Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Where’s Waldo?

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Some of you have wondered what I’ve been up to these past couple of weeks. I received messages asking if I was on vacation…I wish. A few asked if I was attending a writer’s conference…again, I wish. Some thought I was just taking a break from blogging.

What was I doing? When I wasn’t at my day job, I was writing and writing, at a frantic pace. At the end of March, on a whim, I entered a contest offered by a publisher. Per the contest guidelines, I wrote a 100-word book blurb and submitted it along with the first page of my book. I never imagined I would advance to the next stage, but I did. This involved writing a three to five-page synopsis along with my first three chapters. The deadline was a little over two weeks. Sounds easy right? Well, it wasn’t.

My entry was my first NaNoWriMo project, written in 2010. In 30 days, I wrote over 57,000 words. It wasn’t a story, it was a hot mess. I never brought the story to its conclusion. It has remained on my hard drive all these years. In order to write the synopsis, I not only had to figure out how the story was going to end, but I needed a plot.

In a week, I finished the synopsis and a new story was born. In the time remaining, I wrote the three chapters. My entry is now in the hands of the publisher. I did the best that I could with the help of a special person, who many of you know. Thank you, L. Marie! Not only are you a terrific editor, but you’re a great encourager.

What have you been up to lately?

 

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

128 thoughts on “Where’s Waldo?

  1. That’s great news Jill! I’m happy for you! I wish you success and hope you would have a book in your hand soon! I’ve been busy writing too, but mine is no where near completion. Have a great weekend… (it’s almost Friday isn’t it?)
    Much love. 🙂

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  2. Jill, that is wonderful! I wish you the best and hope you get published. I am sure you worked non-stop with such a short deadline!

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  3. I suspected something like this was going on 🙂 Sounds like a worthwhile effort, Jill. Good luck!

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  4. Hi Jill, congratulations on all the writing! I’m sending out messages into the universe for a wonderful outcome to your submission.
    What have I been up to? Busy as a bee. I haven’t been reading blogs nor attending to my own. I’ve got a bit of catching up to do!
    Have a great weekend.

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  5. This is so exciting Jill!! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you xxo

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