Hello folks. It's been a while since I posted something new, but this month has been somewhat disastrous for writing what with family obligations among a host of other family shenanigans. Life is bound to happen.
It's been so crazy, I forgot my own birthday. Well, nearly. I happened to look at the calendar today and realized it's tomorrow. I've also got family visiting from out of town, and next week there's a bunch of house stuff that needs sorting. Hopefully I can get everything back on track for the new month, and maybe even get a couple of posts out before then. There are some awesome guests coming up at the Purple Rose Tea House, along with some great giveaways.
As for what I'm working on (or been attempting to work on) Hunter's book and a historical have both been fighting for center stage pretty much nonstop, which has made things a little tough as well. It's hard to concentrate on one story when your brain wanders off and starts thinking of another story, especially when they're such completely different genres. I have managed to get some reading in. I want to hone my craft and make it the best it can be, so I've been reading up on some recommended writing books. Most of them I found on Kristen Lamb's Blog. If you're an author, and you haven't checked out her blog, don't miss out!
Yes, there are LOADS of books on writing out there, and a lot will rehash the same "rules" or principles, tell you things you already know, but there are certain books which I have found to be very helpful, not just because of the content, but because of how it's presented. I admit, I prefer textbooks where the author "chats" to me rather than presenting paragraphs and paragraphs of clinical sounding information.
As an author, it's my job to know my strengths and weaknesses where my writing is concerned. It's pretty safe to say that my strength lies in my characters. I LOVE creating characters and giving them life. My weakness, plot and structure, so I want to strengthen that. Here are the books that I've read/am reading:
Bob Mayer - THE NOVEL WRITER'S TOOLKIT: From Idea to Best-Seller (Writing)
James Bell Scott - Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction)
Jessica page Morrell
- Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction
(This one's more for bad guys. I want to improve my antagonists)
I finished Bob Mayer's book and took lots of notes, and I'm halfway through James Bell Scott's book, highlighting and taking notes. Most of the information isn't new, but it's done in a way where I can pinpoint those weak spots and try to make them better. So far, I'm enjoying these books.
On the publishing front, I reckon edits on Johnnie's book will be coming through anytime now, and then at some point, production will start on Jack's. I've also got to start thinking of what I'm going to do for The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe
and The Heart of Frost
once they're published. I want to come up with some creative promo, though with Jack it will be much easier since it's a Winter/Christmas story. Busy times ahead!