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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


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 (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

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

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

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!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Good Writing Day by Carla Damron

Yesterday was a good writing day. You know what I mean. Yet I’m fairly sure that if I asked you to define “a good writing day,” I’d get dozens of different answers. Maybe it’s breaking through a plot tangle. Maybe it’s all about word count. Maybe it’s pushing through writer’s block or finally perfecting a difficult scene.

Or maybe it’s a fresh feeling of “yes, I see where we’re headed now.”

For me, it happens when I’m completely submerged in my story. I’ve left planet real life behind. I see what my protagonist sees, feel what she feels. I’m exploring who she is under all those layers she wears to keep others guessing. I so enjoy my day with her (or him) that I lose track of time.  She is a huge secret I closely guard until I’m ready to share her with others. I become selfish, savoring this private connection non-writers wouldn’t understand.

A good writing day doesn’t make me joyous or giddy. It makes me contemplative, content, and satisfied in a way little else does. Do painters or sculptors have the same emotions? Perhaps.

I suspect dopamine receptors are involved. Our own version of getting high.

I’m pretty sure actors and directors experience something comparable. I grew up in a theatrical family (in more ways than one). I’ve watched plays progress from words read awkwardly aloud to performances that soared. I suspect this happens when the actor reached a deeper, nearly magical connection with his/her character. I suspect that is a good acting day.

I have no control over what writing day will be a good one, though I wish I did. If it was available in pill form, I’d be an addict. Heck, I’d be a dealer and make a fortune. It’d be better than winning the lottery. But that is not how it works.

Maybe a good writing day is my random intermittent reinforcement. I remember from psych classes that behavior rewarded this way is the hardest to extinguish. Five days of sucky writing are easily overcome by a single good writing day, and we plow ahead hoping for another. (Real true fact: for golfers, an eagle on a single hole erases five balls lost in the woods). 

So my wish for you: thousands of good writing days ahead. Now, tell us about your version of a good writing day.


E. B. Davis said...

I know what a runner's high is, and after a good day of writing, I can't compare the two. I wish I could because then my confidence would go up. If I ran well, I know it. But I've been surprised at times by reactions to my writing. A piece I think is mediocre readers will love. A piece I love, they don't appreciate. The only way I judge a "good" writing day is if I've written a piece (chapter) that includes all of the points I wanted to include and wrote it in a way that I think will appeal.

I'm glad to hear that you've had a great writing day, Carla. Does that mean that your next book is nearing completion?

Paula Gail Benson said...

Carla, you're right. Directing a production can give you the same satisfaction when all the actors and factors come together. If only we could find what causes the combination to occur . . .

Jim Jackson said...

Oh an eagle erases many more than five lost balls!

You describe what athletes call being “in the zone.” Everything is in sharper focus, yet peripheral vision is enhanced. For basketball players you know where everyone is now and where they will soon be. Passes are sharp, shots smooth, etc.

~ Jim

KM Rockwood said...

I think you're right, Jim; it's being in "the zone." I recognize that feeling and connection with my characters. But alas, although it does always result in me feeling like I know my characters better and I'm feeling good about it, it seldom results in a good writing day for me. I go back and read what I have written, and it is more in depth character study and anecdotes than it is narrative.

Warren Bull said...

I usually recognize a good writing day when I look at the clock and see that hours have passed while I have been so involved in writing that I did not notice the passage of time.

Gloria Alden said...

A good writing day for me is when I finish a chapter or a short story and feel good about it. That it all seems to work well.

Other good days in addition to good writing days are when I'm finished projects that have been on my "to do" list for eons.

Shari Randall said...

A Good Writing Day (afternoon or evening is closer to reality) is when I look up and notice, as Warren does, that hours have sped by. I've left Planet Real Life (love that, Carla!) and I feel like I've been living along side my characters. That's when the plot moves effortlessly.
It's the Best Writing Day when I read what I've written and it makes sense. Bonus points if the funny (on purpose) parts make me laugh.

carla said...

I like the idea of the zone for writers. I wish to move in there.

Sarah Henning said...

A great writing day for me is when I can't stop smiling at a perfect bit of dialogue or a line that just FITS after far too much time waiting for it to come to me. It really doesn't have to be an especially prolific writing day. Really, if I only write 100 words but all of them make me feel like all is right in the world (and that 100 words of manuscript), I'm a happy camper!

Kara Cerise said...

A good writing day for me is when the pieces of the story puzzle fit together and the characters click with each other. Everything flows and feels right. Maybe that's being in the zone? But, I've noticed this only happens on the days when I'm not interrupted and can concentrate (not often enough).

Elizabeth Aldred said...

So THAT'S why I keep writing. Addicted to the occasional high of getting it right.