Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
I even went to my top shelf in my bookcase. The top shelf is reserved for those books that I have to reread about every 3 or 4 months. They are like your favorite movie that you know by heart but you need that 'fix' every so often. Sometimes I need my book fix. Well, last night, that top shelf didn't even fix my blockage.
Does anyone have any great books that they just have to read over and over to get their fix? If so, what are they?
Saturday, July 28, 2007
In 1991 they did a remake starring Ben Cross as the immortal vampire. It lacked "zing".
They reported last night that Johnny Depp is a producer of the big screen remake and will even star as Barnabas. Made me stop and think. Johnny Depp as Barnabas? Hmmmmm. Not an automatic pick, but could work.
Anyone else out there old enough to remember Dark Shadows? What do you think of Johnny Depp as Barnabas?
Thursday, July 26, 2007
For a brief time, I lost myself. My days were filled with trying to adjust to a new life, I stayed at home, but was unable to go out--the baby was sleeping, everyone else was working and my income was reduced over fifty percent(no shopping, no traveling). I gave all I had to my family-cooking, cleaning, laundry, entertainment (I've lost count how many times I sang all the nursery songs) and I gave it willingly, but I felt like I was in hell.
Than I found it. Writing.
Creating a story was something that gave voice to what I had swirling inside, the people, places, adventure that always drifted through my imagination. Oh, it wasn't pretty at first, but gradually it grew and a story was finally down on paper. I became a writer.
Writing saved my life and soul.
It sounds melodramatic, but it did. Writing gave me purpose and finally I felt I had something else to offer the world. Better yet, when I wrote and let what was trapped have a voice, I found myself a better person, mother, wife, friend, daughter, and sister.
What has writing done for you? Is it something that calls you? Saves you? Inspires you? Tell me...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I am a self-confessed news junkie. Unless I'm writing or editing, the news is on in my house. No, it's rarely good news, but it is addictive and oh boy, can it spur the ideas.
Yesterday, I heard a story and began to wonder...for a writer, that can be dangerous. I play a lot of 'what if' scenarios while I watch the news and this story was no different. But then I stopped myself and wondered, what if it really happened? No, I'm not egotistical enough to believe that an idea I have hasn't already been thought of and done. What though, would happen, if I wrote a book...perhaps based on this idea, it was published and then lo and behold, the event actually happened. How would I feel?
I know movies, television shows and even computer games get blamed for all sorts of wild crimes. As in, "Duh, I saw the movie and it so disturbed me, I went out and did it myself." Or some such nonsense. But if it actually happened from one of my stories, how would I feel? Yikes, not good.
What about you? What kind of responsibility do you think we as writers have regarding what we write? I know when I write, my goal is to create a story that brings out all sorts of emotions in the reader. Never would I want to inspire a person to do evil.
What's your take?
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Now back to my point. I finally realized why people say I need to go into deep POV more often, and they have problems relating to my characters. I know why my characters do what they do, how they feel about certain situations. But I haven’t let the reader know the reason behind all her or his motives. Their experiences that make them who they are.
Whenever you and I do something or make a decision, we’re base it on past experiences and the knowledge we have presently. If we had been betrayed by a close friend in the past and someone new makes an overture to be your friend, we don’t think, "Oh, I will wait about being friends with the person until I know she really wants to be my friend and not use me. Because my so-called best friend, Sally, slept with my husband."
No. We’re just cautious about what we say and how much we let that person into our lives. Then gradually they become our friend or they don’t. No thought to it. Just instinct built by past experiences.
But in a book we can’t let the heroine just react to a friend or the hero without thought as we would. People will say she’s cold or a bitch. We have to let the reader know in a sentence (not massive back-story) or even a word why the heroine isn’t willing to be as friendly back to the newcomer.
So if your heroine is on a date with that someone special and a co-worker from the office walks over to say hi, you would write something like, "Ann wanted to believe Wilma’s smile to Jake was the same she gave to most everyone at the office. She wanted a new friend so bad. Or was she fooling herself again. No, she refused to color everyone with that brush. Time to introduce them to each other and hope for the best."
Hopefully that helped you some. There’s a good chance most of you already understood this. Deep inside I thought I did, but now I have it clear in my mind and will be more conscious on how to use it.
I love how each time I write or read, I learn something new or understand something clearer.
Is this some of what you believe Deep POV to be? Do you have some examples you would like to share?
Friday, July 20, 2007
My book BOY IN BLUE will be published by MTV Books sometime next year. I thought of most of it while training for my first Vulcan Run, so the characters in the book are always jogging.
I'm limited in where I can go during the day because of my job and my family. But it would be fun to write every day in the food court at the Galleria with all of Alabama passing by, or looking out over Birmingham at the statue of Vulcan, just to see how that changed the book.
Where do you write? Do you think what you write changes because of where you do it?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Any suggestions on what will help me get past this block. I do have my nails done but that's all I can afford. Any movies that you know of to help me. I've thought of Princess Diaries and Miss Congeniality.
