Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG: The Most Hated Writing Rule

It's the first Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2017. Thanks to Alex and his co-hosts for putting this event together every month. 

This month's question is: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

Per the great Stephen King, "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." In other words, don't use adverbs. 

I happen to love adverbs. I think they're lovely. I like how they sound and how they slip delightfully from the tongue. They display beautifully on the page and contribute meaningfully to the story being told.  

I hate cutting them from my writing, but upon editing, I troll through the pages and spitefully kill the little darlings. (kill your darlings is from Stephen King's On Writing, which I highly recommend). 

And that is the writing rule I wish I'd never heard of. 

What's the writing rule you hate the most? Why?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG: Vacation Time!

Thanks for stopping by! I'm sorry I'm not here to visit with you for Insecure Writer's Support Group Day. I'm on vacation for two weeks so will be unable to comment (so I've disabled comments for this post) or return visits. I'll be back next month, though, and look forward to chatting then.

So I'll leave you with this:

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that
I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that
I can always tear them up the following morning if I want.
I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me
no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block, WD

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IWSG: Journey From YA to Adult Cozy

So--I missed my monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group post last month. I remembered, but then I got busy and forgot. Please forgive me if you stopped by and I wasn't here!

If you're a writer and want to join us on the first Wednesday of every month, go HERE.

Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh and his co-hosts:

This month's question: When do you know your story is ready?

Do you ever know? I've let stories out into the world knowing I've done the best I could. But as time goes by and my writing improves, my opinion on whether it was ready to be released changes. If it's been self-edited numerous times, and critiqued, and an editor declares it ready--and if you've done the best you can--then it must be ready!

What is my current insecurity?

I'm taking characters from my YA series and making them grow up. This series will be more main stream paranormal cozy mystery for adults. So--it will still have ghosties, but no demons or soul suckers or baddies like that. It will just be your regular run of the mill cozy murder (which means no blatant violence, gore or sex). I'm gearing a new website towards this series and even having a blog header made which will feature the town where the series takes place. 

The Problem? The YA series never took off due to a myriad of reasons, but mostly my inexperience. So I know writing this adult series with the same characters is a risk.

Also, "cozy" is a special genre of mystery. It's not for everyone because it's very tame when compared to other novels out there on tap. Most indie authors don't write cozy mysteries. I'd love to touch base with some so if you know any, please leave their blog or website in the comments.

Do you know any cozy mystery authors?

Am I wasting my time?

Also, there's this:

The Ghosts of Fire anthology by the authors at Untethered Realms is out now! If you'd like a free review copy, let me know!

Have you ever taken a series from Young Adult to Adult?

How is your writing going?