Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Writing Down the Bones: Dashes vs Ellipsis

You know...

I love to show the topics of these blogs as I write...

So you can see what I'm talking about...

As I explain them...

ellipsis, the...that people love to use.  This is to show where the conversation just drops off. When the character is trying to gather their thoughts, or are hesitant to say what needs to be said.

Not to be confused with the dash which is used when the character is interrupted. You know, when you're talking -

and something cuts you off.

These two get mixed up a lot. Here's what I mean:

"I wish...I wish to ask a question." This shows hesitancy. Like a child wanting to know something but she is afraid she'd be told it is none of her business.

"Listen - Hey, I need to ask a question." This shows the speaker was interrupted but continued anyway.

Ellipsis should be used sparingly, same thing with the dash. People don't trail off that often and the only time they get interrupted is when they are arguing or maybe in a large crowd where everyone is talking at once. If you're going to use them it should come across as realistic. With ellipsis it is when your character is trying to gather their thoughts, or are afraid, hesitant, or sleepy. With dashes it's when they're in an argument, someplace where they don't want to be overheard by the wrong people, or a large crowd where everyone is talking. I'm sure there are other ways to use these but my brain only came up with these reasons.

If you want to emphasis part of a sentence sometimes, a comma will do the trick. So will a period. See what I'm saying? I know the comma is out of place but you paused after the word sometimes. The same thing happened at the end of the sentence then you saw the word trick. You can work your sentences so the part you want emphasized happens naturally.

Another thing about ellipsis and dashes are they stop in the middle of a thought. If the whole thought is there then you should use a period. When you do use them, at least for the electronic world, don't put an spaces between the word and the ... Because if you do...the editor or publisher has to fix that. Dashes are a bit trickier because it depends on which word program you're using.

Just remember if your hero or heroine...

Is constantly trailing off...

or-

Interrupted it can make your reader stop reading long enough to question how strong a character they are. If the character can't finish a sentence is he or she worthy of your reader's time? Our job as writers is to suspend the readers disbelief and it's hard when we do things that keep pulling them out of a story.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Random Thoughts: The Mayan Calendar

So the Mayan calendar ends today. It's the winter solstice and the galactic alignment. Big day for our planet and the galaxy.

I've been watching this stuff with a childlike wonder. What if? You know that is one of my favorite questions. It's what drives me to write the SF/Futuristic stories I do. I love it when science and old world beliefs merge. Too cool for words.

My mind is wondering what will happen. Will it be what the doomsday sayers are predicting? If so will the human race survive? My personal question is will I have power to use my laptop so I can continue to write? Or will I have to go to pen and paper. I'm ready either way.

Or will it be a shift in the way the planet sees things. The law of attraction and a world of enlightenment? I'm a bit of an optimist so I lean this way. My son has a wonderful imagination. He's hoping for superpowers where he can control fire. Personally, I want teleportation and an infinite life if I get a choice. Wonder if there will there be a line?

The great part is that the waiting is almost over. Oh, by the way Dec 21st is on the calender so we might have to wait until Dec 22nd for anything to happen.

Barb:)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Writing down the bones: LY words

LY - you know, those lovely little helping words that can really help enhance your story? But really, over using them can basically clog your story. Can you see what I mean by this paragraph? No? Let me try again.

Here's an example. This is from book 7 of my The Vespian Way series:

Heather really wanted to scream. She also really wanted to punch something. Trapped in a room with her Storm clone had her going slightly crazy. She really needed a break. “Can we go somewhere?”
“Not until you are intimate with me.”
“I’m not going to listen to you anymore.” She sat on the couch, cross legged and put her lovely hands over her ears. Time to act like she was really losing it. Anything to get her way. She had been grudgingly trapped there for three days and really needed a break.
“Heather.” Exasperation laced his voice.
She hummed softly to herself, keeping her gaze to the floor.
He grabbed her by the arms and physically dragged her to her feet. “You will do as you’re told.”
“You’re hurting me.”
He let go instantly. “I have been told to not be so lenient with you.”
“So what are you going to do? Force me?”
“Reasta has threatened something far worse. She wants to drug you. Make you forget.” He looked at her softly with sadness. “I have asked for a little more time to convince you this is the only way.”
“Not here. Not where she can watch.”
“You will be intimate with me if we go to the hydroponic’s lab?”
She really wanted to back up time and basically keep her mate alive. “Yes.”
“I will speak to Reasta.”

