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I consider Able Muse a publisher of the finest poetry and
fiction collections, so I am extremely excited and grateful that some of the
poems I submitted have made it to the preliminary stages in the 2016 Able Write
Prize for Poetry.
When writing new work I don't read because the story comes in a stream from my subconscious and all my senses are involved. Virgins came to me over several months and after overcoming weeks of fear and terror I would get up at night and write. After I sense that my subconscious is tapped or I have completed initial writing I read, research and read to learn about the visions or apparitions that have come to me.
With Virgins I had to do months of research and reading after the initial months of visions, apparitions and in fear of what I was seeing, feeling: all my senses on alert and involved. I even saw a therapist, called my best friend repeatedly, went overnight where my husband was staying when working out of town, sought help from my priest and got psychic readings, very scary readings, thought I was going nuts. Stuff I couldn't explain kept happening around me. My writing became so compulsive I wrote until the wee hours but was able to function during the day as if pumped up by adrenaline.
In the months and years that followed, I read all I could find online about the places, apparitions, ideas and to look and verify what seemed facts and most of them to my dread, where facts even the times before I was even born in this life. I started attending a writing group that went on for 5 years.
I wrote other stuff after awhile but the story of the Sylph kept me engrossed. Two years ago my husband and I went to Europe, of the two weeks we spent several days in Lalin Spain, a city near the Pontevedra Coast, where a lot of the book takes place. The experience felt supernatural to both of us.
Also, writing to me is a true labor of love, I have to edit and have others edit for me a lot because I was dyslexic and in my days as a youth that was not diagnosed correctly. English is not my birth language. I came to the U. S. when I was about nine, the first time. Also in college and in my occupation I had to read and write a lot. Like on this article, I check it myself with spell check and Grammarly and pass it by my husband to ensure it's not riddled with errors.
I value education but resent the push into MFAs or PhDs as
the Holy Grail for publishing or winning contests and by most writing media. Ok, so I wouldn't want a surgeon to operate on me without a Medical degree but
have books become notable only if written by those with a degree? I have read amazing books and taken
fabulous courses from teachers without an MFA or Ph.D. and some awful by those
Although I wanted a degree in Parapsychology, Anthropology
or History almost all my college was job advancement motivated. Dyslexia and
that English is not my first language exacerbated my insecurity.
So, why do I write?It’s a passion. Stories, poems, and screenplays come to me, not just in
dreams but also to live in me. I write regardless of whether I publish or not.
I have published some poetry and articles and wrote for Examiner.com as
Sacramento Populist, and CBS-Sacramento Arts&Entertainment.
Once you read "3 Myths About the MFA in Creative
Writing" by Jane Friedman, I'd love to know what you think on Facebook, @mma Twitter, LinkedIn or Google.
So, last week I attended the RWA conference in San Diego. The hotel was so cold it made me ill but I learned a lot from the presenters and attendees! Here are a couple of photos. The lady in red I'm standing next to is the famous and fabulous author Nora Roberts. The one I am sitting next to was my wonderful roommate.
After doing some edits to VIRGINS I will be ready to publish and the date I am setting for publication is 7/29. I will most likely offer VIRGINS for free to my followers.
Hi friends, I thank you all for your support from the bottom of my heart. I have completed my book Virgins - the first book of my Sylphs - beings without a soul - Paranormal/Fantasy Series. I will be posting the first few pages in the next few days right here and on my blog and on my Facebook page for Virgins https://www.facebook.com/Virgins.web/
It's not so much that I have a full plate, and not just with
food. It's not that I am a social media (sm) glutton - Facebook, Twitter,
Google, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon (forgot one or two?) I might engage in
some more than others but gosh, golly, gee what the heck and whatnot.
I am actually writing and submitting a lot!
whole media thing is like the biggest boomer, hippie, flower child, gossip
circle, club, and what-have-you, and with millions online someone is always
A woman said, not long ago, "social media is
evil." "Well," I said, "you mean like when TV, phone, cars
and airplanes first started?Should we go back to smoke signals or?" I think her husband uses sm
for porn; who knows.
The very next thing I will blog will be, I hope, is to
announce the publishing of my book! Drum roll anyone???
I wish you all a happy 4th of July; stay safe and grateful
to be safe.