I’m on my way!

I feel renewed!- I have entered two contest in the last week, and am polishing my new novel to shine. Also I have begun promoting my self-published works and trying my hand at the marketing aspect of writing.

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Through Labor day only 99cents and then till the 10th at 1.99.

Wish me luck!

IDENTITY lesson

What I learned this summer

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.

Writers in NYC this week

 

DSC_0820  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.

DSC_0824Carla 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.DSC_0822Last, 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?

Unknown NYC

We went on a hunt yesterday. On the quest to see Cole Porters PIANO. It was at the Waldorf Astoria and after transferring subways and walking almost 9 blocks we arrived.

DSC_0777[1] It was a hot day, and as we entered the coolness of the marble floors and air conditioning was welcome. The steep steps to get to the lobby were not. I searched for a bit finding several pianos, non of which  knew to be Coles. Asking the lady at the desk, she pointed close by. “It is in the restaurant they play it daily at 5:30. Stuck in the corner it was tough to get decent picture, but I was able to show how “High Society” was beautiful wood grain finish instead of the normal black of most Baby Grands.

Finding free sites and discoveries in NYC has always been a favorite past time. Everyone goes to the Empire State Building, but how many people know about this free piece of history? Wish we could have stayed around to listen but it is a long way back to Spanish Harlem. My feet were soar and I needed a nap. Who knows what I’ll discover tomorrow?

One year

This month is the anniversary of this blog. I haven’t had many views but I still want to attempt to continue. After joining a writers group I was asked if I had a blog and so I will continue my feeble efforts.

Writing is not as easy as I thought,98e1f-_dsc3633 it is possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. The craft of writing takes into count pace, motivation and conflict. GMC- as I have learned is the most important thing to remember.

G= goal . does every character have one, is your story goal oriented? A character can have inner goals, or life changing ones. but he or she must have a reason for the reader to be interested.

M= motivation. What motivates your protagonist or antagonist? Is there something in there present or past that draws the reader in? This is important but don’t info dump too much set up, begin with action! Prologues are amateurish. Show don’t tell how a person comes to terms with their past and goes on with their future. Sprinkle in tid-bits of background creatively throughout the storyline.

C= conflict. Conflict is something that makes a reader want to know what is next. It is not a simple quarrel or discussion that gets heated.When a fire burns down the house and a once rich kid becomes homeless that’s conflict. When a proposal is ignored and feelings of doubt come to the romantic hero that’s conflict. When someone struggles with what they are to do with their life you have conflict. So in that aspect- I guess I am full of it.

As a writer I face conflict, motivation and goals every day. Writing about them in ways that matter will only help me become a better writer and person. And perhaps one day  the world will read my work and think, Wow she can really put onto paper a great tale. I wonder why no one has ever done this before?

Write on!- Diny

Seasons Greetings from AdmireD

The times they are a changin’, for country and neighborhood.

Let’s strive to see each other and to help be understood.

With Thanksgiving starts a season that’s a fitting way to be.

For each of us choose to create beliefs and history.

Christ is in my Christmas, as well as in my heart.

And with hope and in that spirit, I pause here to impart.

Release the smug injustice, just try and take a while,

Listen to other stories, learn the lessons, share a smile.

The miracles of Hanukkah, when lamps near empty lay,

a menorah celebrates the time it burned for eight more days

A child’s game, the Driedel comes from Jewish days of old.

Hiding devout from danger, distracting twirls the past unfolds.

Kwanzaa we must not forget, though religious it is not

With groups of sevens it entails much wisdom to be taught.

The principles and symbols celebrated in this time

Should be practiced by everyone in spite of culture binds!

Winter Solstice is celebrated, in so many varied ways,

From as far back as we began staring at the stars ablaze.

Reminding all, as seasons change and each year comes to end,

To warmly celebrate when gathering with family and friends.

No matter what you may believe, or how you choose to live.

It’s not about what you might take, but what your heart can give!

So whatever be your reason, that you celebrate this year,

Find this heartfelt greeting, of your Holiday, sincere!

If I caused you to wonder, at anything you find,

Cherish each and every person, in this Season, so sublime.

Research Miles and Smiles

Yesterday I spent almost 4 hours in the car driving back and forth to southern Missouri. Well maybe not as south as I could go but 80 miles south of Kansas City.  My son had to go work on a truck near Archie,Mo. I took the opportunity to research Archie a smaller town of about 1,170 souls.

The down town business district consisted of a barber shop a very small post office closed store fronts and a library. I pulled into the library. Two sweet ladies answered all my questions and gave me more to think about. My novel I am currently working on is set in a very small town and near the Arkansas Missouri border. In my story we have a very rich land owner who owns the majority of the county and is a scrooge-type miser. His recent death is what our hero Matthew(may change that name) is dealing with as his grandfather is well known and unloved- he has felt alone his entire life.

I want a diner at the center of the town to be the gathering place and the beginning and ending where progress will be shown.  I didn’t see a diner in Archie.  Another strange thing was they had NO grocery store and have to travel to a bigger city for that.  The school was huge- but then it also taught grades K-12-which is common in smaller burgs.

The crowning glory was he town park- It was small. But it was also a family named place done in a memorial to those who served in the surrounding areas in all branches of the military. Something I may take into advisement to add to my story. I also got a name and phone number t a lady who is willing to answer more questions and is involved in the historical society for the county. WOW.

Events in small town USA are centered mostly around School athletics and programs. People go to K.C. for night life. Just some insights into rural America I found interesting.