Wednesday, May 02, 2018

#WriterWednesday - May 2nd 2018

So... I helped fellow author, Charles Yallowitz, promote his book with this post, and then took advantage of a couple of mine becoming available in audio to fill my Wednesday slots, meaning I didn't need to worry about putting a "Writer Wednesday" post together throughout most of April. I wasn't being lazy, as you'll know if you've been reading my other posts, where I mentioned having been in hospital, and being unwell for a while afterwards. Then there was trying to catch up with things... You know how it goes, I'm sure. If you don't... Lucky you! Anyway, I was really glad I'd taken the time to set up the posts for my audio book announcements after I got the contracts sorted with the narrators, so all I had to do was find the right post among my drafts, add the links for the audio version, and schedule them for the day I wanted them to go up.

I probably don't need to tell you that I didn't get any writing done in that time. I'd hoped to get a decent amount of writing done in April, but it was not to be. First I wasn't feeling well enough to do much of anything, and then I was trying to catch up on posts and eMails and such. By the time I was caught up, April was over. Maybe I'll have better luck this month? Can but hope, right? It does mean though that it's looking like my pirate adventure story won't be ready for the Summer. Actually, the way the year's going, I'll be lucky to have it ready for the end of the year. Good thing I never announced a planned release date, isn't it? *Sigh*

Good news is though, audio book production is going well. Four more of my books are now in audio, as you probably noticed from the posts I put up announcing the fact over the past few weeks. A few others should become available very soon too. In the meantime, if you missed the posts for any reason, the newly available audio books are:

*"The Leaf Monster And Other Children's Poems" (narrated by Jane Hopkins)
*"Rodent Rhymes And Pussycat Poems" (narrated by Carol Weakland)
*"The Light Of Dawn And Other Poems" (narrated by Carol Weakland)
*"Isabelle's Runaway Racehorse" (narrated by JD Kelly)

Click on the book titles to go to the blog posts for each book, where you can find purchase links.

Carol Weakland is an author as well as a narrator, and she was interviewed a few weeks back on Barb's blog. So, if you'd like to get to know her, go read her author interview.

Anyway... I had loads of eMails to sort through from the places where I get the posts and articles I share in my "Writer Wednesday" posts. As is always the case, I considered some more worth sharing than others. That's not to say the others weren't interesting, well-written, or whatever. But I only share the ones I consider to be the best of the selection, because it takes enough time to do as much as I do. If you want to read all the links from the blogs/websites, you can always start following them yourself. Although, if you do, I hope you still come back here to read my posts. OK, let's see what links I've gathered together for you...

First, check out this list of things a writer needs before they sit down to write, and make sure you have them all. Oh, and here's a suggestion for the best way to spend the first 15 minutes of every writing session, in case it's something you want to do.

Next, here are a couple of things to bear in mind if you're a writer: your life will never be normal, and you will always find something new to distract you. I hope neither of those is enough to make you change your mind about being a writer, but if it is... Well, you should go find something else to do.

If you still insist on being a writer, you may be able to help your writing sessions be more productive by checking out this post on how to create your own personal 'writing bubble' - or whatever you want to call your writing space.

Speaking of your writing sessions: writing every day - is it advice you should actually follow? It's up to you. But, no matter how you feel about writing every day, sometimes it actually is a good idea to step away from your keyboard for a day, so bear that in mind when figuring out your writing routine. Mind you, regardless of your writing routine, if you're thinking of taking a break, you should ask yourself these things first.

Oh, and don't forget there are things you can (and can't) control as a writer. Try not to stress over the things you can't control.

OK... Moving on... Check out this post discussing the basic plot of a tragedy. You may not be planning to write one, but it doesn't hurt to know how each of the different types of basic plots works, and the tragedy is no exception.

Regardless of the plot of your story, here are two foreshadowing techniques to reduce new information overload, and 4 ways to get your setting right - even if you haven't been there.

Editing? Ask yourself this. Also, don't forget to think about what's missing from your self-editing.

OK. In the words of Porky Pig, "Th-th-that's all folks!"


Jeanie said...

Good luck on the audio production. And I hope you are feeling much better. You've had a rough spring.

Victoria Zigler said...

Thanks! It looks like my rough string isn't over yet. :(