Wednesday, July 17, 2019

DISTRACTER THINGS

We writers always have distractions, don’t we?
Social media, chores, going down the rabbit hole of research...
Me?
The dark.
Why?
Locals around here say...
If the night jungle is quiet...
And not a sound can you hear...
Then the jaguars are roaming...
Looking for a meal.
But this also holds true...
For dark early mornings...
Which is when I like to write...
4:30 to be exact.
First thing when I wake up...
I let my dog out...
Sometimes the jungle is quiet...
Kinda eerie.
Praying, I go back inside to write...
I’m deep into my W.I.P when...
My dog starts barking...
Then other dogs in the area are barking...
I run out the door with a high-powered flashlight...
Searching to find what my dog could be barking at....
When suddenly my dog takes off like a bat out of hell!
It’s too dark to be the monkeys, or the iguanas, or ...
Could it be a...?  
  










Trust me...
It's very distracting ...
Wondering if my dog is becoming a jaguar's meal.
And you?
What distracts you when writing?

Always,
Em-Musing

P.S. Chai did come back, as always, but in the seven years living here two friend’s dogs weren't so lucky. 
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

YOURS MOSTLY TRULY


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 happensthe first Wednesday of each month.It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

July 3 question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

My W.I.P. series titled:
LOVE IN THE TIME OF WRINKLES
Is based on a true story—mine of course...
So of course it includes all my personal traits...
The good, the not so good, and the—please forgive me!
When I sent it to an editor...
She replied back, 
“It reads more like a journal.  And while it’s interesting, it’s not engaging.”
“But it’s about me. What really happened.”
“Many writers think their lives are interesting, however that doesn’t always mean it is interesting to readers.“
While I wanted to defend my manuscript (my life)...
I got it. I knew what she meant.
“So should I write it as a memoir?
“Not unless you’re sure that the characters in your story will like how you’ve portrayed them. They may have different memories of how an event took place. Many authors have faced the wrath from a friend or loved one.”
“So should I scrap the whole thing?”
No. The story is good; your writing is good. Why not write it as fiction based on a true story. That way you’re not limited. You’ll have liberties. And free to ante up the humor being that the genre is humorus women’s fiction.
So I did...
And I am.
So”
How about you?
Do you put your personal traits in your novels?
And if so - which ones?


Always,
Em-Musing