Spring for Love: Blog Hop and Giveaway

spring for love blog hop

Hi friends,

I will be participating in the Spring for Love Blog Hop and Giveaway Friday March 27, 2015 through Sunday March 29, 2015. This is going to be an awesome event featuring novels by Soul Mate Publishing authors, and there will be a drawing for a fabulous prize!

The authors who will be visiting my site this weekend are:

Friday: Dale Ibitz
Saturday: J.R.Richardson
Sunday: Densie Webb

Be sure to stop by to find out about their books, what they love about spring, and enter the drawing.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

My Poor Neglected Back-Burner Story

I started writing the rough draft for my Hansel and Gretel inspired young adult book back in February 2010. I’ve worked on it off and on throughout the years – although most of 2014 past without me even opening the file – but my progress keeps getting interrupted by different projects, like in 2012 when the idea for The Trouble with Snowmen (Trouble with Men series summer 2015) hit me, and it wouldn’t let me go until I finished writing it … and then, you know, I had to write book 2 (The Trouble with Scarecrows).

A few months ago, I dusted it off and read over it, and these were some of my thoughts:

  • I should have taken better notes.
  • My rough drafts are more like outlines. Unfinished, vague outlines …
  • It doesn’t matter where I intended this story to go before, it will either come back to me or new ideas (better ones hopefully) will emerge.
  • The concept is solid, I can work with this.

This has been my main project but now I have something else tapping me on the shoulder – book 3 of the Trouble with Men series – But I want to at least get finished with a solid rough draft … or at least take better notes. Well, hopefully one day this poor story will make it to second draft!

Love and Laughter,
Dorlana

Book Series!

I just signed a contract with Soul Mate Publishing for a second book. I’m very excited to announce my series: The Trouble with Men.

Book 1: The Trouble with Snowmen (August 2015)
Book 2: The Trouble with Scarecrows (TBA)

I am also in the brainstorming (prewriting) stage of a third book.

Love and Laughter,
Dorlana

Do’s and Don’ts From Dorlana’s Writing Desk

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 advice.)
  • 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, Dorlana

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