Jul 23, 2011

Writing Program

I updated to the new Lion OS for my Mac this week, only to find that my old writing program Writeitnow4 was a PowerPC program and no longer worked under the new Mac OS. So I had to order another writing program because I like how they help you keep your writing organized.  I chose Scrivener because it was well priced and I've only heard good things about it.  I did, however, have to copy and paste all of my writing, notes, research etc. which took a while.  I just have to get used to the new program now so that I can get back to my writing.

~Angel

How to find your writing voice

This is a very good article that I came across today:

How to find your writing voice


Now... back to actually writing :).


~Angel
May 24, 2011

Video inspiration for a scene I'm writing

Dinner cruise in D.C.

May 2, 2011

Writing Machine

Yay! I was able to get in a very good amount of writing done this weekend. It's really hard not to do revisions now but I'm holding off until I am done with each rough draft (working on two books).  I hope this keeps up :).
Apr 27, 2011

Dreaming of Characters

Last week I had a very vivid dream and I awoke breathing hard and looking crazy I'm sure (well, more crazy than usual).  Later that day I started writing, and writing some more. The dream was so real and gave me a whole paranormal romance book.  I got the character's origins, descriptions physical and emotional, Their stories, The story world and plot from this one dream. Now all I have to do is write it. So I am currently working on two books!
Apr 13, 2011

Organizing Your Plot Structure | Writer's Toolbox

This is an good article on plot structure:

Organizing Your Plot Structure | Writer's Toolbox
Apr 12, 2011

Some things I've learned while writing my first book.

  1. Read many books in the genre(s) you want to write.
  2. Take inspiration from your favorite authors but don't copy.
  3. Find your own style of writing. Practice and stay true to yourself. You are unique and in writing this is important.
  4. Write every day. If suffering from writers block, use the time to develop your characters, plot, story world, etc. Doing this will only help your story and will help get the creative juices flowing again as well. 
  5. Step outside of your comfort zone. It'll be okay :).
  6. Try not to get too attached to your characters. Let them live in their world.  To do that, you have to let the go through things both good and bad but make it dramatic :).
  7. On the other hand, don't force what isn't there. Your readers will be able to tell.
  8. Your character did what?! It's okay, it's not you. You are the narrator. Let the characters tell their story.
  9. Write what you would like love to read.
Jan 24, 2011

My rookie mistake... no outline

When I first started writing my book, I already knew my storyline, story world and main characters.  I wrote the first few chapters without bothering with an outline. I have always disliked writing outlines for some reason maybe because I've only done so when absolutely necessary for a grade in school.  Also, I like to "free-write" as I call it because it allows me to feel like I'm being more creative :).  Although, without an outline I ended up stuck and unsure where my story is going and worrying about being consistent. I recently completed an outline for this book as well as the next two in the series I want to write. So when I sit down to write I know exactly what I am going to write.  I am more efficient with an outline and my creativity is not hampered as I thought it would be. 


Here is a link to one of the outlines I am using now:

Novel Outline 2
From: http://www.how-to-write-a-novel.net/novel-outline.html 

Angel
Jan 14, 2011

News

One of my main characters, Neva has just revealed to me a shocker about what her she really is. She is in for one wild ride.  I just hope I will be able to do her story justice!


Angel

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