What I fear is becoming hopelessly addicted to sharing parts of my WIP and hearing what you all have to say. That, or, finding myself so caught up in everyone's wonderful blogs, searching for my 7 victims (er...honorees) that I never finish this post and no one ever shares in the talent that I so enjoy reading. This being said, it's with no further ado that I present to you 7 lines from "Gracie's Gift" my current WIP. In this scene, Miles (the love interest) comes to check on Kaitlin (the MC) who has been home for the week. (I can't say why yet. Oh, and yes there are hints of dialect, but it's not heavy. That pattern is in the whole manuscript--depending on the characters.)
"Miles, what I’m gonna do? They won't let me stay here and even if they did, I can't afford it. Can't go to New York with Brandon and Sharon. My life is here."
"First of all, you can do anythin' you want. Second, you have no life."
"Shut up! If you're trying to cheer me up, you need to work on your skills."
I've been working on this piece since summer of 2010. I had to stop to finish my Master's and to get divorced. Dust has settled, I am happier than ever and writing like a fiend. I hope to finish the first draft no later than the end of June. Stick around...maybe I will share more sometime.
In the meantime, here are some other amazing bloggers you can check out:
Les Floyd from Lesism- who has recently re-explored his short story skills beautifully.
Molly O'Keefe from Drunk Writer Talk- who has inspired me to give this next one a go and see if I can finish a first draft over the summer this year. I have already been researching and will be working an outline before then. I'll let you know how that goes. Thanks Molly for the honest expression about the process of head down writing.
Author Pete Hautman- who, in case you haven't read his work, is freaking hilarious. Plus, his new book, The Obsidian Blade, is releasing on my birthday! I can think of no better reason to honor him other than for being funny and for having a kick ass release date! (The fact that he has won awards might have nothing to do with my selection. Nor the fact that my students love to read his work--cause those things are not as important.)
Widow Dyer- who has overcome sickly computers to rise up again and continue on her quest of "aspiring" (however, she is writing like a machine which sounds like much more than aspiring if you ask me). Check her out ans she what she has cooking in her writer life!
R. Mac Wheeler- who ranted recently to his fellow Indie authors about the quality of the work they are producing. His point was made clearly without singling out any one particular author. I found this compelling as a newbie for so many reasons that I just don't have time for now. But, also, because I had an Indie send me a book for free and ask me to review it...good or bad...I'm torn. This is a blog post in the making. While I finish reading the book I was sent, read what R. Mac has to say and let him know what you think.
AJ Humpage from All Write Fiction Advice- whose recent post on the difference between imagery and feeling as well as seeing the words and how they fit in the scene really struck a chord with me. I tend to be a method writer and get extremely into my work. Then , when I read aloud for my writer's group, I can not help but have different tones to my voice as I read the different characters. Each word is considered carefully as I revise and edit. Check out what she has to say and her tips on feeling the depth of the words.
Morgan Shamy-is somewhat new to me. I've clicked follow on her blog, but somehow rarely manage to catch a post. (I really need to reach out to all of these wonderful resources more often.) Her recent post about Beta Reading caught my eye though. As I connect more to other authors and experience greater depth with my writing group, I am learning more and more about what it means to be a Beta reader or to use a Beta reader. Morgan poses great questions and advice about beta reading that I hadn't yet solidified in my head. Check her out.
So, there are my 7 Memes for this round of shout outs and awards. I hope I have connected you with some people that will help you grow as a writer just as they have for me. What do you think about their ideas? What do you look for in a good blog?
I also hope you enjoy my 7 lines of manuscript. Have you ever used dialect or written in a character voice that is so different from your own? What resources did you use?