Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
I lost steam when I couldn't come up with a realistic way to time travel. Maybe because it isn't realistic and my imagination was stuck. I was thinking to hard and I should have moved on in the story but instead I stopped writing.
I kind of felt how Janette Rallison describes taking a trip without a map.
"Writing 200 pages without knowing the basic tenets of your story is like driving 200 miles for a vacation without a map or street signs. You’ll get somewhere, but it may not be where you wanted to end up." Pep Talk from Janette Rallison
I have found my map and now that I have made that first step as Lisa McMann says.
"So you took the big step and decided to try NaNoWriMo. Maybe it’s your first time, maybe it’s your thirteenth. And it’s a big commitment—one you need a lot of motivation to complete. Like choosing to eat healthy, adopt a puppy, or quit smoking, motivation and commitment are keys to your success. And by choosing to do NaNoWriMo, you’ve made the first step." Pep Talk from Lisa McMann
Friday, October 26, 2012
I had so much fun with the Write-a-thon for a week writing challenge. I decided to really push myself and I signed up for the NANOWRIMO starting November 1st - 30th.
Check back here often as I will be updating my novel here. Scary! People will be reading my first draft. Those are meant for the bottom of the drawer or the delete box on my computer. The rules say no edited for the month of November and let the creative juices flow. I'm excited and scared all at once.
The count down is on... 5 more days.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Take the current book you are reading, or if you aren't reading one now (shame on you!) the last book you read. Try to write a one sentence “pitch” of the book.
This challenge may sound simple (only one sentence!), but don't let it fool you!
Make a list of the Top 10 Books (You Think) Every Writer Should Read. You can cater the list toward whatever genre you write (i.e. Top 10 Books Every Poet Should Read, Top 10 Books Every YA Contemporary Writer Should Read, Top 10 Books Every Picture Book Writer Should Read, etc.)
My thoughts: It's really hard to narrow my list to only top ten.I think as a writer, reading lots of books is the best way to learn. I included another top 10 of my favorite books I read over and over. They are in all kinds of genres but they help mold my writing.
1. How I Write by Janet Evanovich & Stephanie Plum series
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison
4. Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena (Dangerous Favor book review)
5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
6. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
7. The MacGregor series by Nora Roberts
8. Zenobia - Birth of a Legend by Russ Wallace (book-review-zenobia-birth-of-legend)
9. Wizards First Rule series by Terry Goodkind
10.Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (book-review-hunger-games) (Catching fire book review)(Mockingjay review)
Set a writing goal for yourself to complete by the end of the year. Make sure it is easily measurable. Also, make sure it is something that is possible to accomplish, but also push yourself!
Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines - Brian Tracey
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
1. Grab a dictionary.
2. Randomly open up to a page and point at a word.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 two more times.
4. Take your 3 words and use them to create a haiku.
I've seen haikus appear EVERYWHERE lately, so I thought this could be fun! For the purpose of this challenge, we're just using the most basic rules of a haiku: 3 lines. Line one has 5 syllables. Line two has seven. Line three has 5.
My three words:
Comic - amusing; funny. The humorous element in art or life.
Parable- A short, simple story teaching a moral lesson
Sculpture- the art of shaping stone, clay, wood, metal, etc. into statues figures, etc.
Without a comic
The parable will be dry
Making a sculpture
My thoughts: This was a different but very entertaining challenge.
I worked way over an hour on both of my books edits and truthfully I'm still not done. Just took a break to post my challenge for today. Back to work.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I'm a day behind on posting for the write-a-thon hosted by Britney Gulbrandsen. http://www.britneygulbrandsen.com/.
This is a great way to get back on track with my writing. I didn't get to post my goals so I'll post them here:
These are my long term goals and this week during the write-a-thon I will work one hour on each.
Goal #1 - Finish editing short story, "The road to my love" a historical romance. Get it polished and ready to enter Writer's digest contest due by Oct 31st. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/romance-writing-competition
Goal #2 - Edit a chapter a day on my WIP, "Far From Normal" a YA paranormal romance and complete edits by November 17th.
