Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Hence my hiding away and lurking on all my blogs (which I miss reading!) and just about everywhere else. Feeling very disconnected these days.
I've worked on another story, I've let this one sit, I've even threatened it and myself in order to get it done. So very close to the end. And yet.
How's everyone else getting on with their current projects?
Monday, March 29, 2010
In the case of a romantic suspense story we often have characters on the run or heavily involved in a dangerous mystery that could lead to the destruction of all humanity! This doesn't mean they won't take half a second to notice each other's attributes. Face it, they're human (or if not they still think of the same thing we do!) and are going to look at someone they're interested in, whether or not they're running for their lives.
When a hero is panting from an exhaustive run toward or away from a bomb or tentacled bad guy, a glance toward the heroine's deliciously, disheveled 'do and down her curvaceous form is perfectly acceptable. In fact, I completely encourage such behavior! (In more ways than one, but you probably knew that already!)
The connection between characters starts with the visual and moves through all the senses. Heightened senses due to adrenaline often absorb more information than less. This leads to all type of actions and reactions. Don't waste the moment just because you are too involved in the choreography of the action scene...remember the play in interplay!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Noble and brave men, relentlessly loyal women, scalawags and blockade runners all combine to highlight one of the most difficult times in our country's history. All the stories are good, but Ross and Roman deliver scalawags that will make readers swoon. Civil War buffs will love the well-written, well-researched stories in this must-have collection.
Roman sails us into Charleston Harbor with Jack Harrison "In the Shadows." A privateer, he's doing what he loves; he's also sailing toward the woman of his dreams. Marion Shelton is her name, but Jack must outsmart an angry aunt in order to win her.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
On the written page, it sometimes takes us writers a bit of time to describe that particular gaze. Though when we write that line, and use the just-right turn of phrase, our words evoke our readers' imaginations. Just the visual we wanted to. It's become stronger because of our favorite actors and actresses.
When we describe a specific look, often the reader pictures a look they saw in a television show or movie. We writers have learned to use that-the fact that our audience have already been exposed to so many visual stimulations. Something Jane Austen could never have done in her time.
Lucky for us, we don't have her constraints and can indulge in as much eye sex as we wish!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
And I'm still over at A Writer's Mind with a chance to win a download of my Druids novel Temptations and Treachery and a $5 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press!
And next week, a return to reviews. Honest!
Monday, March 8, 2010
*ahem* where was I? Yes, side notes. Colin is not one of them....yum.
Trying to gather everything to send out to judges for the Hearts Thru History contest, Romance Through The Ages. Entries are du at midnight tonight, and I volunteered to be the Time Travel/Paranormal coordinator. Gotta make sure everything's good to go and all!
By the way…your laptop is your wife.
James K. Walker, editor for Left Lion at speaker at the upcoming Writing Industries Conference shares his Top Ten Tips for writers.
1.Read your work out in public. You’ll develop a new found appreciation of tone, rhythm and punctuation. See the reaction of the audience as a kind of verbal editing. When they don’t laugh at your funny character, it’s because he isn’t funny.
2.Join a writing group and open the windows when you leave the flat. It will smell lovely and fresh when you come home and your girlfriend might finally agree to come over.
3.By the way…your laptop is your wife. That cute one that comes over when the flat smells nice is just your bit on the side. Treat her as such. Your loyalty is with your wife and a wife is for life.
4.Walk to work. This way you don’t have to waste valuable writing time joining a gym. There is no greater betrayal of the imagination, than joining a gym. Before you know it you’ll be slipping into your imagination and going over the various scenarios of your book.
5.Take a pencil and paper with you as you’ll be stopping every ten seconds to scribble these ideas down. It’s probably a good idea to invest in a pencil sharpener, finances permitting.
6.Buy a memory stick and type up everything you’ve just written when you get to work because you’ll lose the scraps of paper.
7.Get a job where you can write in peace and preferably one without too much responsibility. I strongly recommend the public sector. The perfect job is one in which you are able to do eight hours work in three, thus enabling you to write for the other five. This is the closest you’ll ever get to being a regularly paid writer. Feels great, doesn’t it.
8.Ensure you have a boss who doesn’t mind you being late. (see point 5)
9.Write a blog. It’s like having a regular mental workout and a good way to track the development of your thoughts. I don’t have a camera and so the blog is the closest thing I have to a photographic album. It’s also a great place to outlet those thoughts you know you’ll never have time to turn into stories but will eat away at you regardless. Like the one about ‘the strange man who used to crouch down every ten seconds by the side of the road to scribble something down. Nobody knew what he was writing or why he did it but…’
10.Don’t write a list of top ten writing tips when you haven’t had your novel published yet. It’s arrogant, delusional and distracts you from what matters. As does reading funny quotes by Philip Pullman on a Saturday afternoon.
Monday, March 1, 2010
When we're talking short, we're not talking so short there's no story. There is a definite need for stories that hit the 25K - 50K range.
Another good reason to write shorts is for audibles (the old books on tape). We
have entered an agreement with a company that does audibles. I'm working behind
the scenes to get some of our manuscripts to them. This company wants very
very few full length novels - they want shorts.
Anyway, if you have a short story in your mind, now is the golden time to get
that submission in. If you've never written anything short - try it. Sometimes
trying to do something with less can be very satisfying.