Tuesday, April 15, 2014

N is for New

N is for New.
I love starting a new project. Whether it be the beginning of my next story, or household project. Beginnings are exciting.

The Birth of an idea that keeps you  running for scraps of paper, napkins, anything to right on when an idea hits you is better than ice cream in my book. Or getting that last stitch in that new shirt is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. 

When you start something new your focused on the story that is unfolding in front of you, or the accent wall that's going to make all your colors come alive in your room. No matter what it is, it energizes you until you paint the last corner, or write those two amazing words...The End.

So dream big, and never stop beginning New projects in your life. 
Thanks for stopping by and come back to see what I think of the letter O

Sunday, April 13, 2014

L is for Literature

What is Literature?

Literature is a term that does not have a universally accepted definition, but which has variably included all written work; writing that possesses literary merit; and language that foregrounds literariness, as opposed to ordinary language.

Well that's what Wikipedia says.

Many stories and poems deal with love, war, truth, psychology and human emotion, but literary texts will make us feel like we see something about these things that we didn't see before or didn't see as clearly or didn't feel as intensely.

So my definition of Literature is any written word that pulls you in, draws you near and makes you want more whether it be from something as simple as a ...

To a complex novel

So develop your next best seller and when we look up the great literature of this time we just might find your story.

Friday, April 11, 2014

K is for Keeping Up

Today we are going to talk about the letter K. I feel that with my daily grind, and my love for writing I find myself having trouble Keeping Up.
I find myself running faster than I did when my parents were my age. Life just seems to swallow you up with day jobs, household chores, children's activities and of course squeezing in some family time.
When did it become necessary to check our calenders to make sure we got everything finished for that day.

We have calenders, smart phones and audio reminders to help us to keep up with today hectic lives.
I am trying to find the perfect key to blending it all together, like I said, trying. I love my job, hectic life and writing so I'll blend it, one way or another.

But when you find yourself spinning out of control, and trying to catch your breath, do what I do.
                                     Try some quiet time.

Turn everything off and go outside. It's amazing how the sound of crickets can calm a person down.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, and don't forget to relax.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I is for Illustration

I is for Illustration.
As authors we write stories that come to life on the pages before us. We draw pictures so our readers can visualize our characters and their surroundings.

They can see the story come to life, before they read the words.
But we also illustrate with our words. We write with such emotion, and description that as our readers turn our pages the book comes to life before them.
We bring the setting to life, the action and of course we bring a visual to our characters.


So as you write make sure you play close attention to the detail in the description.
You want a reader to crawl into your book, step into your story and fall in love with you as an author so they keep coming back for more.

Thanks for coming by and don't forget to stop by tomorrow to find out what I think of the letter J.

Monday, April 7, 2014

G is for Gray

As in Gray Hair, and not from long, sleepless night.
I'm talking about characters that are older.  Celebrating the second part of their life.
My story, Last Chance to Run's main characters are in their fifties. Older with gray hair and wiser than their younger partners. Most of the stories I have read are all based on the young, beautiful, well built men and woman. I wanted to show that being over fifty, and enjoying life after the children have left, can be just as exciting, and as sexy.
Not that I'm saying a sexy young, hard bodied man doesn't make a good story, but a strong, older, well maintained man can be just as nice.
Nice, right?  I would let him invade my dreams.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back to see what I think about the letter H.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

F is for Fantabulous

I'm sure you're all shaking your head wondering where I got                                           this ridiculous word.


I feel fantastic, and fabulous right now so to me that feeling is Fantabulous.
               I'm sure you would challenge me on this word, or at                                               least the spelling.

But just go with it. It's a fun word, and as writers we do like to fun words. Have you ever had a character that needed a quirk? I did so I gave mine the ability to make up her own words, and sound pretty smart doing it. She even convinces her professor that her final paper is correct, even if it is filled with mixed up words because she makes them fit. 
Having a character with a unique personality will pull a reader in, let them connect with your story and make them want more from us as writers. We make up new worlds, paranormal shifters and make believe demons. We give them names that we made up as we wrote. We let our imagination go wild and have some amazing stories out there because of it. 
Think about what Superman would have like if they made his world Michigan, instead of Krypton, because we knew that word.
So think about that as you make up your next story. Give it's characters unique names. Homes cool names and give them quirks that will make us fall in love with them. 

Enjoyed visiting with you and stop by tomorrow to see what I think of the letter G.

Friday, April 4, 2014

E is for Edit

A four letter word that makes every writer cringe.

You work on a story for months and know you have the next best seller. You read, then read again. Then review every word for proper grammar and check all your punctuation. Your smile widens and you know your ready for the editor. You send your baby off and wait for her words of praise on how she can really see the hours you put into making this the most amazing story. Then the e-mail arrives and you open your story to find...

Pages and pages of errors and needed corrections. You fall back into your chair and sigh. All that hard work and you see nothing but red marks in front of you. 
But your determination sets in and you know that you cannot get your story ready to be published without going through the editing process.

So you  put on the coffee, dig in and start making the changes that are needed to make your story the next best seller.

Edit might be a four letter word, but you don't want to publish without it. 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by on Monday to see what word I come up with for the letter F.