Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Time

Its finally here my summer break the time in which as a mother I work even harder trying to keep my children busy with their programming routine but also *squee* I have more time to write.

My plan is to get ECLIPSE finished by this weekend and then work on my erotic romance NEW MOON I am so excited for both, especially the rewrite of my first novel I believe in it and even though the genre I am writing in is inundated, I don't care but to be honest it took a while for me to come to that point, it helped when editors/ agents tweet about not thinking about trends just write a darn good book, I added the darn part. My style of writing is to incorporate the seasons and its no coincidence that summer makes me feel more inspired or it could be because I am a leo (tomato tamato) funny thing though when I started writing last year in the winter I felt my muse was was happy but I eventually realized the story sucked and needed major revamping (anytime I get to use this word I get giddy.)So that is my plans, so what are you plans for the summer in regards to writing and do you feel inspired particular times during the year?

Write with joy.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Last bit of novel



The beginning, middle of novel I sailed through even though I have been cutting, pasting relevant stuff from the old manuscript formerly known as COVE AWAKENING and rewriting the scenes to reflect the changes it has been a wonderful experience until I hit finishing up the novel I am not in a snag because I know how the book will end its just filling in the sections of the story before the grand finale and also realizing this is a stand-alone even though it has series potential. So what I have been doing is writing at a decent pace last night I only wrote couple paragraphs which is normally not the goal I set for myself on a good night I normally write a few chapters 1200-2000 words but I didn't want to push myself so today I have a day off I will get back in the zone so to speak and hopefully get closer to the finish line.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Reality Check

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of an awesome manuscript will find her agent, get published and have a successful career.



I wrote a previous post about my goals for the new year, thinking about my goals and the expectations in regards to my publishing journey I had an awakening. Firstly the surest thing I know is that I am in love with my first novel Ecliptic Dreams more so since I have started with revisions and rewrites which resulted in better ideas that heighten my plot and the variety of conflicts. In addition, I won’t give up I have gone this far it’ll be pointless to stop when I have invested in my writing, and I have set a round off number of 300 agents I will query when my manuscript is polished. Now I will move on to talking about expectations.



The expectations are brutal but again this is the reality that I have come to terms with.

Agents are not obliged to love my manuscript
Publishers have to fall in love with my manuscript to offer their investment to my product
I may never get on the bestseller list
I may never get appreciated by my target market
I may have to write plenty of novels before I reach the first step of getting representation


However….



I am not alone, many writers are striving up the same mountain as me and that is something which is comforting and helps with my tenacity to continue.

The final point that is important for writers is to focus on your realistic goals and put up a barrier so to speak blocking your expectations for the publishing industry.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Song Inspiration--Tom Petty Free Falling

She's a good girl, loves her mama
Loves Jesus and America too
She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend too

It's a long day livin' in Reseda
There's a freeway runnin' through the yard
And I'm a bad boy, 'cause I don't even miss her
I'm a bad boy for breakin' her heart

And I'm free, I'm free fallin'

All the vampires walkin' through the valley
Move west down Ventura Blvd
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
All the good girls are home with broken hearts

And I'm free, I'm free fallin'

I wanna glide down over Mulholland
I wanna write her name in the sky
I wanna free fall out into nothin'
Gonna leave this world for awhile

Source: Google

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Late night cravings...and I am dieting





Since April 11Th 2011 I have been on a diet. First thing your probably asking yourself is what does this post have to do with writing? Well it has plenty to do with writing, sitting by a computer working away I get so many cravings, (mainly for chocolate)its like I can't write without a handy snack, and all that snacking made me pay the price, tonight for instance I went to the gym had a awesome workout and close to midnight I fell for the temptation and made Mr. Noodles, and I told my dear husband the worst lie ever that my throat was hurting when really I was starving. I am trying to find a balance by not holding back eating the right foods but also being strong and sticking to my cut off time to eat which is nine o'clock or snacking on foods that are healthy snacks like a fruit. Dinner hour is another crucial time because by then I am starving as well due to only eating salads at lunch and filling up on water. Perhaps writing this post was more so me dealing with my guilt, I will get there and I will tell myself its okay once and a while to fall off the wagon the key is getting back on it.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

CRAPSTASTIC WIP TITLES/BOOK DESIGN

ECLIPSE
Flight Risk


Eternally

NEW MOON(ADULT EROTIC ROMANCE)

Source: Google Images

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Self esteem

Choosing to become a writer never happened suddenly, I have written few post about the moment I decided that I wanted to write and take the brave leap and see what happens. Things continue to surprise me about the business but the one thing that is a must is self esteem.I queried too early last year which reulted in a few request that later turned into rejections because my book needed a fair bit of polishing especially the plot holes so I held my chin high and told myself I was so wrong about the journey and I am going to have to work extremely hard to get to the finish line so I hired a wonderful editor and rewrote my paranormal romance novel.
Another thing that caught me off guard is networking its a competitive journey and therefore its difficult at times to find the right person that will get my vision I am talking about Beta/critique partners since choosing the dream of getting published one day, I have gone through a few some have called it quits with me others ignored me never swapped and a few I politely told it wasn't working. Back to self esteem if I let those snags keep me down okay honestly it did but I am so resilient I was able to dust myself off, there are many things that can work for a writer, right moment, great, agent, publisher but a writer must always have self esteem to stand against the various curve balls of the journey.