Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#thewriterstag

I decided to snatch up this tag from Melody's blog The Splendor Falls! Don't forget to check out her awesome blog!

1. What Genres, Styles, and Topics Do You Write About?

Genres:
Well for starters, it's hard to sort of peg down. I write what you might call fantasy, in other words, I make up my own worlds, etc.break rules, but it read more like history...and not the least bit like fantasy but it's not based on any actual facts, so...Historical fantasy? Is that even a legal genre?
With Sufficient Grace I dabbled slightly in Western, but it doesn't really FEEL like a western. I don't have any of the traditional lingo you'd expect when you pick it up like
Hitch the wagon,
Going out yonder.
Ruslin' cattle.
And all kinds of others of beloved American old west lingo that is the signature of that genre. I think I just like to break the rules.
I've toyed a little with fantasy, and am working on a possible trilogy...but we will see what comes of that.

Style:
Third person most certainly.
First person is my death SENTENCE unless it's a short story.

Topics:
Coming of age.
Finding truth
Strong but feminine
WEAPONS (pretty, pretty swords!)


How long have you been writing?
On and off starting around age 12, more serious around age 18.
So about 16 years I guess? Wow...that makes me sound...old...experienced.

Why do you write?
For a lot of reasons.
Ultimately because I love it, and because I feel that is what God called me to be. His Ready Writer.

When is the best time to write?
Well.....my favorite time to write is when inspiration is thick and sweet running like crazy but I don't always get to spend time when it is.
I also love super late nights writing (I have been guilty of writing until 5 am if the words are right.)
But really, any time of the day will do.

Parts of writing you love vs. parts you hate.
Love:
The first draft.
Getting inspiration.
Fangirling over characters
Plot twists
Character driven plots.

Hate:
Editing.
Writer's block.
Stupid characters that insist on being there.
Not enough time.

How do you overcome writer's block?
Talk to a friend.
Try a new angle.
Look at it from a new POV
Watch movies.
Read.
Shove it in a drawer.
Sulk.
Move.
Make a cup of tea.
Pinterest
Music.

Are you working on something at the moment?
YOU BET I AM!
I am working on connecting two stories together. When those are done they will finish my very very very unofficial extremely loosely linked stories. (So much so it's not even a series) but all of my countries shall soon have books, and I am not sure if there will be more to add to them later...but the basics will be out.

Tying up the loose ends of my plots for book 2&3 of the Grace trilogy. Book two I think FINALLY came together, so I'll be working on writing that, and I'll finish sketching and fleshing out characters for book 3 (and maybe a short story because you know characters are just like that.)

There is an Asian story I am working on, though how I'll publish it. I am not sure.

Writing goals this year?
Build up my platform
Finish a book up and move towards publishing another book.

WHEW! That was fun! Feeling like doing the tag? You're it! Take it on over to your blog and comment below with the link so I can check it out!


Monday, April 24, 2017

The Author’s Alphabet C

C

Creativity

An author's best friend is creativity. Finding it and keeping it can be hard, but so worth it. Pay attention to the things that make you more productive and try to make sure you are sufficiently fueling yourself with those things for maximum output.

Struggling with making things work? Consider what kind of learner you are, and try encouraging your story by stimulating your senses.

Auditory, listen to music or sounds that relate to your story, or inspire you.

Visual, search pinterest for pictures that emulate you story, or look through your story board, maybe take a break from your black and white screen, and go out into the world in search of beauty and wonder.

Sensory, step away from the computer and find something to do...a walk in some fresh air, or do a project your character might enjoy. Maybe you need to step away from the computer and change your mode of creativity, take a writing device of preference and take some paper outside or a different place in your  house and write,or interview your characters.

Being an author is wonderful, but don't forget to take the time to live and breathe just for yourself as well. Writing is a wonderful and whimsical world, but don't forget to make it lovely and beautiful for yourself as well.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Music Muse

There was something about this song when I first met it. It has this wonderful best friend quality to it, that is just encouraging wonderful go on with life theme.

I love the energy, and there is so many ways this song could go...

Best friends

Side-kick

Brothers at arms

Love story

Love-triangle (you know the one who is waiting for the one to notice them...)

Bromance (as much as I hate using the word I can't think of a better one, the relationship is so much more than that.)

Does it make you think of any of your stories?




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Villains Know Best...sort of...

So, you may...or may not know that I've been struggling with a novel idea for, well, years now. It has been haunting me, refusing to let me go...yet I've run into so many plot ruts and holes and twists and turns that I've found myself throwing my hands in the air going...

and a half a draft later going....


Watching another attempt just shut down the story


The other day I dragged it out again after another hatchling of inspiration peeped out.


I decided to give it another chance and looked at the cast of characters. Different characters have popped up and made parts of the story easier and took it places that I wanted it to...however it was the villain that was still giving me problems.

He's not a "terrible" villain, he's more of a Jane Austen breed of bad boy I am sure he'd love to hang out with Willoughby and Wickham...I am sure they'd gamble away a few fortunes and break a few hearts together. However, his various interests and how he originally played into the story was giving me a hard time...

So I decided to go back to the drawing board with my villain and see how he came out....
You see, he began as a medical student....and then a book later was like...what is medicine? Look MONEY!!! I WANNA RUN A BANK!!!!!


and I am going...that's not what you went to school for...
what a waste of money....


So I threw out medical school, and the schoolmate scenario and made him a family friend...
And everything fell together.
Plot holes filled.
Loops closed.
And BAM!
The story feels like it's pulled itself together.
and he's over there going....
Skip the drama...listen to me... I know best.




Just wait...next he'll want to be a hero...







Monday, April 17, 2017

The Author’s Alphabet B

Books have changed your life, now you have written or are writing your own, so what are some important things as a writer for you to have?

Beta-Readers

Beta-Readers are one of the best things that ever happened to me. I struggled to complete novels and eventually they would just die because my personal inspiration would begin to doubt itself and my determination would peter out into drivel and despair, and I'd give up, only to begin again with a new idea that would also die a slow and incomplete death.
Beta-readers changed that for me. With the encouragement and insight from my first beta-reader, I finished my first novel and many more since, because of my beta-readers...who have told me when I am doing a good job, I am out of line, or something just doesn't jam. They make me not only a better writer but a better person.

Get yourself some good beta-readers, and be a better writer.





Friday, April 14, 2017

Music Muse

Music is one of the beautiful things in life. So often it can help fuel, inspire, or even create a story.

One of my favorite pastimes is just listening to music, searching for storyful lyrics and beautiful voices. So I am going to try and do weekly posts, sharing some of my old, new, random, favorite music pieces that inspire me as a writer. I hope you'll find some entertainment for your own muse.

Note, not all of these songs will be perfect, and though I love classical, when I am searching for story music....I go into all kinds of music because there are all kinds of characters and stories....so sit back and enjoy some ear-spiration.

Grace is a common theme for my life...and the lives of my characters. As I am working on the second and third book of my Grace Trilogy, I keep being drawn back to this song.