Monday, July 16, 2007
How quickly do you share with people that you're a writer and working to get published? Or that you are published?
As a writer, I wrestle with guilt daily. Have I done enough for my job? What about my kids, have I spent enough time with them? my husband? How about friends, am I keeping up with them? But truly, the writing guilt is the THE WORST, especially if I miss those pages I promised myself I would do. Why is that so? For me, its because I let myself down and you can't lie to yourself. Drat.
Still, there is a positive. Guilt is a great motivator. It makes you do many things you wouldn't normally do. Like turn in your brother's bone head friend who you know sort of looks like that serial killer on T.V., or you dutifully get your a** in gear and write that blog! You'll even go buy Great Aunt Myrna that present, show up to that party smile and escape as fast as you can before anyone really spots you (See you can be nice!).
For me, Guilt will make me double the pages I will write this week. It will make me get out there and work out (yeah, well, guilt can only go so far).
So, how does guilt motivate you? Or does it do the opposite?
I'd be interested to find out.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I finished a book in May and feeling pretty good about it, started on a new one. I'll admit that I struggled everyday to write it. I kept blaming my difficulties on the unusual circumstance that I created a synopsis before beginning it. Yes, I'm a by the seat of my pants writer. So, there was my excuse for feeling as though every word I put down had been chiseled from my brain. I finished the first draft and although it's way too short, I know I can go back and add words to tie up loose ends and pretty it up.
So, instead of laying off and giving myself time to stretch, what did I do? I started another one. I want to complete three books this year and thought that while I have this motivation going, why not go for that third one? Well, I'm about 20,000 words into it and feel as though I'm jogging through quick sand with chains around my ankles and bricks on my shoulders. And I thought the last book was hard!
It came to me that I haven't given myself any down time. I usually come up with an idea, introduce myself to my characters and then allow them to tell me about themselves...but I usually do this away from the computer. I get to know my characters and their story while I walk, clean house or just sit and stare out the window. But that's not what I've done with this story. I'm trying to force it and that just isn't working.
So now I'm pulling back. I've apologized to these interesting people that I've been trying to write about and told them they can tell me their story when they're ready. I still have hopes of finishing three books this year, but I realize now that I need to think before I write them.
What about you? How much downtime do you allow yourself between projects? Do you need 'think' time before you start on another one?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
If you’re not a race fan, you’re probably wondering why in the heck am I going there? Well, to visit the numerous racing complexes.
Yes, I love NASCAR and the men in jumpsuits. Per ESPN Sports Poll from the last twelve months, 42% of the fans are women. More women than NFL and MLB. Between the handsome men and the powerful cars, I’m in testosterone heaven.
Okay, you’re now wondering what this has to do with romance (besides Harlequin’s NASCAR books)? Of course, the men are useful in describing that certain hero, but cars are important in contemporary stories too!
The other day I was reading this sweet romance, enjoying the finger-licking-good hero until he drove up in a BUG! A *@#& Volkswagen Beetle! The heroine can be excused for driving one. They are cute. BUT TELL ME WHAT WAS THE AUTHOR THINKING? I closed the book and then gave it away. There’s just something wrong with placing a wonderful hunk of a man in a...ugh! It gives me the willies.
My heroes don’t have to drive Corvettes or Jaguars or Lotuses. At the least, give the man a sedan! Otherwise, you might as well place him in a minivan and give him a middle-age spread.
How about you? What does your contemporary hero drive?
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
MySpace is such an easy and free way to advertise the work of great authors. Do you know of any other author MySpace pages out there?
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Once you've taken a moment, enjoy your family and all that goes with the holiday. It's a quiet day for my husband and me. He cooked barbecue and I made potato salad. He took a nap and I worked on a new work-in-progress as well as a workshop for the Heart of Dixie Chapter. Occasionally, I turned on the tv and watched a few minutes of Monk.
So, how did you celebrate the day?
Monday, July 02, 2007
Just think, most of my stories come from my dreams.
I don't just get my ideas from my dreams, I have a lot of other sources (if you hang around a group of people for a time--you'll definitely get ideas). But, my dreams, they are something different. Its like my subconscious sits on images and ideas I've had, percolates them and then out of the blue I get this fantastic epic story. The kind of dream you never get to finish because the alarm goes off...but you're caught. You can feel the characters around you, and what the motivations are, you are enchanted or horrified by the world that is revealed.
There is one catch. Its imperative that it is written down quickly--you can never catch what you felt or truly experienced, but to capture its essence is important.
I realize what I have is a gift, but I know that I am not alone. Anyone that imagines, dreams, and reads has dreams. You just have to remember to write it down, think about it. I can't even tell you how many ideas I have let slip through my fingers.
What kind of dreams do you have? Do they help with your stories? Ideas? Do they help solve a problem or reveal a truth?
I'd like to know!