Or blogging, or Facebook, or Twitter.
It’s time to make a stand. Against myself!!
Or blogging, or Facebook, or Twitter.
It’s time to make a stand. Against myself!!
My friend Lisa Hill (that night be pushing it a little as I’ve only met her two or three times but without sounding like a psycho, I hope she becomes a friend as the advice she has given me this year, having been through the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writer’s Scheme has been very welcome) has completed the first draft of the sequel to her fabulous book ‘Heart in the Right Place’, For anyone who did not see my guest blog post in August, read about it here.
Seeing Lisa’s recent social media and a photo of her laptop showing those magic words THE END, not only excited me as I can’t wait to meet up with her characters once her sequel is printed, it also inspired me to keep going with my own manuscript which now stands at …. drum roll please … 56,000 words (32,540 at the end of October, so bravo for #NaNoWriMo).
I want to reach 60,000 by the end of this week so that I have a barrow load of words to throw on the muck pile and start rifling through for treasure next week. Next week .. when I shall be attending a writing conference. YES! Ha! Yours truly (*feel like a total fraud*) shall be sat amongst a group of five published authors and unpublished writers, listening to and absorbing every last morsel of advice from Julie Cohen in Devon.
Having died and gone to heaven whilst reading Julie’s book Together, then finding out she ran writing courses, I was as determined to attend one as that mummy penguin shuffling up the icy slope on David Attenborough’s heart-wrenching programme DYNASTIES. The penguin made it to the top, and saved her chick, and I secured the final place on Julie’s writing retreat, so miracles do happen (except my process was far less traumatic).
I know how lucky I am, when so many will be thinking about the onset of Christmas, I shall be ignoring my every-day world, the day job, the family and being totally selfish and writing – Stephen King would be so proud!. His book ON WRITING talks a lot about making time for writing, if you want to do it seriously. In fact, I feel like reading it again.
Man of the Woods and the daughter shall be driving down on the Friday to join me in the wilds of Devon so we can spend a long weekend exploring, so no-one is missing out on the adventure. Son is out of the country (I’m not sure I mentioned that as I’ve been a little quiet around here lately due to NaNo) for five months. He is on the South Island of New Zealand working very long hours on a sheep farm. There are 40,000,000 sheep there and 6,000,000 people … plus him, thoroughly enjoying himself. (Bless, I knew all those pre-school hours – when big sister had started school – spent taking him to cafes and out and about on buses and then trains and planes over the years would help develop his sense of adventure and ability to travel. I’m proud of him, and so far haven’t missed him. Too much…..
The Writers Tag
is bringing more people
together and I bring
you … ALittleBookProblem ..
who so kindly found some
precious moments in her
day to respond to my
nomination of her on my
previous Writers Tag Blog.
I’ve yet to read the Marian Keyes
you gifted me – no excuses – I’ll
read it next xx
I cannot wait to read your
novel which I KNOW will
exsit in the not too distant
future. We’re in this together xxx
I don’t often participate in tags but since I was nominated in this one by my good friend, Viola Bleu, whom I love dearly, and it looked interesting I decided I would do this one. It’s taken me a while to get round to doing it with all my blog tour commitments, but better late than never!
If you have never visited Viola Bleu’s blog, make sure you go over there and have a poke around, I am sure you will find plenty to interest you. It is the blog equivalent of one of those fascinating shops where there all kinds of seemingly unconnected but fascinating things stored and you can’t decide where to look next but you want to take it all home with you and you know it must be owned by the most interesting and extraordinary person. Viola (not her real name but I’m not going to out…
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… when most romantic novels these days are about way more than just the falling in love bit, whether the author is female or male (think Nicholas Evans and The Horse Whisperer … jeez that book was outstanding for romance, chemistry, agonising life choices)
The Minster reminds me of a mini Duomo Milano; remember my post from March this year?
I’ve never been to York before. Amazing where this creative writing hobby of mine is taking me these days.
