I have not been doing the Daily Post but for the last few weeks I have tired the Weekly Post. Why? I’ve been busy working in my yard and vegetable garden. But having a life is no excuse for not writing. Everyone has a life, right? I have two manuscripts that I have also been working on sometimes… once in a while… almost never.
You can’t get published if you don’t finish the manuscript! I tell myself this all the time but most of the time myself doesn’t listen. If I ever go out in the yard and walk around I am usually hooked and will be out there for hours. There is always some work needed in my yard and/or garden. I love that work but I also tell myself that I love to write but I am lazy. But I don think lazy is the right word; maybe procrastinator works better because I have good intentions about writing. But you know what they say about good intentions, right?
I am optimistic that I am going to do better and finish those two novels because I have a lot more stories in my head. I just need to stay in the house and work… work… work. I can work in the garden during certain days and save the evenings for writing. I say certain days because housework (I hate it) must also be done.
Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon. Hopefully I will do another post tomorrow. God bless.
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If you have ever taken a class on writing then you have heard “You must show not tell your story.” So you think Piece of cake I can easily do that. What are you writing if you think showing is a cake walk?
If we want to have a dream of a chance for our novels to make a best-selling list we have to do more than just show. The audiences today and probably yesterday as well, demand more. They want to be in the moment! They want to feel the laughter and pain. So how do we put them there you ask.
We use all of their senses. They not only want to see, they also want to feel, touch and smell. First we have to learn how to do this. I suggest that you get several best sellers in the genre the same or close to your manuscript (checking them out of the local library will save you money) then not only read them but study them. Look at how they move from scene and how they capture the reader; how they encourage them to turn the page. Now you will have a better understanding of what you are trying to accomplish.
We put our audiences in the scenes. We bring in the smells, the sounds and the taste. We let them hear the white noises that we hear and see every day. But we must do this without our reader being aware of the white noise just like we usually don’t notice them but the noise is still there. They want to smell the exhaust from a bus without it hitting them over the head.
Yes, of course we must show not tell but we have to do more than that. As we develop our skills we will write best sellers and enjoy the trip as well.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time take a few minutes and make yourself aware of the white noises around you; the hum or a refrigerator, whir of a ceiling fan, a dog barking in the distance. They’re there and we must include them in our scenes if we want our scenes to be real. 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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I believe that God gives each and every one of us a talent with which we can be successful and make a wonderful living. However, He left it up to us to discover what that talent is and to fine tune it to the point of success.
Having said that, I believe that Danielle Steel’s talent is her writing of romance novels. The woman is awesome, most of the time. Yes, you did catch that, most of the time. At the present I am reading her novel “44 Charles Street” which was released in 2011. It is a total disappointment. This would be a GREAT novel if instead of telling the story she showed the story. Isn’t that what we learned in writing class, to show our story? This novel seems to be written by an amateur. I kid you not. Thank God I borrowed it from the library and didn’t spend good money for it. If you haven’t read it please, don’t waste your time.
I asked myself as I’m reading, and oh yes I will finish it, that’s just a fetish of mine I finish what I start, is someone else writing under her name? I know that some great novelist have done that and I guess it is all right if the writer understands he/she will get no credit for the hard work. And yes, while writing a novel is fun it is also very hard mental work. I know because I’ve published two, not in Danielle’s league but still published.
Do we get so successful that we no longer care about the quality of work that is going out with our name on it? I certainly hope not. Maybe when I reach that stage I’ll feel differently but for now I’ll carefully critique my work and I will still make mistakes but they will be my mistakes.
Okay, I got that off my chest. Thanks for stopping by and until next time God bless, keep writing and enjoy life.
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