Thursday, May 3, 2018

#IWSG Spring Fever? Me, too.

It's the first Wednesday of the month! Time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Join  us HERE!

Don't forget to follow this month's amazing co-hosts! 

These timeless talents are E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!

It's spring! Does this season encourage you to write more than others, or not?

I have a novel coming out and am scrambling to support it. The combination of this with my other jobs has made this last season's progress laughable. My colleagues and I are like the unstoppable force versus the immovable object paradox. I am struggling to stay positive about this season. Ha. But isn't it like this every season? Does a writer have a "good" season? 

How is your spring going?  

Once again, thank you to our amazing co-hosts and Alex J. Cavanaugh for his tireless efforts to help others through his fantastic brain child.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG - Writing as a compulsion. Blessing or curse?

It's the first Wednesday again. Need help and support in this noisy world trying to make it as a writer? Join Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group by clicking HERE

I started writing the moment I knew what writing was. When I was seven years old I wrote my first play. My cousin and I performed it for our large family during holiday. It was a one act skit about finding a baby on the beach and looking for its family. The performance climaxed with my announcing the baby was dead and dropping my baby doll to the floor. While our family was shocked, one drunk uncle clapped as my cousin and I bowed. My parents were convinced I was either brilliant, or deeply disturbed and in need of therapy.

Since then I've spent my time working in bookstores, or attending my idol's author signings asking for advice as a way of feeling less weird and isolated in my compulsive writing.

Ian Ranking - "Don't do too much research."

Bugging my heroes without the risk of getting slapped with a restraining order or arrested gave me (and has given me) the confidence to keep going.

Writing is about failure and the ability to take bad news on the chin. What do you do to dig down deep when it all seems pointless? 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Celebrating a completed project! Wait... We can do that?

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. The brain child of author, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click HERE to join.

Today's prompt asks us, "How do we as writers celebrate project completion?"

 Asking me how I celebrate brings me to a whole new level of insecurity. I never celebrate.

I never feel like I get enough done. I'm always worried if I don't keep a certain amount of pressure on myself the writing will stop and my art will die. 

Chuck Palahniuk puts it succinctly, "Adrienne - Writing means not stopping." I take those words to heart. There's a certain level of discomfort I've learned to embrace as a writer and an artist. 

This is, Alex.

I was just on Alex Dolan's Thrill Seekers Radio Show discussing our podcast with my co-host author, Keri Schroeder. You can check it out HERE. During our discussion on my mystery novel on Holy City, Chosen and my up and coming thriller, Lounge Act I felt a wave of panic whoosh through me. I'm sitting on two more manuscripts and a short story anthology. They need polishing, a second read through, and their queries need to be drafted. I never get enough done and never will. I'm such a loser. I'm lazy. It's pathetic really.

I say those things to myself. All. The. Time. Then I'll write and edit something for a few more hours and be able to go to bed without feeling too stressed and guilty for not getting enough done. 

What do you do to celebrate, or are you neurotic like me?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm back! Where I was, and why I missed my last two posts. - IWSG

I missed the last few posts of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. 
I'm bummed because it's one of the best online writing groups out there. Check it out HERE!

I totaled my car Christmas Eve, then got the awesome shiner you see me sporting above. More craziness ensued. I won't go into detail at the risk of boring or terrifying you.

I was having difficulty getting my new novel, Lounge Act to my publisher.  Every free minute I've had the last two months was spent focussed on this book. Having a manuscript stagnate when it's almost done is rage inducing.

Then, some potential work dried up. I traveled for nothing, and no one told me Rambo would be my new neighbor. -see below-

My manuscript is finally turned in, and I have some new contract work. I'm jumping back in guys. Hope everyone is having a productive 2018!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG - Wrapping Up 2017...Already?

I can't believe this is the last post of 2017! Where did the year go? Wasn't it just summer? 

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-What I did the year of our lord, 2017-

Visited the Faulkner House in New Orleans.

Completed 3 manuscripts. Yes. Really.

Online. Shopping. Only.

Actually wrote for writers.

Started a podcast with Keri Schroeder of Coyote Bones Press in Berkeley called, Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun. We're on episode 10.

Things that got pushed aside: 1. Get a real full time job instead juggling mucho contract work. The flexibility is nice, until it isn't. 2. Act like an adult on the weekends. 3. Balance yoga with running so I won't have the knees of an eighty-year-old. 4. Balance 5. Eat less carbs -ha- 6. Eat less sugar -ha ha ha!- 7. Only eat at Super Duper Burger once a week. Yup. Nope. 

This list goes on and on and on...

My plans for 2018 is to move forward on projects with my publishing friend, Andrea at Cotton Wolf Press and actually achieve some New Years fitness goals. 

What didn't you complete this year? What does your 2018 look like? Hope everyone has an awesome holiday!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG - How Do You NanoWriMo?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and because it's the day after Halloween I nearly missed Alex J. Cavanaugh's IWSG post. To join us and share your insecurities CLICK HERE!

How do I NanoWriMo? I still have to try it. Every year it comes around I seem to be slammed with either one project deadline or another. This year has been a major work transition with a new writing position and the launch of a podcast I'm doing with an MFA friend who works in publishing.

CLICK HERE IF YOU ENJOY BEING SCARED, or making fun of others who do.
I did do the 3 Day Novel Contest based out of Ontario, Canada four years in a row. Each year resulted in a first draft. Out of this work morphed three novels. There's some crazy manic alchemy that happens to my process during writing competitions.

For those of you who NanoWriMo, has it helped you? Have you developed full manuscripts, and have they been published? 

Hope all you IWSGers had an awesome Halloween!  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG - Personalizing Characters

Happy Insecure Writer's Wednesday! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a blog hop where writer's get together to share their insecurities and advice. Join us by clinking on the the IWSG link HERE.

Today's Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal info into your character, either by accident or on purpose?

I've done both. What's more interesting is my readers seem to project my protagonist's traits on to me. On the flip side, when I wrote a hat tip to H.P. Lovecraft's short, He titled The Tunnels where I intended the protagonist to be female (without introducing specifics) my male readers assumed the protagonist was male. 

On a side note, many of Stephen King's protagonists have been writers. Most writers write from what they know, because people want to read about the intricacies of work. When they're reading about a writer they want to be informed on their process. When they're reading about an exotic dancer, they're expecting to be walked through her dressing room.
How do you inform your characters?