So I am in the process of Querying my narrative non-fiction Novel The Angels Within, long process and learning tons. I find sites like Query Shark, Query Tracker, and Writers Digest invaluable.
But the best thing is I can concentrate on writing fiction now. I have interest in my Dystopian romance trilogy so need to lock down the first draft. I started working seriously on this during NANOWRMO last November. I am at 90,000 plus words and Chapter Twenty Three so far.
My critique group is very encouraging and I think helpful in catching all my little mistakes. Along with the curious questions about each character, they are a tremendous resource to keep me on track. I love hearing what about this person or that person as if they were real. To think this entire story was the result of a dream is amazing. I can see the whole think in my mind playing like a movie. I hope it will be done in the style of Divergent.
Set in 2250 in the dome covering what used to be NYC Shall is the official Historian of York Circle. Newton the Second wants Shall to help with a project, right after her childhood hero has been executed. She has to put her misgivings aside and work with the man who signed Milton’s death sentence to save the city as they know it.
And I have two more planets to consider and their stories. I’m pulling out old documents and reworking the entire story arch. Just goes to show you when you write THE END on one piece It should only start Chapter One of the next!
I am a member of RWA and a local chapter of writers too. I recently went to our first critique group meeting.
What I learned from that first meeting was- we all can improve. What I had wrote and rewrote and slaved over for the last few months was a start- it is not a destination but its a journey.
I have a long way to go. With the help of these ladies I think my road will have less pot-holes. Do you work alone, or with writing partners? I’d love to hear from others about the writing progress. Now its time to get back to it Write On!
I have been blessed to extend my circle of friends and my learning through different adventures this summer. In NYC at the RWA writer’s conference I met a lady Jessie G who writes M&M romance. Something I was surprised to discover when she told me she is married straight woman with children. It takes a skilled writer to be able to emote in the opposite genders viewpoint. So male/male romance as a genre preference was totally unexpected. And She’s good!
The lesson that stands out the most from RWA conference was a lecture I attended given by Michael Hauge. He showed me how to get into a characters mind and deepen my story with three main ingredients. These are just what I gleaned after going back through my notes.
Know your characters’ IDENTITY, by knowing their WOUND/FEAR/ BELIEF/
What is their biggest fear?
What do they believe/ this must be a lie, but they think it to be true and it’s logical
How are they wounded? (This is the inner conflict founded by something in their past)
Perfect example= Shrek
He’s an ogre for Pete’s sake- he shows everyone he’s frightful, strong and mean, by growling, posting keep away signs and frightening anyone who comes near.(MASK)
Shrek’s biggest (FEAR) is he will never find love/He’s not worthy
He (BELIEVES) if anyone does get close they will run away(Logical because his whole life people have) Scene: When he was only a child his first friend ran away when told he couldn’t like an ogre or have one for a friend.(WOUND)
To keep from facing the fear that no one will find him worthy of love- he portrays the evil ogre so no one can get close enough to find out who he truly is. Which is his ESSENCE= loveable true and loyal friend.
The identity is: the mask used in the real world to protect him from his biggest FEAR, which grows from the BELIEF, created by the WOUND that happened long long ago.
So that short lesson showed me more about character development than any other I’ve read or heard. Now I am going through my characters and making myself define their FEAR/WOUND/ BELIEF to flesh out their identities.
MY friend Carla Cassidy just got added to the National RWA honor role!
On my writing home front I am working on query’s and synopsis for ANGELS WITHIN, my woman’s fiction novel. Inspired by the decade of drama I spent in the two years I lived with a girl who had 8 personalities. For someone who hates numbers, that was something else.
It is certainly more difficult doing the pitching than the book was!- Writers meeting tomorrow where we will have a program on both of those aspects of writing. Love that they took my suggestion to heart at the retreat last month, just in time!
Third draft of novel looks pretty good, anyone interested in beta reading?
There is always more. More to write, more to learn and more to focus on. Last night I was woke with a dream. I had been contemplating a story line in a futuristic novel I am writing and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So at 3:45 am I took a pen and scribbled some of the things I could remember from the dream.
In the dystopian society of 2250, it all came into place. Library’s, knowledge and communication as we know it is a thing of the past. Because survival took front stage after the devastation of the planet. Obesity and disease were gone, only the strong could survive. But how did the world recoup from the Wars?
I have an idea a what if… an inkling of how and who was paramount to the remapping and renewing of the society.
Now to get it all down, that is the struggle. I had to record it somewhere, Trey Rockefeller ancestor of the family in old NYC could work. But the twist? There are several Dome city’s across the globe and he was involved in raising them all. Why? That is another twist to be revealed in a future book in the series of the world I am creating.
Book one I believe will be called the History Tellers.
Jill Shavis I started reading after joining my first book club. The Lucky Harbor series was a fun read and each book can stand alone, but we met a community of wonderfully sweet romantic stories.
Carla Cassidy is a Harlequin novelist. She has written well over 150 books in various groups for them. I enjoyed the suspenseful romances the best. The Scene of the Crime series felt like mini movies I could pickup anytime and enjoy. I think her best work to date as the book called LEVEL FIVE, even my DAD loved it.Last, but far from least is NORA ROBERTS. My spouse even loves her because she writes S-Fi series as J.D Robb.
I got signed copies of books to read for months. Thursday through Saturday I will be attending conference workshops and events with the RWA (Romance Writers of America) where each of these authors started with years ago… Who knew I was in such good company?
I have always considered Peter Pan my hero. “I don’t want to grow up”- I heard him sing as a child and still hum it to this day. Yesterday I changed the picture at the top of the blog to a more current one. NYC home is in Spanish Harlem and today we are going to the movies. YES my family gets me… We are going to see the minions. Yipee! and with any luck we can have hotdogs for supper too.