Sunday, October 9, 2011

NaNoWriMo

In a about 22 days or so, NaNoWriMo will begin. What's that, you say? National Novel Writing Month. It's an intense month long endeavor to complete a 50k word novel. November is the month. The writing takes place in your home, coffehouse or library--wherever just you or you and participating friends gather. So, on your marks (take your seat before your computer), get set (place hands on the keyboard), Go (start typing--on November 1). Checkout the website at : www.nanowrimo.org. Are you up for the challenge?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Perfect Fit by Naima Simone

A Perfect Fit (Fairy Tales Unleashed) This book is hot! I want the fairy tale if my prince is as "Fiore-ously" sexy as Darius and my Cinderella as strong, yet feminine as Rowyn. This is book 2 in the Fairy Tales Unleased series from Breathless Press. Check out Naima Simone's other books on her website, www.naimasimone.com

Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fear and Writing

I am in a workshop on Plotting. With each new area we cover, I freeze initially when it comes to completing assignments. Before the assignment, the story is clear in my mind and I know how it should be written. When it’s time to write, my mind goes blank and I can’t think of a single thing to say. I realize now, that it’s fear. Fear that I have no idea how to plot (since I’m a pantser). Fear that I will get it wrong and my story will be rejected. Fear that I am exposing myself as a wannabe and not a writer. Fear that I just don’t know what I’m doing. Roseann Cash said, “The Key to change…is to let go of fear.” That’s it. That’s me. I realize I have to stand up to my fears and reaffirm my convictions. I am learning how to plot. I may be wrong, but it can be corrected. I need to affirm that I am a writer and am following the steps necessary to learn my craft. Now fear, take that! You don’t scare me…much. What fears do you have in your writing?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Margie Lawson Workshop

Yesterday I attended a workshop at my local RWA chapter, Southern Magic.  The workshop was Empowering Characters Emotions by Margie Lawson (www.margielawson.com).  This workshop was an eye-opener for me. Helping me to see where my MS needed more work.  Using the Margie Lawson Edit System, I am now able to look at all my WIPS and see where changes need to me made.  My stories will be more energized. This edit system will help me to display fresher characters that can express enhanced emotional responses, better action, more tension and more developed conflict/plot issues.  Truly awesome workshop! What about you, what type of edit systems are you using to make your works better?

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