Wednesday, April 5, 2017

STILL, IN LOVE WITH YOU

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month.

I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

April 5 Question: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

First up…
Yup!
I’ve taken advantage of the A to Z Challenge…
Two times, actually in the last five years.
It’s grueling ! It’s fun! And it’s a great marketing tool
But not this year…
I’ve got a project on the front burner…
And it’s overheating as I write.
Next year, though, I will…

Second up,
Did some nit-picky editing the other day…
So there I am breezing along when…
Holy guacamole!
When did my grammar go rogue?
What’s with using “till” instead of until or ‘til?
So I went to the “find” feature in Word and…
Holy frijoles!
Surprisingly, not so many “tills”…
But dozens and dozens of “still’s”…
I had no idea I used that word so often…
Usually my overused word is  “so”...
So I got curious…
I began stalking my conversations for "still".
And what do you know? 
It turns out I don’t say “still”…
I only write “still”.
Hmm?
What’s up with that?
So?
Not including using different speech for characters…
Do you use words or phrases when you write...
That you don't use when you speak?
And what are they?

Always,

Em-Musing

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

This month’s prompt question:Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work?  

Oh boy!
I’m in that exact process now.
Rewind ten years ago...
To the first manuscript I wrote and completed.
The story came easily...
The research, though intense, was immensely enjoyable...
The genre?
Religious Horror? 
Spiritual Thriller? 
I Haven't a Clue, genre.
Just couldn’t quite nail that puppy down...
But though a toughie to pitch...
Pitch it I did...
And got a few agents interested..
Using the first query letter I ever wrote.
(can’t seem to master that process now)
But low and behold...
What kept this manuscript from going any further?
All agents said it wasn’t ready...
And my ego took a nosedive.
I was a newbie to the business of publishing...
So I filed this manuscript away...
And it hasn’t seen the light of day until recently...
When a writer friend encouraged me to look at again...
"The timing is right for that genre - NA Dark Fantasy," 
So I got a beta, a critique partner hired an editor...
And have been tweaking ad nauseam.
It's ready now...
And I’m going to publish this baby.
Am I insecure about doing this?
You bet!
But this forum with all the fantastic writers...
Gives me hope and courage. Love these guys!
So?
What about you?
Ever pull a dusty manuscript out and reworked it?

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DANGLING BELIEF

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J.CavanaughIf you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.



This month’s challenging question is:  How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?


Being a writer is easy…
Blissfully crafting a story…
The premise, the plot...
The arc, the black moment, and the resolution.
Creating memorable characters with distinctive voices... 
Fantastic settings and building worlds …
Weaving research invisibly into the story…
Like stitching on a fine quilt …
To make it all believable no matter the genre.
After countless hours, days, and months…
Chapters accumulate until finally…
Your story is a manuscript…
But definitely not ready for publication.
Oh, no…
Now comes the “work” part…
Editing…
Editing…
Editing…
Until your eyeballs are red and bleary…
Ready to fall out.
If you’re a writer…
You know what I’m talking about.
And that’s why being a writer has RUINED me!!
Me, as a reader, that is.
Every book I read, I try turning off my internal editor…
But when I find repetitive words…
That don't enhance the story…
Dangling & squinting participles…
Too many adverbs, especially those ending with "ly" *wink wink*
Sloppy punctuation, lazy grammar…
And one-dimensional characters…
My mind screams…
Who didn’t catch these?
Because now I’ve lost my emotional connection with the story.
*sigh*
And lately, I've been reading many like this. 
What about you?
Has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
Read any clunkers lately?
Care to share?

Always,

Em-Musing

Friday, January 13, 2017

FOOLPROOF WAY TO GET PUBLISHED

I have a secret to share…
What I’m about to tell you…
Will guarantee you a successful writing career.
In the next few sentences…
 I will give you important information…
That I’m only sharing on my blog.
This information…
Will result in you writing a “bestseller”…
But this will only happen…
If you follow what I’m about to tell you.
And that’s not all…
After I give you this writing secret…
I will also share…
How to market your manuscript…
So that agents will be begging to represent you.
Soon you will be on the NY Times best selling list…
Making millions and becoming famous!
Do I have your attention?
***er…uh…eeeee***
Sorry to tell you this but you were just pranked.
BUT WAIT!!!
ME TOO!!! MANY TIMES...
By intriguing Internet videos….
That promised me everything from…
How to survive a financial collapse...
How to prepare for the apocalypse…
To making “him” fall instantly in love with me.
I willingly gave up my precious time…
Watching these videos…
Listening to a compelling voiceover talent…
Who promised me...
Wait! 
Promised me?
Ah HA!! That’s the secret—a promise!
These videos hooked me by promising me something…
And I couldn’t wait to hear more...
And more, and more, and more. 
Hmm? 
We authors should do that too, no?  
We must provide a promise to the readers…
By crafting each word, paragraph, and chapter…
Into a compelling story making it so enticing…
That the reader just can’t wait to turn the page.
But if you’re a writer you already knew that, huh?
So?
Ever get hooked into Internet videos?
If so, did you ever get to the end of the video? 
And have you ever considered your story a promise to the reader?

Always, 
Em-Musing