Writing is a funny thing sometimes. You think you’re writing a book, but actually, the book is writing itself. So many times, I have spent hours writing, and when I go back and read what I have written, it is as if it was written by someone else. I have tried to explain this to non writers, but they don’t understand, and think I’m a little weird! This can make editing problematic, because the story knows how it wants to be written, and resists any effort to change it. Ah, the joys of being a writer!
A lot has been going on lately, related to my writing being put on hold. As I think I mentioned, I had a bad fall back in August, which resulted in my right (Write!) arm and hand being severely injured. That is mostly healed now, but the other thing was, that as I fell, I snapped my head back to avoid hitting the sidewalk, and as a result, caused injury to my inner ear. That caused dizziness and nausea, but also severe hearing loss in my right ear, which my audiologist said is non repairable. This means I need a
Taken from Robin’s blog on iUniverse My book takes place in 1949 in Toronto, Ontario. My father took me to the hospital when I was five years old because I was very sick. It turned out that it was pneumonia. My Father used to come to the hospital and read me stories every day. He read me Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer many times. He loved to read. I loved to listen. In December I received a letter from Santa Claus and it helped to make me better and I arrived home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. I
Hello, folks. Christmas is a’comin’, and I’d like to give a shout out to a friend of mine, who has written a lovely little children’s book, based on a true story from his childhood.I like to promote local authors whenever possible! Please check it out. Robin Jones
One of my Beta readers said to me that she wished Penelope had more happy moments in the first book. I explained that it isn’t really a ‘happy’ book, per se, it’s more about the trials and tribulations of growing up, and having to take on more responsibility than a child should. Rather than shown in a mundane world, it takes place in a magical setting, one that is new to Penelope, who hadn’t seen much of her father so far in her life, although he most certainly was there. As parents, we want to protect our children from dangers,
For those of you who don’t know, a Rattlin’ Bog is a plugged toilet! That’s how my writing has been for the past seven weeks. I had a bad fall, and severely sprained my arm and hand; the right hand, of course! When I write, I write by hand first, and then transcribe to my computer. I find my thoughts flow better that way, and also, I can’t type fast enough to keep up with them! I am not able to hand write at the moment, and typing is not comfortable, so, I am forced to take a hiatus, which
Create Your Perfect Writing Space By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Part of The Writer’s Life Series When I first started writing, it was at my desk, usually in class, while ignoring my teachers. Over the years my writing space evolved to a real desk in my room, then it migrated to the dining room table after I got my own apartment, and eventually a home office. I’ve written on the living room sofa, in a coffee shop, and even airports and hotel rooms. This past year my husband and I have been remodeling the house, and part of that includes building
After a week of frustration, we are finally back online! We changed our hosting provider, and the transfer did not go well. It took a week of trying this and that (and getting our Tech landlord involved), to find and fix the problem. Apologies for the lack of posts during this time. Hopefully, there will be no more snafus!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Writing Prompt: The Skill Builder: Fixing Your Narrative Flow By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy This week’s prompt focuses on an exercise designed to work on a particular skill or technique, such as a POV exercise or character builder. Today’s prompt is a bit more revision focused, with a task aimed at editing your current project and experimenting with it. I’ve been discussing sentence flow and structure a lot the last few weeks, so let’s put some of that into practice. Today’s skill: Sentence flow Pick a scene and copy it into a new file so you’re free to
Great article from Joanna Campbell Slan 5 Things Re-Editing Your Older Work Can Teach You By Joanna Campbell Slan, @joannaslan Part of the Writer’s Life Series JH: As the saying goes, “No writing is ever wasted.” That’s especially true when we learn from our past work and improve with every book. Please help me welcome Joanna Campbell Slan to the lecture hall today, with reasons how re-editing our older work can benefit us. Joanna Campbell Slan is the national and Amazon bestselling author of nearly 40 books. She’s been shortlisted for the Agatha Award and won the Daphne du Maurier