Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I’m offering the Writers' Resources section, which is intended to get people to that blessed point where they can type the words THE END. So if you’re among those who want to finish (or even begin) a novel, check this section out – there may be something that you’ll find helpful.I spent half a day reading through Timothy's exercises and suggestions. Hopefully, this will help with finishing my own WIP's. If you're experiencing the same dilemma, I suggest you go on over and read Timothy's suggestions. Happy Writing
- One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk.
- One who is engaged in literary composition as a profession; an author; as, a writer of novels.
- A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East India Company, who, after serving a certain number of years, became a factor.
- The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.
- One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler.
- The editor of a periodical.
- An informant.
- To occasion; to originate.
- To tell; to say; to declare.
Writer or Author. Which is the correct title if you're unpublished?
There's a post at The Writing Life that's similar to this one, with a few links to other blogs on the subject. The more I read what other writer's thought and felt about this, the more I realized I wasn't alone.
I read somewhere that the term "Writer" is described as - one who writes, especially as a business or occupation (author, journalist, etc.) and the term "Author" is described as - one who makes or originates something; creator. The writer of a book, article, etc. For some reason, I feel uncomfortable calling myself an author. In my mind, I won't earn that title until I'm published. Until then, I'm a writer.
The term "author" to me, refers to someone who has a written a book (or article or whatever) that you are able to purchase, either online or at a brick and mortar store. It has a cover, an ISBN number and a Publisher. The lucky ones who've had the good fortune to accomplish this, IMO, are authors. Until you're published, you're a writer. Right...?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
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- Australia and New Zealand
- In a similar vein to the United Kingdom (see below), shopping occurs similarly in Australia and New Zealand, although some Australian states, including New South Wales are tightening restrictions on Boxing Day retail trading, deferring the post-Christmas sales to December 27. Boxing Day is not formally observed in the Australian state of South Australia, instead what would have been the next working day after Christmas is officially titled Proclamation Day and a public holiday is observed. . However, it is still referred to as Boxing Day.
- In Canada, Boxing Day is observed as a holiday, except (in some cases) for those in the retail business. Boxing Day and the days immediately following are when many retail stores sell their Christmas and retired model products by holding clearance sales. Some shoppers will line up for hours at night (sometimes before midnight and after midnight on December 26) for retailers to open their doors. Except in Quebec, retailers often open their stores earlier than usual, such as 6 or 7 am. Some retail companies internally refer to the sales week after Christmas as the "thirteenth month." (See Boxing Week.) It is similar to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, in the United States. Boxing Day 2005 was the single largest economic transaction day ever in the history of Canadian commerce (according to Visa). Individual big box stores can even gross over CAD$1,000,000 on one single Boxing Day.
- As an exception, most retail stores are not permitted to open on Boxing Day in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2006, Nova Scotia eliminated a similar ban on Boxing Day openings, although most retailers elected to continue past practice and remain closed that day. In these provinces, most stores offer the same specials on December 27 that they would offer elsewhere on the 26th. This distinction is not well known in central and western Canada.
- In addition to the retail aspect of the holiday, Boxing Day also serves as a second day for families to gather for dinner and to exchange gifts. Boxing Day dinner is, in many ways, just as much a part of many families traditions as Christmas dinner itself.
- Boxing Day has also been referred to as the day that people "box" up their Christmas decorations and put them away until next year.
- European countries
- Boxing Day is a holiday of peculiarly British origin, but in most years it falls on the same day as the Feast of St. Stephen (St. Stephen's Day - 26 December).
- See December 26#Holidays and observances
- South Africa
- In South Africa, Boxing Day is known in the official calendar as Day of Goodwill.
- In Irish it is called Lá Fhéile Stiofán or Lá an Dreoilín — the latter translates literally as another English name used, the Day of the Wren or Wren's Day. When used in this context, 'wren' is often pronounced 'ran'. This name alludes to several legends, including those found in Ireland linking episodes in the life of Jesus to the wren. In parts of Ireland persons carrying either an effigy of a wren, or an actual caged wren, travel from house to house playing music, singing and dancing. Depending on which region of the country, they are called Wrenboys, Mummers or Strawboys. A Mummer's Festival is held at this time every year in the village of New Inn, County Galway, Co. Galway. St Stephen's Day is also a popular day for visiting family members. A popular rhyme, known to many Irish children and sung at each house visited by the mummers goes as follows:
- The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, On St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze, Up with the kettle and down with the pan, Give us some money to bury the wren.
- St. Stephen's Day in Wales is known as Gŵyl San Steffan. Ancient Welsh custom, discontinued in the 19th century, included bleeding of livestock and "holming" (beating or slashing with holly branches) of late risers and female servants.
