Wednesday, August 4, 2021

IWSG: My Pandemic Challenges
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August 4 question is about a favorite craft book, but it's been years since I've picked one up, so I'll need to go with my own this month!

It doesn't help how the pandemic has turned this world topsy-turvy, nor does it help how conflicts have sapped my creativity in real life, either.

The story I submitted for the IWSG Anthology Contest, Dark Matter was my last before hitting a rut. All I've been doing is going down the list of books I've already written and editing them since my creative flow has suffered so much.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

IWSG: Would I Quit Writing?
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July 7 question - What would make you quit writing?

Thanks for cohosting us this month! Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue

Okay, this is a very interesting topic. Who is coming up with these questions? Is Alex picking them out of a jar or something?

I notice whenever an author is violated, like Stephenie Meyer when her Midnight Sun draft was stolen and, if I remember correctly, posted all over the internet by one of her critique partners, she fell out of touch with writing. It took her a great while.

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I've heard of other authors, after their work is stolen, fall out of touch with their writing as well.

This is emotional rape! How can anyone feel whole enough to continue with the same "innocency" and power and motivation before the violation? I believe this would be the ONLY thing that would make me stop writing. At least for a while.

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I grew up with it. It's been my tourniquet, my healing, my escapism, my breath of life so to speak. I grew up in an abusive home and endured more during my marriage, so writing has always been my healing power.

If I was violated like poor Meyers was, I would definitely take a step back for a while to heal, but like her, I would step back up and continue.

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Writing is in my BLOOD!!!

How would you emotionally deal with someone stealing your work?


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

IWSG: The Writing Experience

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 Thanks to the co-hosts for making this month's IWSG possible! J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria

Today, I'm choosing June's prompt for my post. It looks like fun. Alright, here we go!!!

For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

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There are no set ways on how I handle my first drafts or subsequent. It's all based on how I feel in relation to my manuscript, my real-life circumstances, and how I am feeling.

In My Perfect Kiss series, I wrote book after book and, when I needed a break, I went back and reread each book and redrafted them. It gave me time away from feeling the pain of deleting parts that felt dead, fluffy, or redundant. It gave me a brand new perspective.

Also, when editing became mundane, I'd brainstorm book covers--that way it keeps my enthusiasm alive for the books to be born.

I've been writing for over thirty years (my, time is escaping me and I'm not getting any younger!) and have learned that my writing method varies from book to book. There is no pattern but only that it depends all on how I'm feeling.

As for experience, I do admit back in my younger days (haha!) I'd obsessed more with perfection. I wanted to do everything "by the book" as I read many how-tos for writers. Trying to apply every technique paralyzed me and cleaned me of my creative juices. While these books (and workshops at webinars and conferences) do have merit, I ultimately picked what worked for me and left the rest without any compunction.

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Who can really put rules to creativity? It's a very personal journey. I'm stifled when I'm bound. And I'm not referring to the rules of publishing, rather, the rules to personal writing methods.

If anything, do what works for you!

What are your methods of creating a book from start to finish? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

IWSG: When the Well Runs Dry

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The past month or so I've been finding motivation for writing difficult--this includes blogging!

I remember when I hit a wall over ten years ago while writing one of my books. It lasted a good few weeks! I had decided to help other writers out by critiquing, touting for them, encouraging them on their various platforms, including their blogs.

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I also read books that involved my genre along with watching movies until one day, I felt inspired again.

This time, I've only helped one writer with copyediting, but I haven't felt the desire to read or watch movies in the same genre as my current work in progress. I was hoping I would feel inspired but it's been so difficult! I think I might be depressed.

What do you do when your writing well runs dry?

Don't forget!
May 4th was the IWSG's latest anthology, Dark Matter: Artificial!

The stories are surprising and intriguing. What a wonderful collection!

My story, Resurgence: Living in a peaceful community, Damarin encounters a trail of inexplicable anomalies and is afraid to reveal his concerns for fear of retribution, until he follows an unsuspecting neighbor through a secret portal.

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Please be sure to follow our tour!

May 4 – Laura Billings

May 4 - Jemi Fraser

May 5 - Ellen Jacobson

May 6 – Mason Canyon

May 7 - Louise Barbour

May 10 - Nick Wilford

May 12 - Cathrina Constantine

Get your copy of Darkmatter: Artificial!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

IWSG: The Genre Preference
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Writers have a genre preference in story-creating but is it the same for those downtime moments when they reach for something to read?  Welcome to the question of the month!

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Whenever I read fiction, it's typically the genre I love to write about and that's romance! It captures my heart every time! There are those rare moments I am up for the challenge to write outside of my genre like I had with IWSG's Anthology Contest on Dark Matter (it is sci-fi and I didn't include romance).

I mainly read romance because I find it inspiring! It fuels my muse and every dull moment, though I rarely come across those in a day.

I once had a friend tell me that writers must be avid readers of all sorts of books. I digress; I have been writing for over thirty years and have not felt the need to read horror. I am, however, open to trying genres outside of my comfort zone, but the elements of the book (plot, setting, and characters) must speak to me before I give the book a try.

How about you? Do you only read what you write? Do you believe that all writers must read everything under the sun?

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

IWSG: Blogosphere Friendship
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February's question is: Blogging is more than sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

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It is true, wherever a person goes, they take a chance at meeting new people and forming new bonds of friendship. I've met so many lovely bloggers the past ten years and it is exciting to stumble across them on other social platforms. It's like coming across them at the grocery store after only seeing them at writers conferences.

One of the best events I've made friends on the blogosphere was during the A to Z challenge! It's like speed dating, friendship style!

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It is so nice to have you recognize me as well and be just as enthusiastic.

What about you? What has been your experience with friendship building on the blogosphere?

Thanks to the co-hosts: Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

#IWSG: Other People's Books & anthology Winners!
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January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

Characters that I can't empathize with as well as forcing me to believe something just because the author said so.

A good author is like a good waiter: if they do their job right, you will never notice them. 

IWSG Anthology winners!!!
Dark Matter: Artificial

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies (FIC028040) / Space Exploration (FIC028130) / Genetic Engineering (FIC028110)

What are your pet peeves when it comes to reading other people's books? Have you been able to suspend your disbelief while reading a poorly-written book?