I used to be such a focused creature. I was always the type that had to finish one project before I started another one. I have changed. Not sure if it’s because I’m older and have become more flexible about things or because I’m now writing and my structure of doing things is different. I find the way I look at things, and go about things, has changed drastically.
This past week has been productive for me. Since sending Phoenix Rising off to the publisher waiting to be edited, I’ve been working on Book 2. Good news, I finished today. Now, revisions begin.
The glitch is that ideas for Book 3, and even Book 4, are circling in for a landing. My head is constantly thinking of plots, characters and how to make things come together. I’m constantly taking notes, working on character bios, and searching for the perfect muse that brings my character to life for me. I’m full of details with no story as of yet. It’s a lot frustrating and more than a little scary. I refuse to let myself dwell on it. It will come when the time is right. And that time is not now.
On top of the writing frenzy, I’m working on swag. I’m constantly looking for ideas. There are tons of great stuff out there. Have to watch the pennies though, so I’m learning to be thrifty and creative. Believe me, that’s really hard for me. Thriftiness is harder for me than creativity. LOL
I’m also working on a costume for a ball I’m attending in Atlanta. Again, this is calling for thriftiness and creativity. And a hell of a lot of ribbon. I’m hoping it turns out as well in reality as it looks in my mind’s eye. Time will tell.
So, I will continue to work on all my projects, apparently all at the same time. All while continuing to hold down the day job and tend to other responsibilities as well. Just like every other woman out there. I’m no different than you. Well, probably not as creative when it comes to the making of crafty items. Give me time, I’m working on it.
Till next week,
By Abyrne |
As we talk about the things we have known since we were young that enable us to be great writers and get to the letter “E” in the alphabet we reach something that is skill supported but yet a non-skill item on our list. It is our Enthusiasm. We didn’t need someone to teach us how to be excited or enthusiastic; we have been since before we knew that there were words like exciting and enthusiastic. We knew from the moment we got something unexpected and wonderful what it meant, even if we didn’t understand the concept. The same is true with writing.
Enthusiasm for your project is what makes a story a joy or a drag; and truly if it’s a drag for you, it is for your readers too. When you are telling the tale because it is exciting to you it boosts your enthusiasm for the story and makes it flow. When you find that you’re distracted and willingly avoiding the writing, you will find that the story has lulled, or perhaps it’s just your enthusiasm for the project. You need to take a moment and kick start your adrenaline, reread the passage your started with, dig out the outline or the image of the protagonist that drives you to show them to the world, find a piece of music that ‘screams’ the story to you…but find your voice. Motivation is the skill to drive emotion and enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm you have or don’t is the result of being able to motivate yourself to the purpose at hand…writing the story.
As long as we’ve mentioned it, another great ‘E’ word that is a biggie in writing is emotion. I’ve heard it time and time again and it’s always true….People may not remember what you said, they may not remember what you did, but they will remember how you made them feel. This is true for good or for bad. What are you making your readers feel? Are you letting them feel at all? Are you showing them or telling them? If you are showing them you are likely drawing them into the tale in such a way to allow them to feel the story as it unfolds. It is what drives the joy and the heartbreak at the highs and lows in the tale.
Emotion is why readers cannot put the book down, where another tale with the same plotline that is telling is cast aside before the third chapter. Do we all know and understand that while you will hook a reader in the first 50 pages, if you neglect them later on the only emotion they remember is disappointment? It’s not enough to have a great hook or bait if you don’t have the strength to keep the tension on the line until the tale is done you’re going come up with an empty net. Talk about blowing your enthusiasm.
At the end of the day, the simple truth is that we all have a story to tell. Maybe it’s a story that others want to hear and maybe not. Maybe we have a story that is so compelling that it has to be shared for the greater good and when that happens we need to take up the charge to write with courage and conviction, excitement and enthusiasm to tell the story as it should be conveyed. We have it within us to remember what it means to be moved by something, enthusiasm for that emotion is everything, even when the emotion we have to convey is not joy. We have to be willing and able to recognize the difference between the low points in a story and the lack of motivation and self-correct our course to see it through and give voice the tale that we have in us wanting out. And above all, we need to remember that time and effort are better teachers than wishes and wants and get our motivation moving to make it happen. You have a voice, use it.
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Many of you know that by day I’m a legal receptionist. One of the perks of that position is that when the court house is closed, so are we. This past weekend turned out to be a 3 day weekend for me because of Martin Luther King Day. I’m good with that, it turned out to be an advantage for me.
I spent the holiday weekend working on my second book. I’m not going to throw amount of pages and number of words at you. Those wouldn’t impress my writer friends. But I did make headway on my story. And being more pantser than plotter at this point, I hit a major plot twist.
I used to read posts from authors about the characters talking to them, wanting their stories known. I honestly never knew how to take those remarks. I found them amusing and continued on with my day. Now I know the truth. They weren’t being funny, those authors were being dead serious about their writing. I know, it has happened to me.
When I started writing Phoenix Rising, I had a set amount of characters. There were six warriors, all would have their own story. That didn’t take long to change. More warriors popped up, mates showed up way before their story line. Some wanted their stories told NOW, they didn’t want to wait for their designated turns. Now I have secondary characters clamoring for their story to be told. I mean, really?
I’m feeling my mortality here, how can I write all of these books? Shades of Barbara Cartland … for those that are unfamiliar with the name, she was the ‘Queen of Romance novels,’ wrote over 700 books and died at the ripe old age of 98. No worries there, I’ll never compete with her or Nora Roberts. 😉 But I do hope to be able to finish the Kindred series that is threatening to be more than the original 5 or 6 books.
For now, I’m going to work on Book 2. I have no plans to release it until 2017, so it has a time to develop. Who knows? That novella that has been scratching at the door may be in the works before the year is out. I’ll just keep listening to the voices and write what they tell me.
Till next week,
By Abyrne |
As we go through our list of things we have always known that enable us to be great writers, there is one core truth about anything we endeavor to achieve. YOU HAVE TO DO IT! You can’t sit back and hope success comes to you. You have to reach out with both hands and grab on as if your life were dependant on how long you hold on. This isn’t an eight-second ride, this is a lifetime roller-coaster and the air-brakes have failed.
We have to become our own little engine that could and remember that with each step we struggle to gain and each one that comes without effort that “I think I can” will get us farther than “I think I can’t.” What do you believe?
Yeah? THEN GO DO IT!
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