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Writing Diary Entry #4

June 22 – June 28

This week went to book 3 of my series. And I didn’t actually have a chance to write on it at the end of the week. I didn’t work on the fairy tale at all, and it doesn’t look good for this week either. I received some edits back from my editor, and so that will also go on this list – (it will also be measured as time spent.) So since this isn’t just a rough draft diary entry any longer, I will have a new title for these posts.

Trouble with Men Series book #3 – words written: 4283

What I find interesting about this book (and book 2) is that it wouldn’t exist without The Trouble with Snowmen. The main female character was only mentioned in Snowmen (book 1)  and the main male character has a minor role in The Trouble with Scarecrows (book 2) When I created their characters in the other books I didn’t know they would be the hero and heroine in this book. But while brainstorming they ended up being perfect opposites (which is the Tropes for the series) I’m not a pre-book character profiler – that’s work – yuck, and I have to get them into situations before I know how they will react. I’m over 12k in the book and have learned a lot about them. It has still been somewhat frustrating but I have to remember that frustration is a writer’s BFF. The story also took an unexpected turn. And now I have a few chapters that I have ideas for, which is always good.

YA Fairy Tale Inspired – time spent – 0 hours

Sorry backburner story ….

The Trouble with Scarecrows (book 2 Trouble with Men series) Time spent – 2 hours

I read over the notes and started working on edits for chapter 1 – I have some of my own changes also that I have been comparing with what edits were sent to me.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Don’t Ignore your Inner Editor

(Writing advice I disagree with #1)

I believe NANOWRIMO made the advice to never go back and edit during your rough draft stage very popular. And, over the years, it seems to be one of the top items on everyone’s writing suggestions. Keep your focus forward – Don’t look back – Ignore your inner editor – Just get that word count!

A couple of days ago, I wrote the first 2011 words of my book. According to my progress graph (on the right side bar), I had completed 4% of my goal. But then I thought about where I needed this story to go. I’m not an outliner, but I do have major turning points/scenes of the book in my head. And the beginning that I had just written was not going to get me there. I had to go back and fix it.

I didn’t have to start at a blank page again, but I did have to rewrite a lot of it. And I probably rewrote at least 1500 words. But my word count didn’t go up that much. My new word count is 2394, which – according to the progress bar – is still 4%. No progress. But I disagree. If I would have pushed on, ignored my inner critic, I would have wasted a lot of time because my entire concept would have failed.

(Side Note – I have had success with the NaNo method. I wrote my two YA fairy tale inspired books this way. However, I have two other 50,000-word drafts that I haven’t touched because they are horrible messes. So for me, it worked half the time.)

So although you do have to have words to complete a novel, you can’t only judge your progress by your word count. And sometimes doing what is best for your book might not always agree with the advice of the masses.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

(More post on – Writing Advice I Disagree With – coming soon.)

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Finding Myself … as a Writer

A few weeks ago, we were cleaning our storage room, and I found box after box of my writing stuff – some of it dated back twenty years, some of it was awful, and there were some beginnings without endings. But what I found more interesting was the variety of topics and genres I’d explored early on: poetry, short stories, cookbook ideas (I’ve always been somewhat of a foodie), children’s crosswords, nonfiction articles, and on and on it went – Clearly, I was trying to find myself as a writer.

My first novel was in there; I probably spent ten years on that thing, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever pursue it further. I was a huge V.C. Andrews fan at the time, and I infused family saga with my love of the 1920s. But over the years, when I tried to reopen it and edit, I realized the story just wasn’t me anymore. Maybe it never was – it was V.C. Andrews’.

About ten years ago, I started the rough draft of my second book, Jaclyn’s Ghost, and started out the same way I had with the first book. At the time, I was reading Anne Rice, and I’ve always loved paranormal. I was going to write a scary ghost story … but I did something different, I let my characters lead the way and it came out as a romantic comedy – and that was when I finally found the genre that inspired me – quirky paranormal romance.

My short stories started out kind of simple and pointless, and now I know exactly which story sparked a turning point:  “Phone Calls and Dwarfs.”  I had discovered fairy tales and how to purposely use something as inspiration to ignite my imagination. I started a website, Supernatural Fairy Tales, and, for a couple of years, I gave myself a challenge each month to write and post a short story with two criteria – fairy tales and paranormal. (Later, I wrote four YA novels inspired by some of these stories.)

A couple of years ago, I decided to go a different route and write a contemporary romance (The Trouble with Snowmen) without fairy tale inspirations or anything supernatural … wrong. Albeit they aren’t the main genre of the book, but they still snuck in there.

So, after many years of trial and error, I believe I have found myself as a writer – or it found me and won’t let go. And if you happen to pick up a copy of The Trouble with Snowmen  (Soul Mate Publishing Summer 2015) you’ll know the origin of all the elements (romantic comedy, fairy tales, and paranormal) that wiggled their way into my story.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Spring For Love: blog hop and giveaway – Featuring Author Dale Ibitz

spring for love blog hop Hi friends,

Welcome to the first day of the weekend long Spring for Love blog hop and giveaway!

My guest today is author Dale Ibitz. Dale was born in Oxford, Connecticut, grew up in the state of Washington, and then re-located back to Connecticut as an adult where she studied English at Central Connecticut State University. She never left, choosing Connecticut as her permanent home. Dale’s a fan of hiking and the outdoors, and she never, ever starts the day without chocolate and coffee (preferably together).

What does Dale like most about spring?

“Green. After a long winter of nothing but stark white, love the green that blooms. There’s no other green like spring-green!”

Dale Ibitz’s latest novel Kiss Me Dead is available on Amazon

Dalt Ibitz - KissMeDead

One curse …
Christian, a nineteen-year-old reaper-human hybrid enslaved to the Other World to harvest souls, earns his freedom by making a bargain with the Goddess of Death. As part of the bargain, he’s been cursed with the kiss of death.

One kiss …
The only way Christian can break his curse is for an angel to kiss him. Willingly. He finds Brooke, a nineteen-year-old descendant of a Naphil whose destiny is to hunt rogue reapers. But she’s hiding, suffocating in a semi-agoraphobic cocoon since witnessing a reaper steal her brother’s soul.

Two destinies …
Christian has found the angel who can break his curse, and the seduction begins. To break her phobia’s hold, Brooke embraces her angelic role and makes it her mission to kill rogue reapers, trying to avenge her brother’s murder.

 Christian can break his curse by kissing Brooke dead. Brooke can avenge her brother’s murder by killing Christian. Neither planned to fall in love.

Giveaway:

Visit the Spring for Love’s Rafflecopter to find out how you can win a $50.00 Amazon gift card or other fun gifts!  (Enter Here)

Visit Dale Ibitz on the web:

Website
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More books by Dale Ibitz:

Last Moon Rising Boxset (Books 1 -3)

Blood Tied (Last Moon Rising #4)

Thanks for visiting! Stop by tomorrow; I will be featuring author Jo Richardson. And make sure to visit all the participating author’s websites for more chances to win and to get the info on new and upcoming titles from Soul Mate Publishing.

Love and laughter,

Dorlana

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