Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts

The Wednesday Writing Worktable: Turn Your Book Into A Diamond

So you've written a book. Where do you go from here?

If you're like me, writing the book is the easy part, so to speak. It's so much fun meeting new characters and letting them take you for a ride. I love writing new stories. I'm not such a big fan of editing. Not because I can't cut or rewrite or am afraid of the hard work. I'm not. It just bores me.

I'm trying my hardest to change my mindset. Here's my new take:

Editing is like a gem.  When they first uncover a gem, it's a hot mess, right? It's surrounded by rock and is dirty and cloudy. Then they remove it and polish it. Bam! You have a beautiful diamond. Who doesn't love and appreciate a diamond. That's editing. Your first draft is ugly. But after much work and polish, you get a beautiful treasure.

I love diamonds. Can't ever have too many? hehe How to get there? Many people finish their first drafts, but don't know where to go from here. I didn't just starting out. I wish I had a list like this. It would've saved me a lot of headaches. So, I'm sharing my experience with you.

What now?

10 Things You Need to Do:

The Wednesday Writing Worktable: Get Off Your Butt and Write

So you have two weeks of writing under your belt, you may or may not be on target to finish 50k in a month. Something happens during Week 3 though. You may think the story your writing is crap, or there are holes that you've fallen into and can't escape, or you think you've fallen too far behind to meet the end of the month goal. It happens to all of us.

I'm here to tell you to GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND WRITE ANYWAY!

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.

- C. J. Cherry

If I were a lion tamer, I'd whip you until you wrote. If I were a personal trainer, I'd stand by you and tell you to stop whining and just do it. 

The Wednesday Writing Worktable: JuNoWriMo Week 1

I'm documenting my JuNoWriMo experience through here. I started off the whole experience with the kick-off at midnight on June 1st. I've been feeding off the energy of the participants and focusing my energy on this. I'm off to a good start. Not ahead of the pack, but definitely getting it done. 

At the end of Day 3 of JuNoWriMo, my total was 9,575 words, which is 19% of the goal of 50k. But, I'm reaching for more than that. I'm trying to actually finish my WIP, which will definitely be more than 50k words.

Here's some things that have been helpful for me so far:

The Wednesday Writing Worktable: Preparing for JuNoWriMo Take-Off

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”—Ray Bradbury

So, I came up with a new series for the blog beside the Finding Fantasy Friday. Yes, I know...more alliteration. It works for me. If you have other suggestions, I'm all ears. I have one other series coming soon, so you guys know what to expect throughout the week. Also, I've gone through the blog, labeling other works that could work in this series, so you can find what you want easier. Now, to the post...

My writing worktable these days is whatever digital device I have in my hands at the time, be it a phone, my Nook, or a computer. Today, I'm working on my new Sony Vaio Fit14, which I love b-t-dubs. Feel free to contact me on here or Twitter or Facebook if you have questions about it. ;)

I've done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) to write book 2 for the Meridienne Drake Series two years ago. Geez, can't believe it's been that long. I didn't finish it then (only about 35k); I filed it away a few months and finished it in April of the following year. I can't wait until November to write this novel plaguing my brain.

Next month is JuNoWriMo (June Novel Writing Month). Yes, I know many of these are popping up. I know NaNo puts on another one in April. There is also a July one. I'm sure there's more. Why so many? Ernest Hemingway says it best:

"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life."

Finding Fantasy Friday: Set it in the French Quarter

By Britt Reints. Some Rights Reserved.
For Mother's Day, we decided to spend it in the French Quarter in New Orleans. It's only a little over an hour drive from our home and one of my favorite places in the world.

There is no other city in the world like New Orleans; it's a gem. Growing up near the city, I took for granted how truly great it is.

With the hype from Hollywood in New Orleans, such as Treme, NCIS: New Orleans, and The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, I thought I would write about the fantastical elements in this city.

