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!

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Have Query- Next project

Story Teller coverSo 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!

Write On, Diana

 

 

 

Critique Groups

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!

Di

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Getting ready for NANOWRIMO

This will be my first year trying the NANOWRIMO out. I’ve heard a lot of people have done this. The goal is to write 50,000 in 30 days. I am trying to decide if I should start from scratch or begin major revisions on a current WIP (work in progress). But I better figure it out Nov 1st is only days away!

I am not certain of how it works or if it will get me to be more accountable, but hey why not give it a go?

Any one else joining?- Is this your first time or are you a veteran?

Places for writers- old post

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

Writers Retreat MRW

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.

New Ways = New crazy!

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When I got a bonus from my day job I thought I was being rather intelligent to spend it on better writing tools…Then I met the  Windows 8.1 operating system. Yikes! This is coming from a very reluctant Word 2003 user who upgraded to Word 2007 just last year.  So yes I am behind the times.

Not as behind as some people I know- One coworker (Tom) waits to get his paper paycheck every two weeks and the supervisor I have (Jeff) still refuses to get a cell phone. So all in all I’m not as archaic as most of the people around me.

But I can see some of the new advantages and the big user friendly tiles attract all the gamers and smart phone users. I am not smart enough to have a smart phone, I want my phone to be a phone not a mini pc! I tend to use my phone to talk to people …not text, post to Facebook or take pictures. So when I proudly came home with a new notebook I thought myself savvy and prepared.

First my work place has so many firewalls and restrictions, so Wi-Fi is a pain, available but a pain.

Then to top it off the notebook looks like so many of those touchscreen tablets, but it is not one. So I have to get used to scrolling to the left and all the pad strokes that are CONTINUALLY distracting me with popups I didn’t mean to do. Should probably invest in a mouse.

It was better today when I was at  home on my own Wi-Fi, But Microsoft OFFICE, okay that system just blows!- Word2013 won’t let me save anything without renaming it and loading it to the CLOUD… The cloud sucks!- then I want to file it where I can readily get to it even if I am not online- and that’s another pain… I hate the ONE DRIVE.

So maybe I am old fashioned But I think you should be able to do things how you want with a computer, not how they want you to.

So that’s my rant. I did however get it on tax-free week end so that’s something.  Now back to the old home unit to get some writing done!

Write On-Di