Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Struggling With The Right Writing Process

Hello all, it's time for another Insecure Writer's Group installment, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you'd like to learn more about this wonderful membership, please click on his name.

January was an eventful writing month.  Although I only completed the first two chapters of my new novel, I'm quite proud of them.  I'm working on chapter three right now and it's a bear.  I have to introduce three new characters who are pivotal to the plot. It's a YA novel. I didn't want to do the cliched, meet everyone in high school gig, so I'm introducing everyone at a rodeo instead.  Since the piece is set on a Cheyenne reservation, I thought this would be appropriate.  Needless to say, it's challenging to present all these components without slowing the pace.

Given how slowly I write, it might take a month to complete the chapter. Several authors I've met have suggested I write without worrying about content, etc, but I've found this makes more work at the end. I understand the "Writer's Trance" as S. King calls it, helps the writer get down her ideas, but I outline so they're already on paper. I've tried to write without stopping time and again, but my Type-A side won't let me get far. I have to mull over the prose, then rewrite until I'm satisfied. I'm insecure that my process is wrong and it'll take forever to finish my story. Do any of you struggle with these issues--If so, how do you get past them? Until next time, my friends. Happy Writing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trying To Get My Writing Groove Back

Hello All,
Well, I guess the El Nino heat wave has passed. We're about to get slammed with snow here in WV.  This could be a good thing.  I'm working on the second chapter of my new novel, a YA Fantasy set in Lame Deer, Montana.  Several months had passed since I finished my last novel and I'm rusty.  The words aren't flowing like they did when I wrote on a near daily basis.  Hopefully I'll get my groove back.  Have any of you experienced similar problems?  If so, it would be nice to know how you overcame them.  Until next time, happy writing.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello All,
It's time for another ISWG.  If you're interested in learning more about this wonderful group, please go to Alex J. Cavannah's site.

First of all, Happy New Year. As usual, I'm a day late and a dollar short. Better late than never I say.  I'm really looking forward to what 2016 will bring. I won't bore you with the usual resolutions, etc. What I will say is I plan to have a completed first draft for my new novel by the end of the year.  Yes, it's ambitious, but I'm going to try.  I've dove into my second novel and so far, I've completed the first chapter and am slowly moving through the second one.  Do any of you have ambitious plans?  If so, I'd be interested to know about them.  Also, if you have a special writing schedule set up that streamlines the writing process, I'd welcome some new ideas.

Last, but certainly not least. I wanted to thank everyone in this wonderful group for all the support you've offered me over the years. I truly couldn't do this without you all. Until next time, happy writing.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Feeling Frustrated



It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavannah. To learn more about our group, click on Alex's name.

As you all know, last month I was in the throws of outlining my next novel.  After it was completed, I realized, much to my dismay, that the plot was derivative. Not all of it, but enough so that I needed to work on it some more.  I finally came up with a unique concept that I don't think has been done yet. The problem is it completely changes the story I had in mind.  Now  I'm having a hard time coming up with the ending as well.

 I really hoped to have the outline ready in time for Nano, but no such luck. Worse, most days I work. By the time I sit down at night, my brain is fried. With only a few days a week to devote to my novel, it's going to take forever to complete.  Don't get me wrong, I'm going to keep pecking away at it, but sometimes I just wish there were more hours in the day. Has anyone else experienced these types of feelings. If so, I'd be interested to know how you overcame them. Until next time my friends, happy writing. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I'm Back and Boy It Feels Good



Hello All,

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh.  It seems hard to believe that four months have passed since my last post. I have always been a supporter of the ISWG, but my life came to a point where I just  needed a break from the world of writing.

As many of you know, I had completed my novel and was in the middle of the querying process. A couple of agents showed interest in the project, and so did  an editor with one of the publishing houses.  That sounds great right--a new author getting that kind of attention? Well, as it turned out, it wasn't quite the attention I had hoped for. One of the agents and the editor suggested I make major changes to my project--cut whole sections, etc, and then send it back to them. It would have taken months, maybe a year to complete the work. I wasn't opposed to the rewrite, but the problem was neither one made any promises of publication. Nor did they even hint at it.

After five years of working on the book, I just didn't have anything left to give. Disillusioned and disappointed, I set the project aside. A large part of me wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue the craft anymore. If felt as if I'd lost my passion.

Then, one day while cleaning my office, I came across my ideas book.  As I thumbed through the pages, I suddenly realized just how much I'd missed writing. I seized the moment and began outlining my next novel.  Three weeks later, I'm finally on ACT III.  I  haven't felt this excited about a project in months. It's a YA Fantasy set in Montana.  I was a little concerned it might be derivative--share comment elements with another story--- a young girl moves to an Indian reservation. However, the plot is so different,  I decided, what the hell--write the book I want to write and let the chips fall where they will. Soooo, l guess what I'm trying to say here is, I'm back and boy it feels good. Until next month. Happy writing. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tired and Disillusioned

It's time for the May segment of the ISWG.  For more information regarding this wonderful group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh click on his name.

Hello all,

I certainly hope you're having a good month. As for me, well, I received two rejections and it's only six days in.  The first came from the agent who suggested I make changes to my chapters. Although she liked my MC and the premise of the story, she felt it needed to be streamlined. Also, she said the pacing might be too fast now. I can't win. She did invite me to send my pages to her again once I completed the revisions.  

The second  rejection came from a small publishing house. The editor added a  personal note, stating that he was close on my novel.  He felt that some stories should be told and mine was one of them. I must say that was one of the best rejections I've ever received. Still a rejection, but a nice one.

A copy editor has my novel right now. I hope she can help me get it in tip top shape. Then, I'll submit to publishers who accept unsolicited MS. If they don't like the story, I'll self publish. At this point, I'm just tired. I'm also insecure that if I don't move on from my current WIP, I'll be writing and rewriting the same story for the rest of my days, with nothing more than a "Maybe" waiting down the road..  

 I've already begun the research for my next book, a YA time travel piece.  I love to write and well, sometimes that has to be enough. I can't help but feel if I continue to write stories, someday I'll be published. Don't get me wrong, I don't write because I want to be published. Quite the opposite.  I want to be published because I write. Nothing would give me greater joy than to make a living doing the one thing I love. Hope runs eternal... Until next time, happy writing. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Don't Fear Change, Embrace It: Life's a Journey of Lessons and Experiences

Hello All,
It's time for another Insecure Wrtier's Support Group. If you're interested in learning more about the monthly blog hop, click here: Alex J. Cavanaugh

As many of you know, a literary agent recently critiqued the first ten pages of my novel. Although, the premise was intriguing, she found ch.2  slow and  thought it introduced too many characters. She provided suggestions on ways to improve the chapter and pacing.

Anyone that knows me well, will tell you I'm averse to change.  I felt overwhelmed by the amount of time it would take to revise my chapter.  And that didn't include the ripple effects on the rest of the novel.

At one point, I even considered tossing the project out the window and beginning anew. Then, my husband, the voice of reason, talked me into following through with the changes. Needless to say, I'm glad he did. The changes taught me so much about the importance of pacing in fiction.

After almost two months of writing, rewriting and writing again, I'm almost done with the revisions. The novel is far richer and the characters have more dimension and texture than before. There's a moral to  this story. Essentially, don't fear change, embrace it. Life's a journey of lessons and experiences. If we hide from them, then we'll never grow as writers or as people.  

 I plan to submit the first fifty pages to the agent at the end of next week, after my writer's group meets. For the first time in years, I really feel good about my novel. I think it's FINALLY where it needs to be. Let's just hope the agent agrees as well. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. Until next time my friends, happy writing.