Hello October or is it Preptober?

Hello and welcome to the month of October, or should I say Preptober. If you are asking yourself what is Preptober? I’m glad that you asked, for it is the start of getting ready for NaNoWriMo and planning on the project that you are going to focus on or work during NaNoWriMo.

However, before I get fully into Preptober and taking about all the things that should be thought of for that next writing project. I first want to talk about the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference. I learned a lot about writing during my time at the conference. The topics include voice, use of backstory, and how to write a great first page for your novel. So I thought I would start today’s writing tip with talking about voice.

When it comes to voice, we as writers should not only think about the voice of the character(s) but also the voice of the story. Voice is what hooks readers into the story and wanting to keep on reading. If the voice that use is not strong or starts to fall flat then you will lose the reader. Remember, we need to keep the reader engaged for the full length of the book. More so we should voice not only as a tool but as a writing convention that should be kept in mind and in check while we are writing. Furthermore, voice is defined as:

            Voice is the author’s style, the quality that makes his or her writing unique and which conveys the author’s attitude, personality, and character; or, voice is the characteristic speech and thought patterns of the narrator of a work of fiction.

or

It’s a little bit about what you say, but mostly it’s about how you say it.

When we use, voice we do need to go out on a limb and be a bit wild and crazy. Just not to crazy. Furthermore, when we are thinking about voice in terms of character, we need to think about the personality of the character and what sets them apart from everyone else in the book, such what is their special quirk that plays into their use of their voice.

Now granted, I will say when it comes to using voice, this more looked at when using first person pov, but you can almost do the same thing using third person pov, just don’t use that passive voice, and remember to be careful with the use of certain verbs.

Now as far as Preptober, today should be spent thinking about the genre that you want to write. Granted, most would not start with genre, for they would say that you should have a story idea before drilling down to genre. While, I could agree with them, I would say that genre is very essential to the story and if you have genre in mind when thinking about your story ideas, it will make it a lot easier. You don’t necessarily have to think about sub-genre unless you want to. But for the most part think about the genre that you want to write for your NaNoWriMo project. Right now, for the project that I have in mind I can drill it down as:

Fiction->Young Adult->Fantasy/Dystopian Fiction

So the way that I have drilled it down may different than the way that you might drill it down. But however you look the genre of your project, make sure that you can find other examples of it during your research phase. Remember that this month is also about research. Therefore, finding your genre is about research.

I hope that you all of a wonderful writing/planning day!

 

 

Let Castle Rock Writer’s Conference Begin

Granted, the Castle Rock Writers Conference began last night, and I did attend the session and put out one page for analysis. After, getting some of the feedback from the panel on the one page that I put out there from the Raven Prophecy, I do know that there are some good things that I am doing with my writing, but with the good also comes the bad. The bad is that there is still room for improvement.

Let’s face it, if we don’t improve then we cannot grow. As I have said before, we all need to grow as writers, for without growth we cannot become better writers.

There is more that I will share will share with you all later after, the conference is over. That includes how important voice is to a story, not just to your characters. I hope that you all have a great writing day!

It’s Time for the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference…and other topics

Tonight is the official start of the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference for 2018. I’m so happy to say that at last and to say that I’m ready and glad to be attending the conference once again. This is my fourth time attending the conference and am so happy to be doing so. If you are in the Denver, CO area and want to attend there is still time to register. I have included the link to the conference information. http://castlerockwriters.com/conference-basics-2018/

I will be attending the conference event tonight and then the next day is the start of the actual conference. I know that I’ve mentioned this event on here a lot but it is really a great conference and you learn so much from local writers. If you have registered for the event I will see you there.


Now on to other topics…

This past week, the new television season has kicked off, and I’m so happy to see what stories the shows writers have in store for all of us. Granted, there is not so much fantasy in the lineup for it all realistic dramas. I can live for towards the end of the television cycle year, there should be Game of Thrones coming back (I hope).

In other gears for us writers, we are starting to get ready for NaNoWriMo, for most of us we use the month of October to plan and to get prepared for the 50 thousand word challenged for 30 days. While most of us tackle new projects, there are also a few of us that take on the working with a continuing project. This year, I’m taking one a new project. I know that I probably shouldn’t but I’m learning with each new project, I learn something new about what is possible about the writing process and what is possible with the usage of words.

Granted, as I was doing research for this post I’m finding that there is a lot of prep that writers are doing for this month to include making personal workbooks. While others put so much pressure onto themselves about trying to complete their NaNoWriMo projects, I feel that it should be taken just like any other writing project. That includes no stress and putting no pressure on oneself when they are working on their project.

Yes, we should take the time to plan and or if flying off the seat of your pants is more your thing, then due a little pit of planing and have it take off at the stroke of midnight on October 31, which falls on a Wednesday this year.

I can’t wait for the challenge once again, but my motto is not to stress about it. I mean just think about this for a minute, for when we stress we are putting out our best work. Granted, NaNoWriMo is about writing a first draft, but we should still put our best work and our best lines of writing.

Just also keep in mind, when working on NaNoWriMo, we have an election, veteran’s day, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. There is one in there that is about taking time for family, food and be thankful for all the things that are in our lives. But before, that we have Halloween and must prework that is to be had. But please, take my word for it in that stress should not be part of the equation.

Breath, write and create. Keep that in mind as you are preworking and writing during the challenge. I hope that you have found this helpful when working on your writing on this day.

Cutting the Ties that Binds us

Hello again! Yes, you might say that I took a little bit of a break from this page. But not from writing. The reason is simple for the break and that was life getting in the way. I know that it should not be an excuse, but when life comes with stress then its hard to work on anything let alone writing. But life is getting better and the stress is slowly leaving my life. Thank goodness and blessed it be!

Now on to other things…

We are finally in the month of September, which means fall will soon be approaching to us, like at the end of the week. Fall is a time of bright colors and but it also means that we as writers are starting to get ready for NaNoWriMo. But first, conference time. Yes, at the end of this month, if you are in the Denver or Castle Rock area, the Castle Rock Writers Conference will be occurring at the end of this month. If you want to attend there is still time to register. I hope to see you there.

Further more, before we get to NaNoWriMo and the Castle Rock Writers Conference, there is still much writing to be had. Hopefully, I plan to be doing some more of that in the mere future, such as today. I know that I have mentioned it on here before, but when life gets in the way and chaos ensues it’s ugly head, we as writers tend to ignore the fact that writing is to be our escape from the world, from which we know. I know that I tend to ignore it even though I preach about it a lot. But for once I’m taking my own advice and thinking that I have stories to write and I want to write them.

Maybe this feeling might have come that I just had a birthday, or it could be the fact that I’m once again feeling energized but whatever the reason I’m looking forward to getting back in that writer’s chair and to write away.

But while I took this little break, I realized a few things. Realizing things is not bad, unless you start to dwell on them to the point of obsession. First, I realized I have too many stories in the pot. This is a problem, for when this happens, it’s hard to work on one story at a time. Therefore, what I need to do is write down these ideas in a notebook and save them for later while I’m working on one project at time. This is where focus needs to come into play.

Second, I need the drama and the chaos of life to stop interfering in my creative space. This is also where cutting the clutter and getting of rid comes in handy as well. Third, I also need to realize that I can do anything when I fully put my mind and creative efforts in it. Finally, I need to also let somethings go but it does not do well for me or anyone else that I might care about, and this goes for my characters as well.

Therefore, I know that I have not been fair to you, my followers. I will try to make amends by getting back to posting about writing. But let’s face it as well, we in the writing community have dealing with a lot of drama this year. Granted, this is no fault of our own, but members of the community that have not been very good citizens, neighbors and the alike. Therefore, we all need to have a breather from it and for some the drama was too much and we lost members and others have stayed to continue on being members of the writing community. Each member has made the decision that was right for them.

That’s fine for all since we all have to make our own choices in life. I chose to stay for there is a lot that we can still get out of the community as a whole, but we don’t need the necessary drama that comes from others. When that happens its time to cut the ties that binds us and say, “Goodbye, Felicia. Who needs you?”

In recent years, I have been doing that a lot and for the simple reason that it’s not worth it. It’s not worth being stressed and worrying about every little thing. Granted, I worry a lot about things and it’s not healthy. I really know that now, and as I learn from it, I also know that I’m not done learning, talking about it, or growing from it. Either are others until it gets to be too much and that is when we as writers can write about it or to help others find a way to cope or to give them the escape.

Whatever the path that we chose to live by, there is a reason for it. Sometimes we may find the reason and other times we chose to ignore it or even to question it. I challenge all of you that are writers to ask why you chose to be a writer in the first and to write down their own story of being a writer and what it means to them.

I hope while you are thinking about this challenge, you have a happy writing day!

 

 

Conference News…

The registration for the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference for this years has opened. If you are interested in attending the event, go to http://castlerockwriters.com/conference-basics-2018/. I’m so looking forward to attending this conference for a fourth time.

Also I’m currently at the Write.Market.Publish.Sell! Conference and I’m learning a lot and I hope to share some of the insights that I’m gaining with all of you in the very near future. Also while I’ve been attending this conference, I’ve learned of another writing conference here in Colorado. There’s a group called, “Writers on the Rock.” Their conference will be held on February 23, 2019. So there is something to look forward to for next year. If you are interested in this future event also check out their website.

So that is all for conference news, now on to the fun part the writing. The Raven Prophecy is going well and still a work in progress. But gosh darn it, a new story idea has popped onto the scene. I’m feeling energized about this new story and excited for things to come. Well, I have to get back to the conference and that means that I’ll talk to you later.

 

 

 

Issues that are impacting the Writer Community

Hello and welcome back! I want to first start by saying that the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference for 2018 will be held on the evening of Friday, September 28 and throughout the day on Saturday, September 29. So if you are going to be in Colorado and want to attend, you might want to watch their website,  http://castlerockwriters.com, for when you can RSVP for the event.

Secondly, there is a lot going on in the writing community, like I said the last time that I was on here Amazon is going to be releasing their changes sometime in July, which is fast approaching. Furthermore, there is a lot to be said about #cockygate, book stuffers and the alike.

I have been watching a lot of different authors on youtube as of late, and there is one that speaks out on the issues that are affecting the indie author community as a whole. I appreciate her for what she says and feel that there is just a lot that is going wrong with different injustices that are taking effect to us indie writers. These injustices are making me feel that there are certain practices that should not be taking place in general.

The first one being that there is an author, I don’t know her name, but she posted on youtube that an “author” can make a six-figure salary by hiring ghostwriters and then publishing what a ghostwriter has put out and taking credit for it. Yes, this practice has been going on for a long time, but I feel that ghostwriters should be given the credit that is due to them for their hard work. They, being ghostwriters, work just as hard as the rest of us authors. But for someone to take advantage of that and then call themselves “authors” for this is entirely not what this community should be about. Furthermore, it’s plagiarism plain and simple.

I hate to put this out here, but we as writers work hard to put out our work. We work hard to get agents, and publishers to pick us up on the interigity of our work. Yes, we may need our work to be edit, but who doesn’t need that? But if our community is over run by cheaters, scammers, and those that seek to take advantage of the systems that have been put in place for legitimate writers/authors then who pays for that? We do, the people that do the actual work and work to tell stories.

I’m not saying, by any means that Amazon is innocent in any of the policies that have been put in place in the past, but more needs to be done to protect legitimate authors. This community has so much to offer but if we are being taken advantage of then, our community will suffer for it. I’m not saying that I’m giving up on writing, for I still have the stories in mind that I want to tell, but what I am saying right now is that I will be doing more homework on everything that I put out that I want to publish to make sure that my readers can find my work and not some pirated copy of it.