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Revising

Curse Of The Over-Plot


Hi Everyone!!

I hope you’re having a fabulous week ;o) I also hope you enjoyed the interview with the awesome, newly-agented author, Brooklyn Ann!

Wha? You missed it? It’s okay, I just happen to have the link right Here!

So.

I’ve come across something I may have a problem with… it’s in my current WIP. Wanna know what? You may already know… *cough* the title of the post…
I believe I’m on the verge of over-plotting my story. Why’s that? You may ask. Isn’t plotting a good thing?

It is. But.

If you’ve been revising your WIP for a few months, as I’ve been, you begin to add in twists and turns, love triangles, Back to the Future and Scooby Doo references… oh, just me? Some of these ideas will make my WIP fantastic. Some… I’m afraid are going to make it confusing and scattered. So. Here’s my dilemma.
Which twists/triangles/surprises do I keep? It’s not clear to me at this point, which would make it great and which would make it like that picture up there.
I have to ask…. do you have this problem? What was your solution? Am I being a paranoid freak? Have I been looking at my WIP too long? YES!
Probably all of the above! LOL
Have a wonderful rest of the week ;o)
Rock on!

Awesome pic found here–> http://fineartamerica.com/featured/twists-and-turns-in-life-l-k-hisayasu.html

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Transitions. Love ’em? Hate ’em? Have to have ’em.

Hi there!
I hope everyone is doing well and writing a lot ;o)

I’ve been working on the revision of my WIP, Believe, and it’s slow going for sure. I’ve run across some areas that have followed me around like lost kids.

Transitions.

Ugh.

Basically, how you get to where you need to be in order for the story to make sense. Bad ones can kill your story, good ones make it shine. Mediocre ones are forgettable. Right now, in some parts I’m lacking them altogether. I’ve also realized I need to add in some extra chapters and have been staring at a blank screen all night. If I knew a good transition I could be clicking away at my keys… *thinking* yep. I got nothing.

So. I’m curious. How do you do transitions? Do they come magically (and if they do I envy you) or do you have to work at them?

Over the weekend, I read SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers on Saturday (yeah in like 4 hours) it was that good. If you’re into edgy YA, this is the one for you. I LOVED it. Her voice is brilliant. She has a way of making you really feel empathy for the MC in situations I might not normally. This isn’t an official review, I just wanted to tell everyone how great it was. I can’t wait to read CRACKED UP TO BE!

Ooo. I bet you thought I was done. See what having NO TRANSITIONS does!

I have some exciting news, (like that transition there?) Sandy Shin Super writer and sketcher has a fantabulous blog! That’s not all. I recently won a super awesome contest on her blog where Sandy herself is going to sketch my MC, Snow!! Actually, there were 5 winners, Yay! You have to see the sketch she did already. Just clicky there on that link with her name and visit. It’s wonderful. I just want to thank Sandy! I’m excited to see the sketch and with her permission I’ll show it to you ;o)

Have a great week! Do something fun ;o) Happy writing!


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Where Did That Go Again?

Hi Everyone!

I’m sorry about being gone so long. I think I’m finally getting back to tip-top shape ;o) Thanks so much for all the kind words. You guys are the best!

I have a confession… I haven’t been writing a ton. I know, I know. It’s been a little nuts. But. I plan to change that soon ;o) I did read WAKE by Lisa McMann and it was fantabulous. What a great book! I love her style, her short sentence & timeline structure are perfect for an almost ADD, like myself. I’m just about done with FADE, which is also awesome! GONE is next!

Anyhoo. yes, that’s Jesse (otherwise known as Jonathan Groff) over there from Glee, one of my fav’s on tv right now, and I’m a little obsessed with him. His voice is like Butta.

So. On to writing stuff. I’ve noticed as I was going over my MS that the sequence is getting a little off. I keep moving the chapters around, and realize. Crap! I can’t do that, because this has to happen here, and that can’t happen if this happens… etc. You know what I mean. Even though my Scrivener is amazing at helping organize; it can’t change the words I have written down. So… this is my current issue with my MS. Certain things have to happen in order for it to make sense. Duh, right? LOL

Any of you have that problem when revising? Ha.
I won the “guess a number” contest over at my dear bestie Tahereh’s blog TH.Mafi Call Me Tahereh, Um. If you’re not following her. I would change that ;o) She’s awesome. Well, she sent me a lot of cool stuff.
Wanna know what?

