Friday, April 30, 2010

So You Want Flaws

I've read a lot lately about how your characters should have flaws. Anything to keep them from being too "perfect" cause we all know that perfect is boring. Well, I thought I had given my MC some flaws. To me, she's a bit whiny at times and had some issues with her father, but I realized that I needed something else when one of my CPs told me recently that my MC was too good.

Um, I was kind of surprised. I thought I had that covered. But when I think about it, she's right. I don't think I went deep enough in showing those flaws. Sure, they are evident in a few places, but not enough to make the reader remember them from chapter to chapter. And certainly not enough to show how the character has changed from the beginning to where I am now in my WIP.

Also, I just finished reading The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan and let me tell you, she has the flawed character thing down perfectly. The MC is likable to an extent, but sometimes I had a hard time sympathizing with her choices. It really made me realize that I have a lot of work to do with my own characters.

However, I'm not going to make a lot of changes for now. I'll save that for revisions:) But I do have some questions for you: What kind of flaws have you come up with for your characters? Did they come easily to you, or did you have to go back in and add them later?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dear Blog

My Dearest Blog,

I know, I owe you a huge apology! I was supposed to unplug for one week, and what do you know? It's been two weeks. I know you feel neglected and all that, but I have some really good excuses. Ready?

Well, you know I have kids. Three of them. And they actually want me to pay attention to them. Shocking, I know! Since the weather is getting warmer here, they have been constantly wanting me to go outside with them and, ya know, spend time with them. Then there's the whole feeding thing. Yeah, it's a never ending job, but I have to do it:)

Now don't forget that I live in the south, and the pollen is horrible here! Stupid trees are going into overtime producing the stuff, and wouldn't you know that I'm allergic to it. My poor eyes have been itching all of the freaking time for about three weeks now. The only thing that helps is Benadryl, and you know what that stuff does to me. ZZZZZZZ.

And of course, there's the WIP. Yeah, I was going to try 1000 a day, but that didn't happen. With all the other stuff going on, I was lucky to stick with my 500 words, and that didn't even happen every day. (Yes, I know that I'm failing miserably at my writing challenge - please don't rub it in.) But the good news is that I'm over 46,000 words in said WIP, so that has to count for something. poor, pitiful neglected blog, can you find it in your heart to forgive me? I still lurves you lots, and although I still have a life to live, I'll try to be around a little more often. At least until the next unplugging session.



Monday, April 12, 2010

I Haz Some Soulmates!

Okay, I've been keeping some awards all to myself again. Yeah, bad me, but I will attempt to remedy that soon. No really, I will;) It may take me a few weeks (cause I'm slap dab in the middle of a writing challenge), but I'm determined to share the love with some of my very favoritest blog buddies.

Today I've got the ultra-cool Soulmates Award that my awesome cp Tina Lynn gave to me like forever ago (okay, it was a few weeks, but that seems like forever to me). Now this one is really fun to pass along. Check out the rules.

1. Five recipients.
2. Make up something about the people you give the award to. (Yep, this is the fun part!)
3. Link to the people you give it to.
4. Link back to the original award post.

Now for the recipients.
1. Mariah at Constantly Risking Absurdity. Mariah is a time-traveling cowgirl. She used to live in Texas circa 1885, but when she rejected the affections of an evil shaman, he sent her to a place far, far away. So far that she landed in our present. But don't worry - Mariah has adjusted well. Now she's a famous author and guess what she writes. Yep, westerns.

2. Natalie at The Sound of Rain. By day, Natalie is a mild-mannered brilliant college gal. But by night, she lives it up at the lead singer of a heavy metal rock band. You've probably heard of them, but I can't tell you the name. She made me swear to never tell which band because that would totally mess with her personal life.

3. Jen at Unedited. Jen is a multi-billionaire. But she didn't win it playing the lottery. She earned it when she wrote a best-selling tell-all novel about every movie star that is alive today. She dished on things that even the paparazzi doesn't know about. How did she do it? I don't know...if I knew I would have written the darn thing;)

4. Tiffany Neal is a literary agent in disguise. She pretends to be an aspiring author and mingles with all of us still trying to make our WIP's brilliant in hopes of discovering the next Stephenie Meyer. I lurve you lots Tiffany and I'll send you cupcakes every day!!!!!

5. Kristen at Take It As It Comes. Kristen has the ability to read people's minds. Be very careful of what you are thinking when you are talking to her on Twitter or she will spill the beans to everyone.

Congrats to the recipients!

I also want to tell you that I will be unplugging for the rest of the week. My word count in my WIP has been steadily increasing each day, but I want to challenge myself to try and write 1000 words a day for the next week. And I know I'll never be able to do that if I'm distracted with blogging. So I may pop in from time to time, and I'll definitely be on Twitter some, but I won't have time to comment on a lot of blogs. See y'all next week and happy writing;)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Roller Coaster Monday

Ugh! Let me tell ya, 6:00 a.m. was a rude awakening for me! See, my kids were out on Spring Break last week and we kinda sorta got into a bad habit of staying up late and sleeping in late. Please don't throw rocks at me - we're just night owls around here:) Anyways, I dragged my poor, sleep deprived butt out of bed and went about the fun tasks of getting myself somewhat presentable, acting like a drill sergeant in order to make the oldest child get herself ready, and helping the middle child with her morning routine while trying to keep her awake.

Now I did make sure the kids were in bed at a reasonable time last night, but I didn't collapse into sleep mode until around the 1:00 a.m.-ish hour. Being that yesterday was Easter and I spent all day with the family, I didn't get any quality "me" time to write until late last night. Then I had to cut a lot of words that I labored over on Saturday and still meet my 500 words a day goal because I have to answer to my fabulous crit partner/slave driver
Tina Lynn. (Check out her writing challenge at her blog - she will hold you accountable!)

**Hold for a moment - having to help the middle child with a homework problem*

So....where was I at? Um, yeah, I was telling you about my glamorous morning. Okay, getting to the point here. My wonderful, angelic sister-in-law took pity on me yesterday and offered to babysit the youngest for me today! I was so excited because I that would give me about six hours to write and blog or check out Twitter. With no distractions!!! So I dropped her off, raced back home and....fell asleep. And I didn't just nap for an hour or two - I slept for FOUR hours. Yeah, I know, I was ticked at myself. All that precious time wasted because I was exhausted.

And because I was so mad at myself, I ignored my writing. Yeah, I know, that was stupid, but I needed to get myself together because I felt awful for sleeping so long this morning. But it turned out to be a good thing because I happened to check out
Frankie Diane's blog and I found out that I won her contest!!!!!! Yup, you read that correctly - I am going to receive a personalized signed copy of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting!

Okay, I was on a high. I mean, I squealed like a little girl when I found out I won, so I'm glad nobody was home with me at the time. I checked out some more blogs and left the house while still in a good mood around 2:30 to pick up the girls from school. But an hour later I was ticked again. My car broke down FIVE times on the way home. FIVE times. I would go a few miles, the car would suddenly lose power, and I would have to pull over on the side of the road for a few minutes before it would start again. My hubs knew about it yesterday (said something about the fuel filter needed to be changed) but he told me it would be okay to pick up the kids. So a few angry phone calls later, I made sure said filter would be changed today.

So that's my roller coaster day so far. I seriously hope that the rest of the day is peaceful and uneventful. How has Monday been treating you? Let me know!!!