Good evening fellow writers. I trust your evening is going well. Mine sure is! I want to give a shout out to my friend and fellow writer Lisa, who was kind enough to give me a ride to the Wellington Critique meeting today. She did not have to do that, but being the kind of person she is, she did it anyway and I want to thank her again.
Regarding the meeting itself, it was well attended by very talented writers and hosted by my friend Caryn. Everyone got to read including myself. And that brings me to the point of my title.
You see I have been experimenting with the “hook as in the inciting incident”. Sometimes the experiment turns out good. Other times not so good. In my case it was the latter. I received some tough love from my fellow writers and believe that is a very good thing.
Amongst the suggestions I received were… Don’t try to describe the characters in detail at the beginning. It disrupts the flow of the story. Besides I can introduce bits and pieces of the character details throughout the story.
As I recall another criticism was I switched points of view too much. At least I think that was mentioned. Sometimes it is difficult to remember what was said, but the point being is to try and stay in one characters point of view throughout the scene if possible. This way the reader is not jolted out of the scene. That is something a writer should not do. At least if you are going to change the point of view, then set it up so the reader will not be jolted.
A couple of other things was I strayed from writing action and dialogue sequences. Those are my main strengths. So as I said in the title of this post, experimenting can be a good thing so long as you keep in mind what is important. In my case it is sticking with writing good action and dialog for the inciting incident. After all that is what most inciting incidents are made up of is action and dialogue.
So as I said earlier in this post the meeting was great and I learned a lot today. And with that in mind I had better get back to my writing. I have a lot of changing to do. So until next time… William out!
I hope that everyone is doing well. And speaking about that, I am happy to say that my dad is doing better. Last week I told you guys that he fell at home and busted his hip. He under went a partial hip replacement, which was successful. So now he is in the Wellington rehab center, which from the looks of it, is a fine facility. In any case the rehab is tough for a person who us 91 going on 92. Right now I feel very fortunate that he is still around. Most people his age die from an accident like his. Like I said before, I a lucky he is still around.
I bought and downloaded Microsoft Office 2013. After going the hassle, and hassle is not the word for it, of setting up my Microsoft account again, I had an old hotmail account they couldn’t find, I finally got it installed. Whoopee! Now the reason I got this is twofold. 1. I need to learn how to format documents from Word to the kindle format. I have some books on that subject that should help me on that.
2. I want to become skilled regarding the Office suite so that I have a marketable skill in case in the future I need to get another job. Now I am not saying that I will change jobs soon, but it would be nice if I had the skills and the knowledge set just in case. Like I said before I am learning how to customize Word so that I can upload documents to Kindle Direct Publishing with as few formatting problems as possible.
I have been working on the “How to” book. I have been organizing the first draft outline of the book, and writing the first chapter. I am getting ready to write the introduction as well. I have a fair amount of work to do on that project. Now my sci-fi project is still on the back burner. I am letting ideas cook inside my head on that one. In fact as I was writing examples down of “the inciting incident” in my “how to” book, I thought that the inciting incident in my sci-fi novel could be improved. We shall see…
Well that’ about it there folks! I hope that your weekend will be a good one! So until next time…William out!
It is New Years Eve and I hope that everyone is having a wonderful, and safe time of it. Please be careful not to drink and drive, and if you see a friend who may be a bit tipsie, please look out for them and make sure they have a ride home. Cab fare is sure a lot less expensive than than getting arrested for DUI or worse.
New Years is a couple of hours away, and like many, I will be watching that ball drop in Times Square. Now like I said in the previous post I will attempt to achieve the writing goals that I have set out for myself. Namely getting that first draft done and attending my critique group meetings.
It is really import that I get that feedback from my fellow writers, so I can keep on improving as a writer. I am blessed to be associated with such a group of talented writers. The next Wellington group meeting will be held on January, 2nd 2014. I will try my best to be there.
