I so wanted to get my work out that I took short cuts and destroyed my novel openings. Joined a Beta reading group, while I was devastated over the reviews, I did learn some valueable lessons.
- Never take it for granted that your work has been corrected. I trusted a couple of people to format and proof read my work. I got comforatable leaving my success to others and it costed be big time. So I pulled all my novels down and decided to re-read them again myself. Was I that retarded in writing 4 drafts with language that was so confusing ~ I felt as though someone else wrote the work? After re-reading the novel twice and reading the reviews left by my peers, I threw it across the table and didn’t look at the computer for three weeks.
Waking up at three in the morning, I gathered the pages placed them in order and brewed a pot of coffee. One of the few time in my life when I so wanted a cig ~ chewed 4 sticks of gum instead and pulled out my 300 soundcloud House Music saved likes and played it. Sorry neighbors. Reading my novel out loud. I’ve made my own corrections thanks to ProWritingAd ~ I know Grammely is the rave, but to me it’s a pain in the ass. So this time once I’m finish I do know of a great formatter and I’m going to replace my works on Amazon and Goodreads. Being bold and resubmit my piece to the same beta reading group. Hiopefull, the reviews will be different.
I know this looks infantile and some would say not powerpoint worthy, but I care not. I want to show you how I try to come up with plots and themes for my writing. I follow this simple outline I constructed there are so many others, but some of them are some complicated that I’ve lost interest in studying them. Sorry, I want to write the story not take 3 – 4 months coming up with a guideline. That might be my downfall, but what I do and how I accomplish it works for me.
Movies, Billboards, Poems, Bible Story, Family Incidents or Smells all lend a hand in creating my story. It could also be a fragmented dream I had ~ darn it’s so maddening to wake up and forget what you saw not 3 seconds ago. But that’s ok, as long as I had a beginning or an idea I can take it anywhere I want and that’s enough for me.
My books are usually 6×9 which I find to be great for people to carry around with them. It’s tall and narrow able to fit in any decent pocketbook/purse, 395 pages tops is where I try to cut it off. There is no set fast rule for a length of a good story, but I prefer to break it up into sequels if possible. You don’t overload the reader’s eyes, brains and concentration ~ give them a taste, make them want to look for the next book, is it good enough for them to mention to their friends?
- Silent Voices Series
Rights of the Dead Vol. 1
Witnesses from the GraveYard Vol. 2
2. Treasured Game Series
Treasure Mine (Coming December)