Sunday, April 24, 2016

Too Many Adverbs


This weeks blog may sound like a rant! You might want to stop reading now if you LOVE to use any of the above words in your writing.

Yes, I'm talking about 'ly' adverbs. In a six month period of time, I've stopped reading two books because of the overuse of adverbs. One book, published by a traditional publisher, surprised me because I figured an editor would catch this and ask the author to show the emotion, not tell. The more recent book was an independent author. Either way their overuse of adverbs turned me off and made me stop reading the books. Something no author wants.

If you catch what I threw in the last paragraph, 'ly' adverbs TELL they don't show. Here is a telling sentence: She walked gracefully across the dance floor.

Let's get rid of the adverb. She glided across the dance floor. Her gown skimmed the high-glossed dance floor with each quiet, confident step she took.

Better? Did I manage to show how graceful the woman walked?

It's okay to use 'ly' words when writing your first draft, but during revisions they should be a huge indicator that you need to rewrite the passage showing the action or emotion.

Here is another example: He angerily left the room. That is telling. Here is a fix showing how an angry man leaves a room.

He stomped over to the door and swung it open. He spun on his heel, stuck out his neck like a venomous snake ready to strike and fixed his narrowed eyes on me. He backed from the room leaving the door swaying on it's hinges. A boom echoed down the narrow apartment hall and I knew he'd put his fist through the wall.

Do you continue to read a book filled with 'ly' adverbs or is it too distracting?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Promotion!

Okay, I have one more You Tube video to share with you. This was a book club in Colorado. Their book club meets at 11 AM which is noon my time. Because I work a day job, I had to decline their invitation to actually meet and speak with the club.

As luck would have it, I ended up taking the day off because I broke a tooth, but guess what. My appointment to have it fixed was: NOON!

At any rate, Angela, did a terrific job. Here is the link if you'd like to watch!

https://youtu.be/60i5sfxBY0w



Sunday, April 10, 2016

What Do You Do?

I've been working on a new project and keep coming up will all sorts of ideas for different projects!


I write down every idea that I get and jot other notes if something else comes to me then with strict discipline, I keep working on the original project.

Why? Because that is the only way to complete a project. You must stick with it.

This phenomenon of creativity usually happens to be at a beginning of a novel because the first three chapters are harder for me. Once I get the plot set up, it's smooth sailing for me through the middle to the end.

Does this ever happen to you? If so, how do you handle it?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Back At It!

Yep, here I am again!

Are you thinking, hmm... isn't one of her yearly goals keeping her blog up? It is! But I decided to give myself a quarter of the year off. Why? I run out of blog ideas. Does this happen to any other writers out there?

So, today, I'll fill you in on what I've been doing as a writer. I accepted another short, short story assignment So I've been writing and revising those stories. I also accepted an adult short story assignment that had a tight turn around time, but managed to get it written, revised and in on time.

I started reading a craft book on writing a mystery novel and following the exercises. I'm happy to say, I'm half way through the book and I have a rough draft of a synopsis and polished first chapter of a cozy mystery. I like both and am very excited about this project.

I had a novella release in a collection in January. The book has nine stories total and a book store in Indiana chose it for their book club. One of the other authors in the book arranged for all of the authors in the collection to speak to the bookstore. How fun was that? I had an awesome time interacting with the readers. You can view my presentation here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdpAgCmNFKk  We are interacting with another bookstore in Colorado however they meet during the day and I'm not available to speak with them. This video will be shown instead.

This is my second You Tube video interview. Here is the link to other interview if you have never seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KJMfklrACs

Or just pull up You Tube and search my name.

I have registered and made reservations to attend the RWA Annual Conference in San Diego. I'm really looking forward to it!

I think that is about it. Tell me what's going on in your life!




Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Goals

As promised this blog post will lay out my goals for 2016. I thought this saying was apropos
because setting goals and not making a plan to accomplish them will not make them happen or move your writing career forward.

My method is to set yearly goals and then break them down into monthly goals. I also recap my monthly goals on the first of the new month so I can see what steps I need to take to move forward on meeting my yearly goals. Of course, my method might not work for you, but it is important that you find out what does work for you keeping in mind that goals are fluid. If you prepare a proposal and it's accepted, your yearly goals may change.

My goals for 2016 are:

1. Keep my blog up. Sounds simple, but this is hard for me to do if I'm under deadline since I work a full-time job.

2. Develop two speaking workshop/presentations, one for adults and one for children.

3. Revise and polish a children's chapter book that's been sitting on my computer.

4. Develop an inspirational romance proposal with older characters.

5. Have a completed cozy mystery book including the proposal by years end.

6. Develop a historical romance proposal.

My one word for 2016 is: Reinvigorate!

If you feel inclined, share one of your goals with me!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Goal Recap

It's that time of the year that I have to publicly reveal what goals I accomplished over the year. If you remember every January I publish my goals for the year. If you make them public, actually tell people, it makes you accountable.

As a reminder, here were my goals:

Keep up the blog
Develop speaking/workshop presentations both children and adults
Develop cozy mystery series idea
Work on revising children's chapter book
Develop proposal for Harlequin's American Romance line
Develop historical romance book
Develop contemporary romance series with older characters

I managed to complete three.

I kept up the blog.

I developed the proposal for the American Romance line

I developed a cozy mystery idea.

Not too shabby. I did submit my resume for a work for hire for children's short stories which results in three assignments of 39 stories total. I also auditioned for a work for hire book series, but didn't make the grade.

It's always important to keep your eye out for work for hire assignments. I actually had four this year, but one came from a publication that contacted me.

All in all, I think I hit the mark with my goals and accomplishments! Next week I'll post my goals for 2016. If you haven't set your goals yet, I urge you to do it now.











Sunday, December 27, 2015

Saying Good-bye to 2015

Wow, another year has past! Well, almost. I'm not really trying to rush it or anything. Even though I had a few disappointments, 2015 was a good year for me.

Next week I will recap how my yearly goals matched up to my production. The following week, I'll share my goals for 2016!

To be honest, I am just now starting to think about my 2016 writing goals. Have you set your goals yet or are you like me, still mulling them over?

I have decided on my one word for my writing career for 2016. It's reinvigorate. I need too. I've been slacking off a little so I need to reinvigorate my enthusiasm towards my writing and the every changing market place.

Did you receive a Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift card for Christmas? If so, you might want to check out the Lassoed by Marriage novella collection!