Sunday, March 25, 2012

BIG WRITER BRITCHES



Okay, I hear ya. You want a big-time New York City publishing house to buy your manuscript and turn it into a paper book with pages that you can feel between your fingers, turn the pages, smell the ink. You want to have a writerly romance with your work.

But it is time to look at and acknowledge the changing world of publishing. It is time to turn your attention to small presses and e-books. After all, when the invention of televisions turned people away from listening to stories on the radio to watching and listening on television, it didn’t destroy the radio did it?

No.

Everything found a new place in our lives. And it will be the same way with books. So don’t be left behind. I can tell you from first-hand knowledge that the smart agents are doing this! And if they are being progressive, so should we.

Think about it, the door of opportunity for debut and lesser known authors is wide open. You are no longer saddled with the “we can’t financially take a chance” excuse that large publishing houses give. Many excellent writers are ignored because of financial reasons. Another reason is that you will have a world-wide audience and your book will perpetually “be on the shelf” for as long as you promote it instead of the short few weeks in a book store.

So pull up your writer britches and take steps toward e-publishing!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

LEFT BRAIN? RIGHT BRAIN? MAKE AN APPLE PIE!

Being a "techie-challenged" person, I couldn't transfer my friend, Linda Joyce's, blog from Wordpress to Blogger, so I am including the link! There is more than one way to skin an orange. (Sorry, I love cats and would never consider skinning one!)

This is a very interesting article to all writers and I encourage you to check it out:

http://lindajoycecontemplates.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/left-brain-right-brain-make-an-apple-pie/

Sunday, February 19, 2012

HOW MANY WAYS TO SAY THE SAME THING?

My novel is finished!

Well, almost.

Now I am at my favorite part in the writing process. Editing content. And while I edit I am noticing a lot of "He looked, she looked, he walked, she walked, they walked, he turn . . . well you get the idea.

Even with my trusty Thesaurus it gets tedious to find different ways to say the same thing. So I read to see how other writers have their characters communicate or move about. I ask friends. I even asked people on my Facebook page. I must say, some waxed eloquently.

My question is this, is it better to try to find, as speakers at writer conferences often advise, a stronger verb even if it is convoluted or is it okay to have two "he looked" in the same chapter? Does it tire the reader to have: He gazed, he studied, he glimpsed, he squinted, he searched her face?  


Of course writers no longer have the luxury or the permission to have floating body parts as writers of the last century had. We cannot say he lowered his eyes to the floor, his eyes roamed the room, since his eyes are supposed to stay firmly ensconced in his eye socket.

So, what about you? How do you deal with the problem of saying the same thing in a different way?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

THE COLOR PURPLE

I am in the throes of a major rewrite. What started as tweaking has turned into an entirely different story. Didn't intend for it to turn out that way, but it has. While writing and reviewing I've noticed something. I have an affinity for certain phrases and they pop up on every few pages. I call them Purple Phrases.

Purple phrases even happen to the best known authors. Authors who have a bazillion books in print. I recently read a book by a well-known writer and she used a phrase that repeatedly glared at me and spit out an annoying repetition in reference to the heroine's eyes. The phrase was "cornflower blue eyes."
Her eyes were a cornflower blue. Tears welled up in her cornflower blue eyes. She glared at him with cornflower blue eyes. 


All right! All right! I get it! Her eyes were cornflower blue! Sheeze.

But then, I find I'm just as guilty. The phrases that keep finding their way in my novel are:
A sigh escaped her. A sly grin stole over his face. His puppy-dog eyes. And another thing. I have found that my characters are constantly drinking coffee. Hmmmm, maybe because I am drinking coffee while writing?

I knew I had to do something in order to keep from aggravating my reader, so I made a "Purple Phrase" list and taped it to my computer screen. This helps to remind me to keep escaping sighs and sly grins in check. And when I discover a new PP, I add it to the list.

What about you? Do you have any purple phrases? What are they? And what do you do to avoid them while writing?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NEW BOOK A MUST READ!!!!



My friend, Linda Glaz's debut book will be available 12/5/1211! Read all about it here! 

