After finishing the scene I mentioned in my last post, instead of getting my people on the road (literally), I started my new project – but it’s going to be a series of short stories, so I should be able to move back and forth between the two projects. I’ve gotten about 2000 words written, on top of the character profiles, names (what they mean are important to the story) and basic vampire research. So I feel pretty happy with the progress so far.
I still have to get myself into a schedule of writing every day. I seem to write in spurts – nothing for a week, then I get inspired and write feverishly for hours or a whole day. But that isn’t a productive way to get things done. I need to get myself writing every day, even if it’s only for thirty minutes. Of course it’s complicated by the whole necessity of going to work every day, too.
I’ve taken a couple day off from work this week, and along with the holiday, I hope to have to the time to get some more writing done. I’ve already completed a scene that I needed to add in order for action later on in the book to work – 9 pages, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it entailed incorporating the research I had done into the story via action and dialog, which was fairly time consuming.
I’ve added that scene and made a few changes to what I already had to make it fit. Now to pick up where I left off originally and get my characters on the road!
I haven’t posted in a while due to the busy-ness of going on vacation (a caribbean cruise-Yay!) and the holidays (also Yay!), but now it’s time to get back to business!
I was working from home the other day and a co-worker sent me a text and I responded. For some bizarre reason auto-correct changed my “important” to “inn portability” – which doesn’t even make sense, by the way. I immediately sent another text correcting it to important. My co-worker responded with “What, no mobile hotels? I’m sorely disappointed.” That made me think, under what circumstance would a mobile hotel come into play? And, BAM! I had the idea for a new story – a series of short stories, I’m thinking.
The very next day I got my weekly email from Duotrope with new publishing opportunities. One of them was for an anthology of super-hero short stories. BAM, again!
I put the two together and came up with an awesome new series possibility that I am very excited about. Now I have to get a move on and finish my current project!
I was advised that I should change my blog to WordPress – that it was a better site and would do more for me. And that may be so, but there is so much detail involved in getting it all set up that I feel a bit overwhelmed. Of course, I’m not really a Tech Person – once I understand something I do okay, but it’s getting to that point that’s making me a little crazy.
I came back from the 2013 Crime Bake yesterday afternoon. I had a wonderful time, met many other authors (both published and unpublished) and went to some great training session and panels. During a Masters Class on Pacing done by Paul Doiron, I suddenly got an idea of how to turn my story, Transmutation: Arizad (I posted the prologue a few weeks ago) into a paranormal mystery. I started making notes right away.
The guest of honor this year was Meg Gardiner, who was very genuine and easy to talk to. She dressed up in costume, like the rest of us, at the costume banquet (a Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt – which was exactly what I wanted to wear, but couldn’t find a grass skirt!).
Next year’s guest of honor will be Craig Johnson, so I’m really looking forward to that – I love the Longmire series!
At breakfast yesterday morning, Hank Phillip Ryan sat next to me. I must say that I was very impressed by her. For a woman as accomplished as she is (investigative reporter and author) she was very down to earth and willing to help those of us still struggling to get published. She gave all of us at the table her cards and took cards from those of us that brought them (I’m definitely having some cards made!) and told us that we could contact her any time.
So, I have to say that I had an even better time than I did at last year’s Crime Bake. I can’t wait for next years!
Read an interesting article by Steven James as guest blogger on Brian Kerns Editor blog for Writer’s Digest: “6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline.” I found it fascinating and vindicating as that is how I also write. I even commented on the blog (something I never do!)
If you, too, write without an outline, you will also find it interesting. You can read it here:
6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline