Posts Tagged ‘craft of writing’

excitedI am very excited to announce that I will be working with a new editor. She has worked with Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, both #1 NY Times Best Selling Authors! I will be in great hands. Edits for Tears in the Sun the novel are scheduled for December.

If you’d like to hear more about the novel hop over and like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby. I will also begin working on the cover design within the next few months.

Thanks for everyone’s support as I continue Lacey’s journey!

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Regardless if your writing consists of an outline or fly by the seat of your pants, structure is a must in writing plot, characters, dialogue and more. However, when someone says, “outline” to me I’m immediately thrown back into grade school hell with roman numerals! In fact, I think it has scarred me for life!

I’ve pondered the idea for a while, and my fellow writers and readers have talked to me about writing a full-length novel based on “Tears in the Sun”. But, when I’m writing about deep issues such as mental illness I have a tendency to get overwhelmed on where to start. I have the opening figured out, but what next? Then my mind begins to spiral with What if? What if? What if? So, I spent eight dollars to help get my thoughts organized and build a story. I did not say outline, just organized. The best part, it’s a clear and simple workbook. I highly recommend it.


K.M. Weiland, who I’m a fan of, is fantastic at explaining and simplifying the craft of writing. You can purchase it on Amazon. 

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house_builtI often puzzle over people who don’t seem to grasp the concept that writing takes studying. Would you build a house without any knowledge of how to lay the foundation? Or build a deck without instructions? Try a new recipe without a list of ingredients?  Even art has parameters and guidelines, so why is writing different? It’s not.

Talent has nothing to do with learning the craft of writing. Hard work and commitment are just as essential to writing as any other trade or craft.  So what is the thought process that people miss?

A few years ago I belonged to a writing group. I tried to bring helpful information from books that I’d read by Jessica Morrell, Larry Brooks and others. Any time I commented, I let them know where I’d read the information. I never wanted to come across as a pain in the arse know it all. Most people wanted to follow-up on the information so I’d direct them to websites, books or worksheets. They would follow-up and the next time we met, they contributed information as well.

However, the group had one person who argued over every piece of information provided. They wanted to do it their way, break the rules, have their own creative way of doing things. It didn’t take long before the group disintegrated from one person not accepting that there are rules and guidelines in writing just like building a home, or making banana bread. Everything has guidelines and rules. It doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to create, it just means there is foundation and structure to create on.

So, are you teachable?

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