Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pitchwars Picture

It's an inside joke, but next time, I promise to:

Look before I leap.
Use an umbrella to soften the fall.
Avoid all bridge jumpers.

Are you doing #PitchWars?
Thank you, FreeDigitalPhotos and By arztsamui
PS. Anyone know how to post pictures on Twitter? I'm available for lessons:)
Thank you beautiful guys and dolls!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Celebration Time. Again. the Small Things Blog Hop

Hey beautiful guys and dolls! It's that time of week again, isn't:)

I'm celebrating my family this week.

I'm so thankful for my husband. It will soon be 25 years that we've been married and I love him more today than the day we married.

I'm thankful for my children. They are the joy of my life and the reason I smile so much. I have SIX kiddo's and everyone of them are special. I can't wait for Christmas when we'll all be together to celebrate!

I'm thankful for my grand baby. She's the apple of my eye. She's my apple dumpling. My sweetheart. My baby. Her personality grows in leaps and bounds and I'm so excited to watch her grow.

I'm thankful for my parents, who have loved me and nurtured me through everything from sickness, to difficult times, to happy memories. I love you mom and dad. You are both my hero's. I love you. 

What are you thankful for this week? Comment below!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Celebrate the Small Things Blog Hop

Hey everyone. I'm celebrating life this week.
I'm celebrating falling behind.
I'm celebrating mistakes that make me stronger.
I'm celebrating  news that I thought would be THE ANNOUNCEMENT but turned out to be not so.

Hey! At least I"m not complaining.

Have a great weekend, beautiful guys and dolls.

Thank Vikki!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tinted Ink Tuesday: NaNo Tip 2

How's everyone doing with their NaNo project so far? I know, it's early in the race. You may be rolling along at high speed, not a bump in the road. If so Kudos to you! Keep at it and before long, you'll have a shiny new WIP ready to edit and revise:)

Sometimes, even when things are going well and your writing is flowing from pen to paper, reading a good writing tip is just like icing on the cake. Today, I give you ICING!

FreeDigitalPhotos.net By Marcus  
Characters are the heart of any story. While plot may keep the pages turning and the atmosphere electric, it's the characters who bring the story to life. Readers want to get tangled in their heartbreak, their joys, their mistakes, their problems, their WORLD.

We access a book and it's story by the characters we love. We relate to them. We love them. We hate them. We love to hate them. We identify with the feelings of the characters and that's why, when we finish a book, we sigh, and move it it to the top of our favorites list.

Characters move the story in a way plot never can. Why? Because plots have been done. Over and over and over again. But drop a new character in the middle of a well worn plot idea, with his or her own feelings, reactions, thoughts, beliefs, and motivations, and you have a brand new story.

Characters work toward their goal by interacting with other characters and by struggling with their own inner emotions and conflicts.


It's what provides the drama of every great story.  And it tends to make things messy for the character you love so much.
FreeDigitalPhotos.net By Stuart Miles

Characters without conflict tend to be boring. Our favorite characters not only make things happen in the story, they also have things happen to them. Keep in mind as you write how the situation in your plot pushes your character forward, or shoves them backward, but also how your character can do do some pushing and shoving of their own.

This is how your character can show their unique qualities. It's much more than the runaway teen with a heart of gold or the homeless bag lady who really has a mansion and a million dollar bank account.

How do you make your character stand out? Make them different? Be unique?
Come back tomorrow for Tip #3 in my NaNo tips of the month!

Happy Writing beautiful guys and dolls!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

NaNo Tip One

Here's a quick tip to get your thoughts flowing on the very first page:

Curiosity killed the cat.

Am I right? You know I am. What I mean is this: Stay away from back story on the first page.
It's boring.
It's slow.
It's unproductive.

And there are many other reasons I could list.

As a literary agent intern, this is something I read A LOT on first pages. But, it's something that should not be there! I want to be in the here and now. This isn't to say I want dropped right in the middle of action. This confuses me. I want to know what's going right now, at the very moment the MC is experiencing.

No explanations, or why's or how comes. Just show the present. There's plenty of time for explanation later.

See, if you write subtle hints and drop enticing clues as to what happens next, the reader will be turning the page to find out.

Peak the reader's curiosity to find out why, or what, or who, and you've done a fabulous job on the first page.

Happy Writing!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Celebrate The Small Things Blog Hop

I'm celebrating the happy return of regularly scheduled blogging! I've missed my blog, and the blogs I follow, but this summer was just too busy. Not to mention the traveling, no Internet, the Internet, the wedding preparations, no Internet.

Wait. Does anyone else hear an echo? (echo, echo, echo...)

To kick off my happy return to blog world, I'll be posting daily tips and writing prompts for...


NaNoWriMo!!  (waits for applause to die down...)

First post goes live this evening.

Y'all come back now, ya hear?

Happy Friday, beautiful guys and dolls!! What are you celebrating today?

Insecure Writer's Support Group

I've rejoined the IWSG (Insecure Writer's Support Group, and I'm super excited to be back. I missed the post for July, but will...