A while back I was doing yard work and noticed that a hollow hole in this tree looked like an open mouth. Well… being me, I decided to paint this face. I was hoping my grandson (five at the time) would get a kick out of it. When he came over I took him out in the back yard to see my art work. His reaction was certainly not what I expected. He took one look then said “I don’t like it.”
“But I painted it for you.” I cried.
“Sorry, but I just don’t like it.” He replied.
Which just goes to show kids are so honest and if you don’t want the truth then don’t ask a child.
I never dreamed I’d get a chance to post it on the web but here it is. The word this week is “Face” and of course right a way I thought of my monster tree. I hope you can see the spoof in my tree and enjoy it. Yes, I know that art is not my talent so I better stick to writing.
Thank you for stopping by, please come back soon. God bless.
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve been reading all the great writing instructions from Writer’s Digest and you’re all excited and think “Man I am on my way!” Then you sit down at the computer and your mind goes blank. It has happened to me too many times to count. I get excited when I read the “How Tos” but it just doesn’t click with whatever article or novel I’m working on.
I think I finally have it all figured out. The reason the advice doesn’t always work for me is because I’m trying to make my people (characters if you will) do what I want them to do instead of what they would normally do. After all if these people aren’t real to you, believe me, they won’t be real to your reader. My work flows easier when I roll with the flow.
I know most novel writers have an outline and they stick almost strictly to that outline. I don’t and I can’t. First and foremost I get to know my characters. I mean everything about them; maybe and most probably even little things that never show up in the novel but I know them. They become real to me. And of course I know my plot and the general gist of what is going to happen then I follow the characters. They have taken me to some interesting places let me tell you. They become so real to me and I look forward to sitting at the computer and seeing what is about to happen. I love my people!!
This might not work for you. I believe just as we all have our own voice we all have our own style of developing our stories and novels. I firmly say “don’t force it!” Just find your style and voice and stick with them. I’m southern and there is absolutely no way I could have a New England voice but I can love and develop my southern voice. And in the same way I can love and develop my style.
Writing is a hard road to follow so we must learn to enjoy the trip. I know how the story or novel will end but I will not coerce that end. I write because I simply have to write and if it gets published that is a bonus.
Thanks for stopping by and until next time keep writing and enjoy what you are writing; get to know your people and love them. God bless.
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As I have said before, so many times that by now you probably know it by heart, I’m an avid reader. I have to read! If I didn’t have a book I would probably read labels and the small print on a toothpaste box. I prefer reading to television. You can blame my sister, Roser Lee, for this habit of mine. She read to me when I was so small she could wedge me between her side and the arm of the chair. Classics like “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” were what she poured into me instead of fairy tales or Mother Goose Stories. I grew up in a small town with an even smaller library and I bet I read every fiction book in that place before I moved away. In the summer when other kids were out swimming and enjoying the beautiful, hot southern days I was in the house with my nose stuck in a book. So I feel qualified to give my opinion on novels.
I’ve just finished “Stolen Prey” by John Sandford. I believe I have read almost, if not all of Sandford’s “Prey” novels. He can really spin a tale. I’ve watched Lucas Davenport develop his detective skills and grow his family over the years. This character almost seems real to me. “Stolen Prey” is a wonderful, well written novel in a style that is strictly John’s. If you want a good read without all the erotica then I recommend his novels. I suggest you start with the first of the “Prey” series and watch Lucas develop from novel to novel. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for stopping by and until next time keep reading and remember you don’t have to be a great writer to be an avid reader but you must be an avid reader to be a great writer. God bless
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Thank God I am over the SNAG and back on the path to finishing my Southern Drama manuscript “Tomorrow’s Memories.” (Of course we know that my agent might have me change the name in the end but that’s it for now.) It felt so good to sit at my computer and work for hours yesterday. No, I probably won’t write 100,000 words in a week like Emily Guido (you should check out her blog at http://emilyguido.com). I found it interesting.
Now I just have to set my schedule so I get in my gardening (that’s my psychiatrist.) I love being out there just me and God. I talk to Him a lot when I work. Anyway, back to the schedule, I need my time for the gym and of course my writing. I figure it is just a matter of planning to get everything in. I know I used to write when I worked a full-time job. Of course I didn’t work in my garden as much. What ever!! The main thing is I’m back and I’m excited about it. The characters of Tomorrow’s Memories were glad to see me. I am now on a roll and can’t wait for everything to come together. Yes… yes I know, after it is written there will be rewrites on top of rewrites but don’t remind me of that now, just let me bask in the fact that I am over the snag.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time stay safe and keep writing. Remember only writers truly understand writers. My husband said he doesn’t know if you have to be insane to be a writer or insane to live with one. Whatever! God bless.
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