Story Ideas

I may not get to write everyday, but I’m always thinking of new ideas. Currently, there’s a list on my phone of just story concepts, some of them I implement and some never see the light of day.

I try to look at everything as a possible idea. Some people I come across inspire a new character trait and life events can make a great chapter. I’m always open to possibilities.

When I’m experiencing writers block, I take it one idea at a time. This has helped me get out of a rut and write something rather than leave an empty page.

I’m trying to  keep this in mind as I get through a dry spell right now. How is everyone else’s WIP going?

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Ready for Fall

Everywhere I look on social media are postings about fall. I’m sure ready for it. Plus right now we really need the rain in Washington. I’ve never been a fan of the heat and prefer the dreary days. Proof I’m a Washingtonian.

There is a lot I’d like to achieve in the next few months. I’m working on a novella that I plan to submit to a few publishers. It’s different and sort of out of my comfort zone, but I’m trying to expand as a writer. I wrote a different novel where I completed a rough draft but want to give it time to cool off.

I hope to get my manuscript back from my editor and see what the next step is. I’m guessing more rewrites and self editing. It’s a long process and harder than I thought.

Writing is my outlet for stress right now, every time I read the news there is something terrible going on. I can’t control the world, but I can control my stories. I’m just going to keep on writing.

On a side note, I really hope to get out of the house this weekend. I’m thinking a hike sounds refreshing right now.

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Books I’m Reading #5

Another round of Books I’m Reading! Haven’t done one since January. Lately I’ve been on a romance kick, but still enjoy a horror story now and then. With fall around the corner I will probably read more horror/thriller.  These are just a few that stood out to me. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you’re reading.

Tarryn Fisher is an author I’ve recently discovered. So far I love her books and writing style. The characters draw me in, and when I pick up a Fisher novel I can’t put it down. I’ve read Atheists Who Kneel and Pray and F*ck Love. Both I recommend.

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The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent. This book is different; the main character has a lot of issues and the sex scenes are pretty explicit, not saying it’s a bad thing. This one also sucked me in until the end.

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I read this series out of order without realizing it. Robert Dugoni, The Trapped Girl. This book drew me in because it takes place in Washington state. I do enjoy crime/mystery novels. This book shows the view of the victim and the detective solving the case. There are a lot of twists and character development.

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Karina Halle, one of my favorite authors…the first book in her new North Ridge series Wild Card. I’d been waiting on this book for months. Great story, memorable characters and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Nelson brothers. This book made me want to drink whiskey and live on a farm. Even if you’re not into Western’s you should give this book a shot. I wouldn’t consider it a Western.

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I always post what I’ve read on Goodreads and it’s on the right side of my blog.

 

Writing Diary – July

For the first time in months, it’s been good in my writing life. I also finished a rough draft for a book that takes place in New Orleans. I started it before my trip there, but purposely held off because I knew I’d have more material when I got home. Researching a place and seeing it are two different things. I was able to add small details in the book I wouldn’t have known unless I visited. Especially when it comes to the food. 🙂

It’s a romance novel, which is something new to me. I don’t want to be stuck with one genre because I enjoy them all. There’s several new books I’m reading and may do another Books I’m Reading post soon.

I’m staying positive and know the process doesn’t happen overnight. I can only focus on my journey and improve my craft.

Hope everyone else is having a good month! Let me know what projects you’re working on. writer

Diving Back In

I did it! This weekend I got back in the groove and wrote more than I initially thought. It took me a long time, but I finished it. I’m trying to find a happy medium of being a writer and having an average life.

I think time off did me well. I’ve been catching errors that I didn’t before. My novel had a  lot of unnecessary fluff. It’s a work in progress that I’ll keep chipping away at.

How is everyone else doing with their current projects?

Writing Update

This has been a good week as far as writing goes. I’ve been getting back in the grove and enjoying the process. Here is what I’ve been working on.

  1. My horror, short story collection. I’ve been self editing, rewriting and adding more content. It will be a short read with a few of my favorite pieces. This will likely be my first self published work.
  2. Reaching out to freelance editors to help with my short story  project. So far, it’s been difficult to find editors who will work on shorter works but I’m hopeful someone will assist.
  3. It Watches. This is a novella I’ve been working on some time. A previous post I discussed this, When a Short Story Becomes a Novel, it’s based off a flash fiction piece I wrote. This week I just figured out the ending, which helps me write the story faster.
  4. Having fun!

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Let me know how your writing is going. I love hearing about everyone else’s journeys.

 

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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