Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Keeping the Promise

Three manuscripts completed and in various stages of editing.

Happy to say there is no doubt Gail Faulkner will have new work out in 2015. Two books. One, the first book in the Brintex Empire series, Clair of Earth. Also the first book in the November Delta Group series, Perfectly Exposed. (Working title subject to change.)

I will be introducing pen name Gail Allen this year. First book in her New Adult series is, This Time. (Working title subject to change.)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Death by List

Some know my story, how I got into the writing business. It was a shock when my first manuscript was accepted.

Later, after my third book was published, I asked my editor if she thought I should get some writing education? My brilliant editor literally said, “I forbid it”. It was cute and funny but also serious. Looking back I clearly understand her caution.

Currently in perusing various writing related material I keep seeing the lists. I used to read the lists, now I intentionally ignore them.

I’m talking about the lists of “rules for writing”, “plot requirements”, “essential writing elements”, “words to NEVER use”, “plot devises that kill a story”, “plot devices that a writer HAS to use”, and it goes on and on. The lists I mean. Everywhere, on every writer type media these lists are screaming their message. I used to read them, mostly because I thought I needed to educate myself on writing. But in reading them I found so many I couldn’t agree with. Some of them were actually the worst thing a writer could do, creating formulas instead of inspiration. After I got over thinking the lists were there to help me, I could see them for the dangerous things they are.

Imposing someone else’s creative process on me essentially stripped my own voice of its natural music.

Not everyone gets to being a writer organically, but still, the lists are so misleading. As if the writer just has to do the few things directed to create a fascinating manuscript.

“That’s not how it works,” to quote a current TV commercial.

If I were asked by an aspiring writer, what makes a manuscript work? (And since I have a blog and can do what I want, I’ll pretend I’ve been asked) I’d have to beg them to write passionately.

Okay, Okay, there are indeed things a writer MUST do to create a good story. However, the lists will not lead one to the Promised Land.

Having the latest “Writer Program” will have almost nothing to do with writing a good story.

Having the best writing education would be a great base but still doesn’t assure fascinating writing.

Another writer said it best and I wish I could remember who to attribute it too.

“We start in middle of the action and fight our way out.”

That is writing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Another round

Yesterday was an excellent writing day. Sent the ms off to my brilliant editor this morning.

Not posting another selection before she sends it back. The Grammar and Spelling Force is strong in that One. Not so much in me.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best kind of writing day...

Fire in the hearth, chicken in the crockpot. Woolly socks and I'm good!

Little bit of news: Changing the name of Acquiring Clair to Clair of Earth. Hope to have another tease from this one by the weekend. The reason this edit is taking a while is my brilliant editor convinced me the story was to short. Hence the extensive edits.

Monday, December 1, 2014

And So It Begins

Thanksgiving is over. TIME FOR TINSEL.

Hoping to get some major edits done this week. Traveling with my beloved. He has two business conventions to attend. That leaves me blissful hotel days in which to work. Heavenly.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Thoughts

It is Thanksgiving week in the U.S. Huge family event at my house. Translation – Stress Extravaganza!!

I’m not the only one who finds family gatherings wonderful but also a struggle. So my crazy is in good company this time.  Here is something that helps me. Hope it adds some happy to your world.

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.
”  Woody Allen