My writing journal for Monday, September 29, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
Happy days. The novella has gone off to the contract editor. She’s fast, so it should be back by the end of the week. As you may know, this is the final in the series of novellas; I’m glad to be done with them. I’m very much like that: when I get close to the end of a piece of writing, I want to see it out the door.
Some months back, a client commissioned me to write a mystery for him. However, in addition to writing the mystery, he wants it to be the first of a series. So, I need to create a sleuth, a character who’ll carry through several books. Luckily, I don’t need to start the novel immediately. My deadline is mid-December, and I’ve given myself this week to think about mystery sleuths.
I’d love to do a humorous animal mystery series, like The Cat Who… but I’d need to be inspired. I don’t think I can plot it cold-bloodedly, but we’ll see.
This morning, I just made some notes; and did a couple of cluster diagrams, to start thinking and planning. By the way, if you’ve been thinking about getting Authentic Writing, as I know several writers have, check out this week’s offering.
Honey’s breakfast, and my own. Email’s light this morning, which is a good thing. I’m almost caught up with it.
Next, it’s time to get on with the book proposal. I’ve heard back from the client, who’s pleased with the way it’s going.
I finished up a blog post too, and hit the Publish button — 5 Ways to Become a Better Writer. To get better at writing, you basically just have to do it. The more writing becomes a habit, the easier it becomes. With my writing students, I know that as long as I can convince them just TO WRITE, most of their challenges will become much, much easier to conquer.
Let Kindle help you to become a better writer
Before 2012, I’d visit the library at least a couple of times a week, and haul home a stack of books. Then I started to read ebooks via the Kindle app on my iPad. I already owned a couple of Kindle devices, but they annoyed me because I’m a fast reader. I adore the Kindle app on the iPad — and on my phone, when I’m out — because I can ZOOM through books.
I started to check whether any book I wanted to read had a Kindle version, and if it did, I bought it. Here’s why: you can highlight any text you like, and it shows up on your Kindle highlights page.
You can visit your highlights page at any time, and think about WHY something affected you. I used to copy quotations from books onto index cards, The cards got stored in files, and I’d never be able to find what I wanted.
If you’re unaware that you have a Kindle highlights page, check it out, it’s very useful; it will help you to become a better writer.
Lunchtime… Today I ended up having lunch at my computer, while reading a couple of student novellas. Apropos of that, I’ve had some questions about editing.
Yes, I offer developmental suggestions, but no line editing
I’ve had a couple of questions about my author services, specifically about fiction editing. I do developmental editing, but I don’t do line editing. Put another way: I’ll help you with your story, but I won’t proofread for you. Big picture stuff, yes. Grammar and word choice, no. If you’re unsure whether I can help, please ask. :-)
After lunch, I worked up a couple of project quotes for clients, and had a chat with the client for whom I’m writing the company history.
Next, I had to do some research for another client. He’s thinking of going into a new market, and wants a rundown of the market and its challenges. I enjoy research, so the time got away from me.
Before I knew it, it was time to return phone calls, and do my daily review, and word counts.
Tonight, I’ll need to spend a couple of hours on the Kindle ebook I’m writing for a client, so I can keep to the deadline on that.