Friday, February 13, 2015

I'm hearing the voices in my head

When I first start a new book, it takes awhile before I hear the voices in my head. Until I visualize the characters, their locations, their voices -- it's a chore to write. I sit and stare at the screen and think, "where is the plot going here? What should they be doing?"

But once the voices start, I don't think about plot. I don't think about where they are. I write and write, then I go back and fill in the details (the clothing colors and the furniture and the weather).

When I have the voices, they're always with me. I hear them in the car (especially in the car). I talk out loud, working out details. He'll have to go to the kitchen and she can't see him. So she has to sit with her back to him. That means the couch needs to face the windows. What's she seeing when she's sitting there? I keep a digital recorder in the car and I'll dictate a note about that, so when I get home, I know what to write.

The voices are loudest right before I fall asleep. I think it's because I'm finally putting everything else to one side. I'll lay down and think, "She has to mention that thing about the jigsaw puzzle. If she doesn't mention it here, then he can't use it later on." So I'll get up, jot a note, then lie down again. And sometimes repeat, again and again.

So yes: the voices are talking to me again.

Life is back on track.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Promo Progress ... kind of

I've checked off a couple of items from this year's To Do List.

* Submitted my cozy series to a new publisher. I had to write a synopsis (yikes. It's been years since I had to do that), so that slowed me down. But I submitted one book and the details about the other 3 finished books and the 2 I'm writing.

* I got an author page going on Facebook. Well, it's not public yet, but it will be soon. I've been diddling with it here and there.

* I'm digging back into Twitter. Lord, I dislike Twitter because it's addictive. But I'm limiting myself to just a few minutes a day. So far, so good.

Not bad for 13 days into the year. I've got 2 chapters written in Whole (the Alice in Wonderland book), and I plan to hole up (no pun) this weekend and get some Serious Writing Done.

Next up: writing, dig into Goodreads, and get that Author Page published. Then consult my list and see What's Next.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What's up in 2015?

Everybody makes goals for the year, and here are mine:

1. Find a publisher for my cozy mystery series. I love my romance publisher (Wild Rose Press), but this is a mystery series and it needs a different publisher, I think.

2. Write two books before May 1. These are two more books to join the 4 books already done for the Remembered Classics Mystery series (see #1). Two books, 4 months? Crazy? Just maybe.

3. Spend May to December (hmm. Is there a song there?) working on the Endless American Dream series.

4. PROMOTE Promote PROMOTE. I have 20+ books in my freakin' back list. Get out there and sell those puppies!

5. Everything else: world peace, lose 20 pounds, exercise more, drink less. The usual.

Okay, the goals are on paper, so to speak. Let's see if I can do it!

Friday, December 5, 2014

I hit my deadline!

Yep, I hit my self-imposed deadline. I wrote Book 4 of the Dream series and finished it on Dec. 1. I'm now reviewing and editing for the month of December, then in January I kick off a new project:


The dreaded P word. I'm going to experiment with different promotional ideas, including the Kindle Scout program.

So stay tuned. Things might just get interesting ....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On track, on target, writing like a fiend

I've finished Emma and Booker's part of Book 4. Now I'm working on Drew and Pete's. That means I have 10 more chapters to write then I'm done. I set a goal to have this done by mid-December at the latest, so I'm writing like a crazy fiend.

Also, I plotted 2 -- yes, 2 -- books at my casino getaway with my writing buddies, so in January I'm going to leap on those books. I'll have 4 mysteries done (plus those two once they're done) and 4 American Dream books done. 8 books in the bag.

Now time to find a publisher....

Thursday, October 23, 2014

And the epic continues!

I am making amazing progress on the Endless American Dream series. I'm almost done with book 4. I have Booker's chapters finished, 2 more Emma chapters to write, then 7 Drew chapters to write. I think I can finish it by December 1 (my goal), then assemble it all and do some critical editing.

In January I want to start writing a new mystery and kick off my new adventure: a year of promo. I do little or no promotion for my books, so I'm designating 2015 as The Year of Promotion. I'll focus on promotion every day, in some way shape or form, along with my writing. I hope to work on the Dream series from March until December next year.

I also want to find a publisher for my Children's Classic Mysteries (my re-write of the Arthur story, Peter Pan, etc.) I'm not getting any feedback from the editor I pitched to, so I'm going to move on and find someone else. Or Wild Rose, but I'm not sure they're right for them.

I shall report back on my progress, of course.

Tomorrow I'm off to the casino to plot a new book (see note above about writing in January). Wish me luck on the slots!