It's supposed to be FUN! Summer is here and I’m so glad. The gentle breezes, the abundance of birds and squirrels, the SUN. I never believed I was dependent on the latter. Having grown up in San Jose, California, I took sunshine for granted. Truth is I longed as a child to move somewhere I …
The awesome strength of nature is amazing to behold. Hey guys. I hope everyone is enjoying the shift in seasons and that nasty weather is on the decline. (We had a corker lightning storm Saturday night. Full on cracking, white light flashing in the wee hours. Lovely. But I'm weird that way.) Meanwhile, I'm back …
Ready, get set, STOP WRITING!
No, seriously. If you want to write well, check out this must read by short story novelist and reading enthusiast Kayla Ann. Published and well on her way to holding a Masters in English/Creative writing, she gets the impulse to forge on.
What serious writer doesn’t?
The MUSE is demanding if nothing else. She can also hide a great many warts that we writers will not see if we rush to get our darlings out the door. Don’t believe me? Read on…and I hope you’ll join me in following Kayla Ann.
“But Kayla,” you may ask me, “how can you tell me to stop writing? Shouldn’t we keep writing? After all, we are writers! How can we be writers if we are not writing? How does stopping our writing actually help our writing? Isn’t that contradictory?”
Now before you turn away from me and shake your head in disgust, hear me out.
I’m not saying that we should stop all writing. I am saying that you should stop working on the project you’re currently working on once you have finished it. For writers there is this huge urge that once we finally finish a project we automatically want to go back through, edit, and send it to a publisher. It’s just not realistic guys. In order for a work to be good you need to utilize the power of distance.
Now some of you may be wondering…
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David Austin Lady of Shalott rose. I love, love, love it! Do you want to bloom? Reach your peak? Do you want passersby to stop and admire those showy blooms and drink in that intoxicating fragrance? It all begins with proper care and feeding. That’s right. Authors are like rose bushes, roots dug deep into …
Trekkie fans. I KNOW you’re out there. If you follow my blog — GREAT — if not, I hope you will. But for all things Star Trek, I’d be a real a real Ferengi if I didn’t share my latest find — SPACE TIME Magazine. (Life doesn’t revolve around profit!)
Alexa Wayne is ready and willing to get you jazzed about the franchise’s still new STAR TREK: Discovery – Because exploration IS logical!
Please, join me in venturing into this brave new world. (I have yet to convince the family to try Discovery. It took us nearly a decade to watch, then binge Deep Space 9. OH, what fun!)
And if you’re looking for writerly tips, they’re here in spades. STAR TREK is a successful franchise to be STUDIED. How to create characters? Steep interest? Carry threads from one glorious galactic exploration to the next. It’s all there. Have fun and…
The series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they encounter new worlds and civilizations, delving into familiar themes and expanding upon an incident that has been talked about within the franchise’s universe but never fully explored. — Google
Many people wondered about Captain Gabriel Lorca and if his death was final. After all, it is now the favorite thing to do in series. Ever since Game of Thrones, the death of many unsuspected leading roles became a “hot” thing to do. It is almost an expectation strangely with the viewers.
However, it seemed that before the season finale, the crew of the USS Discovery moved on with Captain Suru at the cons. Then again, we did hear the iconic music that started the Star Trek adventure more than fifty years ago. We did see the legendary numbers NCC 1701.
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NO fooling. There are different ways to approach a story, but each carries its own consequences.
Check in with Florence Witkop, author of The Man from Yesterday, for some writerly wisdom that could save YOU some serious time. And, please, follow me if you’d like to continue this journey of learning, laughing, and generally having a BLAST. I know I am.
There are two ways to write a story. Their proponents are called plotters and pantsers. Plotters sketch the plot before starting the story, pantsers just sit at their computer and start writing, letting the characters tell them what comes next.
Both are fine. Depends on which kind of person you are. And how you want to spend your writing time.
Plotters spend a lot of time discovering their characters and their story before they write so when they sit down at their computers, all they have to do is tell the story.
Pantsers don’t do that but they spend a whole lot more time writing. It’s estimated that a finished novel goes through 10 rewrites before being published. That figure would be less if pantsers weren’t included. But pantsers don’t…
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Which are YOU? Slow and steady wins the race. How often have you heard that tortoise and the hare reference? I’ve lived with it my whole life since I have a fascination with shelled babies. And yet a tendency to go wild-hare trips me up too often. (Remember, I’m the one who almost stomped her …