Archive for April, 2005

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
Reader Eyes vs Writer Eyes

I’m going to start off with an aside. Did anyone else catch Gretchen Wilson performing with Heart on the CMT Music Awards the other night? All I can say is WOW!!!

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. 😉 I’ve heard it discussed many places that writers read differently than regular readers. For the longest time, I actually never knew what people meant. That is, until recently.

I knew this sort of thing could happen if you went to the movies with say an actor or a director. I’ve sat through movies with both and it wasn’t pleasant. I like to go to the movies to enjoy the escapism. Let me tell you, that’s hard to do with people sitting beside you discussing camera angles and cut scenes. LOL!

I haven’t completely turned into a ‘writer’ that reads, but I am beginning to notice glaring story problems that I wouldn’t have noticed before. Thank goodness I can still become engrossed by the story and lose myself for a few hours. I’ve heard other writers talk about how they can’t. They’re too busy tearing the novel apart to enjoy it. One ‘wrong’ thing and they’re completely thrown out of the book.

I pray I NEVER reach that point with reading. Why? Because I think I will miss out on too many good stories. What kind of eyes do you have, writer’s eyes or reader’s eyes?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
Fly by

Wow! My day has been a blur. First dh came home early, which allowed me to change the time of my hair appointment. (You remember, the one I’d forgotten about. *g*) The change in time meant that I could go to the local RWA meeting tonight. This has blown my writing schedule sky high today. I guess I’ll have to try to get my word count in when I get back.

I don’t normally share reviews, but I must admit this one at Love Romances made my day. The reviewer, Dawn actually understood the story I wrote. Sniffle. Bless her heart.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous day. I’ll catch you all tomorrow. Stay healthy.

Monday, April 11th, 2005
Lots to do

I’d planned to attend a local RWA meeting tomorrow and figured out at the last minute I’d scheduled a hair appointment. Yikes!!! I hate when I don’t pay attention to my calendar. I’m scattered, trying to get things together for the upcoming Romantic Times Convention. Why do I decide to go to these events?

I’ve figured out more information that I need to add to AQ4. I wanted to have a clear idea where the story was going from here. Fingers crossed it all comes together.

I also saw something that shocked me yesterday. Apparently, some of the Brava multi-author anthologies are going to be released in mass market paperback. The first ones hit the stands in the next few months. I don’t know about you all, but I think that’s wonderful news. Fingers crossed the rest follow. It’s a win-win for readers and authors.

Well I’d better scoot. I have writing to do and a contract to go through. Hope everyone is enjoying their Monday.

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

We went to see Sahara yesterday. It was a fun enough movie, although it’s not going to beat the Mummy or Indiana Jones in entertainment factor any day soon.

I’ve seen Matthew McConaughey in a few different movies. I must admit I don’t think I’ve ever taken a real good look at him. Well, I did in this movie. All I have to say is my eyes must be worse than I thought. Blink. Blink. Blink. Holy Moly, Batman.

Friday, April 8th, 2005
Being Stephen King…

I’ve decided to be as much like Stephen King as I can over the next few weeks. What do I mean by that? Well I plan to incorporate as many of his suggestions into my day to day writing as possible. See, every night I go to sleep listening to his book On Writing. (I believe I’ve mentioned that I have it in paperback and on audio book.)

The section I’m fond of talks about his writing and reading habits, the muse, and plotting. His take on the latter is that he tries not to plot his books because he believes our lives are basically plotless. I personally think he has a good point, but that’s not what I’m talking about today.

I am actually referring to his writing habits. He believes you should write seven days a week when you’re in the middle of a book so that your characters don’t go stale. He says if you’re trying to get back into the habit of writing that you should start off with six days a week. I plan to do just that. He also suggests a thousand words a day. My goal will remain lower (500), but I do tend to go over it.

The final thing he suggests is to write the truth. What he means by that is don’t construct your writing to please others. I’ve realized that advice is easier said than done. After listening to him every night, I’ve discovered that I haven’t been writing the truth. It was a most painful realization.

Why? Because I’m not absolutely sure that in the future I will write strictly romance. If you would’ve asked me what my writing goals and plans were a year ago, I would have said I wanted to be a NYT Best selling romance author. (Okay, that’s still one of my goals, but it’s not the only one.)

As I’m finding my voice, (What? You thought I’d found it already. Snort.) I’m realizing that some of my stories are barely skirting the genre of romance. Yes, they have HEA’s in them, but I wouldn’t exactly call them romance novels. The stories aren’t about the romance in these new books, although the romance is important.

A friend and I were discussing our choice in movies the other day. We decided our favorites were the big, dumb action flicks. Well that’s the direction my stories are starting to lean in. I admit this revelation scares the daylights out of me. I’ve only ever known romance. And I love it. I can’t imagine ever abandoning it completely, but I see a day in the near future when I’m writing more than just romance.

Which brings me back to Stephen King and writing the truth. I think asking yourself if you’re writing the truth is a pretty interesting exercise. My question is…are you?

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

I’m not sure about you all, but I’ve noticed a lot of factions lately within the romance group. And I’m not just talking about spicy vs non-spicy writers. It seems bigger than that. There’s a lot of behind the scenes nastiness happening. And no, I will not go into further detail. There’s already enough gasoline on the fire.

Now this may be a normal course for a large group to take. I honestly don’t know. I do wonder why so many people put so much time and energy into smearing others. It reminds me of the creature Dean Koontz wrote about in Phantoms. You may not see it coming, but it’s always slithering in the background waiting to pounce. (Kind of like the Blob.) It grew bigger as it absorbed more people.

I don’t know about you all, but I don’t have enough time nor the energy to put into that kind of campaign. I also personally don’t like that much drama in my life. I know some people love to scheme and scrap. They seem to live for conflict. I suppose it makes them happy. (You’d hope they’re getting something out of it.)

Let me state here that I am not one of those people. I think this business is hard enough without ADDING problems to it. I may not get along with everyone I meet, but then again, I’m not trying to be friends with everybody. I am not going to compete in a popularity contest and I tend not to pick sides. I find life is MUCH easier when you do this.

Subject change. The writing is still coming along. I have a few more pages to work through before I start writing forward, but it’s been fun to go back and add info to the previously written pages. I like these characters. They’re both funny in their own quirky way. So far the tone of this book is lighter than the previous two. It’s a bit more like the Arrival I think. With any luck it’ll be completed by the end of next month. Happy writing everyone.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

Well I managed to eek out a thousand words today. I know that doesn’t sound like much. In fact, it’s downright embarrassing, but for me it’s the closest thing to a miracle that I’ve seen lately. The funny thing is I’m only adding info to my story. I haven’t even gotten around to writing forward yet. But that’s okay, I’ll take it.

On a different note, I’d like to take a minute to talk about friends. They come all forms. You know who they are in your life. Some you see everyday, while others you never meet. Sometimes they come to you as the voice of reason or in the form of a kick in the pants with a big steel-toed boot. Some whisper kind words or mail loving cards, while others push the send button, hurling words of wisdom into your inbox. Whichever form they take in your life, remember to appreciate them and hold them close. They are some of the most valuable ‘possessions’ you’ll EVER own. And some of the greatest gifts you’ll EVER receive.