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!
Made it to NYC okay. It’s in the 70’s which is soooo much nicer than the upper 90’s we have had in K.C. lately. Probably just relax a couple of days go to a movie with my family, dinner and scout out a Cronut if I can. Met a wonderfully nice lady Michelle on the plane and for the first time in my life admitted out loud that I am a writer. (to someone other than family or friends). Conference is next week, I am nervous. Excited and eager I will learn and improve, the first step is being consistent. Hence a new blog post. See you soon. Di
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, 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?
I was hesitant to do the NANOWRIMO Event but plunged in full gear. I sort f cheated having been working on a current project for the last couple of years and stalling out.
The idea was one I’ve been playing with for a long time. And trying to et it down right I was given some excellent insight as what was and was not working. Having a place where I felt I needed to be accountable, helped. Also the feeling that so many oters were struggling right along with me also pushed me.
Do any of you know someone who did this? Have you tried in the past?
50,000 words in 30 days is a great challenge.
The cute little video and certificate to print out was a surprise.
I was as nervous as a cat in a rocking chair factory! I wasn’t published by one of the big 5… I was self published in 2005- did I even belong in a real writers group? Well et me tell you something, there are writers everywhere!- Some ex-cops, school teachers, housewives and professionals who actually make a living doing what I dream of. All of which are as sweet as chocolate! they welcomed me with open arms. They made me feel worthy and down right good!
I understand we all can improve and was down right flabbergasted at the comments after critiques. Those who have been writing for years were as interested in improving and getting help as the novice like myself. Books are another world compared to short stories and poetry. I have learned more in the last 4 days than I have in all life when it comes to writing.
The ladies who shared the weekend with me were so encouraging that I think I might actually be able to do this full-time one day… What a great time. I can’t wait for next year! In the mean time I will be posting excerpts and improving my craft and hopefully bring a new book in the making with me next year.
Let us look at the process of the beginning of a story- First from who’s POV should this be? After much thought I changed that… Then I learned about passive voice and active ones. Then speech tags. Construction and flow. Later a friend of mine who is invaluable to me taught me that DEEP POV… make your reader feel and see the story- They want to know the character and be there with them. Readability is key. All this and we only have words upon a page to portray this…
SO here are three different attempts- See if you agree which one is best
First seven lines… (old a year ago)
As the tin bell clanged to announce Gina Lever’s entry to the Springtown Café, she inhaled deeply the fragrance of bacon and freshly brewed coffee. With the millennium just around the corner it was odd to see the decor of the fifties so alive. Not only did the diner resemble the long ago era but it actually existed, suspended in time, since many of the furnishings were brand new. The tiny restaurant was the only place to eat in the Arkansas-Missouri border town of Springville. The old Hotel had few visitors, the bottling company had closed and the storefronts were mostly empty, yet The Springville Café was bustling with customers.
Gina looked over toward her usual booth to find it occupied by Matthew Chance. She also knew why the young man was there; with the death of his grandfather he was alone now.
(newer this year)
His family was broken before he was born. Matt knew money didn’t buy happiness; he never wanted for anything, but that. Being the richest kid in the county hadn’t brought much joy to his family situation. He witnessed family bonds of kids at school and now that graduation was over, Matt wouldn’t even have those examples on a daily basis. He never knew his parents. Sam Chance, his grandfather, didn’t share anything least of all information. Matt would give all his money to have what so many others took for granted.
After study work and suggestions from a real editor…
Holding the last piece of crunchy goodness, Matthew Chance took a bite, I bet you, heaven is full of bacon, he thought as he sat in the Springville Diner. He looked at his watch for the hundredth time this morning. A fresh batch of cinnamon rolls, spread a thick blissful sugary scent over the diners. Matt visualized the huge pecans and melted gooey caramel. His mouth watered as he considering ordering one to go and stabbed the last bit of egg onto his fork. When he was finished, he’d be forced to return to the outside world, a world that thought he should be grieving over his grandfather’s death.
When the student is ready the teacher will appear. I remember that quote from somewhere? Funny how things like that strike you when you are ready.
This year I started my writing with new vigor. I did silly things I thought might help. I joined a book club. I began reading more, and found I had things I wanted to share. Getting outside of my little bubble of world I am growing leaps and bounds.
Facebook at times is a distraction but this year I joined some groups and am meeting other writers with the help of social media. Who knew?
I have tried blogging before but never felt anyone was listening or reading this time it’s different. I have a mentor who is a published author. She is feeding me so much helpful lessons I can’t wait to sit down at my computer!
I would love to hear from other wanna-be writers and those who are successful. I am so blessed to have the tool of the internet. If any of you want some encouragement or tips try this site.
Go Teen Writers- blog…http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/ they also have a site and a book available and believe me, I am far from being a teen. But I’m a baby in the field and am soaking up information like a sponge!