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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Saw Janet Evanovich on Anderson Cooper yesterday

Janet Evanovich was on the Anderson Cooper show promoting the movie One for The Money. After the show, I went onto Kobo site and bought her book "How I write" and started reading it last night. Ms Evanovich gives solid advice on writing and what works for her. I read a few of the Stephanie Plum books when they first came out. They are laugh out loud funny. My brother, sister-in-law and I used to exchange the books back and forth. Maybe I'll get back into them. I always prefer reading over movies.

I follow a bunch of writers on Twitter including Julie Isaac who write ebooks and a blog on writing so I checked her site, too. It's called WritingSpirit Blog. She gives all kind of tips. It's worth checking out if you're serious about writing.


I also came across Randy Ingermanson's blog and his Snowflake Method for writing fiction which is based on fractal mathematics. This is similar to what I've been asked to do for my novel writing course. The two novels that I've started have been somewhat planned out, although I give myself some wiggle room.

I'm still have trouble with plot and subplots. I'd like to write quiet novels like The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall or Easy Avenue by Brian Doyle, or maybe Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I really love The Wringer, The Boy in the Girls' Bathroom and Holes. I think Jerry Spinelli and Louis Sachar are fantastic storytellers.

On Sunday, I read Carrie's Crowd by Lesley Choyce. It's a short novel, I guess folks would call it a chapter book. Fifty-eight pages. I thought that it might help me figure out plot. I should graph it out. It was a fun and quick read. I'd like to read some Choyce's adult fiction and poetry.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Got first 3 chapters written

Ok, so I rewrote my first two chapters, which means that I chopped off a lot of stuff and reworked some dialogue and tagging in order to show more and tell less.
I went ahead and wrote the 3rd chapter. I'm pretty pleased with myself. The whole novel is planned out but I got an idea as I walked up the lane in front of the house.
I'm following #writechat on Twitter while listening to Rex on Cross Country check up despite being hungry and wanting nothing more complicated than cold cereal.

Got 3rd assignment back

So I'm explaining too much, some scenes have no point, dialogue is good but I need to let my characters "show" more and I have to stop explaining so much. Check.
I just did a rewrite of the first two chapters of my middle grade kids' novel.
I still get discouraged trying to write this novel. I'm afraid that if I don't complete this course that I won't write a completed novel until I retire in 10 or so years, so I continue to plug away.
I admire authors who wrote their first novels while working full-time and raising kids. What discipline!

I discovered #SilentWriters on Twitter and I think that I will join them and see if that helps. Maybe I won't feel so alone.

 A third swallowtail emerged on January 9th. Still caring for all three of them.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Got loads done!

Despite caring for 2 swallowtail butterflies who decided to emerge on December 19 and January 2nd and socializing with friends and family, and reading, reading, reading, I spent a good part of Christmas break working on my middle grade novel.
Found a neat list of kids'lit: http://literarywife.wordpress.com/top-100-challenge-archive/
I managed to write a chapter by chapter outline and I drafted the first two chapters. I also continued fleshing out my character profiles.