I just got back from a fun SCUBA diving trip and feel refreshed and sun burnt. I don’t know why but it got me in the mood to write. I’be been wanting to for awhile but kept back tracking. Now thought, now it is full steam ahead. Maybe it is from the excitement of the dive, finding thy barried treasure, okay lost fishing poles. Maybe it was the relaxation that I experience under the water.
I don’t know but I sure feel back, the stress of life not anchoring me down. Yeah, you see that, I said anchoring because I dove off a boat. I know so lame, that is why I belong to SoLame Writers group, (its on facebook). So just remember find something to get rid of that stress, which sometimes includes writing and do it. Don’t let anything hold you back, unless of course it is against the law. Then don’t do it, and call for help. Thanks again for reading Gone Rogue, available on lulu.com/spotlight/robyerges and on the kindle. Also alaivale at Apple Blossom bookstore in Oshkosh.
I am still honing my writing techniques. I have changed it yet again, this time though I am not focusing on so much as how. Before if, you recall it was just pen and paper. This proved two things to me. One is it is great to feel the writing flow in pen, and two it transcribes into a first edit.
So why the change, well because I like many before me am an amateur still finding what works for me. I don’t care what books you read, what you were taught, by teachers, and other professional writers, if you want to write figure a routine that works for you. You can still learn a lot of the others, but you need to blend it in your own way.
I have learned so much in the last year, of getting my novel published. First of all, writing as fast as you can is GOLD. Do it, don’t hesitate, those voices that are talking to you won’t wait forever, and when they leave they don’t like to come back. Second of all, when you have a story idea, jot it down.
Look at it this way, you have this idea, this voice, this man in your head saying screw the book you are on, write me. Feed that voice a little jot it down, I don’t start the story, and I write a summary or notes about the story. It can be a page long to a sentence. I then continue the story I am on. Once I finish writing my story, I take a week or so and look at the new story ideas, talk to friends that are beta readers or just plain old friends. I bounce around story ideas that I took notes on, than BAM , a story takes a hold of me or several. A hurricane forms, tornadoes touch down and ideas are flowing through my head at unbelievable rates. I still only jot down notes, get pictures of the characters. Then the storm calms and I go back to the story I just written with, tears and blood and tear it a new one. I edit the crap out of it.
At this point, I am so sick of it I usually send it to a beta reader to get the first insights on it. They give it back, saying good story but what the hell happened here; it looks like you had a heart attack writing it or a stroke. I usually say fuck off, and then go back to the book and work on it more. They attacked my birth, my joy, why did I let them do it.
I will tell you why, because their expression, their gratitude, the joy of entertaining their most in-depth part of their mind was exuberating. I made them feel the story, I made them part of the story as much as I was writing it. The characters spoke through them, and really isn’t that why we write.
Then more edits come, and more corrections, if it sounds good to me, I let more beta readers read it. Then when it finally passes the last approval, it is time to have it published for all.
So anyways, I will be writing one story at a time averaging 4 hours if possible a day. I know Nora Roberts spends a minimum of 8hrs a day but for me that would be very hard. I just don’t have the time for I have another job outside of writing. Maybe if writing was my full time job I could do the 8 hrs but right now I will treat it like a part time job.
It’s full steam ahead with writing the story out now!
As of today, I have about 3 and a half pages written out on paper. I’m starting with the beginning as I have a hard time starting in the middle and working my way around. I have written some scenes from my book, however, I feel that by writing my book out from beginning to end will (hopefully) encourage me to keep going and actually finish it this time.
I found out that my main girl character, Nikki, is A LOT more spunky than I ever was… it’ll be interesting to write her story out from my perspective as I’m not as mouthy or animated as she is.
Another interesting tidbit of information: Edward’s car will be the Bugatti Veyron. Why? It has some features that would benefit an agent that needs to get away quickly. This awesome car can reach speeds up to 253 miles per hour, has TWO V8 engines with over 1000 horsepower, and has rear spoilers that are able to be put down to make the car more “slippery”. While the Super Sport is officially the fastest car (also made by Bugatti), I still prefer the Veyron because it is more “accessible” for Edward. No, not all of the agents will get a Veyron. Only Edward does… 🙂