Now here's the same scene without all the ly words - which one seems stronger to you?

Heather wanted to scream. She also wanted to punch something. Trapped in a room with her Storm clone had her going crazy. She needed a break. “Can we go somewhere?”
“Not until you are intimate with me.”
“I’m not going to listen to you anymore.” She sat on the couch, cross legged and put her hands over her ears. Time to act like she was losing it. Anything to get her way. She had been trapped there for three days and needed a break.
“Heather.” Exasperation laced his voice.
She hummed to herself, keeping her gaze to the floor.
He grabbed her by the arms and dragged her to her feet. “You will do as you’re told.”
“You’re hurting me.”
He let go instantly. “I have been told to not be so lenient with you.”
“So what are you going to do? Force me?”
“Reasta has threatened something far worse. She wants to drug you. Make you forget.” He looked at her with sadness. “I have asked for a little more time to convince you this is the only way.”
“Not here. Not where she can watch.”
“You will be intimate with me if we go to the hydroponic’s lab?”
She wanted to back up time and keep her mate alive. “Yes.”
“I will speak to Reasta.”

Now to be honest I have learned to leave the ly words out so adding them is hard for me - that is why you see really a lot. I just couldn't think of any other word. But like any new author I probably liberally salted my manuscripts with them in the beginning, but good critique partners and great editors helped me learn to not use them.

There are times when you can use the ly word, but it should be done in moderation. You'll find a lot of writing is done that way. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Shameless Promoting - But Not for me!

I think I'm a little bit crazy but I am helping promote several of the authors for the house I edit for - Melange Books. It's been fun trying to work this into my busy schedule, but I think I did it. We'll see how well tomorrow.

We will be at the Latte Lounge with Coffee Time Romance's and more! We have authors from several  genre's showing up. So come one by and check out what they have to say. I gave them homework to do - heehee.

It's an all day affair were you can post questions and leave comments plus several of our authors are doing giveaways.

I'll be supervising and maybe posting about my book filled with my funny lighthearted short story romances and well as the anthology I am in. Okay so maybe a little shameless promotion for me too but mostly for the publisher - I swear!

The address is: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=435

We're going to have a good time! Please stop by and say Hi!!!

The date: Dec 15th, Saturday

Time all day

Attending Authors:
Jody Vitek
Barbara Donlon Bradley
Sultry Summers
Nancy Prinni/Nancy Schumaker
John Steiner
Joanne Myers
Joanne Tucker
Shannon Kennedy
Stan Hampton Sr.

Barb:)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Random Thoughts

There are days when everything goes right. The birds are chirping the sun is shining and all is right with the world. Then there are days when you wake up late. Leave something important behind and things just go bad to worse.

This is one of those days. Week even. I'm hoping it's not the whole month.

I'm an optimist.  Yet I let things get to me. Not quiet sure why, but my mom is a worry wart so I could have inherited it. And it's crazy things. Like this blog. I've been trying to log in all day but couldn't. When I tried a different browser it said the blog didn't exist.

What?

Needless to say I have been successful logging in, but not knowing what was going wrong made me question my sanity a little. I still have no answer to what happened, but once again the birds are chirping and all is right with the world.



Sunday, December 2, 2012

Writing Down the Bones: More about tags

So back to the he said she said. These tags help your reader know who's talking.

There are several places you can place your tags - before, in the middle or after dialog.

If you put the tag first:
I see a lot of new writers do this. They start with description, then do dialog, then put a he said or she said at the end as well. You don't need all that. If you have something in the beginning, and it identifies the character speaking, that is all you need.

Here's an example:

Mary sat at the bar, nursing her soda. "I wondered when you'd get here," said Mary.
Her friend sat next to her.

With the part about Mary nursing her drink we already know where she is and what she is doing. If the dialogue is in the same paragraph as the description then as a reader you're going to assume that Mary is the one talking. That extra tag isn't needed.

So lets look at it again:
Mary sat at the bar, nursing her soda. "I wondered when you'd get here."
Her friend sat next to her.

Having the description, or tag, before the dialog will also slow down your action. If you have too many it will make the scene drag. so you need to make sure you have your tags at the right places.

"I wondered when you'd get here." Mary sat at the bar, nursing her drink.
Her friend sat next to her.

Having the dialog first picks up the pace a little more.

Now let's see how this changes again when the dialogue is last.

Mary sat at the bar, nursing her drink.
Her friend sat next to her.
"I wondered when you'd get here," said Mary.

