The cats pulled up a loose floorboard this morning. I should have seen it coming. Little stinkers!
In other news, is anyone else having trouble accessing MySpace? Every time I sign in, I’m receiving an error sign of massive proportions.
One of my lovely readers emailed me some good questions, which I’ll go ahead and answer here:
You said when you begin a novel you become a frantic writer after an incredible first paragraph without usually having an outline�is it easier for you that way do you find�.sometimes after entering the story do you wonder if perhaps it would have been better if you had made an initial outline?
Not really. I mean, I generally know what big things are going to happen in the story before I start writing it, but sometimes those change or evolve as I put the words down, and I just go with the flow. I like being surprised. That’s part of the joy and fun, and it does make it easier for me to discover the story, to play by ear, than go by a strict format that I’ve already laid out.
When you have writers block, how do you mange around it?…do you feel very self conscious of your writing?
When I have writer’s block, it’s usually because something isn’t working in the story. So, I go back and fiddle around with things. It can be frustrating, but I also know it’s something I need to do, because once I figure out the problem, it inevitably makes the whole story better. Of course, there are also those days when I’m just too wiggly to write, so then I sit down with a good book or watch a movie, and that also gets me back on track.
Do I feel self-conscious of my writing? Not in the sense that I’m afraid to let people see it. But I think that every writer is, to some degree, self-conscious of the words they set to page. You have to be, if only because that’s where your inner editor comes in, your sense of what is wrong and right within a story. Every word—or most of them, anyway—should count. You should be aware of what you’re doing when you write.
When you received those rejection letters did you feel at times discouraged from your dream? If so how did you cope?
I never felt discouraged. Quitting never crossed my mind. I loved what I was doing too much to ever accept failure.
Here’s an interesting interview with Ru Emerson, who has written a lot of sci-fi/fantasy, as well as media tie-in novels for Xena and Beauty and the Beast (specifically Masques, which, I have to say, is a really excellent book).
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Grants available to artists in Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chilton, Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Telladega, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties in Alabama. Deadline May 15, 2007.These grants support committed, accomplished artists by financially supporting the advancement of their careers as aprofessional artist. Typical funding is $2,500 to $5,000. 2007 arts include dance, theater, music and literary arts.