Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Right now I'm reading "The 90 Day Novel" by Alan Watt. Yes, you read that right. A first draft in 90 days. But honestly, not even that long, since you spend days 1-29 planning your story.
A portion of that planning involves "stream of consciousness" writing, which is something relatively new to analytic-me. The idea of frolicking in the wilds of my imagination mostly makes me want to puke. I'd rather do the Snowflake method any day. Because clearly, when you plan your story in its most basic element and then flesh that out, it just flows...right?
But something in there hit a chord with me. You see, there's this Little Princess who lives in my house. She's one of those girls who can't go five minutes without creating some elaborate scenario whereby what we're doing has backstory and we all have a role to play in the drama.
The 90 Day Novel says this:
"Think about the way a child tells a story. When you ask him a question, he delivers an answer without hesitation. It is with this spirit of boldness that we inquire into our world. There are no wrong answers. Children have complete confidence in their narrative. They are fearless, lost in the bliss of their imaginations. Their motivation is to delight themselves. As we amuse ourselves, we will naturally move in the direction of our story."
So...bring on the frolicking, I guess.
Okay, maybe that came out wrong. But you get the idea. A little roaming in your imagination and seeing what comes out, doing it again and digging up stuff you never would have thought of if you were just "reasoning" out a solution to the impossible problem you've created for you character...maybe we'll be surprised at what happens.
How about you? Ever tried 'stream of consciousness' writing?
What writing books have you read lately that helped you?
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
What it is:
An auction organized by author Brenda Novak, who's son has type 1 diabetes. All the money raised will go to Diabetes research. http://www.diabetesresearch.org/
The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI)is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet cell transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the Diabetes Research Institute is now harnessing the power of emerging technologies to develop new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production.
The following is the link to the items being auctioned by Love Inspired authors:
Monday, May 6, 2013
I’d call this affliction, ‘Writer’s Blah’ but that’s more like writers block, which is probably a distant cousin of what I’m going to talk about.
Lately it seems like I’m yo-yo-ing all over the place. Emotionally, at least. Because let me tell you, signing your first contract DOES NOT in any way shape or form make you stop doubting yourself as a writer.
Let’s just get that out, straight away.
You should feel like you made it…at least a little bit. And it’s nice to say ‘someone thinks I can do this’ but you can’t read it until next year. Such is the publishing world.
The next book should be a cake-walk, right?
Got an email from my editor. She liked it… BUUUUUUUUUUUUUT.
That big old “but” will get you every time.
All of a sudden you’re knee deep in the discarded wrappers of an entire bag of peanut butter cups and soggy Kleenex. Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic, but you get the idea. And it doesn’t matter where you’re at as a writer. One rejection slip…BAM. You tell the dental hygienist you’re a writer and she gives you a look, like, ‘yeah, right’…BAM. You’re trying to be all business-y and be all professional and junk and your husband says, ‘yeah, but it’s just a hobby’…BA—you get the idea.
Back to the drawing board.
Somehow always when I lose focus in these moments it’s because I’m forgetting where my foundation is. Duh. I should have learned better by now, but I guess our lives are a work-in-progress, not just our books. I let someone’s realistic assessment of my work dictate my worth as a human being. Go figure. But that’s the point, it’s not RATIONAL.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gently and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11v28-30)
Takes some of the pressure off, when you don’t have to carry the load. You can let go of what you’re stressed out about and say, “God, what are you going to do about this?!?!?!?! I have to re-write half my book now!”
It’s not irreverent to express your frustration/anger. Something I’ve learned recently is that God just wants my HEART.
However I’m feeling.
However you’re feeling.
Lisa Phillips is a wife and mom of two littles. She lives a double life during nap time as a writer of Inspirational Romantic Suspense. Her first book, The Ultimate Betrayal, a Love Inspired Suspense, is due out summer 2014.