Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Death in the family...

My husband died  back in June of 2012.

Before this, I spent much of my time on the computer, online or writing. When I wasn't doing this I was crocheting or sewing or quilting or painting...I like many crafts.  Since he died, it seems all desire for anything has died with him.

However, I am trying to get back into the swing of things now. I've started re-reading all that I have written in my novel so far. Have to read it all so as to get back into the story again. Notetaking has not been a priority with me and all I have to go by is a very brief outline. Reading and matching it to the outline will get me back into the frame of mind to write and hopefully by this time next year in 2013 I will have all three of my series novels finished. Published? I sure hope so.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Laziness hurts

I'd been writing for at least 3 days and was kind of proud of myself for being so busy with it, when things fell apart again. The weekend showed up so I put writing on hold for a break. Before I could return to it, my husband died and of course that threw everything off for a couple of weeks. He died June 20, 2012 and I am just now beginning to work on my writing again.

The strangest thing about rewriting the ms is: one day I'll pick it up and work for several days straight on it. I'll love the story and love working on it. Then today I open the file to work on it, and find I couldn't stand to look at it. Needless to say, I closed the file and will try again tomorrow. I cannot work on the story when I can't stand to read it because I start changing everything that makes me frown. Change one thing and it seems the entire story changes. So I closed the file without trying.

This has been one of those days that I have to ask myself, "Will I ever finish this book?"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's happening now

I took a break from my writing so that when I return to it to begin the umpteenth draft, the story will be fresh and I'll be able to concentrate on it.

To take a break from anything, it's a good idea to do something unrelated to the work you are taking a break from. So I pulled out my quilt I've been trying to complete for the last four years and began on it again. I'm more than halfway finished, but after doing the stitching that holds both top and bottom together with the batting sandwiched inside, I still have to trim the edges and hem them. But it won't be long. Hopefully, I'll be finished in a couple of weeks. This is a job I can't do for great lengths of time, so the steady work of a couple of hours now and then will have to do the trick.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Creating My Plot

Hi, Friends, I've been working on creating a plot for the last week and need a break. I wanted to let you all know how it's going on with me. Been offline, since I've been working on my book, and miss my friends, but maybe I'll be able to see them all soon.

I am working on Holly Lisle's larger Create a Plot Course. It's much larger than her 4 free lessons involving plotting and therefore covers many more topics like characters, settings, personalities, background info, you name it, it covers the topic. Taking a lot of notes. Of course, these may be just a thing that will confuse me later. Ever write things down then forget why you've written them? Happens to me a lot. lol

Anyways, I believe I'm doing great in this course. I working on it with my book in mind; trying to let the 'Muse' have her, maybe it's a he?, way with my ideas. I'm moving fast but it still seems like slow work. Got my eye on the finished product. Want to entertain and keep the reader moving nicely from page to page. [I think I'd prefer a male Muse so he could take care of the male in the story and I could take care of the female. Right? Good idea?]

I could sure use some prayers from all you friends, so remember me when you talk with God.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My writing...

has tried to become stagnant like a smelly pool of infested water, so I'm trying to revive myself and recreate my first novel. Since I haven't been able to get it published in the shape it's in, I'm going all out with this editing.

I've already mentioned I am using Holly Lisle's How to Revise Your Novel course. To top off this, I have several of her mini courses dealing with plotting, characters, conflict, all kinds of story parts. So last night, late, I began working on her mini plot course and decided to pretend I never wrote the first book yet. Otherwise I'm using my characters from the first novel and a couple of other aspects to begin the plot creation. I want to keep the story I've written and the characters, but I want to find a better way of telling the story. A way that will interest others enough to buy my book when it is published.

So I've finished the mini plot courses and will open the larger Create a Plot course.

Wish me luck.

Attention Writers and anyone else interested...

I found a dandy web site where I can learn personalities of various individuals. This site gives me a great description of the 16 personality types and then adds links where I can learn more about the type, the careers this type would be best in, plus relationships and even how to activate personal growth.

What more could a writer ask for when creating characters? With these pages a writer can choose male or female then read up on the types to choose which type needs to belong to the character to get the story done. On top of that, writers also need to show the character growing and the links to careers, relationships and personal growth will help the writer manage the character's growth. I think these pages are great.

Here's the link...

http://www.personalitypage.com/high-level.html

Now go see what kind of character you can build.  Have fun.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Editing

Yep, I am still editing. So? The best writers never let their works go out without doing everything possible to make it the best story they are capable of. Up until a few days ago, I actually believed this. After reading a few negative reviews and reading a book by a supposedly "New York Times Best Selling Author", I've come to seriously wonder what is really going on.

The negative reviews had to do with a novel by Dean Koontz and one by James Patterson. Two very famous authors, I understand. Dean is one of my favorites and I like James Patterson's stories also. So  one review stated perhaps the publisher was pushing the authors to write more than one book a year or maybe they were hard put to come up with any more good ideas and that may be why their latest books were so poorly plotted. After reading my last Dean Koontz novel "Your Heart Belongs to Me", I think perhaps they could very well be pushed so hard, they do not have the rest time needed to produce good work. A mind can only do its limit and any time it works beyond that, the work will suffer the most.

So I ponder these things as I perform the cutting and twisting exercises on my own first novel. I ask, "Is writing a book really worth having my life taken over by someone else, or in this case by a publisher calling the shots and telling me what I have to write and when and how?"

I have a feeling that selfpublishing will rise to the top in these days. At least in the near future, if not before. Well, back to work.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Editing and Other Problems

Editing is pure aggravation when it begins involving the elements of writing.

I can do the fixing of grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, time order mistakes, even the occasional paragraph that sounds out of place and needs to find a new home. But when it comes to whether or not the scene works as a hook to make the reader read further, the dialog sounds natural and smooth, whether all the events logically run from one to the other, and whether the description is too much or too little--hair-raising if you ask me. This is just the cream off the top of the milk. Other problems involve whether my characters are acting right, looking right, moving right, and talking right--WOW--this is truly mind-boggling. What to put in and what to leave out is the question.

Such is editing, but without it, the whole book can be ruined.

Wish me luck. This is a very slow process for me.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Published Anthology...

While working on my editing chore, I've had two new short stories published.

Hold Up and Manslaughter have been published in the anthology Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road.

Product Details

http://amzn.to/xl9XUQ

Shouldn't be long now...

till I finish Holly Lisle's editing course How To Revise Your Novel. I have learned so much about editing that the next book I write should be easier to fix.

I've already made extensive notes on the series I hope to finish sometime in the near future. For instance, outlines are written some longer than others, notes on what I want and need in each book, an idea for a fourth book but not completely sure about this one [I just may combine this one with the rough draft that is already written for the second book in the series] and that's not all I've got to work with.

However, if I spend all my free time posting news on all my blogs, when will the series ever get finished?

I thank everyone who reads this blog and my others. It would be nice if you were to leave a comment from time to time.

Gotta go to work now. See you later.