The Gathering

Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I think this book deserves a higher score than it is given here. It is a very good book.


Seven things that inspire me to write

It’s always important to have inspiration for your writing. Here is one blogger’s inspiration.

The Jenny Mac Book Blog

On Friday I mentioned that I was having trouble with writer’s block, so a fellow blogger commented on my post it’s Friday. She said that she came up with a post that she wanted to pass on to other bloggers; it was about writing things that you love that inspires you to write. Naturally I said that I would try it, so here we go.

I was able to come up with seven things.

1 Books

If I read a good book it sets my imagination loose.

2 Movies

When I watch a movie especially movies with a lot of action or gadgets it helps me come with new ideas for my second Jenny Mac book; which I absolutely love.

3 Inspirational stories

When I hear a story that is so inspirational it inspires me to write blogs post about it.

4 Music

I am songwriter so in order for…

View original post 186 more words

National Novel Writing Month – Why?

Here is someone else who is going to have a busy November.

Breezy Books

ImageAfter a beautiful week of near 80-degree temperatures, we dropped into the forties with rain all weekend. That kept us from doing yard work, but we managed to accomplish a few other tasks.

It was good to take the weekend away from the blogosphere. I watched a few movies, hubby and I dusted off the Nintendo 64 and played a few rounds of Dr. Mario, and I made some preparations for NaNo – as well as a pot of chili. Yum.

I wasn’t going to participate in National Novel Writing Month. I didn’t really see the point. All four of my books are in the 50k to 57k range, and the first three were all written in a three week period of time (with editing after, of course). House guests and a few other projects cropped up in the middle of book number four, but the actual writing was about…

View original post 564 more words

Busy, Busy November

This is going to be an incredibly busy November.  I will still be writing posts here at every opportunity but I am going to be writing a novel from start to finish during this month.  November is national novel writer’s month.  For those of you who write as well the website

Today and tomorrow I’m finishing writing the full outline of my book.  I’m actually very excited.  I think the novel will turn out well.  It’s the fourth time I’ve attempted to write this story but I researched quite a bit about novel writing before trying again.

So, if I’m a little in and out over the next month, it is because I am hunched over my computer trying to figure out what will happen next to my favorite characters.

Ego and Storyline Adjustments

This room is the inspiration for Lexi’s room in Chase’s penthouse.

It has been an incredibly educational week for me.  I’ve learned that I don’t know as much as I thought I did.  However, my wonderful writing buddy suggested that I modify the premise of my story so instead of one person coming after my heroine, there are several.  This way, my character has more time to build both emotions and sexual tension with her protector.  I like the idea.

He asked me to write chapter one using the new premise.  I, of course, am obsessing over it.  It’s not quite finished, but it probably will be by the end of the day. I also decided to make Lexi a stronger woman.  In the old version, I intended to make her weak in the beginning and have her gain strength through the story.  Now, I think I want her to start strong and get stronger.

I’m also going to finish critiquing his work today.  It needs minor modifications, not the complete overhaul mine will probably need.  It’s going to be a busy day on my computer.

I’ve always loved to read, but until I began trying to write this novel, I didn’t imagine I would like writing this much.  Even if this story never gets published (although I hope it will) I am definitely enjoying the ride.

How to write a great blog

I thought this could be helpful for authors.

Cristian Mihai

First, I’d like to say that there is no how-to guide or recipe for writing a brilliant post. That being said, I’d also like to point out the fact that some posts seem to perform better than others. Lists and guides usually receive more comments and likes than “normal” blogs.

So this is not a how to guide. We’re just going to talk about the major components of a blog post.

View original post 643 more words

What I’ve Learned Today

It has been an educational day for me, and it’s only 3:30.  The main thing that I learned is that I have a lot left to learn.  One of my writing buddies is reviewing my story and he keeps asking me questions about my story’s premise, character motivation, and the believability of my character’s actions.

Now, instead of continuing writing, I am back to the planning stages.  I know that I can do this, so I am going to read a book he recommended by Orson Scott Wells, a book on writing erotic romance I chose, and another called Instant Fiction that was required reading for an online class that I can not participate in yet.

My point, for those of you who are like me and only beginning to write is not to be afraid of admitting that you don’t now enough yet to accomplish your goals.  Aquire the education you need and try again.  Maybe, if one particular story is giving you problems, you could set it aside and start another.

That is what I’m thinking about doing right now.  I think if I try a short story I will have less problems.  There won’t be as many conflicts or characters to imagine.  I will not quit.