Sunday, May 31, 2015
In our online world taking a writing class is easier than ever. Writer's Digest magazine offers many courses/webinars, most Community Colleges offer writing course as well as the continuing education departments of universities, organizations in your chosen genre and don't forget to check your favorite author's website! Many author's offer online courses for a nominal fee.
With any career there is training involved. Writing is no different. Let me say that again. Writing requires training. No one can sit down and write a publishable manuscript in one setting. Trust me, if you want to succeed, take a writing course!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Read books in the genre you are writing. Read books from the publisher you are targeting. Again, like last week if your budget doesn't allow you to purchase twenty books a month (wouldn't that be nice?), go to a book store or library for this research.
Again, the disclaimer, if you are at the library reading a mystery or romance written in the 1990's, you can' use that book as research. The books you read must have a current copyright dates. Why? Lines close, lines change, techniques change. Romance used to be in the heroine's view point only. Now they are roughly 50/50 of the hero/heroine's view point. Children's books now handle tough situations, like gangs and sexuality, subjects that were tabu in my youth.
So set aside an afternoon or two or three to read, read, read your chosen genre. This will help you plan YOUR book to meet what the publisher you are targeting wants to publish.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
The main question people asked was: What is the best piece of writing advice you can give me?
I have two answers for that question. I'll cover the first answer in this weeks blog. It's something I've written about numerous times.
Find a good book on the basics of the writing craft, read it, believe it applies to you (because it does!) and utilize the information for your own work.
If you are on shoe string budget, go to the library and see if they have any books about writing (the only caveat here is to make sure the copyright date is timely. Something from the 1970's doesn't apply to today's markets.). Take an afternoon and spend in a book store perusing the various writing books on their shelves. We all learn differently so chose the best book for you. Not the best book for me or your writing buddy or even a best selling author whose blog you follow. If you want to write for children, you need a book with advice and tips about writing for children not a book about how to insert red herrings into your manuscript so you have a successful mystery book. If you're interested in writing short stories don't buy a book about writing a breakout novel.
In my opinion if you are a beginning writer, you need a general book about writing that includes how to format a manuscript, information on query and cover letters, and how to find/submit to publishers.
The best book about writing I've ever purchased and read only cost my $5 on sale at a box bookstore so don't forget to nose around those bargain shelves on your pursuit of a book about the writing craft!
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I learned yesterday that The Widow's Suitor is a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards, sponsored by the Oklahoma RWA Chapter, in the inspirational category.
Regina Jennings / A Most Inconvenient Marriage
Lyn Cote / Honor
Becky Wade / Meant to be Mine
Rose Ross Zediker / The Widow’s Suitor
Robin Lee Hatcher / Love Without End
Elizabeth Camden / With Every Breath
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Here are two pictures from my book signing today at Barnes & Noble in Sioux City, IA.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
They will also be stocking, Dakota Love, Sweet on the Cowgirl, and they still have copies of my RITA nominated book, The Widow's Suitor, which are hard to get.