Friday, July 18, 2014

SURE-FIRE TIP




Research, research, and more research.

Why? I love discovering new details. Youuu, betcha.’

But, enough of that. Woohoo! Back to revisions.

I love writing, rewriting, and I’m working on my middle grade historical novel. I researched this book for months before even starting the outline. I like writing picture books (and sometimes) first drafts of novels from the seat of my pants, but for larger works, I totally love to outline. Good research helps outline any project from picture books to novels. It makes everything go faster.

My book is set in the 1940’s and the research has been a learning experience, fun and eye-opening. Delving into the past helped me visualize my main character, and it gave me a better understanding of the problems and mind sets of that era. Now I could actually become the MC. I could understand his wants and fears. As I dug deeper, I shared his deepest secrets and his most painful struggles. Little by little, he stole a place in my heart. And now, wanted what he wanted.

So with my new list of character and setting details, and two new scenes to add unexpected twists in the plot, I knew I was ready to revise the chapters and finalize my book.

Enough said, I’m off to flesh out my beloved middle grade historical novel with a touch of evil in my heart, and, my big magic pen. Or keyboard:)

Tip: It’s much easier to research your project before you try to write or out-line. J

 


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Taking Notes on the Fly


Good day, everyone!


I hope everyone is having a safe and blessed 4th of July, celebrating our countries independence with family and friends!


Even though it will be a busy day for most of us, don't forget to keep a pen and pencil handy for those spur of the moment sparks!


Cheers,
Sue

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Totally Motivated!



Hm. Hm. Hm. Hm. Hmmm!


So giddy here, I can barely hum. I made it through the Mini Wow challenge--and it totally was a challenge this year with so much happening at home. I submitted a manuscript each day except one, but I came away with eight new stories. Yeah!
The five historical fictions I completed will add the finishing touches to a series of six books I've been researching for months but dragging my feet because I wasn't sure where to begin. And I wanted a good hook for each book. It was a grueling process, but working under pressure forced me to dig deep and REALLY think. It's such a relief to now have them in the editing stages. Woohoo!
The two extra manuscripts are science based. I've always loved science, wildlife and the outdoors so these were fun to research and a snap to outline. I'll write many more of these in the near future.
Now comes the revising/editing stage. No problem, I love revisions too. But. Must. Get. In. Mood.
Because revisions take a lot of concentration, not like all the fun of dreaming, imagining and putting word pictures on paper. So, I'm in my bedroom with my eyes closed, deciding the best way to start.
Must have; coffee, chocolate, music, candle, sticky notes and a pen. More later.
This might take awhile . . .


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