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Striving to put meaning back into her life after her husband’s death, Aleni Callan immerses herself in hospital work. Angry with God, she finds herself even angrier, when hero, Brice Taylor, author of The Human Shield, arrives in the Emergency Room with a concussion and hypothermia after participating in the Polar Bear Plunge. Aleni wants nothing to do with a man who willingly takes chances with his life.

Brice doesn’t understood how God could bring him through being a captive in Iraq, when he failed his troops so miserably. Writing about his escape brings fame he would rather avoid. And by meeting widow, Aleni Callan, his feelings of failure only increase.

Megan Callan, with the help of her three-year-old grandson, Ty, scheme to bring Aleni and Brice together. And while the best laid plans often go awry, Megan isn’t one to accept no.


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About Linda:


I’m a wife and mother of three. I balance being a child of God while also being older than God. Hmmm, scary, but almost true. I’ve been blessed to have had an amazing life so far: Air Force meteorologist during Vietnam era, teaching karate and self-defense along with soccer for 25+ years. I sing and direct in church and community theatre musicals where this little old lady sounds more like the guys than the gals. Also scary, but true. I work in a physical therapy clinic three days a week to earn money to keep my writing afloat. My writing life is a 24/7 proposition. When not writing my own stories, I am an agent for Hartline Literary Agency. I wear so many different hats I’m surprised I wasn’t invited to the Royal wedding. Blessings to everyone, may your writing dreams all come true.




Purchasing Information:


  Polar Bear Plunge, White Rose Publishing will be sold for $1.00 during the month of December! You can also purchase it from Amazon.com for $2.99. A sweet deal either way! 

http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/polar-bear-plunge





Saturday, September 24, 2011

HEAD, HEART, HAND



“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton

The words stir in my head. They are matter-of-fact. Logical. Informative. Sterile. But they need to be written. I don’t like them, they bore me and if they bore me, they will bore my reader.

No connection.

Still they swirl and build, demanding to be written. What can I do? I send them into my heart. There those matter-of-fact, logical, sterile words are bathed in compassion, warmed by mercy, polished by experience—good and bad—and made shiny with hope. They return to my head ready to connect.

That is when I send them to my hand.

An inspirational writer isn’t one who is unrealistic, sappy, or overtly religious. It is a person who writes with the end result in mind. And the end result is leaving our readers with information they can apply to make their lives better, to encourage them, affirm them, or make them smile.

We have plenty of “Head & Hand” writers. We need more “Head, Heart, and Hand writers.

How about you? Ready to take the plunge into your heart? Are you ready to write with the end result in mind? 

Are you ready to inspire? 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NOW WHAT DO I DO?




“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”~ E.L. Doctorow

Thirteen years ago I decided to be a writer. Little did I know what this decision would cost me. Little did I know how this decision would enrich my life.

I entered this world of words ignorant, hopeful, expectant, and maybe just a little bit cocky. It didn’t take long for me to be humbled. To my great astonishment, the world wasn’t waiting to hear what I had to say! I kept writing trying to find the right recipe, but most of my efforts failed.

Thank goodness for my writer friends who encouraged me to keep at it. However, I’ve found that words get into the writers veins and really, I couldn’t have stopped for long.

I’ve heard about writers who say they have to write because the stories in their heads demand to be told. I didn’t have such stories or demands. But what I did have was the desire to connect with people and encourage them. It took several years of writing to finally discover this was my niche, my voice.

The reason I’m writing this blog is for those of you who are just starting out. It is so easy to compare your writing experience, style, success—or lack thereof— with others. Let me assure you that there will always be someone more successful and always be someone less successful than you. That is the journey. As you write you will discover yourself, your style and voice, and just where you fit in.

Don’t get confused by other writers. At conferences you will hear a broad spectrum of advice, which is often contradictory. Treat this abundance of information like a buffet. Take what resonates with you and leave the rest. Take small steps until you feel ready to run. The burst out and sprint. If you fall, that’s okay. This may be a sign to try a different path. Above all, be patient with yourself.

Explore, Learn, Write!