My niece and I are attending the 2017 Breathe Conference tomorrow, October 6. It will be our first time there, and our first time going to a conference together. We’re excited, a little nervous, and ready to learn.
It will be interesting to be with so many other writers. Writing is a solitary action. Most of us are introverts. I know I prefer small groups to large ones, but sometimes getting out of my comfort zone is good. Getting to talk writing with so many other people will be an amazing experience.
Continuing to learn about the craft of writing is important. I cut my teeth writing reams and reams of fan fiction. Writing for those fandoms helped me learn what to do and not do. I learned (hopefully) how to deal with unflattering reviews. But not everything can be gleaned from just writing. Going to conferences and seminars teaches you new ideas, builds your confidence, and lets you mingle with others who “get” you.
I will post this weekend after the conference and let you know how it went. Have a blessed night, and a wonderful Friday.
I survived girls’ weekend! It was a great two days of watching romantic movies, shopping, and eating junk food. On Sunday, we ventured to the Traverse City Mall, which houses a beautiful carousel. I took the pictures you see here to use as inspiration for my Flying Ponies series.
I love seeing the carousel animals; they remind me of a lost time that America will never see again. I believe this carousel sports fiberglass animals rather than wood, but their beautiful colors and intricate designs also represent my own childhood memories of riding flying ponies around and around.
I think when you’re writing, it’s a good idea to find images related to the story that inspire you. I am a visual person; seeing actual carousels help me focus on writing about my fictional one. And, I enjoy learning about them, too. I hope to next year make it down to Sandusky, Ohio, to the Merry Go Round Museum, to visit their restored carousels.
What inspires you when you write? What images have you used for your stories?
Have a blessed night, and please enjoy the carousel pictures.
Today I finished rewriting the first novel in my YA high fantasy series. It was a bittersweet moment. These characters have become somewhat of an extended family for me. The first version was written over a three year period. This version took about ten months; in that time, I’ve gotten to know them really well. It was difficult to leave them on the page. But, as you know, there are other journeys to take.
My next journey takes me back to the Flying Ponies. I started the second book today, entitled Tilt. While it’s hard to leave the world of Pentallia, it will be an adventure to write about Charlotte, Black, Dreadful and Penumbra. I look forward to seeing how their story ends.
What do you do after you finish a story? Do you immediately jump into the next one, or do you give your muse time off? My muse took a month off after finishing the first Flying Ponies book. This time, I’m happy mine is ready to go again, without a dry spell. I have lots of stories to tell, particularly in Pentallia.
How many of you have heard of this concept? I am reading How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir. It’s good so far, and interesting. But so far it seems to me like it’s basically like when I used to post fanfiction. Yes, I got sucked into that fan-driven whirlwind back around 2002. My account is still currently active on one of the biggest fan fiction websites. I haven’t decided if I want to remove it yet or not.
Blogging a book, as far as I can tell, is a great way to get people interested in your book. That’s how it is with fan fiction, too. Get readers hooked on your story, and watch them flock to it. And they sometimes leave reviews, too – although, depending on how you’re handling those fave characters, it might not be a favorable one. Still, it’s great interaction with the fans. So how much greater would it be if they were fans of your original work?
That all being said, it’s a big project to post a story online, and to update it in a timely manner. I am currently rewriting the first story in my YA fantasy series, and have thought about blogging it. I have enough written that I could update once a week or even twice a week for a while, and see how it does. Meanwhile, I’m editing the first book in The Flying Ponies series, Lift. Lots to do, and I have to wonder if blogging the first fantasy novel would be worth it.