Tag Archives: Southern Urban Fantasy Writers

Drifting in the confusion of “What do I do now?”

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So, I just finished a book.  I’m marketing it … What do I do now?

Start a new book …

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SCORE!

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“Lot’s Mountain” has received its first review and it’s a 5-star rating!

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A CALL-OUT TO INDIE WRITERS …

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All right … the book is published.  You took that leap off the cliff … so what now?  Yeah, your friends have bought copies, but how are you getting the word out there so that people that don’t know you will pick up copies?

GOLDEN OLDIES THAT AREN’T SO OLDIE …

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I sing to my kids, usually “Golden Oldies”.  I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I still sing.  I’ve done it since they were babies.  My two older kids always roll their eyes and tell me to stop, but my six-year-old indulges me.

I tucked him in the other night and told him good night.  As I was walking out the door, I heard him start to sing Maurice and Zodiac’s, “Stay … just a little bit longer … oh won’t you stay–”

Yeah, I turned around and gave him a big hug and stayed a little longer.

Stay by Maurice and the Zodiacs

A STITCH IN TIME …

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I often write about my father, but this time I want to write about my Momma.

Growing up, the basement was always cold.  We had a wood stove on the upper floor of the house, but not on the lower floor.  On winter days when we’d be down in the basement, we’d fire up the kerosene heater to keep things toasty.

When the snow would fall, my mother would pull out her quilting frame that would let her stretch out the quilt so that she could sew on it.  I can remember playing underneath of it, watching her sew.  This is how I first saw the movies “Dr. Zhivago” and “Gone with the Wind.”

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THE ALPHA AND OMEGA … and a little in the middle

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A question to all writers and readers out there … The middle of the novel is important.  It gives background and fleshes out the story.

But middles aside … which do you spend more time on, figuring out the beginning sentence or the last one?

A POT PIE FOR BREAKFAST

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Just ’cause.

I’ve had  a rough week.  Yeah, there are grits in my cupboard, but sometimes you need some gravy and a flaky crust to get you through the morning.

And sweet tea?  Oh yeah, sweet tea, too.

KICKING BACK AND READY TO WRITE

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Finally catching my breath and getting ready to write.  I’m getting down everything that I can, filling in the climactic fight.   I’ve pictured the fight in my head and have notes that I’ve jotted down throughout the day.

Time to dive right in.

Slaying the Beast that is Writer’s Block … Before it shows up

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Hoping to squeak out some writing.  It’s always seems like when I have no time to write, I have a ton of ideas.  Let’s hope that when I actually find some time to write, I still have those ideas.  Those are perfect times for writer’s block to creep up.  Especially since I won’t be in my normal writing routine and writing times.  What helps me is making actual notes, so I have something already on paper when i actually sit down to write.

How about you?  Do you have a specific time that you write everyday?  When writer’s block rears its ugly head, what do you do?