Have you ever heard the saying “Stubborn as a mule?” Maybe it is just heard in the south but I’ve heard it a million times and mostly describing me. So this week I will show you some of my stubbornness with this post. Yeah…yeah I know it is supposed to be about a favorite photo from this year. Well I simply can not find a favorite. I pretty much like all of my pictures. If I don’t like them it is so easy to hit the delete button. So yes, I guess I am stubborn. I think you sort of have to be if you are an author. If you want to publish novels you must have enough faith in your work to stick with it no matter what. Right?
I have too many interest I guess and I have neglected my writing for time spent in my garden. Of course I love both and I also love photography and taking walks. So, like I said maybe too many interest.
I have two novels waiting for me to finish and what’s sad I know the finish if I would just sit my butt down and work at the computer. I should be digging in the dirt of my manuscripts instead of outside digging in the dirt literally. They are screaming to be finished and for me to move on to others. Yes there are others…well other ideas that are stewing on the back burner.
Have you decided to make a new years resolution? I will do my usual lose weight, eat healthier and get more exercise. These are three that a lot of people make every year and like me they start off strong but a nice piece of cake or chocolate temps and all the good intentions are blown away like dust in a wind storm. This year I will also add “finish the novels I have started and start sending them to publishers.” Yes, I will most definitely have to be as stubborn as a mule to do it but I plan to give it the all American try.
Please let me know if you make resolutions and if you succeed. I will keep you posted on mine. Some way I will try to incorporate all of my hobbies as well as succeed as an author.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year!!
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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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