The pace of the scene changes with each of these examples.

Tags are sneaky little devils. They seem to be something simple, but as you can see they are an important part of your story. They give information to your reader, help set the pace, and let us know who's talking.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shameless Promoting again and a quick update

I wanted to make those of you who visit my blog aware that my laptop has gone into the shop and I am without - I have to borrow (steal) from family (son in particular) to get to the internet. Stupid video card went out - very grateful for my warranty but I feel lost without it. Just giving everyone fair warning that it will effect my writing time and internet time so my posts might be a little more sporadic.

I have been working on editing information on this blog. Blame it on being a past president for my local RWA chapter. Wanting to help other writers is in my blood. I love doing it but I can't seem to get those out as fast so I'm going to try something so there isn't a big gap between my posts. Once a week I'm going to post about random thoughts as well as continue with my writing down the bones series. We'll see how well I do at that.

Now to the shameless promoting. If you're one the erotic e-loop http://groups.yahoo.com/group/karendevinkaren/
I will be chatting tomorrow night, Nov 28th from 7 pm - 10 pm. I'll be talking about why I write paranormal. Posting info on my newest series and that kind of thing. Please come by and say hi if you can.

Barb:)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Writing Down the Bones: Dialogue and Tags

It's hard to talk about dialogue without talking about tags. The' he said' and 'she said' tag is the most simple one to use to make sure your reader knows whose talking.  There are others to use as well. There's the action tag - one of my favorites. It helps me combine several things at the same time.

Let me give you an example - this is from my WIP, book 7 of the Vespian Way:



Fridon walked to the medlab feeling paranoid. Was the doctor a clone too? Could he trust him with his theories?
“Fridon? What brings you here?”
“Thought I’d ask if you have found your mate yet?”
“No, and I’m worried. She has never been gone longer than a day and it had been several weeks. Anseri was very upset when her daughter disappeared when I first met Toki, but now. I don’t know. She’s not behaving properly.”
“So you have noticed it too.”
“Yes, why hasn’t she pushed to bring my sister home? Heather has been on that ship since Storm died when she should be here with family to help her cope.”
“One of the reasons I came to see you.”
“What do you need?”
“A way to tell if someone has been cloned.”
“That’s easy. What will take time is disguising the scanner so no one notices.” Kuarto turned to his computer screen. “Be glad I was one step ahead of you and have already been working on this.”
“Can you load it into this?” He pulled out the little device he had created.
“Yes.” Kuarto grinned. “And I can do it immediately.”

That is the rough draft - mostly dialogue with a few tags toward the end.

Now here is the same scene with the type of tags I like to use:


Fridon walked to the medlab feeling paranoid. Was the doctor a clone too? Could he trust him with his theories?
“Fridon? What brings you here?” Kuarto looked up from his work. Fridon wasn't one to sit in an office, he found the doctor working on the main computer of the center. Micali was on a break so Kuarto was the only one there.
“Thought I’d ask if you have found your mate yet?”
“No, and I’m worried. She has never been gone longer than a day and it had been several weeks.” He looked at the door before focusing  back on Fridon. “Anseri was very upset when her daughter disappeared when I first met Toki, but now? I don’t know. She’s not behaving properly.”
“So you have noticed it too.” Fridon noticed Kuarto seemed a little worried about who could be listening in.
"It's hard not to. She has forbade me from looking for Toki."
"What?" Fridon found that hard to believe.
“I don't understand why either and it raises more questions." Kuarto ran his fingers through his hair in frustration. "Why hasn’t she pushed to bring my sister home? Heather has been on that ship since Storm died when she should be here with family to help her cope.”
“One of the reasons I came to see you.” Time to see if the doctor was going to help him.
“What do you need?”
“A way to tell if someone has been cloned.”
“That’s easy. What will take time is disguising the scanner so no one notices.” Kuarto turned to his computer screen and pulled up data on detecting clones. “Be glad I was one step ahead of you and have already been working on this.”
“Can you load it into this?” He smiled as he pulled out the little device he had created. Kuarto was himself and feared the same thing he did.
“Yes.” Kuarto's fingers flew across the keys to start the download. “And I can do it immediately.”

I learned years ago that the action tag helps me make the scene more three dimensional.  It shows the characters moving about the scene as they talk. Helps the reader see where they are. Because of that I rarely use the he said and she said. There is nothing wrong with those tags.  Sometimes they are the only thing that works.
 
