Saturday, June 21, 2014

Twitter Blog Hopping with some fine friends

The writer says

E.M. Wynter has invited me to take part in another blog hop.  We met on Twitter when our voids collided one day.  I have invited my Twitter/Google+/Facebook friends L.A. Hilden and Madeleine Masterson to join us.  E.M. has supplied us with another set of questions.  They were a bit tougher to answer this time.

1) If you could achieve anything with your writing in 2014, what would it be?
Anything?!  That is easy:  find more readers who love Brent, Miranda, Misty, Mick, Emily, Qui, Jove, Ondine, Victory, Vivian, Braden, Ismar and Lumin as much as I do. 

2) What are the top 3 demons you must slay to achieve your goals in 2014?
The demon of disorganized action:   

  • I must reorganize my time so my husband knows how much I love and appreciate him.   
  • I must reorganize my time so these last years I have with my daughter at home will be remember and cherished by us both.  
  • I must reorganize my time so I am the best teacher I can possibly be for my students.  
  • I must reorganize my time so I can publish book 3 in the Students of Jump series by June 2014 and fully draft book 4 by mid-August 2014.   
  • I must love, be present, teach and write more.

The demon of uncertainty: I must believe in myself.  I must plan for success and encourage myself to always take the next step forward so I can continue to grow as a writer and promote my books to new readers.  One thing is certain: Time will pass whether I am doing what I love or not.

The demon of the full-time job:  This is the one there is little I can do to change.  So I must do my job in all the best ways I can.  Then for this other side of me, the writer, I will draft, redraft, tweet, post, edit, re-edit, edit again, publish, post, tweet, repeat as often as I can.

3) Name 3 things that inspire you to write.  
Activity or inactivity: Either I jog for 20 minutes on the treadmill or meditate for 20 minutes. One or the other will generate ideas to expand scenes, work out a plot glitch or meet a new character. 
Showers: I do my best thinking in the shower.  I can put all my thought toward a scene that is not meshing well. 
Internet research: I will type into the search field in Dogpile a topic of interest and keep reading article after article.  At some point, I must stop taking in and start writing it out.

4) What advice do you have for a new writer who is considering writing fiction? 
I agree with so much of what is already said by those with more experience than I have.  But here are my recommendations:  Read a variety of genres, though focus in the area you plan to write in, and read a lot.  Think about and analyze form, style, diction, characterization, etc., in what you read.  Get feedback on everything you write and consider all comments (positive and negative) as an opportunity for growth and development as a writer.  Be a lifelong learner and an observer of people. Those two things will promote strong writing, especially in character development, and round out the knowledge base you are working from.  Of course, the most important is simply to write.


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