Writing while I wait

roping venus 2While 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 ofbook by Maass 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!

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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6 Responses to Writing while I wait

  1. walkingaroundsense says:

    You are a Natural Blogger. I can’t think of one thing to blog about. I really think you have a tremendous talent for nonfiction. You ought to be freelancing up a storm!

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  2. walkingaroundsense says:

    Crumb! i posted under my husband’s blog again. Well…every time you see that man sitting with his back to you, just know it’s me, okay? ~jess

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  3. pprmint777 says:

    It threw me the first time you did it. I recognized the name but couldn’t place where I knew it from. Now I know it as well as yours!

    I appreciate your encouragement. You’re such a treasure!

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  4. Winter says:

    While I’d love to get my hands on a free copy of the new Donald Maass book, I’ll let other people enter. Not fair to them. <};^) I'm not being proud.

    I've done that with some stories I wrote like in the dark ages of my writing life. Scavenge certain characters and build new stories around them. So far, it's paid off.

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  5. pprmint777 says:

    Hey, Winnie!

    I’m going to look at the old stories soon and see whether to scavenge them or rework them. That would be just what I need–five manuscripts on active duty!

    You could enter the contest if you’d like–but beware! I would recognize your writing! (Have you been to AuthorCulture yet?)

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  6. K.M. Weiland says:

    Oh, I’m so excited about Roping Venus! Sounds like it’s got all kinds of built-in conflict potential!

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