What I do see is new authors using the basic tags as well as the action tag. for example lets look at the last sentence in the scene - "Yes," said Kaurto as his fingers flew across the keys to start the download. Although there is nothing wrong with the previous sentence the 'said Kuarto' before the action slows down the sentence a little which can slow down the scene.

Tags are needed, but you can be creative in the way you use them. The idea is to make them invisible so your reader doesn't see them.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Writing Down the Bones: Dialogue and Foreshadowing

In that rough draft you wrote you didn't care if you repeated yourself a lot. You just wanted to get the story to paper. Now, though, that part is done and you need to start looking at every word, the dialogue the description, the scene.

Here's an example:

"I like that dress." Mary stared at the dress on the manikin in the display window.
"I like it too," said Susie.
"Wonder if my bank account will like it as much as I do."
"You gonna', like, find out?"

There is an awful lot of likes in that section. Overall it tells what you want but it definitely needs to be reworded.  

Here it is rewritten:
"Isn't that a pretty dress." Mary stared at the black gown on the manikin in the display window. Wouldn't she look good in that.
"Nice," said Susie. "But you always had good taste."
"Yeah, good taste but no money. Not anymore. Wonder if my bank account will like it as much as I do."
"There is only one way to find out." Susie grabbed her friend by the hand and pulled her into the store.

I only kept one of those likes in that section and added more description to support my dialogue.


There are a lot of little things you need to look for with dialogue. If you have them talking about what drink they are ordering it should only be a line or two. If it takes them a half of page to get that order in and there is nothing else going on in your dialogue then your reader is going to think this is very important to the plot when it's not.

Just like the scene above. If that dress isn't important to the story then why would I want to have it in my book? Now if later I show her wearing the dress  it would make sense to have this scene. This scene of her buying the dress is foreshadowing the later scene and it gives you key information. One she is conscious of money. Might be the type of person who doesn't spend it frivolously. She might be on a tight budget and knows something like this could set her back. Perhaps she came from money and now has to live on a budget. And I can work this back into the later scene hen she wears the dress.

Here's what I mean:
Mary brushed her hands down her gown. A year ago she would have bought this dress and put it in her closet, not thinking about how much it cost, but that was before she cut ties with her father.  After he demanded she marry the man he chose for her or lose the money he had she learned how to live without. Better to be poor and free than rich and trapped.

Now the first scene makes perfect sense. You get a hint of what type of character she was before and then the second scene reinforces it.

More later ...


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Writing Down the Bones: Does the scene move the plot along?

So your bones are there, begging to be fleshed out and dressed.You work through your scenes and find one you just love. It has all the right elements, just enough description and dialogue. You're so proud of it you could just burst but...

You read it and realize that this perfect scene doesn't help move your plot. What to do?

Your desire is to leave it there, after all you worked hard on it and it deserves to be read but no matter how wonderful that scene is you have to be strong. Take a deep breath and decide if you can edit it so it does help your plot or cut it. I know that hurts. No one wants to destroy something they worked so hard at but you need to be clinical when you look at a scene. If you don't, someone else will, and that can hurt a whole lot more.

Every word should move you to the goal. Character development, subplots, they still need to take your reader to the climax of your book.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Shamless Promoting!

I have been busy getting the fourth book in my Vespian Way Series promoted as much as I can and tomorrow I will be blogging at Romance Lives Forever. They interviewed me giving me a fun series of questions to answer. Please stop on by!!
http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/10/futuristic-unwanted-desire-barbbradley.html

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Writing Down the Bones: How does the scene flow?

Now I'm going to go into a little more detail on how to flesh out those scenes. We all do it differently. My techniques might make you laugh.

As I edit I look at several things to be sure it flows. I ask myself  does the dialogue move along nicely or does it seem choppy? Does it make sense as I read it or did I leave something out? Is there enough detail? Can you tell where they are? do I need to add more description? What they are doing? Is it nothing but talking heads or do I show them in action as they talk? Is it consistent?' You sure don't want them standing one minute then a couple paragraphs later have them stand up.

As I work my way through the my work in progress these type of questions float in the back of my mind. I have found if I rush it by trying to do my edits all in one run I make myself crazy and it takes too long.  So I layer it. I'll go through and fix what really jumps out at me. Then let it sit for a few days then go back through it again. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it works for me.

