January 10 2017 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

This week's questions come from the lovely Leslie Hachtel. She asks: What do you love best about your writing? Like the least? And what are you doing to fix the things you don’t like?

Before we begin, the hop is a loop so check out author Jenna Da Sie and find out how she answered this week's questions. 

I have a love hate relationship with editing. For those writers who hate even the hint of the dreaded “e” word, trust me I understand.

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Let’s just get this part of the discussion out of the way. Self-editing is long and tedious. When my initial writing is going quickly and the ideas are popping up like rabbits in spring, the editing process puts all of that in low gear and those gears grind like you wouldn’t believe. I know the edits improve everything. Yet, this is when the process becomes slow and sometimes boring. Especially, when I’m trying to find all the repetitive words in my work in progress and decide what to keep, what to change, and what to discard. That’s just me editing my own work. Now, after that’s done I ship my baby off to a professional for her to find all the repetitive words I didn’t find and all the other holes, grammar errors, and downright silliness I have to fix. Another slow process and one that causes great distress when I’m sitting at home wondering about the horror of a manuscript I’ll get in return.

I’m sure your wondering where the love comes into the story.

Editing is where the true story comes out into the light. I’m very single-minded. I can’t write and edit at the same time. What comes out in writing just comes out and there isn’t time to stop and analyze what is either being typed or written on paper. My mind must get all the pieces down first. I would compare my first draft to a baby who was given a paint brush and paints, a smock and hours of play time. The writing is fun and laugh out loud glorious. Occasionally, the words slow and the process bogs down, but the draft is always faster than the edits. I let this wondrous creation sit for a bit and then I read the pages and pages upon pages of crap. The editor in my brain comes out and tells me all the areas where I lost track of the plot or the character and how on page 230 a key element from chapter one is missing.

 Why do I love this?  

My editing process required a lot of re-reads. I get to know the manuscript and my characters well and I fall in love with them, the world and the stakes that are causing them distress. The pieces of the manuscript start to fit together like puzzle pieces and I finally see what I had written was a good basis, but now the really good stuff is coming out. In keeping with my metaphor I wouldn’t say by this time I’m a fine artist – I’ll go with art student – but the pages don’t look like they’ve been created by a ten-month old. The last piece is getting additional eyes on the work and sending to a professional editor. Because I know the work so well it’s easy to miss when I’m filling in the blank and a reader would be like … how old is this writer, is she a baby?

The hating part of editing I think is difficult to fix. What I’ve tried and continue to try is attempt different techniques where the first drafts aren’t such a free-for-all. I’m not a plotter by any means, but I’ve utilized a summary of my work in progress that helps keep me on track in the early stages of writing. I’ve tried different writing tools to help speed the process and I try to not hate editing, because I know at that stage I’m close to having a finished book!

So on to the next writer in the hop, Tracey Gee. I can't wait to find out what she loves and hates about writing.

See ya next week!

March 22 2016 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all … about our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

This week I asked our authors to list some insights into the psyche of their mind by learning about what movie or Network series that you LOVE to watch. What do you think the movie(s) or show(s) says about their creative personality?

 

Carrie Elks was before me in the hop today.

After reading my post, stop on by to see what movies or TV shows she watches obsessively.

Shows and series that I’m obsessed with in no particular order:

·      Walking Dead

·      Penny Dreadful

·      Billions

·      Lost

·      True Blood

·      Breaking Bad

·      Game of Thrones

I gravitate toward the weirder or supernatural themed shows. I’d probably watch more sci fi shows if I had cable, but I don’t. The ones listed are not necessarily horror. Penny Dreadful or True Blood could fall into the horror category, but really horror was just one aspect for both of those shows. I found Penny Dreadful to be more mystical and supernatural with an element of horror (it’s my latest obsession). There are so many layers to these shows and I think this is what I really like about them and the fact that on the outside someone would say this show is about X, but in fact there is more going on behind the scenes.

Another common theme I see in the shows I like is they are survival stories set in a time or place that isn’t as it seems. Nothing is normal.

Ironically, just the other day a friend of mine asked what is normal. I really don’t think there is a normal when it comes to people. We all have something unique about us that someone else could find very odd. Our TV show viewing habits, for instance.

I’m not sure what these shows say about me as a person or about my psyche. Maybe I like dark stories because it’s easy for me to find the light or some gleam of hope for the characters. I watch with that idea in the back of my mind hoping that the character is going to find their happily ever after even though if it’s not a romance they probably won’t. If a show give a happy ending when the series is finished then I write my version of it so that it does.

The other possibility is because I write about love I want to watch shows that aren’t’ necessarily about love as a balance for my inner state of mind.

Or maybe I just know what I like and that’s normal for me.

I’m excited to find out what other shows our authors are obsessed with. 

 

Brenda Margriet is next in the hop. Let’s find out what she watches.

See ya next week!

 

Look to the Sky for Creative Inspiration

Can an eclipse unblock creativity?

Can an eclipse unblock creativity?

I hope you were able to see the eclipse last night. It was pretty cool, but then again I’ve been fascinated with celestial objects since I was a kid. The moon turning red was the stuff of books, movies, and legends.

Unfortunately, eclipses have gotten a bad rap throughout history. They are associated with something foreboding, signify danger or impending doom. Once of my favorite movies, Practical Magic, has the main character’s sister cry, “Blood on the moon!” It’s a prediction of the bad stuff that’s to come in the plot and to the characters. You would think that if an omen as big and bold as a blood moon would make someone forgo rash decision making, but characters in books and movies tend to make poor choices at times. In this case, their use of magic in an inappropriate way leads to some crazy stuff. They can’t escape the omen and the consequences of their actions. (If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. I love this movie.)

I wondered as I caught glimpses of the eclipse is how many creative people will be inspired by the moon? (That is if there were able to see it. There was a time when I thought the clouds were going to block it from sight all night.) Is it really a foretell of some horrible happening that’s yet to come or perhaps a positive event that unblocks our creative drive?

The moon itself has a bunch of characteristics that are downright crazy, causing anything from lunacy and madness to changing good people into werewolves or calling the devil up to roam the earth. Yet, Sunday’s eclipse instead of covering the moon completely in shadow had the light of the sun to illuminate it. There was a range of colors, gold, orange, and red.

If anything, seeing such an event will inspire me to imagine some great stories about what might happen under a blood red moon. Maybe I’ll go the old standard and create a story of danger or twist those myths around and write a tale of great love.

Wait a second … Practical Magic has both danger and love. Could the moon have inspired this story?

I hope this past weekend's moon helped you create great stories in whatever creative format you like.

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