I've made a lot of writing friends over the years some published, some knocking on the door and others who never quiet seem to grab the right book or opportunity.
What I've noticed about all my published friends is they are focused on writing first and foremost.
I can hear you groan, oh but I have writers' block, I never have time and the list is endless, however when we read the stories of the successful writers they all find time to write, ignoring self-doubt and writing every spare second.
What is holding you back from reaching your dream?
Make a list and work on eradicating them one by one as you find ways to write through or around obstacles.
I would love to hear how you go and any suggestions you might have to help those who struggle!
The Blood-Red Pencil, a fantastic blog, posted 10 Signs You're *Not* in 'The Zone
' check it out. worth a read along with the other fabulous articles there.
Have a fantastic day and may your muse be with you!!
Bye for now,
This is my inspiration station and I enjoy writing with everything in view! Where do you like to write?
Increasing word counts and satisfaction at the keyboard… and no this is not an erotic post!
By Margaret Midwood
After reading a great little book ‘How to write a book in 48 hours’ by Jack Morrow
, I realised, 1) there is money in self-help books and 2) you must be prepared before you sit down to write.
For me the ideas don’t spring forward the moment I sit at my blank computer screen, with fresh coffee, loads of chocolate and raring to go. For me it’s like extracting a tooth and I agonise over every word, paragraph and page, which can choke any spark I have.
But what if I’ve spent time thinking about my characters as I go through the day. I can plan what I’ll do to them, and see how they react. Think about the places I can put them, where they will be out of their comfort zone. Depending on your, memory jot down brief notes, or keep it tucked up in your head until it’s writing time.
And as Jack mentions, if you have a plan already in your head or jotted down, bare bones only, it must speed up your word count.
We don’t have to sit around wool gathering to do it either; we can do it while driving, in the shower, cooking the dinner, waiting in a line at the supermarket.
A few years back I did a workshop at an RWA conference and we practised meditation and the exercise of trying to picture your book, a scene, a point of change, and then sleep on it. We make this our final focus before sleep. Forget the cat, the kids’ lunches, the wet washing in the machine and just zone into your fictional world and see where it leads.
Another good tip to increase word count is to cut the internal editor out of the equation.
Assure your internal editor, and we all have one, you are getting words down. Thank him for his advice that your writing is crap and assure him you will edit it tomorrow–but not today.
Give it a go and maybe get Morrow’
s book to see if you can increase your word counts.
Go with the flow and may the words and inspiration be with you.
In the next paragraph you wrote *agonised* with an s, which tends to be used in Aussie English more than a z (though I learnt the z!) You can use either, just make them the same.
I’m holidaying in the far south coast of New South Wales and this is the view from our deck. As always this time of year the weather is perfect, the spring blooms flowering with their rich scents filling the air, the gum trees glistening and fresh from the night’s rains.
While writing my blog it hit me that as a writer of category romance I’ve always believed emotion on every page was the rule for the short read and to keep the reader on the end of her seat but I now realise, it’s much more than that.
It’s about caring and feelings, because we need our readers to first and foremost care about our characters and want to see them succeed or learn enough about themselves that they can find the elusive happiness and contentment we all yearn for. Your characters have to be loveable and even if dislikeable to begin they need to have enough good qualities for us to want to know them better to travel their journey to the ultimate happily ever after.
This doesn't mean they have to be perfect but their imperfections have to be believable, acceptable even. We’ve all read books with heroines who take action that frustrate us because it's so stupid and you want to shake them. In these days of instant everything, readers want a fast moving story, not a story bogged down in details or lovely prose that don’t move the story along.
Enough from me I’m about to breakfast in the sunshine and feed a friendly Kookaburra who visit us, remaining within touching distance.
Do you have a special place to write, somewhere inspirational? I'd love to hear about it.
Now back to my writing.
May the words flow and the internal critic be kind.
Bye for now,
Back again - at last!!It's been a hectic few months, finding judges for Romance Writers of Australia's Valerie Parv Writing contest, sick kids, entering RWA 50K Callenge, left little free time... But I did manage to get my head around my characters conflicts and move forward in my story while torturing my hero and heroine and I love it!
I'm a pantser (a writer who has no outline or plan where her story is heading) but recently I've realised you have to have some sort of plan otherwise you waste too many precious words not to mention hours. I write category and with only 50K words to play with and a tight format I can't waste a single word. Last week I wrote a blog post for the lovely Melbourne Romance Writers Guild and it's called Confessions of a three chapter junkie, it's not been posted yet but worth checking out.
This month when I meet up with fellow writers and authors at MRWG we have the multi-published and wonderful author Anne Gracie presenting a workshop on Getting off the Slush pile!