Goal # 3 - Get "Far From Normal" query and synopsis ready for submitting. Work on my pitch for agents at the writers conference in Feb. http://anwa-lds.com/pitchsession
It's pretty scary to actually voice these goals and put it out there for the universe to see if I succeed or fail. But since it's October and it's time to face the spooky scary world of contests, queries, and writer conferences. Here we go...
Tuesday Challenge #2
Pick your favorite character from a book. Add this character to a scene in your WIP.
My favorite character is Zenobia from my father-n-laws book Zenobia - Birth of a Legend. Zenobia is a 3rd century girl and she would rip my current WIP character Krystal Teigen to pieces for not standing up for what she believes in. Here goes the writing:
"What is the deal with me and ghosts?" I threw my hands up in surrender. The women standing there was tall and extremely beautiful. Her dark hair and skin were like milk chocolate and her dark eyes watched me intently. I could have sworn they sparkled a little. I blinked a couple times hoping that my mind was playing tricks on me and I wasn't seeing another strong women from the past. I mean Princess Kristina was an ancestor so her visit was normal. Well as normal as having ghost visits you are.
"Ready for war." When she didn't answer right away I thought maybe she didn't speak English.
My thoughts: This was fun because I like both characters a lot and would love to see how a girl from today would interact with Zenobia from ancient history.
Now to work on my goals. Happy writing.
Monday, September 10, 2012
One of the greatest thrills for me is meeting other authors and learning from them. Recently I was able to attend some book launches for my top favorite writers.
My book Far from Normal came to me when I was 18 years. I entertained lots of other ideas to write about but this one story wouldn't go away. I'm not sure I would have ever started writing if it wasn't for these wonderful authors sharing their time and talent with me.
These authors have truly helped me and even though they may not know it they have made a big difference in my life. Thanks.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Now back to writing and editing Far From Normal.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
juliemartinwallace.blogspot.com is where I usually do book reviews of historical romances. Since this was a Young Adult Paranormal story I decided it would fit perfect into this blog genre, where my WIP is a YA Paranormal novel.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I'm working on my second novel "Far Far Away" and I'm trying to brainstorm a way to "time travel" but not write a Sci-Fi or Fantasy story.I'd like to stay in the paranormal realm since this will be a sequel to "Far From Normal." A Paranormal Romance that I'm currently working on getting published. I started thinking about all the stories I've read that time travel. See my list below of my favorite time travel stories. Any suggestions on other books I can read that time travel but aren't strong Sci-Fi or Fantasy books?
A fairy godmother is a great way to get your character sent back in time but very much a fantasy story. (see blog for book review of My Unfair Godmother.)
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Jude Deveraux is another author that writes unusual stories dealing with characters being sent to another time. Always-Forever-Trilogy-Jude-Deveraux
I want to write a story that is believable enough that after your done reading you stop and say, "what if?"
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I'm glad to get my first rejection letter, it feels like a rite of passage as a true writer.
I have my next agent in mind I'm really interested in. At the Changing Hands writers conference I attended last month, I was inspired by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Terry's class. (if you want to read the blog click here--> It's a great time to be an author) They suggested going to your favorite books and those like your story and read the acknowledgement page as a great way to find an agent. I've had two series of books that I love and always reference my book as "like" stories. Lo and behold, I looked in the acknowledgment section for both and the same agent represents them. I'm excited to query him but my query has to be perfect to catch his attention. See previous blog for query always-in-pursuit-of-perfect-query. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Growing up in Normal, Illinois proves to be ironic as Krystal is anything but normal. She can't shake the ghostly feeling of someone looming around her. When her family falls on hard times, she moves with them to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Krystal bumps into Boyd McLaws and is reminded they were once caught kissing in the barn when they were children. Boyd seems more than eager to take up where they left off but catastrophes keep happening when they are together. Krystal realizes she is the one who has put Boyd at risk when a strange wind pushes him off a cliff during a hike. Trying to find help Krystal encounters Seth, he claims he’s her “guard” sent to help. While Boyd is laid up with a broken leg Krystal makes friends with a tattooed bad boy; hanging out with him gets her into trouble with the local police. The officers enlist her to act as an informant to gain evidence on the drugs coming into their town. She is hesitant to cooperate until she realizes her younger brother is being lured into the very group the police want her to infiltrate. When things turn deadly, Krystal learns why she matters to those beyond.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Book two of Anything But Normal series