Trends

One problem with getting published is trends. What is popular? What are readers craving? There’s a lot of discussion if writers should follow trends or not. I can’t write something based off a trend. So if unicorns riding Segways becomes a must in stories, you won’t see me writing it.

It does makes sense why good stories get rejected. Maybe the topic was all the rage two years ago, but now the market is saturated, and everyone else is sick of it. It’s time to move on to something else.

I’ve found a good way to identify trends is reading Literary Agents requests when submitting books. This may not always be the case, but I wonder if it’s because they’re going off what readers want or what will become popular. There’s no way to predict what will be a best seller, but one can try to be proactive in that aspect.

Anyone else have input on this? What are your thoughts?

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Writing What You Feel

A month ago, I started a new book, it’s about a woman getting over a terrible ordeal. It started off with a bang, the words were flowing, my word count was insane. Then it stopped. My ideas slowed down and soon I was staring at a blank screen. It’s a story that isn’t a very happy one, and it began to affect my mood.

I’ve discovered when it comes to working on certain projects, I have to feel it. Writing a happy books makes me elated, writing a deeper book can bring me down. I can’t write a book for the sake of writing it, I need to feel what the characters feel. I’m sure other writers feel the same.

So in the case of the deeper book, I work on it sparingly. When an idea strikes I’ll add it, or if I had a bad day that moodiness can help bring it to life. It sounds strange but it works.

I wonder how paid writers feel when they’re forced to write a book with a deadline. Does it make their craft suffer? Do they become a jerk to everyone around them?

In my personal experience, some of my best ideas stem from what I felt that day. Let me know if you feel the same.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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This is a photo from a hike I did last year. Mt. Washington

 

 

Writing Update

This week has been so damn long and I’m glad it’s the weekend. I thought I’d share some updates to my writing.  I don’t feel like there was much accomplished, but I did okay.

There were several times I stared at a blank computer screen or kept getting up to take care of something else. Maybe next week will flow differently.

  • Finished a short story called Mute.
  • Sent out two more query letters. I currently have about 5 pending. Fingers crossed!
  • Worked on a rough draft for my novella.
  • Started a new novel yesterday, it’s going to be called The Hatch. 

It’s really not that bad, but it took me a long time to accomplish these tasks. Darn day job.

On a side note, I hope everyone enjoys the weekend. Let me know what your writing update is. What projects are you working on?

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Cheers!

 

Storms and Whiskey Part 2

This is a continuation from yesterdays post, and I happen to like the title, Storms and Whiskey. I got quite a bit done yesterday, so thought to share my progress.

  • Wrote a new short story- Horror, of course
  • Finished Season 2 of The Ranch, on Netflix. Speaking of whiskey, wouldn’t mind drinking with Sam Elliott. That guy cracks me up.
  • Hit the quota for my romance novel. It takes place in New Orleans
  • Started a new novel. It’s just braking the surface, putting together ideas right now
  • Reading a few books
  • Finally, I drank a few glasses of whiskey

It’s my day off, so I’m enjoying the rainy weather, being a hermit and getting some writing done. Hope everyone else is having a good week. It’s Friday!

How is everyone else’s writing going?

 

Storms and Whiskey

Tonight, there is going to be a wind storm with lots of rain! I’m already planning for my night in. Here’s how I’m preparing.

  • Books to read
  • Stories to write
  • Whiskey (to keep me warm)
  • Flashlights and candles (if power goes out)
  • More whiskey
  • Snacks

I’d prefer to not lose my power, but if I do, I’ll be ready. I have battery packs to charge my Kindle and phone.

I’ll curl up on the couch, cocoon in blankets, be a frump and enjoy adult beverages. Sounds like a good night to me! I don’t need a reason to be a hermit, but a rain storm is as good as any.

Tell me your favorite whiskey!

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Dillon is ready for the storm

 

Do Monsters Exist?

Bigfoot, Giant Squid, Lochness monster, Jersey Devil. Is there any truth to this stories? Damn I hope so. I have to post his topic now, since it’s October. I also have a slight obsession with things that aren’t supposed to exist.

Washington has a lot of Bigfoot sightings, which happens to be the state I reside in. I’m well aware one is more likely to come across a cougar than a Bigfoot. But how cool would it be? Considering you don’t get eaten or mauled.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any stories of ever seeing anything remotely like this. Wish I did!

Since I can remember I’ve been into the supernatural and wondering what’s really out there. I like to keep an open mind. Just because no one has “real” proof, doesn’t mean it’s not real. Maybe I’m too hopeful.

What do you think? Do you wish something to be real that hasn’t been proven?

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Bigfoot meme found on Pinterest.

 

Scary Movies

Do you like scary movies? I sure do, always have since I was a kid and my mom didn’t catch me watching  them. My older brother would rent them and I’d sneak in the living room to watch. I like all genres of movies  but love horror in general. I’ll pretty much watch any scary movie even if it’s cheesy.

Everyone has different tastes in this genre and that’s okay. Horror depends on the person experiencing it. What is scary to someone may not be scary to you. Clowns are terrifying to some but they’ve never bothered me.

I’ve always been a huge fan of horror and since it’s October I’m going to share some of my favorite scary movies. Some of these are old classics and some are new favorites.

Here are some of mine

  • The Conjuring- Ed and Lorraine Warren
  • Child’s Play- This movie scared the crap out of me as a kid. Dolls will forever be creepy.
  • Evil Dead/Army of Darkness- Bruce Campbell!
  • The Thing (1982)- Pretty good gore and Kurt Russell
  • Dawn of the Dead- I think the remake is the best one so far
  • Annabelle- Creepy dolls again
  • Paranormal Activity- It’s what you can’t see that’s terrifying
  • Friday the 13th- I watched way too many in my teens
  • Nightmare on Elm Street- My brother used to scare me with the bladed hand.
  • Ghost Encounters- This is a B movie, but I thought it was scary for a low budget.

After I post this, I’ll think of several more but these are ones that stand out.

What are you favorite scary movies? Let me know!