In the early hours of this morning I received a newsletter from Holly Lisle which reiterated what I was thinking.
This week I wanted to share Holly's pearls of wisdom. At the end of the post you'll find details of how to sign up to her email and it's a great source of all things writing.
May the words flow and that dreaded internal critic be silenced.
Holly Lisle's Tip -- Plot loosely
No-charge course on creating a plot outline here:
Get your own copy of this newsletter here:
Here it is my first blog in a while but I have excuses...
As Romance Writers of Australia's judge coordinator I've been totally absorbed finding judges for the Valerie Parv Competition.
Now, I'm back writing and working on my latest story about a dippy genius and her billionaire lover. It's so much fun I'm just a touch in love with my hero already as my story unfurls in flashes and bursts.
Yes, I'm afraid I'm a 'panters' (a writer who writes without a detailed outline). I dash along never knowing for sure what will happen or where my characters will take me. It's an exciting ride but it can also be the pits when you come to a sudden halt after 20,000 or 30,000 words with no idea what happens next or where the big black moment is!
I envy fellow writers who use outlines. I've completed many courses on creating outlines, how to use them and how many re-writes you save but still I plod on - that was plod not plot!! I've tried plotting and have dozens of stories outlined and characterized to within an inch of their lives. My writing buddies tell me they are great ideas, I'm only 10,000 or 20,000 off completing them, yet I've lost interest, or is it the plot. If you're a writer, what sort of writer are you? A plotter, a pantser or somewhere in between?
Been talking to friends and writing buddies about traditions. My kids are in their twenties now, my baby just turned twenty-one, and they're all busy with friends. Makes me wish we had started family traditions - apart from the Easter Sunday egg hunt! Do you have traditions your family follow? I'd love to hear about them.
I'm meeting up for lunch tomorrow with the JEMS, my writing buddies, and looking forward to it! Lots of laughs, good food and great company.
Until next week have a lovely Easter, keep safe.
Bye for now,
It is a beautiful Sunday in Melbourne. I am ignoring the weather bureau's threat of showers along with the dark clouds swooping in.
I've been reading Vengeance Born Kylie Griffin's debut novel and it's absolutely riveting. Spectacular plot, realer than life characters who you care about from page one. Well done Kylie! Love it!
I'm plodding my way through revising my current WIP while my latest story tries to intrude. With our Melbourne Romance Writers Guild meeting fast approaching, I have to get a move on to reach the goals I've set.
Goal setting keeps you on track, there is a great blog about it on the MRWG website. You can only fiddle with that same piece of work for so long before you have to release it out into the world to sink or swim.
There has been a load of reports telling me that, in the not too distance future, everyone will have a reading device, Kindle, Sony or Ipad, and the paperback will be a thing of the past. While I can see the advantages of these devices I can't see them replacing paperbacks. I personally love having the book in my hand and the excitement of picking it up at the shops. What do you think? Is the paperback on the way out?
I hope the words are flowing for all writers and thanks to all the readers who support romance.
Have a great week and bye for now,
Happy New Year, although the new year has well and truly started.
I’ve been pretty slack with my blogs, busy writing, editing, and daydreaming while holidaying on the far South Coast of New South Wales one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
I’ve always believed my daydreaming, the voices in my head combined with images of my characters as they act out scenes must have been signs of an unstable mind but today I’ve found many others suffer the same affliction and they’re called writers.
Check out Melbourne Romance Writers Guild’s blog by JJ Somerville http://www.melbournerwg.com/1/post/2012/01/daydreaming-filling-the-blank-white-page.html#comments
There are some fantastic writing courses and critique groups out there and MRWG’s meetings contain these elements plus friendship and support through good times and not so good times.
I'm also a member of Romance Writers of Australia, another wonderful group for writers and they have a fantastic conference.
I’ve had too much family illness and tragedy over the last few years but 2012 will be great. My baby is nearly 21 and that means it’s time for me. Lots of time for writing, plotting, editing and yes, daydreaming.
Have a wonderful February.
Hope everyone has found somewhere cool to curl up and read or write.It's 40c in Melbourne today and meant to be even hotter tomorrow.
I've just been reading Melbourne Romance Writers Guild's blog post by Cara Gabriel and it's convinced me to set some goals myself.
Check it out at http://bit.ly/vgkJKK
My goals for 2012 are to complete four books, write everyday and take chances with my writing and personally.
What are your goals for 2012?
With my friends and writing buddies Elvina Payett, Serena Tatti and Louise Reynolds I attended the The Sisters in Crime Conference SheKilda at Ridges in Carlton.
What a fantastic Red Black and White cocktail party and what a great night we had.
Well done Sisters in Crime!