Monday, January 31, 2011

Books I Can't Wait to Read

I was at Barnes and Noble last week, and I was surprised that nothing on the bookshelves really grabbed my attention. I know there are a lot of great books out there, but for some reason nothing looked *great* enough to make me part with my money;)  Now I've been buying a lot of books recently - my TBR pile is HUGE!  But on this particular trip I couldn't find anything (my kids didn't have that problem). Anyway, I found myself wishing that some of the books I'm really looking forward to reading were already out. (And I'm soooooo jealous of anyone out there lucky enough to have scored ARCs for these books!)

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
3. Possession by Elena Johnson
4. Crossed by Ally Condie
5. Supernaturally by Kiersten White

What are some books you're looking forward to reading this year?  What are some books you've read recently that were great?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Small Part of How I Write

Today I'm participating in the What's Your Process Blogfest hosted by Shallee at Life, the Universe, and Writing. Since I'm no expert and writing about finishing a whole novel (finished like ready to query), I'm going to share how I started my WiP.  It worked really well for me so I'm going to do the same for my next book. 

The first thing I did was take the bare-bones idea I had and expand on that by asking the "What If" question.  I did that until I had a basic idea of a plot in my head and I also made notes in my first writing notebook (I've gone through three since I started writing), stuff that I didn't know if it would work but I wanted to put it on paper because I tend to forget things. A lot;)  Then I started thinking of who this story was about.  I made basic character sketches of who I was getting to know (because characters are like real people, right?) and then I looked on the Internet for pictures that matched what they looked like.  Once I had those printed, I cut them out and stapled them to each character sketch. 

Next, I figured out my major plot points - the inciting incident, the major turning points, the climax, and the resolution.  I wrote them in the notebook then I started brainstorming scenes that could come in between those plot points.  It was a very rough outline, but I know I didn't have everything that's needed to write a whole book.  I just figured I'd make the rest of it up as I went (hence I'm a little bit of a plotter and a little bit of a pantser - a plantser).  I tried to stick to my outline, but of course I took a few detours, which was fine.  Well, it kind of freaked me out at first.  I got stuck a lot and would take really loooong breaks, which is the worst thing you can do.  When I just pushed on, no matter what, that was when I was able to generate new ideas and finally finish the first draft.

I'm currently revising that same WiP and I'm still figuring out a good way to do that.  I will mention that The Plot Whisperer's site has been sooooo helpful.  I've been going through the December revision posts and I can already tell they are going to help me make my book a lot better. *fingers crossed*

And that's it!  So do you have any part of your writing process you'd like to share?  Any good writing resources you've come across?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

*Insert Catchy Title Here*

Sorry for the lack of title - I've been sick for the past few days and the constant crappy feeling and lack of sleep have destroyed the creative brain cells. (Not permanently I hope;)  Anyway, I wanted to share a few things with you since I didn't blog this past week.

1. PSA - Back up your files!  Don't be like me and backup once every.....whenever and wake up one morning to find your hard drive has crashed.  Yep, happened to me.  Luckily my sister let me borrow her laptop until I got mine fixed, but I wanted to curl up and die a little inside when I checked my flash drive and realized I hadn't backed up my WIP lately.  Much love and hugs and cupcakes to my wonderful CP Tina Lynn who had the chapters I thought I'd lost forever.

2.  I'm participating in the What's Your Process Blogfest this Tuesday, January 18th.  Shallee at Life, the Universe, and Writing is hosting it.  You can blog about any part of your writing process - how you develop characters, how you push through a rough draft, how you plot a novel, how you edit, or anything else you can think of to share.  Sign the linky at her blog if you'd like to participate.

3.  Speaking of the writing process, I read this blog post by Janice Hardy that made me go DOH! (I srsly did NOT realize that Kitchen Table Convo scenes were so cliche! Ugh!)  Anyway, it really helped me to generate some ideas for getting my characters out of the kitchen (Yes, I did have two characters having a convo at the kitchen table. *facepalm*)  Now that I'm thoroughly embarrassed for sharing that, check out the post.  It's great!

So what's been happening with you this week?  Have you learned anything new?  Do you have any news to share?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Not Another Resolution Post

Happy belated New Year!  I hope your holidays were wonderful! Mine were full of chaos, laughter, eating and painting, lol!

Well, it's that time of year in which many people make resolutions. Lose weight, exercise more, save more money, etc. Many writers make writerly related resolutions. I did that last year and I confess I did meet some of those resolutions, but mostly I failed. And that makes me feel like a failure:(  And it's not because of lack of trying. Life happens.  Things you want sometimes don't happen.

Even though I didn't meet a lot of my goals, I still had some accomplishments.  After all, I did write a book last year. And I met so many awesome people through my blog, which is a huge plus:)

As for this year, no big resolution list for me.  Instead, I'm going to say that I'll continue to write.  I'll continue to revise my novel and start the next one.  Hopefully I'll be ready to query this year.  It would make me all sorts of happy if I get an agent this year, but it's okay if I don't. Mostly I want to enjoy life.  Enjoy my kids.  Enjoy my family and friends.  Enjoy writing.

What say you?  Have you made any resolutions or are you ignoring them this year?