Radio & BIAW

So, I’m super excited to report on two writing activities.

Let’s talk Radio Interview first in case you don’t keep reading. LOL So, I’m a member of Texas Authors and one of the perks of belonging is you can have two interviews a year. I did one a couple of years or so ago, and it was fun. Now, however, Texas Authors has set up a YouTube channel and the interview goes out on I Heart Radio and Indie Beacon Radio. I hope you’ll take a few moments to look at least a bit of it and maybe share it on your social media. Here’s the link:

I left out two important things in the interview. One was this blog site ☹ Boo on me. More importantly, I left out the statistic that one in four women have been physically and/or psychologically abused. That’s the focus of the 4th book in the Second Chances Series, ACT OF SURVIVAL.

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Now the other thing that was going on last week was BIAW. Some of my fellow sisters here on the blog will recognize those initials. They stand for Book In A Week. We are members of the Kiss of Death, online chapter of RWA for writers of romantic suspense & mystery. Four times a year, the chapter sponsors BIAW. I’ve never participated before, but when I saw the emails, the timing seemed perfect.

I’d been saying I needed to start the next book, especially if I expected to publish it in 2020. But life just kept happening and something always got in the way. BIAW was a good kick in the pants. Before I could begin writing on Monday, September 16, I had a lot of prep work to do. Like figuring out who my characters were. I had the location. Red River, New Mexico.

I use charts to describe my characters, give them a back story, and figure out GMC. So, for several weeks before Monday a week ago, I did my planning. Those charts may change, but they form a basis from which I begin.

Well, as life would have it. BIAW fell during a week when I had lots of other things going on. The radio interview was only one small part. I committed to writing 2 hours a day as opposed to 4 hours. Thank goodness! But I’m also committed to walking 10 K steps a day, and that takes a good 1 ½ hours to pull off on top of just regular walking. Then there were church meetings and grandkids stuff. I also began working with NOOM, it’s my latest weight loss project. (I’m sure I’ll write more about that later.)

My stress levels have been high with all the deadlines, timelines, steps, and word counts, calorie counts to achieve. Yesterday afternoon, I totally crashed and slept soundly for two hours.

Here are my results. I did in fact write for at least 2 hours every day but Saturday. We were having company for supper, and it took longer to get ready or that than anticipated. But even that day I wrote almost 600 words. Most days I wrote more than 2000 words. Sometimes only a bit more, ending up for the week of more than 14000 words.

So, I’ve learned a few things from the experience:

* The accountability worked for me. Knowing I had to turn in my words at the end of the day, and that I was helping a team.

*I don’t have to have a whole day or whole afternoon of a weekend blocked off to crank out a decent number of words.

*I’ve learned that setting the timer (at least figuratively) works for me.

I’m not committing to continue to write two hours a day. Before I do that, I need to work on some time-line issues in the story that I saw but didn’t want to stop to fix. But when that’s fixed, I think I’ll set between 1-2 hours and see how that goes.

Have you been on radio or TV? Do you have your own YouTube channel? If you’re in KOD, have you done BIAW before? How did it work out for you? This is the first book I’ve started from scratch in over four years. I’d forgotten how hard that is. While I did the pre-planning, I seem to be mostly pantsing this book. Kind of magically scary for this person, who’s gone from being a plotter to a plotser. Love to hear from you.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi, Marsha! I had a book show on a local station for two years and I loved doing it. People would come up and say they heard me. Shocking! I do miss it. Hugs.

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    1. Marsha R. West says:

      Oh, my gosh, Vicki. I”m so envious. That just sounds fun. I really loved this video interview. When I was on the school board and our meetings were carried on cable, I had the same thing happen. I thought it was kind of cool and my 15 minutes of fame. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. 🙂


  2. Kathryn Jane says:

    Yay for BIAW!!! When I was in Kiss of Death BIAW was my favorite thing. Four times a year I got a great kickstart on my writing. It was especially good when I had a day that not much writing got done because then I’d get great encouragement from Bev, to just sit down and write “something.” That always got me started, and now as a non-member, I miss that fun way to get my writing rolling again.
    As for pantsing? Yep, it’s a special kind of magic I absolutely love. ❤

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    1. Marsha R. West says:

      Hey, Kathryn. Other times just never seemed to fit, but here I was needing to begin a book, and yeah, I loved it. I’ll tell you when we do it next so you can play along. I agree Bev’s words were only encouraging. It was never, “What do you mean you only wrote XXX number of words.” I was surprised that I felt an obligation to carry my end for the others in the group. It might be something we could just do on our SOS Loop. I guess I just had to write enough to get where I trusted the pantsing thing. Don’t know how long it will last, but hey, I’m along for the ride. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping and commenting.


  3. Reblogged this on Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author and commented:

    Brave enough to go on the radio? Marsha Riegert West​ did! Check out this post on Sisterhood of Suspense​ to learn why.

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    1. Marsha R. West says:

      Thanks for the reblog, Jacquie. 🙂 Great lead in.

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      1. Happy to share 😊

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  4. Congrats on your radio review! Not sure I could do that without getting tongue-tied, lol. I miss KOD and their programs- glad you did so well!


  5. Marsha R. West says:

    Hey, Jacquie, ah I bet you could do it. I sent questions I thought she might want to ask,and I did a dress rehearsal without the the interviewer. She asked some other questions, but because I’d done a dry-run, it was easier. As I mentioned to Kathryn, we should think of running our own BIAW. Now it was terribly stressful trying to do my 2 hours and everything else, but I got !4,000 words written. Mostly just dialogue and internal thought, but hey before last week, I didn’t have those. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.


  6. Great interview! Love your voice. 🙂

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    1. Marsha R. West says:

      Oooh. Thank you, Joanne. What a nice thing to hear. I’ve learned I need to make more effort to sit still, the video would have been more consistent. Hard for me to do. Thanks for checking out the interview and stopping by. :).


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