Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Cover

Here is my book cover for Ghostly Clues to be released Nov 2012 from Muse It Up.

Charlie did a great job on this cover. Thanks

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Random Thought of a Writer

NaNo is next month. Part of me is excited about doing it again this year. What will the story be about? What new characters will pop out of my head. Part of me worries about will I be able to write everyday. Will I be able meet my goal everyday. 50,000 words is a lot of words to write in a month.

Some writers outline and plot the story they will be working on. Every year I always tell myself I'll plot and outline and get ready for NaNo, but just like this year I never get around to actually plotting the story. Nov. 1 I sit down in front of the blank screen and just start typing. I start with an idea and as I type the characters start to reveal themselves.

As long as I sit down and write something everyday, I try not to worry if I meet the word limit or not everyday. Some days I get in the groove of writing and the story just seems to flow through me. Then other days it is a struggle.

I look at NaNo as a way to discipline myself to write. Somedays it is so easy to get involved in other things/stuff and avoid writing. Other days I feel off if I don't sit down and write.

This year I have a lot of writing projects I'm working on so my writing time is limited. But I think NaNo will give me the chance to free write instead of just revising all the time.

This is just my random thoughts on NaNo. So if you don't see me blogging in the month of Nov. this is why - my fingers are flying away on the keyboard.

Keep writing and reading.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Random Thoughts of a Writer

We all have thoughts running though our heads on a regural basics. As a writer I am continually thinking about writing - different scenes, characters, and story ideas. These ideas pop into my head when I'm out walking the dogs, or cleaning house or when I'm just waking up in the morning from a dream. Usaully I try to write my dreams down first thing in the morning because sometime those dreams turn into stories. Usually when I get idea for a scene or character or what I think might be a good idea for a story, I like to write it down as soon as I can.

What if one day I'm in the tub soaking and this great idea pops into my head. It's the greatest ending to my story that I had been struggling with. No time to wait. I have to get to a pencil and paper now. So I dash out of the tub with nothing on but a robe. I'm dripping wet, leaving puddles as I scramble around to find paper and pencil and I fall, flat on my back on the floor. This great idea for the closing scene falls out of my head and lands in a million pieces all around me. I lay sprawled on the floor whishing I kept a pad and pencil by the tub.

This has never happened to me, thank God. I'd probably break a hip or something. But I thought about all the great ideas I had floating around in my head that never got written down because I didn't have anything to write it down on. So it's important as writers to have a notebook, pencil, maybe even a recorder so that we can jot down our ideas before they fall out of our head or get crowded out by another character.

When a writer takes a shower do they sing or do they plot out a story into a recorder? I usually sing, but if I had a recorder my family would think I was crazy talking to myself.

Next time you hear someone talking to themselves, listen closely. They could be plotting their next best seller. I know I would be.

Keep writing and reading.