Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Follow up to previous blog

The last blog I posted was written in a moment of frustration when my story wasn't gelling. I had to ask myself the question: "Is this total crap or do I have something?"
My answer remains the same: "Yes, I think I have something, but it still needs a lot of work!"

My story line frustrations have been stewing in my brain for the last few days and I am pleased to say that I am finally dragging myself out of the fog.
I think I have found my solution. Thomas B. Sawyer writes in his book, "Demystifying Fiction" that every scene has to have conflict. I realized that the act two of my manuscript is lacking. Different scenarios flickered through my brain and before I knew it I had solved my dilemma with two conflictual scenes that will build tension, move the story forward and add the conflict the readers all crave.

My goal is to write them tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to sit back at the end of the day with a sense of satisfaction :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Is this just total crap or do I have something here?

I've been working on my trilogy since January last year. I feel like that story has such potential. I like the premise, I love the characters and I feel like my pacing is good, but sometimes I sit back and wonder if my work is complete crap.

I say this because I am re-writing the first book on the trilogy. You see a few people have read it now and the feedback I have so far is that book 2 and 3 were impossible put down (yay!) and book 1 was okay. I don't need it to be okay, I need it to be fabulous, because no agent or publisher will look twice if I can't make the first book shine.

So, I'm re-writing the first book. I've spent hours on my planning. I stopped working on it for two months so that I could read books on how to improve my style, etc. When I finished my plan I was on a high, I felt like I had something really good. I've just finished writing chapter 19 and I'm wondering...

Maybe I'm taking too long to get into the story, but I need that back ground info. I'm trying to filter it in through dialogue and action, but how good am I making it?

This just goes to show, that I desperately need a few decent critiques from people who know what they're talking about. Thankfully I won one :) So I'll be sending off my manuscript as soon as I'm done.

Do any of you feel that way when you're writing? A sudden burst of self doubt?

It's like a road block, one I must plow through. The thing is, I can do this. I know I can.
I guess sometimes you just need someone else to tell you that too :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blogging

I just read an article about backing up your blog in case anything goes wrong and you lose all your hard work. I'd never even thought to do that!
Problem remedied. I have just backed up and will remember from now on!

After learning that small tip, I started surfing through all the features on my blog page. Man, there is so much I can do! It makes me feel computer illiterate. I have so much to learn about blogging.

How do you guys find it?

Any tips for a newbie on how to make my blog better?

Thanks for your help :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Overwhelmed

Well, I had a fantastic holiday in Australia. The sun was shining, the weather was warm enough for my son to spend hours splashing in the waves and apart from the 5.30 wake up calls each morning (thank you jet lag!!) the trip was a great success.

I have returned home to a plethora of e-mails and a ridiculous list of blogs I wanted to catch up on. I have just finished reading most of them and I am left feeling overwhelmed. I know it's probably silly to feel this way, but reading so much advice all in one hit makes me realize how far I have to go! I am having one of those moments where I feel like I'm never going to make it.

HOWEVER - I finished my blog reading with this: http://meganrebekahblogs.blogspot.com/ and it's helped put things in perspective.

I love writing. No matter what happens in the future, I'm going to write because it makes my day better, it excites me and helps me through those tough times when reality sucks. Whether or not I get published doesn't matter.

Of course I am going to work really hard at achieving my goal of getting published. I am going to keep learning, improving and making my writing the best it can be. Hopefully my perseverance will one day be rewarded, but if it never is... THAT'S OKAY.
Nothing can stop me from writing.

All this advice I have absorbed throughout my reading session has been great. One particular post that I collected off Nathan Bransford blog was particularly cool. Here's the link.... http://janetfitchwrites.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/10-writing-tips-that-can-help-anyone/

So - for all of you out there who are having a day like me - DON'T GIVE UP. Enjoy the process :)

I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

We're All Going on a Winter Holiday....

If you live "down under" then you, like me, will be struggling through the wet and cold of winter. I don't mind the odd day snuggled up in doors, but my outlook changed drastically upon having a child :) Summer cannot come fast enough.

To all you top siders in the northern hemisphere I am happy for you. Enjoy the sunshine, the warmth, the certain freedom and joy that comes with knowing it is summer. A time for play. A time for fun.

In spite of my mild, winter blues, I am happy to announce that I'm heading off on holiday this weekend! We are flying to Sydney for a holiday with my brother and his wife. Should be super fun. I don't know what it is about getting away from home, but I believe it is essential to our sanity that everyone gets away at least once a year. The mental separation from work and duty does wonders for the brain.

So I won't be around next week to blog. I hope everyone, where ever you are in the world, has a fantastic couple of weeks and that everyone gets a chance to have at least one or two awesome writing sessions.

Now to get on with mine!