Well this is my last post of 2013. It has been great writing to you guys this year. So one last time for this year. So until next time…William out!
Like the title said, the new year is coming and I hope that it will be a good one for everyone. As for myself, my goals are fairly simple for the new year.
1. Stay healthy and keep the weight down. (Not easy to do, but with eating right, and achieving my walking goal of a minimum of 9 mikes a week, should do the trick.)
2. Keep my place clean and organized. (Not easy for a writer to do.(I have seen an image of Steven Kings writing quarters, so I don’t feel so bad! He he!))
3. Writing goals are pretty straight forward. Complete my sci-fi story, complete the how to book, work on the poetry chapbook, and last, but not certainly not least, is to post here on the blog, on a regular basis.
4. Anything else that comes up, then get it do it in a timely manner.
5. Do a very good job at work.
6. Do my share of reading and studying Tge writing market, and attend my critique group meetings on a regular basis. (This is where I also get ideas for stories.
7. Compete un next years Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest. (Right now I am coming up with story ideas for Tge contest.)
That about sums it up for me regarding the new year. My next post will be on New Years Eve so look for that! So until then…William out!
Peace, love and joy to all my writer friends out there. May your holiday be a wonderful one. As for me I will be working the holiday, but no worries, my family and I already had our gift exchange. That was a real special time for sure! Listening to some Christmas music on Sunny 107.9. A very good South Florida station. And as I listen to the music, my thoughts once again go out those who have done the ultimate sacrifice in order for us to have the freedom to celebrate the Lord’s birthday. And to those who are serving our country in far away lands, may the same good Lord bless and keep watch over you and your families.
Here’s a little poem I thought up for the occasion.
Twas the night before Christmas,
Tom and Susie,
we’re asleep in their in bed.
Visions of toys and dolls,
danced in their heads.
Mom and Dad,
were up all night,
making things just right.
And to their surprise,
they heard hoof steps,
That cold night.
He came down,
in a flash,
And as soon as he,
dusted off the ash,
he yelled Ho Ho Ho!
Tommy and Susie,
came downstairs with sleepy eyes.
Santa Claus they said with glee.
They both tried,
To sit on his knee.
Santa greeted them with
a great deal of cheer.
Then he said,
I got to get back,
to my reindeer.
I have a lot more houses to go,
don’t you know.
And with a wiggle of his nose,
up the chimney he goes.
Tommy and Susie then turned
to Mom and Dad.
Then Tommy said,
This is the best Christmas,
we’ve every had.
Once again, have a wonderful holiday people! And until next time…William out!
I hope that things are going well with you guys out there. It is now 5 more days until Christmas and I hope that you guys have most of your shopping done, and if not, then good luck to ya! I hope that all the parties you go to will be good and safe. Also make sure you drive safe. A lot of drunks out there and I would hate to lose any of you, especially at this time of year. Listening to the Madonna version of “Santa Baby” on Sunny 107.9. That’s the local station that is playing all Christmas music. It’s pretty good!
I’m on chapter 7 of my sci-fi story “A Change in Time”. I have had a good run of it during the past week or two, with ideas flowing out at a regular rate. So now I’m dreaming up other things that I could get my characters into more trouble. But that is the kind of author I am! If my characters are not in some kind of problem, then it would not be much of a story!
Speaking of stories I’m starting to write a list of children’s stories so that they will be ready to submit to the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest. That contest should start around a May timeframe next year. I look forward to that. And I better get off my horse and start researching the Writersmarket.com so I can start submitting my work elsewhere. So I had better get cracking Happy Holidays everyone! And so until next time…William out!
I trust that you guys are doing well. I have been using Office HD2 for the iPad for most of my writing. Lesson one…Always back up your work to other devices or other storage areas. Last week an update to Office HD, to make it compatible with iOs 7, did not take. Hence I had to reload the program. I lost data of course, but I am noi all that mad as I was going to make big changes anyway. And speaking of which I had better go…So until next time…Willia out!