A pop-up Moby Dick graphic book, a couple a super cool notebooks and a fabulous magnet with a quote from Judy Blume. Yes. all of that, for choosing the number 79. How cool is that? Big, huge THANKS to Tahereh!

I’m going to be guest blogging on a couple of my favorite blogs The Variety Pages & Writer Revealed this month and in early June! Yay. I know. I can barely keep up with my own blog, but it’s fun to visit others! I’ll be sharing why I write YA on Dolly’s and An Everyday Romance story on Jamie’s! I’ll post links when it’s time. No worries!

Welp, that’s all I got. I hope you are all having great weeks! I’ll be back tomorrow with the featured blog.

Be there or be circle. (why is it always square?) something to ponder whilst you wait.

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Oh, do "tell" & Awards & LINGER contest


Hi Everyone! Well this blog made it over 100 followers – unbelievable. Thank you all so much – you are truly wonderful.

I didn’t plan to give anything away… I thought about it… I didn’t want to half- arse it, so I will wait until I acquire something awesome! Maybe… if I can reach 200 ;o)

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’m still working on the revision of my MS. It’s going a bit slow…

The Truth?

I can’t seem to get back into the groove. It’s like when I started revising, it was exciting, I was all set to put some new stuff in and take the rubbish out, and take I did, like 10,000 words so far. I also found out I have a big problem with inner dialogue. Mainly, I’m afraid to “tell” too much, so I don’t “tell” at all. I’m trying to figure out how to stop and just let go, but it’s hard, I’ll admit it.

So, do any of you have that problem? Are you a born “teller?”

On to some awesome awards! Wow, I got quite a few this past week – so cool – thanks everyone! I have another one I was going to post, but I thought this post was getting a little too long… so I will save it for tomorrow ;o)

Lost Wanderer bestowed this most awesome award on me! Thank you so much Lost Wanderer, check out her great blog over at Lost Wanderer’s Writing Blog.

Welp, to accept this award, I must answer these few questions with one-word answers, then pass it along. So here I go!

Your Cell Phone? – Blackberry
Your Favorite Food? – Malts (just like the pic above!)
Your Hobby? – Golf
Your TV? – Awesome
What Are You Wearing? – Snuggie
Your Life? – Okay
Your Music? – Best
Where Did You Grow Up? – Michigan
Your Car? – Reliable

And… I’m going to pass this on to a couple blogs I love!

Supernatural Smut
Regan Leigh.com – Regan also gave me the Honest Scrap award for the second time! Thanks Regan ;o)

Also, Jamie over at The Variety Pages gave me the Silver Lining Award. Thanks Jamie! I’m sure you all know how much I love her blog – it’s a great one ;o)


Heidi over at Words a Plenty has given me the Honest Scrap Award – it’s my third time! I must have you all very fooled ;o) Thanks Heidi – check out her awesome blog as well!

There is an super cool contest going on over at Frankie’s blog (also super cool), Frankie Writes Linger ARC Contest You could win the ARC of LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater!! The more people you send over the better your chances – so spread the word :o) Oh and tell them “Large Marge” sent ya… LOL

Have a great Wednesday!

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My Story Sounds Like That?


Greetings from the sheet of ice that is Michigan!

Well, I’ve been off this week and have had time to think a lot… I know – can you believe it? Ha

Well I’m revising my NaNo draft…. fun stuff, I have to tell ya. Well my sis is staying with me here for the week since I’m off. Inevitably, she asked about my story. I told her it was still in first draft mode – so barely unreadable. She didn’t care, she wanted to read it. Well she reads kind of slow – gets distracted and such. So I offered to read her a few paragraphs, so she could get an idea of the story…

Before I knew it… I was reading it out-loud to her. Who knew? She loved it. She said it was like hearing a book on tape. It was exhausting for me, but reading it out-loud, which, some twitter friends have suggested, really helped. And although I have some serious revision to do, I think it’s on its way. And the good thing, is my sis is an avid reader and a young adult, so I value her opinion.

Who knew my vacation would yield such an epiphany. Reading it out-loud does help, especially with the dialogue.

So, how do you revise? Do you read your drafts out-loud?

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Copyrights belong to Charles Schulz, but that is the website I found with it.

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