The Shambles is a cobbled street that supposedly Diagon Alley, from Harry Potter, emulates! Anyone who has been to the Harry Potter studios (and I took my kids about five years ago and it is bloody amazing) knows the Alley was filmed in a studio 🤗, probably in Elstree!
The guy in the Top Hat was drumming for business for the Ghost Walks through the town, during which you hear all the myths and legends of York’s history (at this point he was taking a call on his smartphone and attempting to camouflage himself against the railings 🤣 yet also reminded me of my post yesterday which gave me a creepy shudder).
I went on the walk and saw things I would not have noted otherwise, such as black cats placed all around the city a long time ago as good luck charms for sailors.
See the cat in this photo?!
I was here to attend another RNA event – this time in the Mechant Taylor’s Hall, at which Jean Fullerton gave a fabulous speech about romance writers and her belief as to why so many of them (us? Can I count myself in there… please??!) feel embarrassed or lesser writers than those authors who create psychological thrillers, or perhaps literary classics of the future.
The purported experts at the top who dictate what goes on in publishing circles have often been seen to dismiss ‘women’s fiction’ … ‘beach reads’ …. and so on as less important than the Dan Brown type of deeper stuff. Those experts believe romance novels will never become classics. Let’s think of a classic author, of the sort used in an educational syllabus.
Jean made the valid point that Jane Austin is hailed as a classic author, to be studied and her work analysed forever more by both male and female students. So, what did she write about?
Pardon? I didn’t hear you? Mr D’Arcy was that? Relationship complications did you mention? Complex family relationships? Hmmmm
Jean’s point was that we should be proud to sell ourselves as romance writers as it’s one of the most highly sought after genres by the largest readership. More romance fiction is sold worldwide than anything else.
If you recall, my dear loyal followers, I sent my ‘partial’ manuscript in on 30 July to the RNA’s NWS to be read by a professional. The report came back yesterday!
While I have much to work on in regard to timelines, character links, reasons why events happen in my plot, the Reader liked my writing style, thought the premise for my novel was a ‘great’ one 💫
They love my dual POV but wanted more from Antonio (this is not surprising as 22,000 words existed from Martha’s POV before I even decided to bring his in, after that Curtis Brown course I did in Apr/May!).
I am delighted with all the constructive criticism and helpful suggestions. After all, although we don’t know the identity of the Readers we are allocated, we do know they are multi-published authors who know the market and know what readers of romance are looking for.
So my plan continueth 🌸 with lots more emotion and high stakes. How fabulous that my Reader encouraged me to make it darker which is music to my ears.
I thank Jane Austin for men in wet shirts… it works for me 😈
Ok… this is JUST what the doctor ordered. I know writers usually only worry about the dreaded synopsis AFTER they’ve completed their manuscript, but in my case I need to prepare one in readiness for some potential meetings coming up when, if I’m lucky to secure a slot or two with some agents at the RNA conference, they require a synopsis plus your first few chapters, or around the first 5000 words, BEFORE the actual conference takes place so can talk to us about our WIP!
So, deep breath. I hope don’t waver all over the place like this wall, but I do need to create one for my debut.
It now has a working title by the way – THE KEY TO VERONA.
I’m grateful today to find this brilliant blog post by ALISON WILLIAMS all about synopsis writing – looks like I need to follow her for all the other great advice she gives about writing on her other posts!
Like writing the dreaded blurb, writing a synopsis can throw the best writers into a panic! This is something else I’ve written about before, but is definitely worth repeating.
I’ve worked with lots of writers who can compose the most beautiful prose, bring scenes to vivid life, make me care about their characters, keep me turning the page, but these same writers find one thing almost impossible to do – they can’t write a synopsis.
What is it about a synopsis that has so many writers struggling? It doesn’t seem to matter how great a writer you are, there’s just something about condensing your masterpiece down into one or two sides of A4 that strikes fear into a writer’s heart.
And I think that’s the issue. As authors, we spend so long on our books, every last detail is important to us. A synopsis asks us to get to the…
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