End of year rush

This is the time of year where we all try to cram in as much socializing, memory making and fun as possible. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m guilty of filling my calendar with as many get together, meet and greet and holiday parties as I can attend. I will enjoy myself til the New Year begins then get back down to business 🙂

I am putting aside much more time in January and February to read as much as possible. I have neglected my reads for my writes so to speak, and I feel the need to step away and get lost in other’s creations again for awhile! I will only be reading Indie authors novels in 2016.

My current novel is in final stages and ready for final edits for publishing in a few weeks. Cool, rainy weather has really helped me concentrate 🙂 Bring on the holiday cheer!

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Feeding the story monster

New topic for group: How do you flesh out and beef up the initial story? Feeding the story monster to quiet it down means filling up the story with sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the initial idea. It’s easy to whip up that early one page outline from the few initial sentences. Then comes the hard part, making all those initial points come to life. Everything has to ‘gel’ when your first draft is done so you can start to see when the plot lines fall off a cliff, or need a split off. I can’t tell you how many times I have that 10 or 20 page rough draft story idea down on paper then go through and cross out sections. I then have to ‘fill in’ new plots to make it gel. I have gone so far as to scrap the entire idea a few times and start from the beginning again because it isn’t working, and it makes me irate! Feeding the story monster is something I still struggle with at first. My brain dreams up the idea, my heart makes it meaningful but the words leave it flat. Eventually something just seems to break and all the ideas start to flow out. Love the saying: Writer’s block: when your imaginary friends won’t play with you… I am unsure of the creator of that saying but it fits sometimes!

Review frustrations

Hm. I’m a little miffed right now. I waited a few months for a “big time” reviewer to view one of the novels. This person is widely known and has help from several of her teen/young adult daughters in reviewing e-books. I was pretty excited when she e-mailed me that she added my book to their list for review. Here we are several months later, and I get an email from the young woman who read my book. She loved it! She found it funny, and a pleasure to follow along the main character’s journey. She didn’t want to put it down at the end of the allotted reading time. I was thrilled!. But (there’s that word) unfortunately, I will not be allowed to post the review and I will get another e-mail explaining why from the mother. Hm… Well this morning, lo and behold, there is the email. I was berated for not disclosing that the book contained not one, but two gay couples. She is stating that I need to immediately change my listing from Women’s Fiction genre to LGBT… WHAT? These characters are friends, and are support characters to my protagonist! The story is a young woman’s journey and these, along with many other support characters, belong in the story so I don’t know what the problem is! She has since withdrawn her offer to review each of my other books as I was not honest in the disclosure on this novel. Shake my head… Okay, so be it. I thanked her for her time, I e-mailed the young woman and thanked her for the review. I will not be changing the genre of the novel, not now now ever. I am sorry the mother had an issue with a few of my protag’s friends, and I can do without the review thank you.

Thanksgiving…

I am so very thankful for all that I have. I woke up this morning, I have food to eat, a place to lay my head and the opportunity to follow my passion of writing. Life has been hectic, funny, frustrating, and at times very harsh, but I can’t imagine changing a single thing past or present.

I wish each of you safe travels, good companionship, and wonderful memories.

Tools of the trade…

One topic of discussion that occurs frequently with new writers (such as myself), is ‘What do you use when you write?’
For me, I use an old Word program. I find it is easy to use and modify, and simple to edit.
I have heard from many that Scrivner is the way to go, but I am still holding strong to my old ways.
There has been discussion about Grammerly (which I will try) and a few other editing and proofreading programs I am not familiar with.
For my covers, I use Gimp. Yes, it is a free program, but it does everythng I need at this point in time.
I have my thesaurus (yes paperback, old habits die hard) as well as the internet for issues that arise.
I am slowly moving into the electronic age (after all, I am publishing e-books instead of paperbacks right now 🙂 ), and I am trying to ‘get with the times’ with the tools of the trade.
I appreciate the diversity of tools that writers choose, and the support I receive for all of my questions along the way.

Reboot

Now that NaNoWriMo is completed, and the cool weather has finally come to us in Texas, it’s time to set up my cold weather reading list! I have quite a few books that I want to read. I will post less during my readathons but will be back in full swing shortly, writing on the two waiting ideas… Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Genre choices

I’m having trouble with an issue. One of my goals is to write outside my comfort zone. I am hoping to create a novel in each available genre before I am done. I have gotten a few encouraging notes on this, but most comments have been ‘it isn’t possible’ or ‘no one can possibly write a good book outside their favorite genre.’ I don’t think that’s true. I enjoy a wide variety of books (other than horror and I admit that one will be tough because I’m squeamish) and genres, so I don’t see why it would be impossible to write them. I’m in the process of researching outside my usual reads to ensure I’m fully representing what each genre contains. Maybe I’m wrong here, but I think it is possible. I’m going to give it my best shot at it! Has anyone attempted this?