Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stephen King "On Writing"

Wow this book is great. I just finished listening to this audio book. It has filled me up with inspiration. His writing process is a mirror image of mine. It has bolstered my confidence to learn a legend like S,K has the same process as I do.

If you ever want to hear his take on writing and the craft, I advise getting it. It has made a world of dif for me.

I haven’t read/listened to a book of S,K except this one. It has a slow start filled with his back ground. But it is interesting just the same. I am like on cloud 9, this answered all my questions from pace, plot, scene, dialogue basically the whole nine yards of writing. I recommend the audio version, just go to the library and get it. He is the narrator of the book and you feel a close connection to him and what he is trying to teach. Just awesome!

Thx for reading.

Do you have any books that have helped you become a better writer and answer question to advance your craft. thx

Monday, October 26, 2009

What kind of writer are you?

What kind of writer are you?

Are you a Planer/Organizer Do you plan out your book, do you make character and scene cards? Do you outline chapters and Blur before writing? Is a schedule of tasks the first thing you compile before beginning to write?


Are you an intuitive writer? Where planning and organizing hinders the witting process. Are you a mess of a writer, where you start in one scene and jump around in and out of chapters like it makes sense? Do you just write and worry about editing later. Do you write without a plan or idea of where you’re heading. Does the story takes shape as you write it?

I am an intuitive writer. If I try and plan anything it ends up being a waste of time. Because the book turns and follows a path I can’t control the story takes shape as I write and leads me down the road of discovery. Where I meet new characters and new plot twist as I go.

Thx for reading and for any response you might leave….

Friday, October 23, 2009

I am having an issue with setting the "HOOK"

I am having an issue with setting the "HOOK"

Do you set the hook in the first chapter? And does the Hook match the Climax and the resolution?

The only reason I ask is because I am working on my book proposal and query letter. And it has made me really think about the hook, and if i really set it early enough...

Sounds like I should set the hook quick and then do back story, from what I have read.

I guess this boils down to me not knowing exactly how a book is typically arranged, but I am getting there.

thx for your time...

Friday, October 16, 2009

just waiting...

I have just given out 4 copies of my first 16 chapters to friends and co-workers to read. I hope to get back info that helps me notice the mistakes I have made so I don’t make them in the second half of the book that i committed in the first half...

Why is it so hard to judge your own work? i can't figure it out, no matter how many times i try and do it i fail to read what is on the paper instead i progress in my head and skip mistakes that i should catch...i guess that is my answer. Please feel free to add to it.

Have you ever found that the book you're working on is a lost cause? How have you come by this conclusion? And did you just move on and start a new story?

thx for your time...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Loving my story...

The closer I get to finishing my first book of the set of 3. I feel so good about where the story is, and where I am as an author.

I cannot describe it. But if you have felt this yourself about a piece of your work, then you know how I feel.

The story line is crisp in my mind, it flows and builds tension it asks questions and makes you care about the characters it leave you wanting more...

Thx to my daughter for editing my Grammar, since i have no clue what is proper or just plain a mess. But putting a good story together has become second nature.

I have about 10 chapters edited for Grammar, and about 15 out of 26 chapters rough drafted. And the rest of the book in an outline forum, I just need to find the time to complete it. Then all I have to do is POLISH, POLISH and POLISH...........

You know how it goes, but now I can't wait to get there it is wonderful. and I feel great about what is a head of me... letting go the pressures I put on myself has freed my mind and allowed me to grow as a writer...

And steph i underestimated the work I had in front of me. But I will get to your stories ASAP... thx for your support, it means a lot to me.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Writing for the love...

Writing for the love of it. I have found just writing for the love and the feeling of gratification has more of an impact on my story and for me as an author...

I know many of you already know this. But over time my ideals about writing became skewed and I have put undue pressure on my writing. Like the dreams of being published and living up to other peoples expectation with comparisons to renowned authors of the past.

Not any more ladies and gents, I will no longer live under this delusion and refuse to allow myself to think this way any long. From this point onwards I will write for the love of it. And not worry about any other outside force.

My writing will be a direct reflection of me and no one else. I will be honest to what I want and what I want to say. I will take as long as I need to finish my book on my time. I will take gratification on my achievement and relish the act of writing. I will never make it work, lately writing has become work and boring... not anymore I will write when I want to and enjoy every aspect of it.

Thx for listening...