June 19, 2015 by Suzi
The other day I was going through a notebook with some writing stuff in it. I came across a page that was over half filled with words. It was an idea for a story that I wrote down sometime within the last year.
But I didn’t recognize it. I read the page and nothing clicked in my head. I didn’t remember anything–not one word, about this story idea I had.
Which is unusual. I’ve had many ideas and granted, I haven’t looked back at EVERY page with every idea I’ve ever had, but most of the time when I go back, my notes will spark a little recognition. And I’ll go, Oh yeah, I’ll have to go back to that some day.
Not this time though.
So I don’t know if I had this idea from a dream or where it came from. I really have no clue. I’m wondering if I was watching a horror movie or something when I got the idea, because that’s what I labelled it as: horror. Although my notes don’t really reflect that it’s a horror. It’s kind of funny.
Has this ever happened to you? Where you’ve written done a bunch of notes for a story idea, but when you’ve gone back, you don’t recognize/remember it?
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May 11, 2015 by Suzi
I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been busier than usual. Mostly because I’ve started something new. Something I love.
The amazing Kelley Lynn and Cassie Mae invited me to be a part of Cookie Lynn Publishing Services. I love editing, getting to read spectacular books and help that author make them better. So how lucky am I to get paid?
The answer: very lucky.
Go here to see Cookie Lynn Publishing Services
Kelley is doing developmental editing, and I can assure you how much of a help she is. She’s worked with me on several stories, always pointing out things to make them stronger. Whether it’s plot or character development or any related story issues, she’ll help make sure your story is on the right track. And Cassie is doing the formatting, getting your story ready so it looks pretty when you put on Amazon.
And I’m doing line editing and copy editing.
Line editing is a little more extensive. I look at style issues such as word choice (misused or overused words), smoothing out awkward sentences, finding excessive passive sentences, and improving clarity and flow. I’ll also look at those pesky punctuation and grammar issues.
A copy edit is more basic and covers the punctuation, grammar and typo issues.
If you’re in need of any editing services, or query critiques, please check out our site. Kelley and I offer a sample edit if you’d like to see what we do before you chose us to edit your story.
So that’s what I’ve been doing. As I said above, I’m lucky to have found something that I love and get paid for it.
Do you love what you do?
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April 6, 2015 by Suzi
Every once in a while I hear about someone who writes their novel by hand before copying it over to computer. And that amazes me.
Before computers were part of our everyday lives, I used to write more by hand. Mostly class notes, homework, and journals, but not novels, because I wasn’t writing that then. But I can’t imagine doing so now.
I have notebooks where I write notes or do some plotting stuff, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that my hand cramps up quickly when I hand write a lot.
So that’s part of it, but the other part is I can type so much faster than I can write, and I think it’d be frustrating having to write so slowly.
But I’m curious about others out there. Have you ever written a novel by hand or are you strictly a computer person?
If you do write by hand first, why have you chosen to stick with that method?
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March 16, 2015 by Suzi
I’ve got something kinda cool to share. The very first story I ever beta read is coming out in about a month. In early winter 2011, I hooked up with Stacy Stokes through AgentQueryConnect.com when we were both looking for beta readers. I’m not sure how many she’d critiqued before, but it was my very first time. Kinda scary and all that. What did I know about critiquing? Would she think it was too much… too little? Critiquing with someone new for the first time really gets your nerves going.
In December we exchanged stories and I think it went okay. She still talks to me, at least. But that was the start of something new for me. I’ve learned so much from critiquing other people’s stories, and I’ve become a better writer, but I’ve also come to realize how much I enjoy critiquing and editing.
Back then I was trying to connect with writers and I didn’t know anybody who was published. (Now I know lots. ) It was so cool to think then, and even now today, that I had a part in the journey of a story I was reading. That it could someday be published. And now for Stacy, that is happening soon.
So for those who have not heard of it, Where the Staircase Ends by Stacy A. Stokes will be released next month and is now available for pre-order. Check it out here on Goodreads.
Congratulations, Stacy. I can’t wait to read the final version (which she’s said has much changed).
What about anybody else. What was the first book you ever critiqued and was it published?
Where the Staircase Ends by Stacy A. Stokes
After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoke wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky. Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable — unless the staircase breaks her first.
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February 23, 2015 by Suzi
So recently, I was at the library and saw this really cool book, but I realized it was actually a sequel. Luckily book one was available and looked just as awesome.
But it wasn’t. The characters fell flat, the plot fell below expectations, the writing didn’t grab me, and I was disappointed. Which happens sometimes, but now I have a dilemma.
Originally, I’d grabbed book two and thought it sounded intriguing. And I still think it does. But do I read it or forget it? Because one was a disappointment. And I can assume that the writing and characters will be similar in two. It’s not like it’s a minor complaint with book one; it was characters, writing and plot.
I didn’t hate book one. I was just severely unimpressed.
What would you do? Give book two a chance and hope it’s way better? Or give up and move on to another writer.
