Disney World incident reminds of own toddler

writingWith so much negativity going on in the world this week, I don’t have much to say about any of it.

I was sad to hear about the toddler at Disney World. I can even relate to those poor parents. I considered myself a good parent, but when my son was that young, he was a curious toddler much like the one in this story.

If we took him to a restaurant or any place like that, we only had about 45 minutes to an hour before he was ready to go. He would climb out of the high chair or booster seat, and I knew he had had enough.

He didn’t like being strapped in a car seat or stroller either. He tried his best to get free of these things.

I could easily see this other toddler getting restless at the movie or wandering away from the parents because he was ready to leave. I believe, though, from the stories I read that the father of the boy was there with him.

I’ve prayed all week for all that has happened in Orlando, and I hope things get better for that city that houses one of the most popular places in America.

Top links of the week

1. 6 Ways to Make Time to Write: A Guide for Busy Parents

I’m not a parent of younger children anymore so this article doesn’t apply to me, but it has good ideas for those of you who do have younger children.

Of course, even for those of us who don’t have younger children, I see some ideas you could use. For instance, the article mentions a writer retreat. I would love to go on one of these someday. Going to one near a beach would be awesome, but any retreat spending time with other writers would be nice.

I can learn so much from other writers, and I already have.

2. How To Pitch An Idea

As I grow my blogs and my writing and editing business, I have thought about writing guest blog posts for various websites. However, one of the things that intimidates me the most is pitching an idea.

I asked about this in a writing group I belong to on Facebook, and another writer gave me this link. This article does a good job of giving ideas on how to pitch an idea in a step-by-step way.

3. Should You Track Word Count While Writing a Novel? Yes, No, and Maybe So

I see both sides of this question. But for me, I do keep a word count. I use Scrivener for writing my novels so it has a word count feature called Project Targets.

I like using this feature because during National Novel Writing Month, I can keep track of the 1,667 words per day I am supposed to write. I also like seeing how many words I get done each day. It’s a way to keep me motivated.

I know for some people, though, this only depresses them when if they aren’t writing very much.

What ideas did you get from the links that you see yourself using?
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