Friday, October 26, 2012

The Most Interesting Thing: Clubbing for Inspiration

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London
Lately I've been feeling uninspired. I've been working on various projects, but because of "recent events that shall remain nameless" my enthusiasm has waned. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up one of these mornings and feel that spark again. But as Mr. London said, I can't wait around for inspiration, I must go after it with a club. So what am I going to do? I'm going to grab that club and beat the heck out of the snide monster inside my head that's stealing my creativity and joy. I'm going to set goals. I'm going to read more books. I'm going to reach out to all of you for help. Please remind me of all the reasons I should not give up!

How do you go after inspiration with a club?

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Most Interesting Thing: Am I Annoying You?

"If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing."--Kingsley Amis

Speaking of annoying, have you met my little green buddy Ace Hansen ? If you're daring, you'll follow him on Twitter . He'll pester you, but maybe he'll make you laugh. And yes, he truly is annoying. 

Have you written a book that has the potential to annoy people? I have. Several. And I'm proud of them. Last year I had the privilege of being at a conference with one of my favorite authors, Laurie Halse Anderson. In her keynote address, she dared us children's writers to go forth and disturb the universe. I love to write disturbing things. Shocking things. But there's a fine line between disturbing and annoying. And when we annoy, we run the risk of bombardment by huge balls of criticism. Can we handle that?

What do you think of Mr. Amis statement? Do you hope to annoy somebody with your writing? Do you dare to disturb the universe?

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Most Interesting Thing: When to Send

"Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure." - Oliver Herford
Okay, okay. I know this antelope has nothing to do with submitting manuscripts, but we saw her yesterday and DH snapped her picture and I just couldn't resist posting her here. ^_^
So the BIG question that all of us face, whether we're newbies or oldbies: when is our WIP ready to be queried, or sent to our agent, or sent to an editor, or ready to go to print? I've said it before and I'll say it again: I could revise a manuscript every day for a hundred years and still find ways to make it better. Maybe I exaggerate, a little, but seriously, that's how I feel. So when do you let it go? Mr. Herford teaches a very important lesson in his humor. We never want to send our manuscripts in haste, right? And how many of us have stories of having done just that?
***Angelina raises her hand***
So my dear writers, how do you know when your sparkly novel is ready to be sent?

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Most Interesting Thing: Is Your Routine Lethal?

"If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It's lethal."--Paulo Coelho
For the past couple months I've been living one great adventure after another. And I love it. For me Mr. Coelho's words are dead on. Routines kill me. 

"But what about writing routines?" you may ask.

I do believe in a good writing routine, but sometimes that writing routine can turn into a deep writing rut. Then what? I have to change the routine. Change the kind of stories I write. Change POVs. Change tense. Change where I write. Change when I write. Change something. Change keeps my writing alive. What about you?

How do you keep your routine from becoming lethal?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Great New Tool for Your Writerly Toolbox

In her first non-fiction mini-book, Denise Jaden explores the stages and outlets of grief and how to implement them into your fiction to create more interesting characters and a more engaging plot. Some topics of this book include: grieving before the loss, spiritual matters, and how grief affects different ages, personality types and gender.

"Jaden's Writing With A Heavy Heart is a must-have for any writer's craft shelf. The combination of clear guidance and practical exercises allow writers to take their manuscripts to a deeper level."
- Eileen Cook Author of Unraveling Isobel and The Almost Truth

"Writing With A Heavy Heart absolutely nails the grieving process. I love the exercises included, because, to me, they make the whole thing a tangible help in applying it to a work in progress."
- Janet Gurtler, author of If I Tell and Who I Kissed

"Writing With A Heavy Heart has a lot of really good insights on grief and suggestions on how to incorporate them to fiction."
- Lee Strauss, author of The Perception Series

"Jaden's Writing with a Heavy Heart helped me add layers to my characters who experience loss. The tools provided in this piece make it practical in my writing projects."
- Cindy Callaghan, author of Just Add Magic and Purses, Palaces and Photographic Proof
Where can you get your hands on a copy?

The paperback version is available through Amazon. (The price is $6.99)

The e-book is available for $2.99 at: