There is so much going on now that I'm swamped with ideas... ideas for stories, ideas about how not to create a story, info dumping, character development, what to do and not do.
Already learned stuff, yeah. But well worth reviewing. A writer never stops learning for sure, or expanding horizons. The old saying, the more we write the better we get holds true, but beware of habits that die hard. For instance, how is your sentence structure? Do you have some bad habits to overcome? Like using passive voice, or too many helping verbs? Well, now is the time to tackle that area. It's so easy to fall into the pattern of writing the same way. Unless we stop ourselves and correct it. And then practice.
How about info dumping or back-story dump? Even seasoned authors admit to this, at least in their first draft. Ahh, but there's the thing-- again, writing begins with rewriting. And most of us if we are practiced, can catch the dumping on a read through and cut, change, delete.
Targeting a market, say a line at a certain publisher? Oh yeah. If I want to write for a line, I target it. So what exactly does that mean? For me it means reading religiously the line I choose to target, studying the way the stories/books are formulated, structured, and written. What type of plots they want, characters, action or not, everything! Then I write, geared to the line. Does it work? It does for many. And I truly believe it is the main way to get published with a particular line. The not so good news is we could/may/probably will get rejected -- at first. But still I believe in another old saying, persistence pays in the end. And we will get our stories published if we work at it and don't give up.
With that said, here is a bit of good news about a few of my writer friends:
Christina Phillips new Scarlet book, Touch of the Demon will release at The Wild Rose Press! Congrats to Christina. Join her release party at her blog tomorrow, Friday the 13th, and look for her here on March 17th!
Catherine Bybee's new book cover Kilt Worthy, a TWRP Scarlet is now finished! Check it out on her blog. It's terrific! Congrats to Catherine. Looking forward to your release date!
Write well and often.