Write this, that, and the other!

Keep your writing life interesting. Why bind yourself to only writing novellas or novels? Branch out, get your name far and wide. Take chances, you never know what’s going to be your big break if you never try.

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Write for anthologies

Contests

https://shortfictionbreak.com/the-vacation/

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Apply to magazines

https://1428elm.com/author/tjacobs/

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Flash fiction

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bys94diEPDLrLUVob2VrazFBUDQ/view?usp=sharing

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TV scripts – what?

Ya I said it go for it (top secret)

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If you sell one or two small pieces a month, that’s cash flow, and putting your name under new eyes too.

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Can’t forget blogging – and guest blogging

 

I have a few fun projects in the works, however, they’re always confidential but if you stick with me, you’ll learn about them as they come to fruition.

Share your fun ideas to keep your writing alive.

Bust out of the writing mold

Aren’t you tired of reading, or even seeing, the same old formula? The Hero always wins, the guy gets the girl. Two people met, they fall in love, they have a big fight, they make up and ride off into the sunset.

 

If you read the structures, and plot outlines, and writing for mainstream, they all tell you the same thing. Stick to the formula. Or you’ll hear if you want to make it as a writer, you must do these things, don’t deviate.

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Well, I say screw that!

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Why not have someone else ride in and save the day?

 

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Kill the Hero

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Hero saves the girl – or vise versa-  but they loathe each other. Or feel more like relatives. Or just bff’s for life.

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Two people meet and fall in love meet other people and break up. Shake up the audience.

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Sure, we all want to root for the good guy, but in life, they don’t always come out on top. Why should in they in fiction?

 

So far Game of Thrones has been the best example of all of the above.

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I am loving this formula and trying to keep my books away from the norm. Sure, one of them has two teens in love, and they stay together through thick and thin. But I wrote that one twenty years ago and didn’t know any better.

Now I aim to write, creepy, interesting, or unique stories. Some that haven’t been told before and other’s that may have but with a twist.

How do you bust out of the norm? Share your ideas’ or drop your titles.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

Surviving the writer’s life

Don’t let the hours of dull everyday work spoil your creativity, take moments here and there to write notes.

Write whatever you want, don’t worry too much the naysayers or editors, it’s your creation

Meet other writers boost each other, help each other, we all have self-doubt. Be brave 

 

Grow a thick skin or learn how to cordon hate into boxes labeled ‘do not open’

Keep writing always, even when you feel like a hack, everyone does at one time or another.

If you can only write a half hour a day, do it, don’t slough it off as not enough time, any writing is better than no writing.

Never forgot to enjoy time away with family and friends, have fun, writing will wait for you.

Happy writing folks, time to plug into NanoWrimo!

Theresa Jacobs  http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

MS Office has a read function

Okay perhaps you knew this and I’m just way behind. But for those of you like me, who did not know, this is handy.

MS Office has a read back function and here is how to access it.

 

Open a Doc and the main tool bar has this little drop down arrow.

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After you select More Commands :

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A huge alphabetical list opens :

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Back to your Doc with the newly added speech function:

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Best way to edit your own work is to hear it read back to you.

If you have any handy tricks or better suggestions for easy programs, share your thoughts.

 

Author Spotlight

I would like to introduce you to Zane Dowling, my friend, editor, and mentor. He passes on some sage advice. Read below and when you’re done, why not go buy one of his superb books, you won’t regret it.  P.s. my favorite is “Brother’s Keeper. Link below.

The one thing I want you to take away from my time in this little spotlight is to consider as your utmost goal the idea of bringing the best possible story to your readers.  Imagine presenting a puzzle for others to see.  If you haven’t put that puzzle together in the best possible way they will not enjoy it as much as they could.  Suppose you have just stuffed the pieces of the puzzle together without making sure the pieces fit, or you jammed a few pieces in because they fit but didn’t make sure they matched the surrounding parts of the picture, you will have given the viewer an incomplete picture.

Does this mean you have to strive for perfection?  Of course it does.  You have to be diligent for your readers; it’s not about you it’s about them.  You must check, recheck, have someone else check, check again and then you will need to step back and see what the finished puzzle looks like one more time.

I understand that no one is perfect. I have found typos in various published works where you would not expect them.  I don’t consider typos a problem.  They are like that one piece of the puzzle where the picture has come away from the cardboard and there is nothing above due diligence and care that can be done about them.  I am talking about the author getting into their own story, to see the picture, to become the character in the situation and not let them do, say, wear, think, be, react, reflect, move, smell, look, or any other possible way of being other than what that character would do, etcetera.  Don’t make characters or situations fit the story; let the characters be in the story in the only way they can be – who they are. – Zane.

