Single Title (Contemporaries, Women's Fiction, Romantic Elements, etc.), Young Adult, Romantic Suspense (ST), and Inspirational (ST).
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.
STAR (Space Coast Authors of Romance) has been a part of my life since 2008. Being away due to career and personal changes, I've noticed the lack of motivation in my fiction writing. About a month ago I dusted off my works-in-progress (WIP) and red-inked them until a few bled to death. Only one or two survived.
Looking at the lifeless manuscripts I knew it was time to get back to what challenged and motivated me. I found my muse, but didn't realize it until I started plotting and reinventing characters. Today, I returned to the monthly STAR meetings and just in speaking with a few members about my current WIP I was able to scratch out 2700 words towards another chapter.
Just like any good relationship, with your family or friends and with God, it takes daily work to keep it strong. Thanks to my STARs I can build a better relationship with my writing. The critique groups, Deep Dish reads, guest speakers, online forums, conferences, and contests are a few things that help keep me on track.
A good romance never hurt any book, so regardless of your writing genre you should attend a STAR meeting as a guest. Go ahead...I dare you!