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April 22, 2011


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Thanks for the neat post. Trying to start writing myself, and it's good advice to write for the people who love your story, including yourself.

Tip on cats: We typically squint when we don't like something. But in cat language, squinted eyes means 'Come Hither' (from what I heard long ago!) Next time you are in the same room with a cat, enlarge your eyes and see if that keeps them away. (And don't wear black... it seems to attract all manner of fluffy, shedding things.) :~)

Donna Cummings

Lena, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Sometimes it's hard to remember that we should enjoy our own work--we can be so critical, which is hard on our creativity.

And I love the tip on the cats! I probably squint just to see things better, so I'm going to be a cat magnet for sure. LOL Especially since I wear black all the time. Sigh. LOL

Good luck with your writing too!


Great blog post, Donna! I particularly love your final sentence: "I'm writing for the people who love my books. Even if I don't know who they are yet." I've added it to my quote board.

Donna Cummings

Thanks, Janga. I'm thrilled to be included on your quote board!


This is one of those pieces of advice that makes SO MUCH SENSE you can't believe you didn't think of it yourself (well...at least I can't believe it!)

Genius. I struggle mightily with wanting to please everyone all the time. Always. But this post just might make me take a deep breath and give myself a break.

Thank you for this Friday spell of relief.

(and also, my husband is allergic to and also HATEFUL toward cats; so naturally he's the one they come to sit on when we visit people who are lovers of felines. too bad.)

Donna Cummings

Julie, I can't believe I didn't think of it either. Or maybe I did, and I forgot it. LOL But when I read that quote, I kinda chewed on it for a few days. It's hard trying to please everyone, so why would I attempt it in my books?

LOL about your husband. I guess we throw off some anti-cat pheromones or something. I don't think I'm allergic. Yet. LOL


I'm so with this idea. I mean, it's like trying to convince someone who hates hot food that what you've made is different and they'll love it. Just give it up! Not everyone likes the same stuff. Save the hot food for those who will appreciate it.

Now, the key is finding the people who will love the book...which I'm working on...

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I have to laugh at that, trying to convince somebody to love a food they hate. Maybe it's a point of pride for the convincer or something. But isn't it annoying being on the other end of it? LOL

And finding the people who love the book is definitely a quest. :) I'll be glad to hear what works the best for you.

Liz Fichera

I so look forward to reading one of your books!! Regarding reviews, it feels a lot like standing in the middle of a crowded room, naked.

Donna Cummings

Liz, you're a sweetie! Now I'm motivated to work on my WIP today. :) I can only imagine what it's like to get reviews. Eeek! But it must be wonderful to hear the nice things too. :)

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