Here are the books I’ve read this month:
- Arcturus Landing by Gordon R Dickson
- A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation by Noah Lukeman
Here are the books I’ve read this month:
I thought I’d start logging what I’ve done for writing in the week. This week:
Welcome to week fifteen. If you missed any just look for the Friday Prompt category and/or tag. Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating. If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments, or send me an e-mail or mention on twitter.
This week’s prompt: Write an interview piece with a character. If you want an extra challenge, make it a character you don’t know as well.
Here are the ‘rules’:
On my Facebook profile, I posted: “Sometimes a writer must dig deep and unearth emotions people would rather not experience.” And yes, I agree with what I said!
It got me thinking though of how to make it more important. Emotional connection to readers is important. Writers create an experience for readers and part of that experience may be uncomfortable. It should be. Even as writers we should be willing to face our discomforts to give readers our best insight into the human experience.
The best writing, at least mine, comes with emotion attached. Many writers agree as well. Let yourself be drained of emotions, do worry, you will get more back! This will allow your readers to see into your world.
But how to do it? Ive had experience in acting and the methods I learned there are much the same: experience the very emotions your are trying to convey on the page. This is perhaps the most excruciating part of the writing experience but the most crucial.
Here is this week’s teaser! From Heir of Illumination:
Early in the morning, Jonat woke Leana. As appointed leader of this expedition it was her right to decide when and how they would accomplish the mission, simple as it was. Leana did not like that Jonat was given the command of the group. Not that the mission was difficult, just that Leana was not in charge. Jonat didn’t seem to like the idea very much either.
Today’s task was visit the Deerborough farm about five miles west, nearer the border than Dorevelle was, and help the farmer there. Doing what, she didn’t exactly know.
The room in the Inn was not particularly spacy, but it was larger than the cramped quarters aboard the river boat. Leana rolled out of bed, the sun barely peeking above the horizon. Leana groaned trying to find a mirror so she could check her hair, but remember the inn did not have such luxuries. She quickly undressed, creating a Net and gently laying it upon her clothes to remove the dirt and stains and smells. Just as quickly, she splashed a small amount of water upon herself from the basin against the wall. The water did little to clean her, but the point was the feeling.
She twisted another Net, this time more careful, and removed the dirt and water from her body. She did not care if the other girls saw what she did. They most likely could not have attempted a similar feat without studying it first and having her help them with it. She could not help her uninventiveness.
After feeling somewhat clean, she dressed.
“The Magus will be coming with us.” Jonat looked nervous. “For now, the boys will stay here in the village and help. We are to go to the farm. I believe we are caring for sick animals and people and perhaps helping with construction and crops.”
“That is correct,” Nyllwind said, having opened the door. “We have no time to waste, girls. We, again, have to walk.”
The morning brightened as she stepped out of the inn. Mora stood, shading his eyes against a lightening sky, pointing to the roof of the blacksmith. Borwin climbed the air, seemingly impossible if Leana had not known how it was done, and stepped to the roof. Mora shouted something Leana could not make out. Jonat followed Nyllwind, who seemed to know where she was going. Leana stepped behind, wondering how her friends fared on their final test.
Welcome to week fourteen. If you missed any just look for the Friday Prompt category and/or tag. Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating. If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments, or send me an e-mail or mention on twitter.
This week’s prompt: Write from the point of view of a house plant. What do you see/feel. Try to make it alien feeling. Use defamilarization techniques!
Here are the ‘rules’:
This week I had the amazing privilege of witnessing a miracle. The birth of my friend’s daughter, Soreya Celleri. It was a home water birth, surrounded by friends and family.
An act of love. A celebration of creation.
And I realized in that moment just how much writing a novel is like having a baby. And how we as writers can learn from the birthing process to improve the writing process.
In the beginning there are a million ideas shot into the womb of consciousness. They flirt with us and give us dreams of new worlds and new stories. They tempt us into their web of dreams.
Eventually, one idea takes root and begins to grow. It multiplies, growing limbs and tissue. Forming a heart and awareness all its own. It is alive inside of us.
For this to happen, we have to allow all the ideas to filter through us. We have to stay open to the seeds of creation implanting themselves in us. We have to engage in acts of exploration. In acts of love. So that we can embrace a new reality.
So now we have started our book or story. We are walking the road of new beginnings. Life is flourishing in us.
This is a process that takes time, nourishment, love, and attention to thrive. We need to feed it consistently—our plots, characters, dialogue and words. There is a structure to this stage. Steps that must be taken. An order for things. A baby grows in a specific way, developing organs, fingers, toes…all in their right time.
So too does a novel need all of its parts fleshed out and created in the right order, at the right time. Rush your novel and it will be born premature, struggling to survive outside the womb of creation. Take too long and it will atrophy, dying before it has breathed its first breath. But care for it in the right timing and it will enter the world ready to be embraced by those waiting.
When a baby is ready to be born…when it has been prepared for properly and given the time it needs to develop and grow…it shoots into the world effortlessly.
With a baby, you shop for appropriate baby items, prepare the family for the new arrival, and form a bond with the newborn so she is ready to greet her new family.
With your novel, proper preparation is just as important. You shop for the appropriate publishing options, get solid editing, and create a dynamic cover. You then prepare your audience for your new book. Creating a platform, marketing your book and priming your readers are all crucial for pre-launch success.
When you honor the natural rhythms of writing and publishing your novel, the result is a well-developed, anticipated book that shoots out of your creative space and into the hands of those who love your work. Your readers, whose lives will be impacted by your words…your creation.
Whether giving birth to a baby, or giving birth to a novel, the creation process is a miracle to be embraced.
Kimberly Kinrade is a Young Adult fantasy author whose first book, “Bits of You & Pieces of Me,” (not YA, but a collection of short stories, poems and essays) that tell the tale of a young girl in love with love who discovers the demon of a splintered heart when that love turns violent. Watch for her YA fantasies, Death by Destiny and The Reluctant Familiar this fall! Find her on Twitter, Facebook, or her website.