::crawls up from dark hole in the earth with pens and candy wrappers sticking out of the snarl of her hair:: ::blinks:: Helloooooooooo! I fell off a bit of a cliff with this blog the last couple of months, but that’s because I was finishing Veil of Thorns. The first draft is officially DONE! I’m letting it simmer for a bit before I dive into revisions, and concurrently I’ll be working on the SSS (super secret steampunk) project that I’m hoping to have ready in time for Pitch Wars. So, there is my mini writing update. Now let’s dig right in to this Writing Wednesday post!
Coinciding with NaNoCamp this month, I’m teaming up with a fellow writer from #Bookstagram to host a Flash Fiction Challenge & Giveaway! Visit the challenge post on my Instagram (link in sidebar) for the full details on how to enter the giveaway. But even if you don’t participate on Instagram, feel free to use these prompts and post to your blog or other social media accounts. Share and tag me, so I can read!
I have something a little different for this WW post–my narrator has graciously agreed to do an interview! It is my pleasure to introduce you to Daniela Acitelli: Daniela Acitelli is a professional Audiobook Narrator / Voice Over Artist with a Theatre, Film, Cabaret and Circus background. You can find her on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. She also narrates for the RNIB, SpokenRealms, Deyan and Whitehouse publishing.
Creating characters that readers can connect with is the key to writing kingdom. Stories are all the same. Unique worlds, though numerous and sometimes extremely vivid, are all just variations on a theme. Characters are the only part of writing that can be truly unique and original. Characters sell the story and the world and can stay with us long after the riveting action and intriguing backdrop have faded from memory. So, how to write a unique and memorable character? Most of them don’t spring fully formed into a writer’s mind. It takes some effort to create a multi-dimensional made-up person! It’s definitely not as simple as giving them an…
Diversity is shaping up to be the word of the decade. From the White House to the Oscars to literature, it’s a hot topic. As it should be. As both an author and reader, I’m taking steps to curb the gross bias against non-white, non-hetero, and disabled people in our literature. I’m reading more diverse (especially diverse authors) and being far more conscious of the diversity in my own writing than I ever have before, because I have come to see how much REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
I took a much-needed vacation in mid-November and once I came back, it was as if the wind had gone out of my sails. Not in a bad way! Actually it would be more accurate to say that instead of the hurricane frenzy I left in, I came back riding a nice subtle breeze. So rather than try to gear up for a big push at the end of the year, I decided to just relax and let things flow.