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.
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 writing for a long time. Mostly for myself and family- until I ran across the site of fanstory.com in 2004. http://www.fanstory.com/index.jsp There I am called Diny.
Then I started to learn the craft. People there helped me edit my book, my poetry and my thoughts. I believe I remained true to myself and used the site for what it was originally designed for; to learn and find like minded people who also wanted to do the same. As I continued to grow I noticed the site starting to be more of a social gathering spot. I met writers from all over the world. There was a big gentle guy from Australia, a funny English lady who touched my heart and even regular guys that you would never imagine to possessed a poetic soul. It was there I first began writing stories and attempted my first novel.
Today I revisited the site and entered a contest which doesn’t even close until after Feb 2015.
I was struck with the feeling of coming home. For no matter how much I continue to work on 2 novels and short stories etc… I will forever remain a poet at heart.
I am looking forward to attending a writers retreat next month and growing more. It is a pleasant surprise to find writers who share the same love of words and thoughts. The expressing of such things remains a constant joy in my life. When I am down, troubled, or lost in life’s daily drama and routine it is words that take me back to where I find myself most satisfied.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
Write On!- Diny/ Diana/ Di
UPDATE… The writers retreat was fantastic- I want to go every year! I hope to make lots of new friends readers and colleagues, MRW rocks!- Diana
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.
I sit in an overcrowded office area designated for the computer in my home. It was a small bedroom at one time. I have paperwork scattered on every surface, random drawings taped to my wall that have to do with ongoing projects, and a dog asleep at my feet.
I have filled the bookshelves with titles like: Dare to be a Great Writer, Creating Character Emotions, a Suffixionary, and of course Roget’s International Thesaurus.
The printer is almost out of paper. The bill box is full to overflowing as the first of the month is just around the corner. I have my sound turned off so as not to be distracted by email or Facebook.
A picture of my deceased best friend smiles back at me encouraging me to continue.
Today, I wondered where other writers work, how they process thoughts and thought I’d ask.