Category Archives: writing
Over the years I’ve developed habits while writing, some good and some bad. Here are a few of my personal do’s and don’ts when writing/editing.
- Do email myself a copy of the draft I’m working on everyday. Not only does this save a file in case my computer crashes (I’ve lost 50 pages before) it also gives me a writing record. Accountability.
- Don’t stop writing (rough draft) when frustrated. I have to remember that writing a character into a corner can create fabulous, productive frustration. That is not the time to walk away. That is the time to dig in, think, and analyze. It’s the magic portal past that top layer of fluffy clichés and memories of already written stories, to the raw imagination. Here is more on my thoughts about frustration and writing. Frustration: a writer’s BFF
- Do sit up straight. I’m constantly having to tell myself this.
- Don’t ignore story changes/suggestions/critiques. When I first read through a critique, sometimes I’ll disagree with a suggestion. But then I have to remind myself: if something took the reader out of my story, something is wrong. It might not be what the reader thinks it is, but there’s a problem that needs fixing. Here is more on my thoughts about critiques: Don’t Take Critiques at Face Value.
- Do trust myself and my work. I had a dream the other night that an artist was frantically rearranging her pictures on display at an art show. She couldn’t get them perfect. I told her she knew colors and she knew balance and at some point she had to trust herself. I then told her to stop and walk away and come back later to take a fresh look. ( I’m trying to take my own advise.)
- Don’t bring an entire box of snacks to my desk. I get hungry when I type ….
- Do put cut scenes in a separate computer file. I’m not a pack-rat in normal life, but in my writing life I’m like, “I might need that someday.” And even though I don’t think I’ve ever retrieved anything, it takes away all the anxiety when I highlight a page (or sentence) and hit delete. I’m not deleting it … I’m just moving it.
What are your personal do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing?
Love and Laughter,
4 of my 5 eBooks will be free on July 9th. This will give you a chance to grab a book you missed or become a first time reader. (I have five eBooks, however, only four are eligible for giveaways at this time. )
Jaclyn’s Ghost by Dorlana Vann
Ghosts, Mystery, and Fashion.
Can this diva solve her own murder, or will she be stuck in limbo forever?
Supernatural Mystery, Romantic Comedy
Supernatural Fairy Tales by Dorlana Vann
fairy tale + paranormal element = supernatural fairy tale
a collection of paranormal short stories inspired by fairy tales
Silverweed: a supernatural fairy tale by Dorlana Vann
In this Little Red Riding Hood-inspired supernatural fairy tale,
the roles of prey and predator become interchangeable.
Young Adult, Dark Fantasy
The Princes of Tangleforest by Dorlana Vann
How do you change
Princes the popular kids ?
Young Adult, fairy tale inspired
Here’s a fun list of songs for all you “Crazy” writers out there.
It’s difficult to know when to stop editing but eventually you have to “Let it Go.” Just remember “The Waiting is the Hardest Part.” And “It’s a Long Way to the top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)“. Whatever you do, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” you “Beautiful Dreamer,” you.
“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” – AC/DC
Love and Laughter,
Mask of various natures I have worn.
It’s different than the day I was born.
A senseless mistake was made on my part.
Now I exist in shadows and the dark.
My castle walls hide my grief and despair.
Servants, my companions, also prepare.
I find beauty in all except me.
Oh, life so cruel and as deep as the sea.
Wisdom is not always for those who sought.
Nor can virtue or selflessness bought.
I would give my wealth for bliss and song.
Freedom and affection I truly long.
Please stare at me as if I were classic
See beneath the hideous and ugly facade.
Love me for who I am, not what you see.
Then maybe my beauty will set you free.