During the past few weeks, my non-writing life has pushed my writing life into the passenger seat. Not the back seat mind you.
I attended a class on Speculative Fiction through the Loft Literary Center. 6 weeks of reading and a few writing exercises unrelated to my WIP. It kept me busy but, the class wasn’t what I was hoping for. However, as usual, I found some takeaways that will help to improve my writing. So, it was a win in the end.
I haven’t posted any new sections on the Actress and the Warlock. However, there has been work done on this project. I have gone back and cleaned up the first few sections. Since much of this has been done as flashes, several plot points needed to be rethought out to ensure continuity going forward. A missing scene of mostly dialogue is where I’ve spent most of my time writing. I want to get this scene done before I move the story forward. I’m hoping to have it ready to post next week.
I’ve been playing around some with Twitter. It has been an interesting experience worthy of its own post. Yeah, I’ll save that one for later. It might be a really short, or really long post depending on how my last Tweet session goes. 😉
Lastly, I just finished reading, On Writing, by Stephen King. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend it. The second half of the book deals with his writing tool box and his method. As with most books on writing, the reader has to take what is said and try to apply it in their own way. The nice thing about this book was that the author put his advice in PLAIN language with very little interpretation needed. Obviously, his method works. On a side note I found the section where he talks about his accident rather interesting. He is very lucky to have survived As a former EMT, having Stephen describe his own experience, brought back more than a few memories for me, of being on the care giver vs the patient. Overall, On Writing, was a good read.
One other thing. I’ve been looking for techniques on editing, specifically, First Person POV, other than trying to remove “I’s”. For example, checking verb tenses in compound sentences. Those of you who write in first person, do you have an editing checklist that you use? No sense reinventing the wheel.
Okay, now I’m off to write some dialogue.