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January 26, 2015 by Suzi
This last week I’ve been having a problem with my computer and it’s a pain in the butt. It’s the keyboard. About half the time I hit delete, the key sticks and suddenly I’ve deleted a bunch of letters, sometimes a full sentence. Then I have to go hit undo, undo, undo…
I’m going to try clean it, see if that makes a difference. But if not, I’ll have to get a new keyboard. This computer is maybe 6 years old, I’m kinda sorta guessing. So the connector for the keyboard to plug in isn’t even a USB, it’s one of those round thingies with the little spikes inside. Same with the mouse.
But even if my cleaning helps with the issue, I know eventually not too far down the road, we’ll need to replace the whole thing. (Six year computer, again)
It got me thinking about wireless keyboards and computers. I’m not sure if our next computer should have a tower, or just get one where everything is built into the screen–an all-in-one computer. We have an external DVD drive now, cause the built in one went kaput, and that would be my biggest concern about not having the typical tower computer. I want to use CD/DVDs. But that won’t be an issue since we have the external drive.
For those who still use desktops, do you have any advice? Go for an all-in-one computer or stick with a tower?
Or does everybody now just use laptops? (I have a laptop too, and I’m not keen on getting two. I like having a desktop.)
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December 24, 2014 by Suzi
I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.
Image courtesy of duron123 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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December 15, 2014 by Suzi
I know two people can read the same book and have different opinions about it. Some love the writing, others will think it sucks. Some think it’s an original story, others think it’s cliche. I’ve read enough book reviews to see that. There’s many reasons why people look at books differently, including simple things like their tastes or deeper things involving their history and lookout on life.
Yes, we’re all different, so we see things differently.
But sometimes I question a reviewer’s take on a book–it just no sense to me. Just recently I finished Flawed by Kate Avelynn. I enjoyed the story and after finishing, read through some one and two star reviews to see what the people who didn’t like it said.
And I read something that kinda shocked me.
Spoiler alert. If you don’t want to know the ending, skip ahead to where I say spoiler end.
The reviewer was unhappy because the MC had a HEA. And I was like, huh? A happily ever after?
-The MC’s mother died during the story.
-The MC will have to deal with the affects of her father’s abuse for the rest of her life.
-The MC’s brother killed her boyfriend, who was also the brother’s best friend.
-The MC’s brother, whom she deeply loved, also killed himself.
That is nowhere near a HEA to me. I guess the reviewer wanted the MC to either be physically hurt or killed and anything other than that was a happy ending.
So obviously, me and that reviewer have drastically different definitions of happy. I can understand people view stylistic things differently, but this difference of opinion seems big. And honestly, it makes me wonder about this person. What they are like and how they generally view life.
Have you ever had a similar experience reading a review, not just a difference in opinion, but something that makes you curious about the reviewer and what it was in their lives that helped shaped their outlook, and hence the review you just can’t understand. (Sorry, that’s kind of a mouthful.)
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November 10, 2014 by Suzi
Not long ago I finished reading a book. And by finished, I mean I read the last few chapters. But I didn’t read ALL the chapters.
This book is by a popular author but I never connected with the characters, didn’t find the story all that interesting either.
Because of some busy times a few weeks ago, I put the book down at about the 60% mark, and I could’ve walked away. Would’ve never given it another thought, but I wanted to read the ending—which I’d sorta heard about anyway, but didn’t know the exact details.
So I did something I haven’t really done. I just skimmed a few chapters and jumped to the end.
The ending didn’t change my mind about the story, by the way, and I didn’t regret skipping 1/3 of the story.
Usually, if I quit a book, I quit fully. I don’t look to the end to see what happened. I just stop. (Of course, I normally stop before the 60% mark though too. And really, the only reason I read that far was because it was going fast and I kept wanting to like it like everybody else did.)
So I was wondering what others do. If you give up on a book, do you jump ahead to the end to see what happens? Do you read spoilers in reviews to get an idea? Or do you just walk away and forget it?
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November 2, 2014 by Suzi
Halloween is over but I’m sure I got my fill of candy. The DVR is filled with some cheesy horror movies and some decent ones.
A weird thing happened this week. Okay, it’s not really weird, but more surprising. I’ve seen all the Nightmare on Elm Street movies—or I thought I did. With all the horror movies on AMC this month, I found one I missed. And that surprised me. (Even though there’s like a hundred, I figured I’d seen every one. )
The same thing happened with some books this same week. I stumbled upon an author I’ve never heard of. Amy Reed. She just released her 5th book (since 2010) from Simon Pulse and her books are the type of I would read.
And I was like, why haven’t I heard of her?
Maybe I’d run across one of her books somewhere, and maybe then the cover or title didn’t strike me to read the blurb. But usually I’d at least have some memory of that book. I don’t have any recognition of her name or titles.
She writes in a genre I’d like to be in and she’s published (five times over) by a major publisher. None of her books are in our local library, but they are in the library of the city next to us—of which I frequent sometimes. So it’s just weird to me that she just got onto my radar.
If it were some Indie author, I can understand, but I bet she’s in Barnes and Noble too. (I’ll have to look.)
And now I’ll have to check out her books.
Anybody else ever had a similar situation like this occur? When you discovered a prolific writer in your genre that you probably should’ve known about by now?
Have you ever read Amy Reed’s books?
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