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Ignorance IS bliss

September 28, 2008 by in category Archives

By Laura Drake

Many writers I know began writing at an early age. They’ll tell you about a story they wrote about their dog in the third grade. I’m not one of them. I came into writing “butt first”(as I’ve found I do a lot of things in life.) I’ve always been an avid reader, but have only begun writing in the last few years. It’s given me a different perspective on the whole experience.

When I started writing my first novel (no short story practice for me, I jumped into the deep end – something else I’m known for) I’d never read a book on craft – plot, characterization, POV, or any of the millions of details you need to know. Funny though – because I’ve read so much, I knew a lot of this inherently, but didn’t know that I knew it. I was following rules that I wasn’t even aware of, because I know what works in a good story, and what doesn’t.

My method has been a negative in several ways:

Trust me – the “blind squirrel finds an acorn” is not the fastest way to write a novel. I started on page one with only a vague idea of where I was headed with the plot. Working my way through was like being in a pipe clogged with mud…I’d move forward a bit, then have to wait for everything to settle before I could move again.

And don’t even get me started on editing! Luckily I’m a good speller, but I could only edit with the rules I knew; I kept discovering new ones as I went along, and would have to start over – like fifteen times! Can you imagine, not knowing rules for POV? What “telling” is? Passive voice? Looking back, I laugh (as I’m sure I’ll laugh at my current writing in a few years.)

But this perspective has also been good in several ways:

I was too ignorant to be afraid.
I also didn’t know how long the road I’d started on was going to be.
Or how much editing lie ahead.
How many rejections
Since I didn’t know how to go about writing a novel, I had no expectations…of my writing or myself.

I guess ignorance can be bliss, because I have never felt so fulfilled or proud as when I typed the last word.

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A Fantasy Life

September 28, 2008 by in category A Fantasy Life by Janet Cornelow tagged as ,

by Janet Quinn Cornelow

Yesterday I went to plot group and we were discussing where ideas for stories come from. I mentioned that Rayna in “Revenge of the Lady’s Guard” had been sitting on that porch with the old lady for four or five years waiting for me to write her story. I always thought it was a western historical. I knew she wasn’t a contemporary character. Then Whiskey Creek Press started their Whiskey Shots short stories. Rayna was yelling from the porch, “That’s me. That’s me.” And it was her. She was a warrior taking care of an aging Ancient One ready to die.

So where do these characters come from? They invade our minds, disrupt our sleep and complain to us while we are writing. They have minds of their own and don’t always do what we want them to do. They stand up and say, “Are you nuts? I would never do that.” Or, they get snippy and refuse to talk at all. Carter, in The Lucky Lady, tried to tell me his life history while I was driving down the 5 freeway. I told him to shut up and he wouldn’t talk to me for weeks.

Since I really like writing fantasy, my thoughts went in that direction. Maybe they are real people who live in another dimension and they are channeling their lives to us across the breaks between the dimensions. On the other side, maybe we are channeling our lives to them across the same breaks. Of course, I would have to feel sorry for the person who channeled my story. My life is so boring.

Okay, I am plotting a book where the hero ends up in another dimension. I really like the idea of telling stories about people from a different plain. Then, we all do write fantasy of a sort and maybe are just a bit more fanciful than the rest of humanity.

On a real note, I have receive three 5 reviews on Betrayals, my first romantic suspense novel. That made me very happy. Coffee Time Romance normally gives me a three.

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