Oct 1st Advertise Day

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I have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RebekahQuinne 

I got a message (this hasn’t been the first one), in which someone was selling cover art or editing suggestions. If I had the extra money at this moment, I have to many bills and housing issues it would go to. However I am sure there are many other writers and artists that can benefit from suggest services.

So I am making an event and tying this page to it. . . I am making an Advertise Day.

 
Advertising Day. . . if you are writer, blogger, editor, publisher, cover artist, or anything else that has to do with writing and art . . . this is the day for you. I am letting you get your name out there.
Post your links on there, or message me and I will post them on here, my blog, and my page.

Writing Confession #1

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I do NOT read as much as I should. I have been told that for every book you write, you should read at least 10 in that genre. However it 2/3 through the month and I haven’t finished the list of books I want to read this month.

August: a month to read. . .

I just keep easily distracted. (I am more distracted against reading that I am with writing.)

  1. I like to write.
  2. Facebook is a huge distraction: I like too many mindless games.
  3. A good distraction is my boyfriend.
  4. I keep having eye issues and migraines. . . maybe it from reading from a screen too long.
  5. Cleaning: It’s like it is never done.
  6. Health issues.
  7. I’ve helping some sick family members as well.
  8. Endless Errands.
  9. Google
  10. Music

I will continue to finish my goals in September as well. October I am getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I will try to finish at least 2 out of the six things that I have listed.

I know I need to read more. 

 

Losing Distractions

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Yay! I am down two distractions, and I am limited my third biggest issues. . .

April 21st Experience project ended. . . which was a huge distraction for me. I have noticed that I have written and focus so much since it’s gone. I do miss the chatting.

I love to chat online. In real life I am a very shy person, but online I am very social. I can be a chatter bug. I have several friends online, and we usually just past quick notes back and forth.
Anyway, I was chatting with this guy for 13 weeks, everyday. I really liked this guy. I was excited to chat with him and I would get impatient until he got on. He occupied most of my thoughts. (I will leave his name out for his own privacy.) All of my story ideas were of us (him and me). . . my muses were getting flustered, my character were getting bored.
Then we fight, he confesses to lying about a bunch of stuff. . . and my story ideas, my hopes with him, and my trust were all shattered like a baseball through a window.
I tried to make things work with him, as he acted like nothing happened, but I just could not get it out of my mind. (I will NOT be into a liar.)
So now my night are more open for my writing. I am very excited. . . I have totes full of notebooks that need to be on my computer. It the past two days I have read 23 pages, and written over 1600 words.

The main distraction is the Internet (blogs, twitter, e-mail, and facebook). I think I am going to limit my Internet time to no more than 90 minutes a day. I know this is going to be a challenge. I guess I need to be like Barney (from How I Met Your Mother) Suit Up and say “Challenge Accepted!”

Show N Tell SHHHH

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First of all, I must give this idea credit to Diane Nebelung https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009995013517&fref=nf

She has a several writing groups on facebook. I know I am in a few.

When I got up this morning, I had no idea that I would be learning and working on my weakness. . . Show Vs. Tell. However I am glad that I am.

 

Some things I learned. . .

“When writing a novel, keep these guidelines in mind to achieve a balance of showing and telling:

  • Be brief. Make sure that all of your “telling” details are actually necessary to advance the plot, either by developing backstory, establishing the mood/tone, or describing the setting.
  • Avoid the dreaded “info dump.” Don’t overwhelm your reader with information in your story’s first few pages. Focus on capturing her attention with a compelling character and an interesting situation, then fold in the details as the plot develops.
  • Steer clear of cliches. Never start a story with a character waking up and starting his day—unless you want to put your reader to sleep.” Diane Nebelung

You need to read. . . familiar authors and pieces from your genres.

I mention that when I write the first draft, I probably tell 95% of the time. However when I edit, I reread and rewrite scene three to twenty times to add more show in it. (Many agreed with me on this. . . first draft is like coal. . . it takes pressure, editing, and tweaking to make a diamond.)

 

 

Advice: “Be true to yourself, your readers and your characters. Show us what we need to see, and tell us what we need to know, to make your world as real as you can. You create the mind movie for us to watch, and that can involve both forms of story telling.

Read more from your favorite authors, and you will find your own style and blend of story-telling will come to life.” Dusty Grein https://www.facebook.com/dustygee123?fref=nf

 

EXAMPLES

Ex1. She longily caressed his face. (the adverb seems out of sorts here. Is there a way to describe it? )

I said “The smooth, cool skin of his cheek was more than she bear. Tears flowed from her eyes, she tried to hide them. It was no used. She could not believe she was face to face and touching her celebrity crush.”

Ex 2. Here is a nice boring sentence. Daniel walked down the street.

I said “Daniel ambled down the street, with no thought in his head but one. . . should he tell them?”

 

 

 

Some links. . .

 

http://www.scribophile.com/academy/the-show-versus-tell-debate

https://www.facebook.com/events/1696550477275910/1697630137167944/

New Surveys. . . April 2016 Part 1

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I have to give credit where credit is due. . . One of my facebook friends Deborah Riley-Magnus who post a daily writing theme question. So I have collected the questions and made them into a survey.

Deborah Riley Magnus writes daily questions on her facebook site.  https://www.facebook.com/deborah.rileymagnus?fref=nf

I put them together and make a survey. Please give her credit if you use any of the questions.

This is April part 1, I hope to have Jan through March posted soon.

Author survey question of the day … When you know you will be writing a big scene, do you make a lot of preparation? Yes, I usually have pages of research, and many pages of notes plus sticky notes.
Research choreography for weapon battle? Yes, I research weapons, how fighter stand, what was common at the time of the battle.
Plan out the argument or conflict? Sometimes, depends on how big the fight is.
Prepare emotionally for writing that scene? Lots of coffee and chocolate. LOL

Author survey question of the day … When are you most productive as a writer? Writing and editing are two different things and I would best at two different times.
At the butt crack of dawn? I edit best then.
Mid-morning? I edit.
Afternoon? Good with sprint writing, or writing with notes.
Evening? Good with sprint writing, or writing with notes.
Or in the dead of night? Good for researching and outlining. I also usually take notes, unless my muses really push a scene.
When do the words flow most easily? Writing wise. . . muses work best between the hours of noon and 7pm. Of course that is when it is the hustle and bustle of the day.

Author survey question of the day … While writing, do you take meal breaks? I break for dinner, sometime lunch or breakfast.
Or do you eat at the keyboard? I have but I watch the crumbs on my keyboard.

Author survey question of the day … It’s a rainy spring day here. I want to laugh! Tell us about a scene you READ that made you laugh out loud. Please share the author and book title, too. The beginning of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQYOFW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1 I found it entertaining where she was talking about her sister’s cat.

 

Author survey question of the day …Have you ever written a book so far out of your comfort zone that it still sits in a silent file or drawer? Yes, I have several project started and not finished because my muses lost interest or the topic was just not in my comfort zone.
A book in a genre or stylistic attempt you’re unsure whether you want anyone to know you wrote it? Hmmm, maybe romance.

Author survey question of the day …What’s your favorite part of being a writer? I love creating a new world and dealing with different type of characters.
The variety of things you can write? I write short stories, blogs, novellas and novels.
The ability to tell stories that make people think, or smile, or wonder, or rage? Yes, I think I have that ability.  At least I hope so.
Or is it the simple pleasure of finishing a story and knowing it all came from your imagination? I like when I create, but the first draft doesn’t always look like much. It’s like a piece of wood you are carving before the details and the sanding.

Author survey question of the day … Do you have slow writing doldrums and fast writing spurts in the course of writing the same book? Yes, I have some scenes that go so fast.
Do you try to smooth out the writing speed, or just roll with the muse? I try to roll with my muse. . . I have learned that planning and trying to direct the muses are hard to just let it roll.

Author survey question of the day … Where do you write? I write everywhere. I always have a notebook with me. You never know when an idea will strike.
Is it a different place from where you do other things like paying bills, marketing, social networking, online shopping, etc.? Sometimes. I do think sometimes my chores, errands, and online time distract me. However you have to pay the bills.

Author survey question of the day … Do you ever discover yourself deep in the personality and psyche of one of your characters? Yes, I feel like a little piece of me is in them. My muses knew that from the start.

Author survey question of the day … Of all the books you’ve ever read, which one influenced your writing the most … and why? Fictional book. . . The Hatchet by Gray Paulsen It was a book I had to read for school, but the images just have still stayed with me. I hope to do the same with my work. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MBLU9U/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1
Ten Little Indians (And Then There were None) by Agatha Christie I think some of the dark visions from that story still give me nightmares. It is one of the reason why I love thrillers and horror. I find her work amazing. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FC1RCI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1
I also like Anne Rice, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe etc.

Author survey question of the day … Are you a dream scribbler? Yes.
Do you keep a notebook and pen beside your bed? I am always within a reach of a notebook and pen.
Have these dreams actually ended up in a book you’ve written? Yes, actually several of my stories are from dreams.