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June Interviews

6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer

Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron

WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.

Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Really, Who Has Time to Write?

By Carla Damron www.carladamron.com
Writers get this question all the time, but I tend to think it’s not a matter of finding time, but making time. We are all crazy busy in this life. Family responsibilities, work, etc, etc, are all distractions that will thwart our writing project if we let them. For me, the question is really about how I keep my writing alive while going about the business of living my life. I don’t get to write every day, and if I let too much time pass before returning to a project, it’s almost like having to start over.
Another thing that happens (though I doubt some writers will admit it) is this: we let life keep us from writing. This is more likely to happen when we reach a bumpy part in our process. The story line feels flat. The last scene died an ugly death. We have no clue what should happen next. It feels boring to write so it will be surely bore the reader. Suddenly, vacuuming seems like a GREAT idea, and we always meant to reorganize that closet, and shouldn’t we balance the check book and see if those boots we like are still on sale?
Really, who has time to write?
The relationship with our writing becomes dysfunctional. I’ve broken up with my writing a time or two, but now I understand that weathering these rough patches is important—in fact, it’s critical-- for the success of any writer. What I’d like to offer are a few pointers that might help get your relationship with your writing back on track.
1)      Keep going. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard that one before. But do it.  Plod, crawl, kick and scream, but keep going forward. If every word sucks, keep going. Sometimes I think these patches are actually necessary; they help us peel back a new layer in our work. We may scramble for days but then suddenly it comes to us—in a flash, in a meeting, in a dream—and we figure out what we were missing. The joy of writing comes back.
2)      Even when you can’t sit down at the computer and don’t have even a few minutes to jot down a paragraph or two, keep your writing with you. Make sure you think about it four or five times during the day. When you have insomnia, ponder a character who has been troubling you. That boring meeting you have to attend? Imagine you’re sitting next to your protagonist. What would he/she whisper to you? What would he/she have to say about what you just read in the morning paper?
3)      If it feels like you’re at a dead halt, take a step back. Print out the manuscript or load it onto a tablet, Nook or Kindle and give it a cover-to-cover read. What stands out as its strength? Where is it faltering? Are you clinging to a storyline that isn’t working, when another is clearly taking focus? Time to regroup!

I have another trick that keeps my project well woven into my life. I send it to my Kindle and have the Kindle read it aloud to me when I’m commuting home from work. This works with the older versions of Kindle that have “text to speech” activated. The voice isn’t perfect, but it does use phrasing, and listening to the words allows me to hear problems like repeated sentence structures or overused words. And, of course, I can hear where the suckage commences, though y’all probably don’t have a problem like that.  Once I get home, I’m usually eager to sit down and get to work, even if just for a half hour. I think this habit has prevented many a divorce between me and my writing projects.

Don’t have time to write? Sorry, but I don’t buy it. Make time. The story is in you and it’s your job to give it life.


Paula Gail Benson said...

Thanks, Carla. This is a message I needed to hear today. I'm going to follow your good advice.

Jim Jackson said...

To find out what is really important in someone's life we need only review their checkbook for how they earn and spend money and calendar (real, not imagined) for how they spend time.

So, I think you have nailed in Carla: if writing is really important, people will find the time--and if they can't perhaps something else is more important to them.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I've taken to placing my work on the coffee table by my sofa. If I want the table and the room to look neat--I have to slog through my revisions and my writing partners' critiques to get rid of the mess. Every time I lay on the sofa to read, I bump into all the stacks!

You're right, Carla, and thanks for the suggestion of sending it to Kindle. Now that will be an eye opener. Not sure if I have text to voice capabilities. I'll check it out.

Alyx Morgan said...

This has been a theme for me lately, Carla, so thanks for writing this. :o) I'm currently slogging through a rewrite that's daunting, ugly & part of me doesn't want to do it. But I've signed a 3-year lease for office space, so I need to get my money's worth.

Gloria Alden said...

Great blog, Carla. I'd be feeling even more guilty as I saw myself doing all that procrastinating you mention if I hadn't picked up that short story started several weeks ago and finished it this morning before going online. Such a sense of satisfaction I get, and probably all writers, when we've put in at least a few successful hours writing.