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Writer-Talk Tuesday: Questions and Topics from You

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesdays are our main day here for discussing topics about the craft and industry of fiction writing. I’d love to get your input on topics you’d like to see discussed or even questions you have so that I can do some Q&A style posts like this one from last November. Post your suggestions/question here or e-mail me (see the contact page).

Writing Update
This weekend, my local writing group held two write-in events in conjunction with our month-long writing marathon. At each of the events, we did a 1k1h challenge—sprint writing for one hour trying to hit at least 1,000 words. On Saturday, I knocked out 1,440 words in that hour—a scene I’d envisioned the day before, so it formed pretty easily once I got started. Sunday, when I started that timer, I had no idea what I would be writing. Yet I still managed to add 1,242 words. Which puts my total word count at 29,809. Nowhere near where I should be at this point in the month, but I’m making progress.

So, what topics on writing do you want to discuss on Tuesdays in the near future?

  1. Sherrinda permalink
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:06 am

    You said you did not know what you would be writing Sunday. Do you not have a plan…an outline…of what you are writing?

    As for topics…I’d like to see some help on finding an agent. How to raise funds for going to ACFW conference. (ha!) How to “flesh out” a story idea. I’m sure I can think of others later. 🙂


    • Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:42 am

      Sherrinda Great Questions!

      I SO want to go to ACFW conf. this year! I should have looked into writing articles or short stories long before this, but I’d love to hear ideas.

      I’ve been doing the 1k1hr challenge once or twice a day but I can only do it if I list the three or four things I need to get done in each chapter. Then I have no problem hitting that mark.


  2. Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:48 am

    I’d like to see a discussion on Writer-Talk Tuesday about THEME.

    I consider theme the takeaway message from the story. “A promise is only as good as its giver” for example (that is the theme of my last book)

    But I was just reminded that theme may also mean ‘what is the book about’ or the answer to the ‘what if’ question. I thought that was the premise. “What if a young woman in search of her brother falls in love with the man responsible for his death – and worse?” (note to CJ Chase, that sounds like the premise for Redeeming the Rogue. I just realized that. Oh but it’s a completely different take!)

    so my suggestion for future, and Kaye has probably addressed this already but… What is the THEME? An agent recently asked me this and I thought I knew. Now I’m not sure.


  3. Kav permalink
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:03 am

    Hmmmm…how about how a writer creates a concise blurb that she will use to try and sell her book…is that called a pitch?

    Layering — do you start with just one and then odd or do you smoosh them all in together from the get go? (is that a weird question or what?)

    Pacing — there’s a rhythm to romance novels and when I write I always seem to get ahead of things as far as the hero/heroine connection (ie, first kiss, date etc.) Is there a magic wand that you wave over a story to pace the romantic tension just right?

    Secondary characters — how many is too much? And how to wrangle them into submission so they help tell the story not take it over. 🙂


  4. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:19 pm

    I’m not sure how to phrase my question. I feel as though I boarded the writing boat, and then, due to an unexpected tidal wave of life, I found myself off course. I Want to get back on course, but I just keep on drifting. How does a writer get over the fear of starting over?


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