- CataloniaIn Catalonia it is called "Sant Esteve" and is a bank holiday, but not in the whole country of Spain.
Year One topics: Writing Basics: Ideas, Genres, Themes, Conflict and more Character development Worldbuilding Outlining Writing, including what to do when you get stuck Year Two topics: Completing your first draft The second draft Final edits Submission You might also consider buying the 2YN: Year 1 book, which is available in PDF (Download) format and which you can print out. This is the material that I'll present in the class, so it's not necessary that you have it. However, some people have found it helpful to have the book since they can look ahead and do the work in an order that is more natural to them, though they cannot post material before the class is presented on the boards. It is also helpful so you can do the work even if they are not able to get to the computer on days I put the material up. As always, there are no fees or special requirements, other than you be a member of Forward Motion. If you are interested, just post to this thread and I'll add you to the board when it's open.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
You have won a door prize via the Night Owl Romance Yahoo Group.Can you please send me your snail mail address.My direct email is (blank)
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
75% of the blogs I read have posted their Writers Christmas list, so I thought I'd get in on the fun. Who knows, maybe I have a secret Santa somewhere just waiting for me to post this list. :) Word 2007 RWA Membership Subscription to Writers Digest Subscription to Romantic Times Subscription to Wild West Magazine Digital Camera Studs 'N Spurs Calendar Women Writing the West Membership Gift Certificate(s) to Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon E-book Reader (Maybe) So, what's on your X-Mas list this year?
Monday, December 17, 2007
Carol, Congratulations! You won the Karma Sutra Honey Dust from our Blue Moon Magic giveaway. All you need to do is pick your favorite flavor...Original, Strawberries and Cream, or Raspberry. Just email me back to let me know your preference and I'll get it shipped to you. Happy Holidays,
Woo-hoo! Can you guess which one I picked? Strawberries and Cream, of course (the dh's favorite *grin*) This is the second thing I've won this past week. A couple of posts down, I blogged about the package of books I got in the snail mail last week. Remember, five books from romance author Ann Christopher's contest? I wonder if this is any indication of how my new year go! Maybe my luck will hold out long enough to snag a contract! Wouldn't that be nice? Happy Holidays!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
- Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase
- The Devils Waltz by Anne Stuart
- Just One of Those Things by Candace Hern
- Lord of Fire by Gaelen Foley
- A Passion for Him by Sylvia Day
- Four bookmarks
Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I ran across a couple of really nice writing exercises and thought I'd share.
- Create a Memory House by sketching a floor plan of any house in which you have lived. Now write a memory in each room. If a memory inspires you, write from it.
Here's another one:
- Take a sheet of paper and write"I remember" at the top of the page, then just write. Keep your hand moving and let the words flow. When you come to a stopping place, take a deep breath, let it out, write "I remember" again and keep going. Come back to this exercise often. Different days evoke different memories. Go back to the memory list later and highlight (or use a crayon to encircle) the ones that seem fresh and full of potential stories.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
- Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
- How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
- How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
- How to get your man to express his true "self"
- The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
- A man's journey in life
Although the title says "Romance Writers Association" authors of all genres are welcome to join.
In fact, we have one big fat rule about joining – we don’t exclude anyone. We want you here. We know we can learn from you and from each other.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
- *First prize – win yourself an editor for a year!