That is what every writer needs to do. Find the method that works for them. I learned the rules we're taught don't always work for everyone. Do what works for you.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Next step of writing: Fleshing out those bones

So now you have the bones. The rough draft is done and you now have to go through it and make it shine. Where to start? I'd recommend you start where you feel drawn to. I normally read through the manuscript to see where I'm weak but I can't help but make corrections as I go through. I ask myself questions:

Does the scene flow?
Does it move the plot forward?
Does the dialog make sense?
Is there enough description or too much talking heads?
Does each scene end with a hook?

I might go through my manuscript three or four times to catch it all. Now I feel I need to explain this. I did try to cut down the amounts of edits needed but found that didn't work for me.  I need to do this in stages to get the best story I can.

Monday, October 22, 2012

more writing down the bones

So my rough draft - and that is what it is - is my characters talking. I think that is why I can fly by the seat of my pants so to speak. Dialogue is very easy for me so that is what I start with. My characters talk and I listen to them. They sometimes know the plot better than I do. It's uncanny how I can write, knowing my beginning and my end but the middle part will be murky yet I always get where I want to go and have never had to throw out anything. I've had to rewrite scenes in a major way once that draft is written or moved a few scenes around but for the most part my stories just flow.

I don't worry about if I used the perfect word, or if I have fleshed out the scene enough. I have time to worry about that later. That's for my revisions or edits. Right now I'm letting everything flow. I know the beginning of my story and the end of my story. It's the middle that might be a bit murky and that is where the fun is for me. My characters know where the story is going to go as well as I do and we go on a grand adventure to get to the end.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blogging today!

Shamless promoting...I'm blogging at Lily Sawyers blogspot - please come by and say hi!!!

http://lilysawyerbooks.blogspot.com/2012/10/welcome-guest-author-barbara-donlon.html

Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Release!!!

I'm so excited about my newest release! Unwanted Desire will be out on Tuesday! Doing the happy dance!!!! Be sure to check it out. www.phaze.com

Barb:)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Release!

I am excited to announce that the 4th book in the Vespian Way will be released on October 2nd, 2012
Take a look at the cover!!! I love it!!!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Writing Down the Bones

So let's get into the post I wrote last time. How do you start a manuscript? There are so many different ways. I have friends who use post-it notes or index cards to plot out their books. They might write one word on the card but it helps them figure out the flow of their stories.

That doesn't work for me. I like to let my characters take me on a journey, and I have found if I try using the style I mention in the last paragraph it kills my creative juices. So no matter how many strange looks I get from other writers I stick to my guns and let my characters tell me how the story is going to go.

Now don't get me wrong, I do plot, but I do it in my head. I normally start with a paragraph or two of how the story is going to go. Then I start writing. I might not know every scene I'm going to put in the book as I go but I have found I never write something into the story that I have to throw out later. My characters never steer me wrong.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Writing in layers

I'm what they call a pantser. I don't plot out my story before I start writing. To me that takes away form the joy of writing. I seem to write from beginning to end. That is the way all my stories come to me. Have I had scenes pop in my head out of sequence? Sure. But they normally stay in the back of my head waiting for their turn. I think that is what makes some of my scenes so visual. The longer they sit the more detailed they come out.

You see I write the bones of the story first. Mostly all dialog with a few descriptions if I have them. That is my rough draft. Then I go back and read the book to make sure it flows, you connected all the dots. Add scenes if I need them. Then I go through again to flush it out the way it should be. Then I go through one or two more times to give it a good polish.

Each of us have a different way of doing things and this one seems to work the best for me.

Friday, July 13, 2012

hectic two months

I've been trying to blog a couple of time each month but have been lagging behind. I do have lots of excuses though. My niece got married, my son graduated from high school was sick for about seven days and went out of town for the forth of July.

I do promise to do better now.

Barb:)

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Things People Do

As a writer I watch people. You never know what you can use in a book. My day job, though, is in retail. I'm a manufacturer's rep with the military exchanges. Basically I'm a glorified stocker. I fill up the products I represent. What I have found interesting - and I'm guilty of it too - is the way people migrate to where I'm working. The isle I go to could have been empty for hours. No one cared what was down it, but let me have a cart stacked with items I need to put on shelves and everyone and their uncle will be walking up and down the isle I'm on. They'll ask if they can get by instead of walking around. They'll ask me if I know where something is or what the price is of something.

I find it funny. We all have the mentality of 'ohhh, wonder what she's putting out - I need to see'. We are a curious bunch, aren't we?

