Friday, July 31, 2015

Latest Fork in My Path

The word is out, I have accepted an Associate Editor position with the new and upcoming press out of New York, City Owl Press. Don't worry, I'm not about to stop writing~ever~I'm just putting my education to good use and expanding my horizons. I've always loved helping other writers and now I get to do it in the most amazing way.

To hear more about City Owl, you can check out the announcement here. And to find out what I'm looking for, you can find my wish list on Manuscript Wish List (coming soon). Got great sci-fi/fantasy with romantic elements? Bring it on.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beating Writer's Block

Everywhere I find writers I find them talking about how to break through writers block. At first I thought, I'm a freak, I don't get writers block. I thought maybe it was like some sneaky ailment that was hiding in the shadows waiting for the right moment to pounce. I figured I would get it someday, I just didn't think I had.

Well I had, I just didn't know it. I was stuck on a point in my book the other day that needed something more, I just didn't know what. So I went and brainstormed with a friend of mine who is interested in the story. Presto, we came up with that something that was missing. One friend or another always helps me talk it out and figure out what the story needs. When I don't have access to a friend, I take a walk, go ride my horse, or contemplate the story while in the shower (which oddly works wonders). These methods relax me and get the creative side of my mind working.

One of the best suggestions I can give to those who get writers block is to find a friend that is really interested in your story and is willing to talk about it with you. Ask what's missing, ask what it needs, ask if there are any holes or places that don't make sense, ask what they would like to see in a story like yours. You'll be amazed at how much it will actually add to your story. Have trouble finding one? Jump on Twitter, it is full of writers who are always willing to help each other. Look for writer chats, they occur pretty much daily on there. My favorite (of course) is the #WritersRoad which happens the first Monday of each month.

Best of luck!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Independence Day

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For all of my American friends out there enjoying a barbecue, apple pie, or fireworks today, I invite you to raise a glass of whatever you are drinking to the true reason for the celebration. 

239 years ago, the Declaration of Independence (prepared by a committee of five men~sorry ladies, no equality back then~and drafted by Thomas Jefferson) was adopted on this day, granting us the freedoms we now enjoy, chief among them was our independence from the British Empire (two days prior, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee). Ever a work in progress, it is not perfect, but it's ours, and it keeps us free. 

Have a safe and happy celebration!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

To Outline or Not to Outline

To use an outline or not to use an outline? I used to be vehemently opposed to them, I thought they limited my creativity like lines on a paint by number canvas. Boy was I wrong. I was forced to face the truth when I went to a retreat and my teacher made us write an outline. My book was finished I didn't see why I needed to write one, it made no sense. But I was there to learn and the man had been on the NY Times bestseller list several times, which made him hard to argue with. So I bowed to his expertise and wrote it, following my already existing manuscript of course.

Halfway through I realized there were many problems with my story. A story which I had already sent to an agent to read. I was appalled and embarassed that I had made such mistakes. I never would have found them had I not wrote that outline. Things like, too many fight scenes (WAY too many), unresolved lines of plot, digressing from the plot, big things! I was lucky, the agent took me on. But guess what he suggested I change? Yep, all those issues my outline drew attention to. I could have saved myself and him a huge headache. I learned my lesson.

So, how to outline? That's a tougher question to answer. I start with the old roman numeral way headlining it with the chapter details. Then I'll go beneath that roman numeral with subsections of things that I want happening in that chapter. The next roman numeral would be the next chapter and so on. You'll be surprised what it will reveal about your book to you! My writing is flowing along easily with this method, and editing is a breeze compared to how it used to be. I'll never go back to the old way! What about you, do you write an outline?
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