What’s in my bag…

On a daily basis I keep asking myself what do I have in my purse that makes it feel so heavy.  Then I go through it and find that despite the weight, I think I need everything that’s in there.

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A quick snapshot of what adds the weight to my bag (not the best pic but I’m working on it).

In addition to the girly stuff (i.e. hand lotion and chapstick), I carry around these things all the time:

1. My Kindle

2. A notebook and pen or pencil

The Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction book was a Christmas gift to myself and I’ve found that it has sparked a few ‘aha’ moments with my new project.  I’ve highlighted the crap out of it.  Plus I reread it and still find things that gets a new idea going.  Even though I have a Kindle I decided to buy the physical book because a book won’t lose charge or possibly crash on me and I won’t have to wait til my son finishes playing Elmo’s number game to read it.

What do you keep in your bag/purse?

Learning a lesson

 

I subscribed to the Writer’s Digest magazine on my Kindle and got the newest issue today.  There was a good article on creating conflict for the characters in your book.  I’m not going to list all the points made but here are the two that stood out to me:

1. Give your character dueling desires.  This is basically what works well in romance novels, at least to me, where the main character wants love but to find and keep that love they will untimately have to go against some committment that they previously made.

2. Put your character’s convictions to the test.  The MC believes strongly in something but to make the story work you will have to force the boundaries of those beliefs.

I’m working on the outline for a new project and the articles in the magazine have helped me think alot about going deeper into the story and not picking up just the superficial drama and possible conflict.

What lessons have you learned in your attempts to improve your work?

 

Brave New Worlds

I have been tossing around some ideas for a new story for a couple of weeks now.   My first manuscript I wrote without any outline whatsoever.  This time I have outlined a good majority of this new story idea and I must say its going pretty well.  I basically write down whatever comes to mind and then go over it later in the day, fine tuning my original thoughts.

It has been working out well so far.  I have alot of ideas for my characters and even did some world building.  The one concern I had is that I might be too involved in my outlining and not sitting down to write.  However, I have given myself til the end of the month to complete my outline and start on the first draft.

This new project is more science fiction and my characters aren’t all human.  I’ve toyed with the idea of getting concept art to give me a better visual of the main characters. The only problem is I have no idea where to find someone to do this.  Fiverr has been a resource for other projects but I have yet to find anyone who has portfolio samples that catch my eye.  The search goes on…

 

Food for thought

Recently, I’ve been wondering why it seems I never have much to say when it comes to writing my posts. I’ve tried planning my posts in advance and few other things to keep the content coming and still I’ve slackened off.

On Twitter a few days ago, I tweeted “as an author is it absolutely necessary to have my blog be only about my writing?”
Of course that tweet got lost in twitterverse, or wherever, especially since I have just a few followers but it got me thinking about it more and I came across this article from Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

I balance my time and days between being a mom, writing and blogging, working full time and I am also a ‘naturalista’ (I’m trying to eat healthier and embrace my hair in its natural state). All this could serve as inspiration for my blog posts especially on days when I’m in a rut with my writing.

What are your thoughts on having different topics on your blog?