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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


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Comparison by Julie Mulhern

The writing process is a slow one. I compare it to drawing a picture. First, I draw a rough idea, bold strokes without much depth. Then I fill in—a bit of shadow here, a bit of light here. Finally, I step back, erase the smudges, and decide if more work is needed.

Here’s a snippet, start to finish:

Version 1
I awakened the next morning to Consuela’s whines. She needed a trip to the park, please. Now, please.
I pulled on leggings and a hoodie and grabbed her leash.
The lobby remained quiet (my barefoot arrival last night was probably the most excitement it had seen in months). Consuela and I exited to the park.

Version 2
            I pried open my eyes.
            Yip!” Consuela needed a trip to the park, please. Now, please.
            I fumbled for my phone and peered at the time. Seven.
            Was it too early to call Thor?
            Yip!” Me first!
            I groaned, but I pulled on leggings and a hoodie, jammed my new phone and a credit card in my pocket, and grabbed her leash.
            The lobby remained quiet (my barefoot arrival was probably the most excitement it had seen in months), and Consuela and I exited without spotting anyone but the concierge.

Version 3
            I pried open my eyes.
            Yip!” Consuela needed a trip to the park, please. Now, please.
            I snuggled deep into the sheets. “Five more minutes.”
            Yip.” Absolutely not.
            I fumbled for the phone and peered at the time. Seven.
            Ugh. I pushed onto my elbows. Was it too early to call and check on Thor? My sleep-clumsy fingers fumbled with the buttons.
            Consuela glared at me and danced on her paws as if another second’s delay meant the ruination of Yurgi’s carpets. “Yip!” Me first!
            “Just let me—”
            “Fine.” I dropped the phone, pulled on leggings and a hoodie, and grabbed her leash.
            Except for the excited click of Consuela’s nails, the lobby remained quiet (last night’s barefoot arrival was probably the most excitement it had seen in months).
I waved at the politely smiling concierge, and Consuela and I exited to the park.

That’s revision—how do you write and revise?


Jim Jackson said...

It's always interesting to see how others go about their work. Some move from pare to lush, others from verbose to lean. I tend to go from spare to too much and then cut back to what I hope is the right mix.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Fascinating! Based on a detailed critique of a first draft I received yesterday, I throw everything on the page and hope it makes sense, and then revise with a chisel, sentence by sentence.

Kait said...

Love a behind the scenes look at another writer's process. Thanks for sharing, Julie! I tend to edit even in the first draft. As I finish a chapter, I take off my writer hat and put on my editor hat. It helps to catch some of the groaners early on!

E. B. Davis said...

Like Kait, I revise until I like what is on the page before I go on, which can be a waste of time. But at other times, fleshing out a scene provides me with ideas that I can go forward with. Thanks for the examples, Julie.

carla said...

I try to don my mean editor personality and be merciless. I do my best revising when I'm less in love with the material!

KM Rockwood said...

I work on a section, rewriting and editing, until I am reasonably happy with what it says. I then put it on a back burner and let it stew, knowing that I will have to revise it later on. I tend to be lean in description (and some emotions) categories, so when I go back to flesh it out, I watch for that.

Sometimes a critique partner will point out something I didn't realize needed extensive revision. Right now, I'm struggling with a scene in a factory on where the protagonist is working on a powder coat line. I evidently didn't make the operation clear enough. The critique partner asked about paint (it's not paint! Powder coat is a polymor) and, if it was a powder, why the people weren't wearing respirators or masks (the coating itself takes place in a booth, which recovers almost all of the overspray, and the powder sticks to the item, which are run then through a curing oven) Obviously I don't want an information dump on the powder coating process, but this comment makes me realize my description is not adequate. Maybe I should switch it to a lacquer line?

Grace Topping said...

I wish that I could write a complete first draft without revision. But I can't go on to the next chapter without reviewing and revising, multiple times, what I just completed. So I will make multiple passes of my work before it is finished.