I’ve been forced to ask myself this question over the last couple of weeks. Why do I write? What are my ultimate goals? Why do I sit alone everyday for hours at a time staring at my laptop screen, and what do I hope to gain from it? Why do I dredge up experiences I’d rather forget, talk to people who scare me, and endure the blank stares of family and friends who say, “I don’t get it. What do you do?”
Description is my Achilles heel. My writing tends to be so sparse it’s practically naked, and to make up for that lack I’ve done some pretty embarrassing things in the pursuit of details.
It’s fun to go back to my earliest manuscripts and see how much my writing’s improved. And then shake my head – I showed that to an agent? *smacks head* Live and learn. But those stories have taught me a lot – and one of the lessons I’ve learned is that description and sensory details are things I have to consciously add in, adding layer after layer with each edit. And then my co-writer reads it and says, ‘You need more description.’ lol. So, I’m still learning. [Read more…]
Connotation is a layering trick writers use to add unspoken meaning. It’s all the stuff a word says without saying it. It’s the writer’s job to be as economical as possible and make words pull double duty.
When someone drags their past into a situation we say they’ve got baggage. Every word has baggage. Every word has a past, an association, a history, and that’s brought with it into your work. Sometimes that baggage belongs to the reader – you can’t help that, sometimes it’s a historical event or etymology. [Read more…]
Nothing is sweeter than having your hard efforts recognized by your peers, is there? Blogging is one of those activities that (in my opinion) requires you to lay everything out there for the world to comment on and possibly criticize. There’s a great deal of vulnerability expressed every time the ‘Publish’ button is pressed.
Today I’m blogging over at Girls With Pens continuing our genre/sub-genre blogging blitz. Today, I’m looking at what it takes to write for the inspirational fiction market.
Second only to romance in terms of book sales, earning $759million in 2010 according to the RWA, inspirational fiction is a growing niche market worth paying attention to. Just as there are ‘rules’ for writing in any other genre, inspirational has its own staples and inviolable rules. In Canada and the USA, inspirational fiction includes any religious or faith-based writing, however an overwhelming percentage of that category is Christian fiction.
Written primarily for a conservative (traditional) Protestant Christian audience, the conventions for this genre are largely determined by the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association), and are specific and largely inflexible. Read more…