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Back at the daily grind today after almost 2 weeks off. I was pretty anxious last night and did not sleep well at all but things are going smoothly and I'm putting out the fires pretty quickly, as well as writing up a training plan for a session I have to conduct next week.

I did some more writing last night on the latest draft. Not as much as I would have liked but every little bit counts as I wind this up - finally!!

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

~Ray Bradbury


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I have a few IRL and online friends releasing books, so I'm trying to keep up with them all. Here's one announcement to start. I'm pretty excited since I get to go to two book launch parties in the next few weeks and hopefully another one in the spring :) I'm so happy for all my writing friends accomplishing stuff!!

http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/336067.html


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Dear Friends,

Today is a rainy day here in the Philly area and a bit cool. I know they say 'never begin with weather' so I won't bore you with it but I thought I'd mention the weather because it does tend to make me a bit more introspective.

One thing I've been thinking about both consciously and sub-consciously (as I now realize) is what a large undertaking writing a novel, a good novel, is. Subconsciously this has been a major cause of my procrastination on some days and the source of that pit of fear, the tiny black hole, in my belly, where all my good intentions, goals, and self-confidence goes to die or, at least, be sucked into a parallel universe.

Consciously, as I write, I'm thinking how can I make this better? How can I draw the reader in? How can I "add tension to very page"? How do I not write derivative drivel?

It isn't easy.

There is one small clue, though, one tiny bit of hope shines, that keep me going. My characters. Small Town Ghosts was born, not out of the need to tell a ghost story - ghosts, as well as a title, didn't even appear until a much later rewriting - but to tell the story of a teenage boy who is uprooted and moved to a place where the extraordinary is ordinary (sound familiar?). But what's important, what makes the story mine to tell, is the development of my protagonist as he relates to the world around him and to the other main protagonist, in that world I created, not the premise itself.

I really like my two main protagonists. Do they always do the right thing? No, they're teenagers and they're human in the sense that I created them and they are, in some ways, extensions of me. But this story began because of them, because of Aaron's situation, and their relationship. How would it play out, moving and finding out you might not be the person you always assumed yourself to be, that the world didn't fit the snug cubbyholes you had divided everyone and everything into?

So I think about my characters as Im writing. What can I do to them and how would they react? How can I make you love them, root for them, and fear for them as I do? Because ultimately, it is the characters that a writer creates that stick with us long after we turned the last page, paper or electronic.
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The above title is the theme for tonight's meeting of the South Jersey Writers' Group. Does anyone have any links, or even personal tips, they'd like to share regarding the above? You don't have to be a writer to respond you know :)
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OK, Elf Trap has been sent out of the door!  Now if I can get Murderous Apparitions out by the end of August/beginning of September, I'll be on a roll.  Still waiting for word on Need though :/

Also, good to note, I found someone to assist me with the TV production details for the novel finally. In fact, I need to email him this week.
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A fellow writer convinced me tonight to try my hand at Twitter as a tool to connect with other writers (and agents) as well as promote myself. I'll give it a try but I don't want to get too caught up with that and not write! Anyway, here is a twitter-sized story for you (my first try at micro fiction)...

She waited at the bus stop. He never arrived.

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First, news: I submitted a story to a magazine. Now the hard part is waiting. I happened to be writing with a friend Monday evening and he encouraged me to send it out and doublechecked my "cover letter" i.e. my email to the fiction editor. I kept it short and sweet so we shall see.

Second, last night was the monthly meeting of the critique group (we need a cool name). My story was up for review and I was quite nervous. I had some serious issues with this story because I took so long to write it and went sometimes for a week in between sessions. I felt that some of the voice and continuity was lost. My major concern was the fact that it didnt turn out to be the story I sat down to write. I guess it happens to all writers but I was concerned I had wound up with something too cliche or too boring, or nonsensical.

Happily, my fellow writers assured me that the structural elements were sound. I definitely agree with, and share, their concerns with it. Their feedback was invaluable. As soon as Im done editing Elf Trap (hopefully by Sunday) I can work on this and also - DUM DUM DUM - The Novel! My goal is to have a first draft completed by September considering I already have several chapters written and know, more or less, where I want to go with it.

I'll save the discussion on novel writing for a blog post at Literary Debauchery.

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