This week’s questions are from Ronnie Allen. Hope you’ve already visited with Veronica Forand
When do you decide that you’ve done enough editing and changes would now be making it different, not better? So it’s the time to submit.
Being in a critique group helps. Most of the last novel I finished had been critiqued by the group and then I asked my PRO mentor to go through it again. Now I’m letting it sit while I finish a novella. Being away from the book for a few weeks will help me see the story with fresh eyes and then I’ll run through one more time before submitting.
When and how do you accept change advice by rejection letters and critique partners?
Rejections from publishers are hard to decipher even if they give you a reason, as most site generalities like – It wasn’t engaging. This can mean many things. It wasn’t until joining a critique group and having a multi-published author line edit me did I really understand my writing issues. Hopefully, I’ve corrected most of them. I’ll see soon enough when my first edits return from my Lyrical editor.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your day or do you create your day around your writing?
I work full time and write during evenings and weekends. My husband and I are more or less homebodies so it works out. Writing is a large part of my life, but it doesn’t stop me from engaging in real life. Writing supplements the mundane day to day. Getting into a story I’m writing is more exciting than anything I could be watching on TV.
Veronica Forand has a new release in October with Susan Scott Shelly titled, Tackled by the Girl Next Door. It’s about a football player and I can’t wait!!!
Meggan Connors is published in multi romance genres and is next on the hop.
This week: Humor and inspirational tools…
This week’s questions come from Fiona Riplee and hopefully you arrived here via Carolyn Spear. On to the questions…
Does humor help or hinder you in your creative process? If you mean does humor in my life help me write, then yes. I learned sarcastic humor while working at a male dominated company and use it frequently when writing. At home, wisecracks and made up words are a standard form of communication, so humor usually comes out of the blue when I’m writing dialog.
What is a favorite go-to book or movie you use to unblock a problem in your writing? My issues usually arise around the dreaded saggy middle. Unfortunately, it’s not only a writing dilemma but a physical issue for me as well. LOL.
I’m not much of a plotter, but I know where I’m moving toward and sometimes it’s difficult to bridge hunky-dory to the Sharknado event. It’s Shark Week couldn’t resist! Anyway, there’s not always a book or movie for that ailment. Usually, it’s time to fill the well and be patient with my subconscious while a cure manifests.
What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read this week or month that’s generated a new idea? New ideas…mmm. Nothing I’ve read recently has me stoked. The new and popular TV series, The Last Ship, has me reconsidering a apocalyptic novella idea I had about a m/f/m ménage.
Hope you will continue on to Mishka Jenkins’ blog to see what tools she uses for inspiration.