I'm a traditionally and self published author. I write in the genre of children and YA at the moment but working my way up to adults.
I'm a sports loving, photo taking gal who loves to sing/dance to my own enjoyment. I love to laugh even at myself. I am also owned by 8 birds and 2 hamsters, and yes they know it. :)
As a writer, I read books the genres of my books. One can learn from other writers by observing how they use descriptions, write dialogue and progress their storyline.
I am not saying to copy what they are doing. But you can learn different ways to word things or set up plots and dialogue. One can also look at the scene or character development. There is so much one can soak in just from reading books, especially books in the same genres as yours.
While there are some written rules, everyone has their flare. Some people love doing long flowery descriptions. I don’t and am not a fan of it. I can appreciate the effort done by the writer if it is masterful.
As a writer, one is always learning to improve one’s craft, just like any other profession.
If this exercise helps improve my manuscript and delivers a well-written book for my readers, well, that is worth the time and effort. I am always looking for ways to make my books a better reading experience. By doing so, they may want to read more of my works.
I received some good news recently. A publisher has picked up one of my manuscripts which is part of the Squirrel Mafia series.
I don’t have a working title and need to gather pictures for the book like I did with the first one.
Writing Squirrel Mafia vol. 1 was such a fun book to write as I implored people to look at my POV when it came to squirrels. These animals are not cute, cuddly, or as wonderful as people might think they are.
But they kept on giving me more information and ammo. I suppose, as I took down notes and realized soon that there was enough material to write yet another book on the subject.
I had someone two days ago who said, “ I never understood your massive hatred for squirrels. But then I went down your way, saw them, and had interactions with them to realize I understood what you were going on for so long.
Finally, someone has crossed over to my thinking. LOL
In one section of the new book, you will discover what mushrooms do to them, as well as many more chapters on their antics.
Who knows? Maybe they will give me enough new material that I will be able to write the third installment of this series. And as of now, I have six ideas for chapters.
I know I giggled when I opened the acceptance letter up. It does not get old when a publisher accepts your manuscript.
Sometimes you need to write on something that will lead nowhere. It could be in a genre you haven’t written in, a topic or subject that gets you writing that can include a picture or word prompt. It gives you a break that could open the door to more opportunities as well.
NaNoWriMo has done that for me. I have won three times. One person told me if they did not lead to publication, what was the point? A valid point if that was my goal for NaNoWriMo.
Trying something new is less stressful if it leads to nothing and you are doing it just for the fun of it, to express yourself and enjoy.
NaNoWriMo has shown me that I can write in different genres. I can write a novel that is in 70-100k words and more. It has given me a new outlook on what I can do as a writer.
To me, that is worth the long hard month of getting NaNoWriMo completed. I know someone who structures it as Need To Write More November, which is a great goal if you are trying to complete an existing manuscript or getting in the habit of writing more.
If nothing else, writing with no intention of where it will go keeps me in a writing spirit that could lead to nothing or something.