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?