While in an author’s chat the other night and the theme was ABC’s of writing. What came to mind when with the letters of the alphabet. Right off the bat, I found my mind in a different thought pattern. A for others to the question, was art, author, ARC’s. My brain immediately went Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Old EMT’s don’t die; they just retire. To me, the airway is the book, breathing the words and circulation the pacing. You need all three (and other things) to create a dynamic story. Let me break it down. Airway = This would be the basics. What is the manuscript about? Who are the characters? Where and when does the tale take place? It would be like a blurb. For instance, in Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar, I would say A fantasy romance adventure, where amid treachery and chaos, love blooms. Can Abelard, a human and shifter, Felice, come to terms with their individual pasts in order to move forward together into their future.
Breathing = To me, this would include style, grammar, punctuation. What is the author's voice? Is the book urban and gritty? I’ve read books whose prose is almost poetic in the use of language. What about dialect? Is it from the UK where the words don’t necessarily mean the same thing? Whose point of view is the story told in? Circulation = Pacing So, like a heartbeat, your novel needs pacing. It’s dangerous if your beat is to slow (bradycardia) or to fast (tachycardia). Also, an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) be a problem. The opening needs to strong, but so does the middle and end. If your story is too slow taking off, it will not keep the reader engaged. The same applies to long lags between action, emotion, intrigue. I would hate for someone to get tired of waiting for something—anything to happen. A good healthy heartbeat has rests in it as well. This is the time to get to know the characters and the world you’ve built. Try to balance the highs and lows and don’t forget the rests.
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My name is Donna and I write under D.V. Stone. Not for any particular reason except that is how I sign my name. I have two independently published books. Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar is a fantasy/romance. Agent Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake is a mid-grade. Recently I have been signed by Wild Rose Press for Rock House Grill. This is a contemporary romance and first in the Impact Series. I love all different types of books and my writing reflect this. Fantasy, romance, mystery I read it all and write the same. The common denominator is hope and love (whether romantic, family or friend).A friend gave me a key chain that says Live the Life You Love. I consider writing to be my career. One which I love. I still work a paying job, but every chance I get, out comes the laptop, pen, or camera.
My husband, Pete and I purchased an RV. One of the requirements for the purchase was a place for me to work. Taking my passion for writing on the road with me. Ideas and inspiration are everywhere.
Recently, another friend asked if I needed to be at my desk to create. The answer was a resounding no for me. Take for instance, one of the songs in a work in progress called Kingdom at a Crossroad was written while I worked the lumber desk at one of my jobs.
Books have always been a major part of my life. From Little Golden Books, through the children’s classics like Heidi, Black Beauty, and Misty of Chincoteague, I’ve always enjoyed slipping away to another world.
The authors and genres over the years have by turn made me laugh and cry. Sometimes they scared me to death or pushed me to the edge of my seat.
So, in that spirit I hope to one day gift others with those emotions. Sit and laugh, cry, scream, or quietly contemplate. To take an adventure and visit new places. Make new friends and conquer some enemies.
Maybe you to have the wanderlust and we’ll meet in a campground or rest stop. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien.
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
Unfortunately, too often writing hits irregular beats where a good critique is needed. If adjustments aren't made in time, an Author risks the dreaded block or flat line.
The good thing is if you have good characters and are willing to consider changing your "lifestyle" and make hard choices the work can be resuscitated.
I'm in that place now. My work in process Jazz House is on the stretcher. I have a decision to make about a recurring character in the Impact Series and it's going to be painful.
How about you? What in your life needs to be assessed and changed Why do I write? My delete button is tired My husband has a love hate relationship with a Holly bush in front of my house. For years he’s tried trimming it to keep it under control. This past spring he’d had enough. Grabbing his saw, he went to the ground and cut it down. Funny thing, a couple of weeks later green started sprouting from the stump. Now he is carefully trimming to keep it from becoming an overpowering entity it once was. Not only is the Holly healthier so are the plants around it.
Many people think editing is chasing down grammar and punctuation issues. That’s true, but editing a novel is so much more. Often, it’s like pruning a tree or a bush.
In a rush of emotion, words pour over the page often in an unruly fashion. Cohesion and logic take a back seat to growth. Once you take a step back the delete key becomes your surgical scalpel and critique partners your nurses.
Editing used to be my arch nemesis but over the years I’ve come to that same love/hate relationship as Pete and his Holly bush. Sometimes my work is overwrought and drastic steps need to be taken.
In the end though I’ve found the worth of a worn out delete button.
Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. I am a multi-genre author of two independently published books. Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar is a fantasy romance. Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake is a mid-grade paranormal. Rock House Grill, a contemporary romance has been signed with Wild Rose Press and releases April 6th, 2020. Rainbow Sprinkles a second chance romance will be released later this spring or summer.
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