NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. By the time you see this post, I will have committed to writing a novel in the month of November. While I didn’t fully commit on their site, or to finishing my draft completely, I did decide to challenge myself and make some changes in my writing habits. NaNoWriMo is a grueling process and is not for the faint of heart. Here is what I learned about myself during the process, and I have to say, a couple of them surprised me.
Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month isn’t for everyone, and for the last few years, I fought against participating in NaNoWriMo because I felt the stress would be too high. I am happy to admit I was wrong, and that challenging myself to stick to a regular schedule, started me on a path of a wonderful new habit. I look forward to producing more books and continuing to keep my Muse happy in the future!
NaNoWriMo 2019…here I come! - DH (original post on www.saraybooksllc.com)
After two non-fiction books, I started working on a historical fiction mystery. Starting a new genre is like starting a new job. Some aspects of the work are the same, and some are very different. Since I have been working on my story for a couple of years and still have a lot of work to put into it, I felt like working on something new for a while. So I've decided to write a cozy mystery.
Cozy mysteries are not really like other mysteries. They are a little more light and breezy, and maybe even more "fun." Yet to create this "puzzle" of a story, I wanted a more detailed outline right from the beginning.
So, after reading several articles I put together an outline that I felt would be helpful to me. It includes adding background and features of setting, protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters. Since most cozy mysteries will be a series, some characters will appear in more than one book. This outline is divided into two parts. One that stays consistent with each story, and one part that will change for each book.
This is a new and exciting endeavor for me, and even putting together the outline was enjoyable. If you decide to start a cozy this outline may come in handy for you too! - LG
I sometimes wonder what makes a story good? Why do I stay up all night reading one book, while another I find so dull? As a writer, I want to know how to keep readers turning the pages. So, I decided to scan some reader reviews, searching for the answers.
Many of the responses suggested the pace was sluggish. In fact it seemed to be the number one complaint. Here are some of those review excerpts:
So the pace of the story is very important. What slows the tempo? What causes the story to lag? Here are some more detailed reviews.
Ok, so too many details, or too much description can cause a story to lag, become boring. Then what makes the story good?
By studying what reviewers say about books they like, or don't like, I found what to watch for in my own writing. - LG
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