My Journey and Excerpt by Dale S. Rogers

So, excited! Today is the first of my new feature for Young Adult or Fantasy Authors and Illustrators. Without further ado, let me introduce my guest post today. She is a Young Adult/Tween writer and an awesome person to to follow and be followed by on Twitter. Don't forget to read the excerpt from her story. I can't wait for more and wish you, Dale, the best of luck on your publishing journey. :o)

Dale S. Rogers
     Scratching chalk onto the blackboard of a high school classroom years ago, I might have thought about the knifing which occurred there shortly before I started student teaching.  I also might have wished I'd majored in Journalism or Creative Writing.  I still do.  

Why Portland?

This is a question that I get often. If you've read my novel, Meridienne Drake: Secrets of the Truth, you know that it takes place around Portland, Oregon. If you know me, you know I lived in New Orleans for most of my life and now reside in Houma, LA. Things in common between New Orleans and Portland: well, nothing. They really could not be more opposite cities. New Orleans is by day laid-back, historic, and old-fashioned, and by night it's partying, romantic, and good-eating. Portland is almost futuristic, stylish, and outdoorsy. Gotta love that there is a Starbucks on almost every block.

Writing Papers

This is kind of off topic for me to write about. But I'm getting questions daily, so I thought this would be a great place to direct those questions, and you won't forget the info. :o)

I know students are really starting to get in the groove in their English classes right now. That being the case means the ever-anticipated papers. Isn't writing papers so much fun? Okay, I know it's not, but one thing it shouldn't be is hard. Teachers give you plenty of time to write a paper, so don't save it until the last day. If you have less time than this, that's okay just combine weeks. It can be done!

Making Papers Easy:

  • Week 1: Create a thesis: This in all honesty should be the hardest part. A well-constructed thesis can make or break your paper. Before you begin writing your thesis, you need to do a simple outline of your paper. Just write down what you want to talk about under each body paragraph and before long you will see where you need to go with your paper.
    • To write your thesis: Rewrite the topic of your paper and include a brief summary of each of your body paragraphs. If you will have a five-paragraph paper, then you should have three short statements in your thesis. (This is very basic Thesis Writing.)
    • Example: Topic is describing apples. In each body paragraph, you will talk about the colors of apples, the taste of apples, and the health factor.
        • Thesis: Apples can be described as colorful, tasty, and nutritious.
  • Week 2: Write the Rough Draft. Spill your guts. Say anything and everything you want to say about your topic. Even if you stray off topic, that's okay. When you notice you have strayed, just get back on topic. The goal is to just get words down on paper. When you finish with your rough draft, put it away. Don't reread it right away. Tuck it in the back of your folder where you won't look at it for awhile.
  • Week 3: Pull out that Rough Draft. (Hopefully, you didn't forget where it was.) Read it. Now, clean it up. This will create your first draft. Move around sentences that are out of order. Remove sentences that are off topic. You may need to change a body paragraph completely, and that's okay. You will most likely have a lot of damage control to do, but when you finish, you will begin to see what you want your paper to be. Just like with the rough draft, when you are finished put it away and don't look at it again.
  • Week 4: Take out your last Draft and reread it. Now, tweak it. For your Final Draft, you should just be making minor changes. You may have more drafts if you have felt it necessary before you get to this stage. But at this stage, it should be minimal changes. This stage is making sure there are transitions from one sentence to another, grammar and spelling errors are handled, and the order of every paragraph is in the order to create the most impact on whoever is reading your paper. When you are finished, read the paper out loud. If it doesn't seem awkward in any way, shape, or form. Then, you have done the very best you can do and should be proud to turn it in to your teacher.

Another aspect that helps with writing papers is peer editing. As many eyes as possible reading your paper, can give you an advantage as long as your peer editor doesn't try to make the paper sound like something they would have written, because then you lose your voice. My next post will talk about a program that is great to use when you either don't have peer editing, or your peer editor is lacking abilities. 

Lots of Love.