Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year?
You know, I have friends who do this, but I don’t. I just keep trying to be a decent person, knowing that sometimes I’ll fall short of the mark. I guess the closest I come to having a word is summed up in this Beatles tune. Enjoy!
It’s holiday time! Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?
Well, honestly, whether my goals as a writer are met is dependent upon numerous factors. This year, it was to put the words “The End” on a manuscript, because I struggled to write during much of the pandemic. I did that, releasing my first-ever contemporary romance novella, Rose in Bloom. I also released the omnibus edition of Pocketful of Stories — both of which are now available via Smashwords as of this morning.
So, I’d say that my 2022 goals were met and exceeded, so any writing during the holidays will be a bonus.
I did Camp Nano once and NaNoWriMo once. I decided that the pressure writes aren’t for me. I live with chronic illness, and I have a day job. It is just not feasible for me to knock out 50,000 *good* words while working around those two things.
Well, it’s the first Wednesday of the month again (is it just me, or is 2022 flying along?) … which means it’s time for a question from the Insecure Writers Support Group.
My favorite genre is historical fiction, and I particularly enjoy it when an author has obviously done their homework. Clearly, a little creative license is going to be involved, but give me a world I can believe in. Queen Victoria ruling alongside a king, or a medieval knight saying “okay” will pull me right out of the story. Don’t put obviously false things on the page. Show me that you know the world you’re trying to help me enter. If you do change something factual to move the story along (it happens), explain why in your author’s note.
In my opinion, the best historical fiction teaches as it entertains. Do your best to get it right.
The answer is: hard sci-fi. Why? I don’t like reading it, and my heart wouldn’t be in it if I tried to write it. It’s almost always a tech-based version of the hero’s journey, and it’s just not my bag.
I far prefer character-based tales, like my new novella, Rose in Bloom, for both reading and writing. You can pre-order Rose in Bloomat this link; if your favorite retailer isn’t there yet, keep checking. More sales outlets are coming on line each day. Also, if you opt to order from Barnes & Noble, be sure to use code PREORDER25 when you check out; you’ll get a discount. The official release date is Nov. 1, 2022.