Zane is currently working on a compilation of his poetry and short stories, a novel called ‘Dormant’, a novel called ‘Dawn of the Shinning – Magic Rising’, which is a sequel to ‘The Triadon Prophesy’, as well as other writing projects.

https://www.amazon.com/Zane-Dowling/e/B00A5VA4V4

Plotter vs Panster


When it comes to writing, some people like to think about the entire story, before actually writing at all. Then there are others who just sit at the blank page and write on the fly, let the story tell itself.

I am a Panster. I did not know this when I began writing. I actually thought there must be something wrong with me, that I was missing out on some secret training. As I decided to make writing my life’s work, I began to research the structures of plotting. All I learned was that I am not a plotter — not at all!

After reading and trying different idea’s, I still can not see my story past the next sentence. I only see that as I am typing it. There may be occasions where I’ll envision a scene that will transpire later on in the story, and I’ll write it down. Usually, I don’t even know who the characters are until the show up in the tale. As they appear, I see what they look like, their age and even a bit of their history. Then I write them in my journal for reference.

Below are just a few structure variations I have found.

The Snowflake method Randy Ingermanson, Ph.D.

The Ten Steps of Design

http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/

How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc

Stasis, Trigger, The quest, Surprise, Critical choice, Climax, Reversal, Resolution

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-structure-a-story-the-eight-point-arc/

I even found This:

Write your novel in 30 days free worksheets. (This most likely resembles a paper version of Scrivener)

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/write-first-chapter-get-started/novel-in-30-days-2011

How do you write? Do you Plot or Fly by the seat of your Pants?

Have a look at my thought process below and share your comments. Happy writing, Theresa

This is how my ideas formulate. Below is the outline of an idea I came up with, I wrote this and am now working on a novel on the basis of this. So, I had this one main character in my mind, and that was it. As I write the characters are gathering and growing. I am letting them led me to where they need to go. I do have an ending in mind, the rest is up to them.

Space alien story. (Kepler — working title)

The earth was coming to an end; we shuttled to Kepler to colonize only it didn’t turn out that way. The Aliens were already there, we are now their property. They understand us, we do not understand them. Oh, I like to think with millions of us, there must be some people smart enough to figure out their language. And I hope beyond all hope that those people are working on an escape plan for us, or we are doomed, this is no life for us, we were never meant to live underground, in glass cages like animals in a zoo.

We call them slugs, they move about tunnels that surround our glass dome. They watch us and study us; they take us away, some never to return. They must have gathered all the information from our ships archives and libraries to recreate a semblance of our earth homes, but it’s nowhere near reality for us. We have no TV or music, only books, and artworks. We each have small sleeping pods that are also glass, we no longer eat like we used too, and I think that is the hardest for a lot of us. As you know, the people of earth were binge eaters, or overweight eaters, or bored snackers. Not here, we get supplement drops, one a day, I can’t profess to imagine how they work, but they do. They give us all the life sustenance needed. I guess the positive is that there are no more overweight people, we are all pretty thin now, and we no longer need to defecate, just urinate.

We also cannot kill ourselves, at first a lot of people did. So, they took away every possible way to do so. The only way to die is to get another person to kill you, and if you try, they interfere immediately. Never mind the fact that they watch us 24/7, as everywhere we go is glass.

We have a very basic uniform of a tan fabric; almost sack like every one of them exactly the same. Men, women, child, it doesn’t matter; you wear this sack dress, no underwear. The temperature in the dome is somehow set to be constant too, it’s never too hot or too cold, and it is always light. There is no change in day or night. We sleep in the light, and we wake in the light.

Most people, like me, are depressed. We have no lives here, no jobs, and no recreation. At first, people tried to escape, people rioted and fought and yelled and cried, only to discover that if we did so, we got gassed. The gas made us dopey and quiet and complacent. Perhaps they are continuously gassing us now, and we just don’t know it.

Theresa Jacobs Story Idea Kepler © 2016

Reviews

Why do we need reviews to validate ourselves? We don’t.


When you get a Five-star review you jump for joy, shout it from the roof-tops, you did great! What happens when you get a two star, or even worse a one star, and that’s only because they have to leave a star to review; then they proceed to tear you to shreds.

First of all, neither should matter to you personally.

Take every review and learn from them. The good ones point out what you are doing right, and the bad ones show you what you are doing wrong.

Not every review counts either, your moms Five star — nil. The haters One star, with no insight — nil

As long as you are paying attention, learning, listening, and growing, then you are going to be fine.

Do yourself a favor and go check out the reviews on your favorite books, or authors, even they will have some reviews that make you want to scream WTF!

Write As You Are


Never compare yourself to other writers. You are who you are, and you only know what you know.

IF you are constantly saying: but I wish I could be as good as — or if I could only

You will never have the confidence to be YOU.

We are all different and that is a good thing. If you are not as good as you want to be, keep working at it. Everything in life must be learned. That includes writing well.

What if J.K.Rowling wished she was like Douglas Adams — We’d have what Harry Potter In Space?

Or If John Lennon wished he was like Elvis?

You get the point right?

Be true to you and have fun while you do it!

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