- *Two runners-up will be given editorial critiques of their first chapter entries and also a personal telephone consultation about their writing!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
- Empowering Character Emotions
- Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors: Allow Writing Productivity and Creativity to Soar
- Deep Editing; The Edits System , Rhetorical Devices and More
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Mostly D's: You are Jackie Collins. And you are naughty.I can live with that. What's your writing voice? Taken from THE WRITER'S LIFE blog by Kevin Alexander
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
Below I've listed some of my favorite resources. I'm not going to post the links to all of them because it's just too time consuming, but I will add to it from time to time, so please check back often. For additional resources check out my favorite blogs and links on the sidebar of this page. If you find a site you're interested in visiting and the link isn't on my sidebar or listed below, do a google search. 99% of the writing eloops and groups that I have listed are hosted on Yahoogroups. You can do a search for any of the groups right from the Yahoo Groups home page. If you do the above, you shouldn't have a problem finding any of these resources on google or yahoo groups, but if you do, just leave me a comment and I'll be glad to point you in the right direction. And, if you know of any resources that I haven't mentioned or that you think might be of interest to me or if this post has helped you in any way, please leave a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear from you (plus, I'm working on my writing karma and I'd like to know how that's coming along). :) Again, I'll be adding links and resources as time allows, so check back often. Happy writing! Contests (These are all free or, at the very least all they ask for is a donation)
- Chase the Dream Contest
- First Line Contest
- Gather First Chapter Romance Writing Competition
- American Title
- 2007 Brava Novella Contest
- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
- Wild Rose Press Through the Gate Contest
- Cata-Romance and Cata-SingleTitles.com Board and email loop CoffeeTime Romance Board and email Loop Author Vicky Hinze Website- Lots of good articles and she offers the email list AIDS FOR
- WRITERS. It's not very active, but the mini courses you do get are great. Lovestory-L Critique Group - This online/email critique group offers separate eloops for other genres as well
- NOR - Night Owl Romance Forum (also offers a newsletter)
- Between Your Sheets - Forum and newsletter
- Western Romance Writers
- Romantic Times Magazine - offers free newsletter, tips and more
- Writer's Digest Magazine - offers free newsletters, market news, wititing tips, home of the 101
- Best Writer's websitessites, forum and much, much more
- Write Literary Magazine
- The Writer Magazine - offers free tips, forum, newsletter
- Stephie Smith, Internationally Published Author - Great writer's resource website, including
- contest listings, articles and more
- RWA Site - Lists publishers, Agents and more
- P&E - Preditors and Editors Book Publisher Listings
- eHarlequin - Learn to Write
- Historical Romance Club
- Rom Critters - Critique Group
- HollyLisle.com - Great Resources, articles, workshops, free ebook downloads and more
- The Internet Writing Workshop - Critique group
- Romance Writer's World (RWW)
- Charlott Dillon's Resources for Romance Writer's
- Romance Writing Tips - MSN Group
- Agent Query - Online Agent Database
- The Agent List
- Authorlink.com About Editors-Agents-Writer's-Books-Author's
- The Muse Online Writers Conference - Online conference
- Character Building Workshop
- Tara K. Harper Writer's Workshop
- He Wrote, She Wrote: How To Write Workshop
- Vivian's Notebook
- Author Mia Zachary - Great Resources
- Writing in the Margins The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation - Link to order the book, but website has links to grammer rules, resources, articles and a newsletter
- Lisa Gardner - Lisa has a great lecture packet, The Dreaded Synopsis
- Critique Circle - A really nice critique forum. You have to register, but it's free. They also offer a paid membership, but the free one is just as good.
- WriteRomance Critique Group
- Historical Fiction Books Forum
- Novel Sisterhood (Forum)
- Novel Sisterhood (Yahoogroup)
- Rose Colored Glasses (Yahoogroup)
- Write,Read,Romance (Forum)
- WriteReadRomanceWriters (Yahoogroup)
- Cynthia Sterling Market News - This is the best market newsletter I've ever come across. If you don't do anything else, make sure you sign up for this newsletter. Publishers Lunch (paid & free)
- Funds for Writers
- Fiction Factor
- Freelance Writing Organization
- Literary Liaisons
- The Write Way
- The Writer Gazette
- Write Success
- Writer's Digest Newsletter(s) - there are several Romantic Times Newsletter
- All About Romance
- Literary Liaisons
- Scribe & Quill Newsletter
- Vision A Resource For Writers (online newsletter)
- FinishTheDarnBook-writers support group
- RW-C - Charlotte Dillon's group. Also, check out her romance writers resource website. This is a great starting point, one that helped me in the beginning (and still does). Charlotte also offers a critique group.
- Carmel's Group
- Western Romance Writers - also offers Western Romance Wrtiter's critique group
- Marketing for Romance Writers - also offers free courses
- Samhain Cafe
- Wester Romance Writers - and critique group, too
- World Romance Writers
- Writers Resource Central
- Contest Alert
- Earthly Charms
- Edit Tips
- WRW - World Romance Writers
- Romance Contests
- Bookends, LLC - right now Bookends agent Jessica Faust is offering a FREE Pitch critique.
- The Knight Agency
- The Rejecter
- Single Titles
- Miss. Snark
- Lit Agent X
- Writer Beware!
