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Our October Author Interviews--10/4 Wendy Tyson, 10/11 Marilyn Levinson, 10/18 Earl Javorski, 10/25 Linda Lovely. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
October Saturday Guest Bloggers: 10/7 Mark Bacon, 10/14 Elaine Orr, 10/21 WWK's Margaret S. Hamilton, 10/28 Kait Carson, and E. B. Davis 10/31 to fill out our fifth Tuesday.
WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla! Look for Carla's blog this month to find out the winner.
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.
Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.
Monday, July 5, 2010
What Mr. Ed Contributes to Writing
I weight train. Lifting weights also means not lifting weights. One day lift, the next day-don’t. Why? Muscles are broken down while lifting weights. The next day, taxing muscles in repair isn’t smart because you risk reinjuring the muscle. The process of lifting, breaking down, relaxing, repairing and then starting the process again strengthens muscles. I contend that the same process strengthens writing. It’s the process of revision, but revising what you’ve written is more than restyling a sentence.
My novel Sparkle Days is on a rest and repair stage. I question my approach and take a step back, evaluating the attributes and detriments of what I’ve written and mentally try out new approaches that might enhance the story. I fear that I’ve included backstory in the beginning that I should have kept secret and doled out in small allotments, keeping the reader guessing. But then, the story seems to have no logic without a basis. There is an approach, satisfying my needs, I just haven’t thought of it yet.
If I continue to write the story, using an approach I doubt, my dilemma is compounded, not solved, all the while being disciplined and virtuous, but to what end? I’d rather take the Mr. Ed approach and not write more until I’m sure that I’m taking the right angle. Once I decide on how to proceed, the writing won’t be a problem. I’m as disciplined as any writer is. But I have no need to write neurotically, just for the sake of writing. Without purpose, writing for the sake of writing is like brushing your teeth or hair to an exact count. It’s why I don’t join writing fests, in which writers try to compete against each other for the greatest word count. What’s the point if what you have written isn’t any good, or on revision cuts half of what you write, or worse, results in a major rewrite that is too daunting to contemplate?
Most writers keep more than one project at a time going. In my novel quagmire, I’ve written and revised two short stories. Some writers have two novels going at the same time. I’m envious of them because writing two novels at the same time is too complex for me to manage. Short story writing combined with one novel is a way for me to keep writing without bringing disastrous effects on my novel.