Monday, April 26, 2010

Fast and Furious or Slow and Methodical!

So I think...yes I sometimes do that.  I think there are two types of writers.  
The fast and furious type.

Then there is the slow and methodical type.

Fast and Furious-we can shut off our internal editor.  Even if it means taking the internal editor by force, kicking her in a closet and duct taping her mouth shut.  Our first drafts are getting the story out of our brain.  It invades our life and dreams.  It takes us by force until the story is told.  We sit over the computer with coffee.  If interrupted we snap, look up and dare anyone to ask us anything. They usually back off because they are afraid of the look in our eyes.  Spelling errors, who cares. Characters changing eye color, totally fixable.  The story taking an unexpected turn, totally cool!  Get ready for hours of editing.

Slow and Methodical- I envy this type.  The nice outline and knowing where your story is going.  Careful for spelling errors but flexible.  Character interviews, flow charts, organization.  Sitting at the computer knowing each scene and reaction from your character.  Having friendly conversation with Miss Internal Editor.  Maybe offering her some lemonade.  Avoiding the slumping middle....somewhat.  Edits that are not to off the top and crazy.

Spill the beans.  Do you guys have a method to your madness?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Alright Boys--LISTEN UP!

In my opinion I think us women are pretty easy to figure out.  Boys you make things up about us and I am setting you straight!  This is what we really mean aka the secret lingo of women. Feel free to print this out for reference. Ladies feel free to print this out for your boys and tape it to the toilet, the only place they are guaranteed to see it.

-YES really means NO

- NO means YES

- MAYBE means NO

- WE NEED means I WANT

- I am sorry = you'll be sorry (better start running)

- We need to talk = you're in trouble (possibly big trouble)

- Sure, go ahead = you better not (if you know what's good for you)

-Do what you want = you will pay for this later (and possibly for weeks to come)

 - I am not upset = of course I'm upset, you moron! (flowers could come in handy now, better yet chocolate...the good kind)

- Whatever! = Lordy, you are dead if you do that. In the doghouse for you

Now that the secret is out of the bag some light bulbs might go off for the boys...most likely not though.  Do you infuse any of this in your stories?  Do you do it on purpose?  Do you do it without thinking (come on ladies you know this is how we really are lol).

Hey who said curiosity killed the cat?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Whats on your pre-order list

So, yea I have been thinking and mulling...mulling and thinking on what to chat about today.  I am in a jubilant mood, sun is out this gorgeous New England day.  Went and stopped for coffee at my blogger buds cribs.

Also got some good reads in.  The House of Night Series (Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed,  Hunted, Tempted).  I got a bit addicted in the life of Zoey and the rest of the fledglings.  A book full of great characters and drama.  The next book, Burned, comes out at the end of the month.  Can't wait!

A new favorite series of mine by Chloe Neill is Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampire Novel.  You won't be disappointed with this series.  Twice Bitten will be released in July.  Merit is a total kick-ass chick!

Mocking Jay, the last book of the Hunger Games series will be out in August.  I can't stop raving about The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.  I'm trying to get hubby to get the audiobooks.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Myer, June.

There are a bunch of middle grade books that my daughter will enjoy.  Like most kids she mostly pokes through my stash of YA books.  I am having fun reading the same books as her!

Curiosity has me wondering what is on your pre-order list and what good books have I missed that I need to add.