Barb:)

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Cover!!!

I have gotten My new cover for book three of the Vespian Way - Animal Desire - The book is due out at the end of this month through Phaze. I am so excited! Now I have to finish the edits on book four and send it off - almost there - only have about forty pages to go now.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Editing Heck!

I am slowly losing my mind with all the things I have to do all the sudden. Life was nice and quite. Had plenty of time to work on my fourth book. Then the publisher I edit for asked me to work on two short stories. Sure no problem. It should be easy. Then the owner asked me if I could work on a longer manuscript. I should be done with the short stories pretty quickly  - I can do that. Then my next release hit my e-mail. So now I'm suddenly editing three stories at the same time.

I finished the short stories. Which did help - but I'm working on my sixth book in the series too so I have four books open and keep shifting from story to story to work on what I can - deadlines are looming and my brain is melting.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brain Freeze

You know I get these moments when I don't know what to write. I'm not talking about my books - my characters keep me writing so there is no problem there - it is writing things like this blog. It's like my brain just goes 'urk' - let's talk about warm fuzzy kittens. Really? That is all you can come with?

I blame it on all the writing I've been doing for other blogs - with three books coming out in five months I've been trying to do as much promoting my tiny budget can handle and a lot of the blogs are great for that. I seem to be able to get those done but when it comes to my own little blog I falter. Oh well. I'm sure it will get better.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lottery Winners

Well I didn't win the record breaking lottery. Not even in the same states as the three winners. It's okay though. Each time I buy my tickets I still get to dream about what I'd do when I do win. I do have dreams like all of us do and as long as I have those dreams I'm good.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spam Mail

I sure would like to know why they think I need enhancement when I don't have anything they have drugs to enhance. I laugh when I see them but as much info as they gather on us from our e-mails you'd think they'd know I'm female. Why would I need this?

Then of course there are the we have money to give you if you only give us a little information. Right, like I'm going to he dumb enough to give them my checking account info. I get mad when they pirate my yahoo e-mail addresses - why would I be so dumb?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thunder

I love the sound of thunder and the way lightening fills the sky. Signaling that rain is coming. Sometimes soft and sometimes torrential, it always puts me in awe of Mother Nature. It has a wonderful cleansing effect on me. I love to stand out on the porch and watch as the rain pours from the sky. Helps me focus. Makes me glad to be alive.

Monday, March 12, 2012

My Blog Learning Curve

Still figuring out this thing. Did figure out how to add followers today! I also loaded my new cover! That book gets released tomorrow and I am so excited!!

Barb:)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Breathing

A couple of years ago I had a a fellow author tell me he thought I was amazing because I juggled so much yet found time to write. I sure didn't feel amazing. I remember weeks when I was too tired or too busy dealing with things at home or work to open up my manuscript and it bothered me. I wanted to write but couldn't.

Then I realized that I hadn't recharged my battery so to speak. Sometime you need to just stop and give yourself a moment to breathe. I find going to visit my sister does that for me. I am lucky if I write anything. but it is okay because I get to leave everything behind for a while and just enjoy the moment. It lets everything cook on the back burner. I'm not brow beating myself trying to work out something, even though my subconscious is looking for the solution to my dilemma, and normally finds it so much better when I'm not in the way.

 Going to the beach does this for me too. There is something about the sun, sand, saltwater and suntan lotion that makes me allow the world to slow down for a little while.

So where do you recharge your battery? It would be interesting to hear what other do to keep their muse going.


Friday, February 24, 2012

It's Friday...

I love the weekend. It gives me more time to write...but I need to clean...I put my laptop on my lap and open my WIP's and do my best to ignore the dishes calling me from the sink. They can get as loud as my characters in my books - the characters sit on my shoulder and let me know when they are annoyed with me because I haven't written enough that day. So I play the game of who I can ignore the longest.

Barb:)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

teaching myself how to use this blog

Been working on my writing like a good little girl but have also been playing with the blog site - it's been fun learning how to use this thing - posted all my covers just a few minutes ago. Must say I did a pretty good job of it. ;-)

My very first blog

tink, tink tink, tink...anyone out there? Probably not since I just started this. As the title says I have all this stuff in my head and this should be the perfect place for me to post. As a writer and an editor I will post about writing. I live and breathe it. I do promise to try to make my posts interesting, maybe even humorous. Hope you enjoy my little ramblings.

Barb:)