Rushing ~ I Wasted Time and Drive

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. 

  1. 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. 

Vol. 3 Phase 1 Completed

My-ro-na!! The first draft of You Can’t Have Us ~ Grace from the Dead Silent Voices Series: Vol. 3, is finally finished. As of 3:14 PM Thursday March 22, 2018. My fingers are so tight and numb, I’ve been here today on the computer since 6 A.M. this morning. One cup of Chocolate Raspberry Coffee and a Blueberry Muffin.  I’m starved and need to move my poor stiff body. Thank goodness for Sound-cloud and my 532 saved House Music favorites. 

Now that I’m over this hurdle, I’ll work on gathering some images and send those to my book-cover creator. Proofreading and editing will be done by me this time around using ProWritingAid. So bear with me as I get working on that next week.  Since this is finishing up, I’m think about either a sequel to Under My Umbrella or something a little more racy, for me anyway. Always wanted to try my hand at an Adult Novella.  

Right now, I’m taking some time out for myself re-decorating my studio, knitting a sweater for next winter, quilting two pillowcases for my jumbo body pillow and giving support to my fellow writers at Voracious Readers Only. So much to do and never enough time to do everything, considering a schedule guide where I just focus on one outside  activity a day. 

In the meantime, don’t forget to look for me on Amazon, Smashword and B&N under this  name T. Otelia Scriber.

Thank you,

Otelia

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Every person that uses electronic marketing needs exposure for their business, their novels, their ideas. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just place something on the Web and hope that it’s going to get discovered.  Marketing on the Web is harder than a brick and mortar business and triple harder for upcoming writers.

Yes, we can self publish our work, but we also need readers, clients that might want to purchase our work. We need EXPOSURE in order for that to happen. Why should I be bothered to read or consider your novel when I readily enjoy Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon or Michael Peterson? Who are you?

I was contacted by and organization an I love their concept. Please note this might not be for everyone, but it works for me. Welcome to the Voracious Readers Only List!

I’m skeptical of emails from unknown addresses and 9 times out of 10, I automatically delete. Not time to read and not interested. This caught my eye and peaked my interest. In a nutshell sign up to be a Beta Reader for other authors in your genre, review them Amazon, Goodreads, Smashword, Nook and submit a completed work that you don’t mind giving free samples of.  Get your own work reviewed by others.  Not only do you get reviews of your novel, but you might also get a sale if they enjoy it enough to want to keep a copy. I have submitted two of my works so far. 

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T. Oetlia Scriber

You Can’t Have US ~ Grace from the Dead

Silent Voices Series Vol. 3 ~ You Can’t Have US ~ Grace from the Dead
The last sequel is proving to be a challenge. Not only am I attempting to bring the last part of the series to a conclusion, the gathering of information from the other two prior works are referrred to as well.
I want to branch out and create another series from this work. I love Teing and Cat, not to mention Jasmine and  Pierce might deserve a series of their own.
With that being said the last volume will take a little longer before it is released. Not to mention I’ve yet to decide on the final cover for the series. So for now we’ll use this photo as a concept for future reference.trioghosts

Novella ~ Who?

It wasn’t until I began writing professionally that I discovered there was a difference between short stories and novels. So, now that I had the difference between those two down pact, the literary world decided to throw in terms like novellas and novelettes.

Novellas and Novelettes are not common, but the differences are still important and worthy to be mentioned.

Flash Fiction

The briefest of short short stories ranging from 53 – 1000 words. These literary works became the norm @ the year 2000. You can read Monster,” by Michael Czyzniejewski.

Short Story

Traditional short stories are readings that a person could finish in one day. The word count for short stories range up to 3,500 words, but no more than 7,500 words. The theme of these works usually center on a single plot, one main character and is told in either single person or third person narrative style depending upon the author. Short stories do not as a rule involve multi-plots or major twist and conflicts.

Novelette

New writing contender in the literary world. As the name implies this form of writing focused around romantic or semtimental themes and characters. Because of the fact that they are short and brief in their telling the catergory will have several volumes centering upon a central theme. The word count for a single writing can range from 7,500 words to 17,500 words.

  • Gordon R Dickson ~ The Cloak and the Staff
  • Conn Iggulden ~ Blackwater

Novellas

Novellas have been around since the 1300’s but did not become famous enough to make any type of writing impact until the eighteenth century. They were considered to be in the genre of the short novel or the long short story. You might remember the movie A Clockwork Orange which was written by Anthony Burgess. This is just one famous example of a novella, another example of the form of fiction would be The Metamorphosis by Kafka. 

Novellas can range from 17,500 words to 40,000. Looking for complicated plots, twist, conflicts, involving more than one character ~ bring it on. It will have more content than the flash fiction, short story and novelette, but less than the novel. Full blown up storyline. You can still read these written works within one day. You can still have volumes attached to this form of writing the works are usually broken up into time periods.

Novels

Readers get your reading fix here: 40,000 to 120,000 words. Science fiction, fantasy and horror can touch as high as a 1,250,000 word count. Consider this the written work of a movie production. Several characters, intricate plots and sub-plots, minor and major characters, time travel over a period of days, months and / or years. The writer addressing character growth issues, morals, judgments, personal situations, disappointments and victories. Some authors you might recognize:

FutureLearn

I had an exciting four weeks participating in the FREE Start Writing Fiction Course given by FutureLearn. The lessons were provided for you to partake at your leisure and it was nice to be able to obtain feedback from an exciting and diverse group of people. My classmates ranged from beginners to advanced self-published authors, retirees, and students, statewide and aboard. I personally enjoyed the interaction with the group that was more than helpful.

Everyone had a chance to submit a portion of their work and have it analyzed by the group in an open forum. We did have a few quizzes, to drive certain points home. I wholeheartedly recommend this platform to further advance your desire to become a writer. Even seasoned authors have much to learn still regarding their craft and passion. 

Another reliable source for Free classes would be located at Open University.

Both locations offer a wide array of courses and again most of the courses are free. Yes, they will advertise and try to enlist you to upgrade to diploma status and the upgrade also offers continued access to the course, please note that your free lessons are not of sub-value because you didn’t upgrade. 

Learn how to create a plot

Construction of language

Creating a character

Observation the importance of detail

And more…..

 

 

 

Otelia

Treasure Under My Umbrella

Well, the novella is finally edited, I do apologize for the delay. Unfortunately, I was pressed into sending the script out again for some revisions.


So, what do you think?

  1. What do you think Officer Mitchem’s fate should be?
  2. How will Asheré respond to Xiulan’s surprise?
  3. Will Darnell and Morgana form a working relationship?
  4. Should the driver accept Chandler’s proposition?