Friday, March 30, 2012
Status: Revamping the story as well as the cover.
Unleash the power:
My words to remember. It might be the B12 injections or it might be the books I have been reading but I am energized and brimming with ideas. It has been so long since I have really wanted to write. I've always said, "I was tired." but the truth is, I didn't have a direction. Nor did I have ideas. There was nothing in my head that wanted to pop out on the pages. Until now.
Now as with Genene, my first priority is to write. I write first then I edit and then and only then do I blog. I'm trying to write ten pages a day. Wow, as I write this I have only written 5 1/2. Does this page count? Fraid not.
I have no words of wisdom just faith in my passion and I hope all of you will keep the faith.
I want to thank Barb for the wonderful suggestion of the kindle select program and the five free days of advertising. This seems to me to be cost affective, and not very much work. The blog tours I have gone on are far from painless. With anything there are no guarantees that something you put effort in will pay off. But the amazon select so far has been the best bet for me.
Also, Barb, I finished The Honeymoon Cottage on the way home from Eagle Crest on Wednesday. I really enjoyed the book. I plan on posting a short review on Amazon as soon as I find the time. Eek, I still have two blogs to write.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Status: Writing, editing, promoting :)
Posted by: Genie Gabriel
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
My current story is set in Oregon, in a fictional town, in 1903. When I started writing this, I simply wanted a somewhat old-fashioned feel to it. I didn't want to write Regency England, however, because I felt too many people knew so much more about it than me that I would get in embarrassing situations if I were wrong about something.
So, I figured...Edwardian...I like the clothes...there are some cars...sounds good!
But OH! There just aren't that many resources! I spent a whole week researching references for one scene! It makes me think building my own world might actually be easier...
But eventually I found some lovely pictures of clothes and cars (clothes for men have been the most difficult to find), and learned--again--that I am a pretty durn good researcher, so I thought I'd share a few.
Here are some lovely examples of the ubiquitous white muslin dress:Here is a great picture that shows the enormous variety of choices for a man of business...three or four buttons! Bow ties or maybe even a wide tie! One man is even wearing a snappy double-breasted suit.
Here is one of the horrible rib-deforming s-curve corsets women of fashion were required to wear. Sadie is, to her utter delight, far too poor to be required to wear one of these, and I couldn't bring myself to make her cinch it tightly even if she did have to wear one. Instead, she wears an old fashioned Victorian corset and doesn't pull it tight.
And here is a picture of the Theodore Roosevelt family, which shows what youngsters of several ages were wearing. I really like the variety of children's clothes.
And last, but not least, are ladies hats. They got bigger and bigger and bigger until the first world war, but in 1902 and 1903 they were still of manageable sizes and quite lovely. I think it would be wonderful if more hats were worn these days.
Well, there you go; a quick tour of Edwardian--or Belle Epoch--fashion. I hope you enjoyed it...now I have to figure out what to call each piece of clothing so I can write the next scene in which William is getting ready for church. Should he wear a bow tie or a wide tie? If only he could wear a cravat a la papillon....
Monday, March 26, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
My goal was to earn enough to cover the cost of the ads. I far exceeded that goal. I'm actually making enough to start thinking about what I'm going to do with the money (new yacht? trip around the world? pay the plumbing bill from when the pipes broke this weekend?). At this point I'm selling enough to keep the book near the top of the "hot new reads" lists, which keeps it visible for people browsing those categories, and in turn drives more sales. I don't think that would have happened without the giveaway.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Status: in progress, revising quite a bit
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Status: Writing, editing, promoting
Posted by: Genie Gabriel
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Status: first draft
Recently, one of the other writers I know told me I should hurry up and write the rest of my book because she thought it would sell. When I started writing stories again—after 20 years off—I felt the same way. I wanted to finish as fast as I could and get the words out there into the world. I wanted others to like the tale I was telling, to recognize that I was a *great* writer, and to pay me for it. Oh, and I wanted to be perfect. In a hurry.
That she thinks my writing will sell is a marvelous compliment. I get a happy-glowing feeling whenever anyone likes my words, when they want to read the next page or the whole story. I am deeply appreciative of any such approbation. Keep it coming!
For various outside reasons, however, I can’t sell any of my writing right now. For my family, it just wouldn’t work. But I still want to write my stories, and to finish them, and eventually to sell them so they can be shared with lots of other people. I still want the sense of accomplishment…and yes, I dream of fame and fortune, so I want the recognition and money, too. I want to know that something I created—not a child, those always go their own way—made it possible for me to do good things for those I care about.
The delay has been an unexpected gift, though. I now have time to make the story better. I have time to learn the craft of writing better. I have time to
s a v o r
of a story
from my imagination.
I have time to compare my work to that of other authors I admire and see where I could get closer to the rhythm and flow they have achieved. I have time to wonder, and contemplate, and experiment.
For really the first time in my life, the deadline is far away, the hurry, hurry is gone. Perhaps it’s due to my age, my stage of life, or other parts of the natural process of gaining experience. Whatever it is, I am thrilled to have managed to slow down enough to appreciate the process. I am content to be steeped in the journey of writing.
Fame and fortune can wait. I have stories to experience.
Monday, March 12, 2012
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Monday, March 05, 2012
Friday, March 02, 2012
Status: in edits
Fireworks in the making: EEEKKK....
Blogs, blogs, and more blogs. Sometimes they are actually quite fun and sometimes they are a bit boring. I am currently getting ready for my second VBT with goddessfish. This makes 40 blogs for tours I have written since the first of December. There is sweat on my brow--well maybe my rapidly typing fingers.
One of the most asked questions in some form is: what are the essential elements for a romance novel?
My first response to this is do really think I can answer this in less than 600 words? And in some cases this question pops up in an interview which means it needs to be answered in a short paragraph. Now I'm not saying this is a stupid question--not at all. The search for the answer has made me explore the idea. So, what are the most important elements?
Very briefly, I think the characters are at the top of my list. Have you ever read a book where you did not like the hero or the heroine? I have. And have I finished said book? Rarely. Characterization is my first step in my writing process. I know everything significant about each main character and the secondary characters who will play a role in the progression of the story. I know the characters flaws and their attributes. Everything...
How important is characterization to you?
Next on my list would be the major turning points as well as the black moment. From these elements I usually have a basic idea of the plot. And that is about as good as it gets for me. If I plot any more, it is a waste of time because my characters generally take over the books and send it in a different direction. I know I do extensive plotting but it is one scene at a time. And I don't plot the following scene until the one I am working on is written.
Where do you put major turning points and the black moment in your list of essential components?
Thirdly, (is that a word?), I believe point of view is extremely important. I dislike head hopping. It's annoying and confusing. I know that for some pov is difficult to understand but it is so important for maintaing tension. If one character doesn't know what the other is thinking, well... one can only imagine the consequences.
POV-- where does this stand in your mind.
At this point I could still go on and on and elaborate in each paragraph but I will spare you and just ask for your opinions. I understand there are more components to a successful novel: sentence structure, grammar, themes, conflicts (internal, external, emotional) and the list goes on.
I think I should write a book. No, I don't think I would enjoy writing a book with this title.
How about you. What do you think are the essential components.
In light of the concerns about pinterest, I will post one of my own photos today. Although I don't understand the uproar. It's a photo I took at Disney World a couple of years ago.
And I would say...are there fireworks here?
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Status: Launch day of the first book!
Posted by: Genie Gabriel