While I wait for agent responses, I’ve been making good use of my time writing and studying about writing and critiquing other people’s writing. Yes, I’ll admit I have a one-track mind. I love to read stories. But even more, I love to tell stories, and to be the best at the telling, I have to write, write, write. Put to use what I’ve learned. Create and give life to new characters; extend the lives of old ones. Invent situations I’ll never find myself in. Live in my head and dreams.
I love it!
Currently on the keyboard is the sequel to Give the Lady a Ride, called Roping Venus. (I posted the tease under the WIPs tab.) Another work in progress is a drama called Corporate Ladder. I’m not sure where that one’s going yet, so I’m keeping it hidden in the hard drive until I know. It may go the way of many other plot ideas—dormant under a mountain of characters, schemes, and tension-builders I’ve come up with and jotted down for later evaluation.
The Cat Lady of Forest Lawn is waiting for its sleep-drunk muse to awaken. If it’s possible to have a muse for each manuscript, then of the five I should have, three are playing Rip van Winkle. Aside from Cat Lady, I have my two mysteries: Shattered Crystal which, although finished, could use some serious polishing, and Petting Wet Cats which is less than half-way done. Sometimes I harbor the wicked thought of just scavenging my favorite characters and lines from those books and sending the rest up in smoke!
In my never-ending quest to improve my craft, I’ve been reading The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass, author of Writing the Breakout Novel. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s always exciting to find new ways to hone your skills, and Donald Maass is good at pointing out those ways.
If I’ve piqued your interest in the book, good. AuthorCulture is hosting a writing contest Friday, July 31, where the first place winner will get a free copy of the book, plus his/her entry will be posted both in AuthorCulture and here in 777 Peppermint Place. (The second place will be posted in both blogs, too.) If you have the slightest inkling toward creative writing, enter the contest. It’ll be fun!