- Cruse'n With Lonnie
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Believe me, I miss my RWA Membership. I miss the sister chapters I belonged to. I miss the camaraderie and I miss the RWR (Romance Writer Report), which is RWA's official monthly Newsletter, which is chock full of valuable information. It lists the current market changes, upcoming contests, contest winners, who's had their first sale and just about everything else you can think of. Joining RWA is the best thing an aspiring romance writer can do to learn and grow in her or his writing career. But, sometimes things happen. They just do. You, your husband or God forbid, you both get laid off. The business or corporation you work for go under. Someone falls ill. There are a million and one things that can happen and when/if it does, you're forced to prioritize.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had the misfortune to find herself in this position. Hopefully, it's temporary and before long, I'll be able to join RWA again. But, until then, what do you do? How do you learn and grow and keep up with the highly competitive romance writing industry? Believe it or not, there are a LOT of things you can do. Just because you're not a RWA member doesn't mean it's the end of the world. It doesn't mean that you won't have the same opportunities and tools that a RWA member has. It only means that you'll have to take a different route to find them.
The opportunities are out there. There are lots of romance writing groups and lists and many offer free writing courses and workshops. They have author and agent speakers, offer up tips, articles, advice and just about anything else you can think of. But what about contests? Are the only contests available to romance writers RWA sponsored contests? The answer is no. There are quite a few contests available these days that are not RWA sponsored. And a perfect example is the two contests I've been talking about the past few weeks here on my blog.
Six years ago when I first started writing romance, I didn't know that other contests, like the ones I just mentioned, existed. And maybe at that time they didn't. Or maybe they did but I just never knew about them. Whatever the reason, I discovered that they do indeed exist. And, the majority of them are free. Sure, there are RWA contests offered for non-members, but there's still the entry fee. And those fees can add up. And if you're unable to afford the entry fee, much less the $100 RWA first time enrollment fee just to become a member, this is the route to go.
Besides the many non-RWA writers lists and egroups and courses available, there are also non-RWA contests available. And, these contests are just as good or BETTER than some of the RWA sponsored ones. And, as with the RWA sponsored contests, they're also great opportunities to get your MS in front of an editor and/or agent.
Take Leah Michaels and Rachelle Chases' Chase the Dream Contest. Both Leah and Rachelle are established, well known, published authors. They know they're stuff. I was honored to have my little 1,000 word entry critiqued by them. And, who better to get a critique and get advice from than published, well established authors like Leah Michaels and Rachelle Chase? I learned a lot, possibly more in that critique than I learned in a long time. And, not only is that, IMHO, an invaluable experience, just the fact that they (and other contests put together by other well established authors) have a wonderful line-up of judges is reason enough to enter.
This is one of the best ways for a pre-published author to get noticed, whether your a member of RWA or not. This is a way to get your manuscript in front of an editor and/or agent without the help of a RWA sponsored contest. Just look at the line-up of judges for this years Chase the Dream Contest:
- PAULA EYKELHOF, Executive Editor, Harlequin Everlasting
- HILARY SARES, Editor, Kensington Publishing
- RAELENE GORLINSKY, Publisher, Elloras Cave and Cerridwen Press
- ELAINE ENGLISH, of Elaine P. English PLLC — Attorney and Literary Agent
- CHERYL FERGUSON, of Ferguson Literary Agency — Literary Agent
- CHRISTINE WITTHOHN, Agent, Book Cents Literary Agency
Not too shabby, aye?
End of Part 1
Because this post ended up being so long, I decided to split it into two separate ones. Please check back in a couple of days for part 2 of my article on Resources for the Non-RWA Newbie
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Woo-hoo! I did it again - I made it to round #4 in Karin Tabke's First Line Contest! Yes!
Another week of waiting to look forward to. I'm not complaining, mind you. I'm just amazed!
My entry is #6 if you want to check it out.
Wish me luck - again!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
My entry is #5 if you want to take a look.
Wish me luck - again!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"You’re very welcome, Carol. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your entry - the writing is smooth, with a nice balance of narrative and action, which gave it just the right pacing. And, I love forced marriage stories. In fact, in my first class with Leigh, I wrote a modern day forced marriage story, and she pointed out the many ways it was not believable. (She was correct). LOL Well, you obviously do not have this problem, as yours is believable."I loved this. Rachelle went on to explain the reason she'd have my opening scene in the heroines POV and WHY. And that's the best part. She explained why and how it would make the reader more sympathetic with my heroine. The biggest problem (and ONLY problem) both Leah and Rachelle had with my entry was the opening character POV. Needless to say, I took their suggestions to heart and I will absolutely apply them to my WIP. Here's what else Rachelle had to say in addition to the very nice comment below: "this was a well written scene":
"At any rate, much success to you with this story. You’re a talented writer with a great story idea and I’d love to find out what happens to Mairin at Don Garcia’s house. "I've been doing the Snoopy Dance since yesterday. My DH is beginning to think I'm going crazy. Do you blame me? If you'd like to see Rachelle's (and Leah's) critique, click here. I'm off to apply my changes. Wish me luck!