Which do you prefer? Traditional publishing with the “Big Houses,” small press publishing, or self-publishing? What have you done in the past? What are the pros and cons of these choices, in your opinion. Inquiring minds want to hear from YOU!
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Hi everyone, hope you’re all having a blast keeping up all those New Year’s Resolutions! Mine has been to read part of a fiction novel for at least half hour a day. My latest read has been HIDDEN BODIES by Caroline Kepnes. It’s the sequel to her book YOU, which was such a page turner I had a tough time putting it down so I could sleep, eat…or do anything, really.
What I like about these two books is that the protagonist is a stalker and a murderer. Yep. That’s right. I like that. Why? Because somehow this author was able to make this killer likeable. He had redeeming qualities. And as a writer and author myself, I know how difficult that is to pull off! Although I felt her first book was better than the second, as often happens with sequels, both gave me a little more insight into creative characterization, especially regarding people who would be considered in society as abhorrent.
So my question to you, my fellow writers and authors, have you read a good book lately? And did you learn something that you could take back to your own work-in-progress? Let’s hear it!
Happy New Year, friends. A new year, new beginnings, new endings, and everything in between when it comes to writing. This year I plan to devote more attention to my “pet projects.” My “pets” are named: Movie Groovy, Kiddie Concepts, Teen Troubles, and Ooh La La. Which means I’m going to put my heart into writing TV movies (a new genre I’ve come to adore), self-publish two middle grade series (one for girls, one for boys), get my Young Adult novels out into the hands of readers, and the Ooh La La? Make more of my erotica short stories available on Amazon.
Here is my question for our first Roundtable Topic of the year:
What are your “pet projects” for 2018? Let’s hear them whether they are writing-related or otherwise!
Hello fellow writers! This month’s topic is:
How long does it usually take to write the first draft of your novel? How long does the revision/editing process take and who do you go to for “another pair of eyes” on your work? Do you use a beta reader, editor, proofreader? What is your process from start to finish?
Hi everyone! Today is the first of many roundtable discussions I hope to have involving writing. Consider it a virtual meeting of the minds. I thought it would be nice to start out with a simple topic to discuss. So…let’s begin:
How do you make time to write? When do you do your best writing?
Most of my LCRW friends know how hard I’ve struggled to become a published author. I made it through all the hoops…went to writer’s conferences, had my work critiqued by professionals in the biz and by my peers, pursued agents and managed to hook one with a strong reputation, grabbed the interest of editors from “big” publishing houses. And then…things went downhill from there and my books never got published.
What went wrong? I ask myself that countless times. Was it bad timing? A difficult marketplace? Editors busy looking for that “best seller” and not seeing that possibility in my work?
In the end, I have no answers. But if there is anything we writers do in this business…it’s persevere. Because the truth is, the first person that needs to believe in me is…well…ME. And I do. I have to admit, every step up the mountain of success has surprised me. I dream big, but wait for that familiar moment of disappointment. That step onto crumbly stone that sends me going backwards instead of forwards. The climb is difficult. Painful. But the view every time I look back? Beautiful.
My next step, which feels like a step back but is really a huge leap forward, is to self-publish my book SEVEN LITTLE SECRETS. It’s a young adult novel about a high school cheerleading squad and the co-captain who takes her own life. I wrote it many years ago, and it had some close calls with publishers, but ended up a no-go. But with 13 REASONS WHY making headlines these days, this is a great time to market it (thanks, Lisa Scott, for pointing that out for me). So I intend to do so. And do it well. Because in the end, I haven’t failed. I’m just doing it different than how I envisioned ten years ago. I’m using different strategies, finding a way around rushing rivers and mudslides. But still moving forward.
That alone, makes me a success.
Yup. You read that title right. I am going to teach you how to successfully hook.
First of all, you don’t just want your story to be pretty, you want it to be hot. The kind of hot that makes your reader sweat with anticipation. Don’t lose him to another book by filling your first page with wimpy words and a long-winded backstory. Dress it up with active words, give it some fantastic legs to stand on. You want to set this sucker up right. Make your reader take notice and not want to put your book down. He’s paying good money here, don’t make him feel as if he’s wasted it.
Your first sentence must make him want more. Just give him a small taste of what’s to come…don’t give it all away at once. Why buy the book if he can get the plot for free? But give him a little something of what you know he wants. A small tease. A smoldering sentence. Then lay it on thick for your first few pages. Let him know what he’s getting into. Who he’s going to be with for the next few hours, and promise him a good time using a few well-placed words.
Do this, and I guarantee he’ll want to pick up your book and take it home. And when he’s done, hopefully you’ve made it so good he’ll want to come back for more.
And that, my friends, is how to hook.
by Joan Baier
The president, Kim Gore, of our writing group, LCRW, wrote a recent blog about the Nanowrimo event, beginning November 1. She got me thinking…
That unique sobriquet, Nanowrimo, is actually the acronym for National Novel Writing Month, a national effort on the part of writers to complete a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. A Herculean project, to say the least.
I actually tried to participate last year. But, to tell the truth, I didn’t complete either the novel or the participation. As a matter of fact, I just checked my file and discovered that I was a member for only four days and had written only my brief synopsis. But I think I’m going to join the undertaking again this November, even though there were several things I didn’t like about the program last year. For instance, November is such a busy month to begin with: Christmas shopping, Thanksgiving (and all the baking, preparing for overnight guests, extra housekeeping, etc.), holiday entertaining. These activities are not to be taken lightly, at least for those of us who lead the band in those areas.
Writing an average of 1667 words a day, every day, for a month straight, is, as I said above, a Herculean effort. Put that on top of the busyness of the month, and our poor old buddy, Sisyphus, comes to mind. However, maintaining that kind of attitude kills the incentive, the spirit, of it all before you even start.
So here are the positives: the powers that be in Wrinonamo have set up a wonderful program, which keeps track of the numbers of words you write, which regularly cheers you on, boosts your morale, and lets you know where you stand, among the others, in the midst of it all. If you really want to do this, they make it as easy as possible for you to work through it.
Wow. I think I just talked myself into signing up! So this is my official notice: except for Thanksgiving Day and the day before it, when I’ll be baking pumpkin and lemon pies and roasting a 25-lb. turkey, don’t expect to see me or hear from me next month. I’ll be glued to my keyboard, staring at my screen, thinking, conniving, solving. I’ve already worn the letters e, r and t from my keyboard. By December 1, the whole rest of the keyboard letters may be worn away.
But I’ll have that novel finished!
Want to join me?
by Elizabeth Kelly
When I write I paint. The two go hand in hand. A character description is a verbal painting. The essence of a character is the emotional component. How to express red hot anger so the reader feels and sees the characters response? What visuals describe insecurity or loneliness?
By using an overlay of texture, colors and shapes, Edward Munch creates a vision in his painting The “Scream” that gives me a deep throbbing ache in my stomach. A writer uses words to construct those same types of layers through background, a character’s thoughts, dialogue, and the specific overlay of words that create the rhythm of good prose. I have often heard actors, writers, and painters talk about the music or rhythm they hear when creating. That inner music or rhythm gives the order of words their flow like ripples in the river that glide and dip into rapids creating the tension in a scene whether it is character description or a part of the plot.
As a painter I can add or blend a color, build up or dilute the texture to communicate. As a writer it is adding adjectives for depth and texture, adverbs to quicken the pace of the sentence or slow it down, and wonderful prepositional phrases just for fun that make a story complex and interesting. With both painting and writing, it is the building up of layers.
Painters and writers both start out with blank canvas and the anxiety of not knowing how to fill it. Some painters sketch and draw the subject; they experiment with different compositions before preparing their canvas. Other painters intuitively attack the canvas allowing the muse to direct them. Writers are the same. One writer prepares detailed outlines before writing one word while another writer has an idea and goes with it to a blank piece of paper hoping the idea and the characters will develop on their own.
Many writers are painters. Sylvia Platt, William S. Burroughs, Lewis Carroll, and Kurt Vonnegut are only a few who are known more for their writing than their art work. Natalie Goldberg, a writer/writing teacher also published a book of her paintings. She says painting makes her a better writer because it forces her to look carefully at the hues of color, geometric shapes, and arrangement of objects to see the usual in an unusual way.
A good painter is better for his pursuit of music or writing and a good writer can show rather than tell by pursuing painting and/or music.
Being creative is a gift. I don’t mean you are either talented or not talented, but rather you are born with the passion to create. Regardless of the outcome we are lucky to be able to see outside the box.
November is National Novel Writing Month.That means that people all over the world are going to try to produce the first draft of their novel in one month. That equals roughly 1,667 words a day. Me? I try most years. Fail every time. Why? Because I get behind, darn it all. It’s HARD to write 1,667 words (or more) a day. My creativity isn’t always there. If I don’t feel like writing, I don’t do it.
NaNoWriMo is supposed to help writers remain focused and motivated. So my question to you is: have you ever tried NaNoWriMo? Would you do it (either try it for the first time or do it again)? Why or why not? I want to hear your experiences.
*If you want more information or wish to sign up, click on this link: http://nanowrimo.org/ Be my buddy, if you like. (Under the name KWehner)