InsecureWritersSupportGroup

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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It all comes to this, doesn’t it? Nobody else will care or work for your dream as much as you do. I’ve been struggling with the rewrites of my story but this is my dream and I’m the one who has to work for it. As much as I want it, I also very much want to do it right and that means putting in the time to learn.

And that’s what the rewrites are for, to make the story better. I don’t want to publish a so-so story, I want to show a great story with amazing characters and an interesting setting, and that takes time. Compared to most writers I know personally, I’m very new. I’ve only been writing fiction for two years and I can’t expect to know as much as those who’ve been doing it for longer. As much as I’d like to believe I have the talent for it, I also know that the training will help me achieve that talent. And though it’s a cliché, practice does get you closer to perfection.

My dream won’t work unless I do.

Insecure Writer #148

  • Lisa Buie-CollardNovember 5, 2014 - 7:41 AM

    Yes! So true. Put in the time, put in the effort. Don’t regret not working at achieving what you most want in your life. Go Girl! We’re behind you. You are not alone…ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:40 PM

      Thank you for the vote of confidence, Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • EE GiorgiNovember 5, 2014 - 8:03 AM

    Yup. Last week I was asked, what’s your best advice for somebody who’s writing their first novel? I said: “Write it.” :-)ReplyCancel

  • Anna SimpsonNovember 5, 2014 - 8:21 AM

    I agree the more I write the better it reads, but I still have a long way to go :-)

    Anna from Shout with EmaginetteReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:39 PM

      I’m right there too, Anna. Still a long ways to go.ReplyCancel

  • Mary AalgaardNovember 5, 2014 - 10:02 AM

    I am also feeling the nudge to get going. Dream. Great. Do. Accomplish.
    Play off the PageReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:38 PM

      We can’t blame anyone else when we don’t get it. Thanks, Mary!ReplyCancel

  • JessNovember 5, 2014 - 11:25 AM

    Really love this! Once I “get into” the work, I love it too, it’s actually making myself sit down and do it that hurts. :)ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:38 PM

      Sometimes we do the little things that even sabotage ourselves. Thanks for the comment, Jess!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceNovember 5, 2014 - 12:41 PM

    Your dream won’t work unless you do…great attitude!
    Happy Writing!ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonNovember 5, 2014 - 2:09 PM

    Well said, Lucinda. Dreams are great, but only work and perseverance can make them come true. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:35 PM

      Work and perseverance are part of the journey to the dream. Thanks, Diane!ReplyCancel

  • Charity BradfordNovember 5, 2014 - 2:22 PM

    This is so true! I just wish the rest of the world would leave me alone so I could work. :) Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Georgina MoralesNovember 5, 2014 - 9:06 PM

    I actually enjoy the re-writing process. For me, it’s a lot easier to edit than to write that first draft. I think of the process as the work of a jeweller in his most prized diamond. Each expert cut is meant to show a new facet on the stone, to make it shine even brighter. My problem comes when realizing it is time to stop. I can fix a story until the end of time, but there’s a point when you’re probably doing more harm than good. If only it were that easy to know…

    Good luck with the re-writing!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:18 PM

      I have a hard time writing the first draft too, Georgina. But these rewrites are almost like starting from scratch, and that’s why it’s taking me longer. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon LawrenceNovember 5, 2014 - 11:28 PM

    That’s incredibly true. I’m working at working. Good luck to everyone as they work on their dreams!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaNovember 6, 2014 - 8:06 PM

      Thank you, Shannon! That’s how I feel sometimes, just working at working.ReplyCancel

  • AnneNovember 6, 2014 - 6:03 AM

    That is so true Lucinda. Keep at it! And thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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(Summary contains spoilers if you have not yet read book #1 The Husband Maker)

It’s been six months since Charlotte and Kyle broke up, and the Husband Maker strikes again. Kyle is officially engaged, while Charlotte is still nursing a broken heart.

In an effort to get Charlotte out of her rut, she and her best friend decide it’s time for some good old-fashioned matchmaking. While Aleena arranges for Charlotte to meet up with a handsome Scottish tourist, Charlotte gets her two best friends together. But when sparks start to fly between Aleena and Angus, Charlotte is left feeling more alone that ever–at least until the charming Scotsman becomes more than just a safe, rebound guy and teaches her that maybe, just maybe, she can dare to open her heart again.

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I’ve talked about the Whitney Awards before here, and here. The nominations run from Jan 1st to December 31st of the year of publication, so the time is running out to nominate this year’s books (meaning, books published in 2014 by LDS authors). Of course, there will still be books coming out before the year is over, and some of them might very well be worthy of a nomination. Since the finalists in each category will be announced in February of 2015, any last minute nominations will have the committee scrambling to get all the reading done in time, which is why they ask for early nominations.

I’ve read a lot of good books this year already, and some of them are written by LDS Authors. If it’s a book I like very much, one I give a rating of 4 or 5 stars, then I nominate it (as long as it falls within the categories described in the parameters of the awards).

Here’s a list of the books I’ve nominated so far this year (with links to Amazon), in random order:

Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson

Hope Springs by Sarah M. Eden

Eye on Orion by Laura D. Bastian

Rules of Engagement by Amber Gilchrist

The Skeleton in My Closet Wears a Wedding Dress by Sally Johnson

The Husband Maker by Karey White

Falling for You by Krista Lynne Jensen

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

As You Are by Sarah M. Eden

Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard

Sense and Sensibility: a Latter-Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison

Painting Kisses by Melanie Jacobson

Saving Grace by Michele Paige Holmes

 

This is not the final list for me as I expect I’ll read a few more before the year is over.

Here’s the link to the Whitney Awards website, and the nomination page (be sure to fill in the form on the website instead of sending an email).

I’ll be looking forward to the list of finalists in February of 2015.

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I should start calling these posts “Procrastinator Wednesday” because here I am, just a few hours before midnight, scrambling to come up with something to write about.

I’ve started rewrites on my novel. In July and August I applied all the edits suggested by my editor. It was a chore, and I struggled (not because I didn’t want to do them but because it was hard to see how badly I wrote), but I learned a lot. I’ll be able to apply this knowledge to other stories I’ve written (and future stories), and it’s been an invaluable lesson.

After brainstorming with a friend, I was able to rework new plot ideas to fill the holes, add more conflict, and raise the stakes for the main characters. One of the things I decided to do was to add the male main character’s Point Of View (POV). The first version of the story is told from the female main character’s POV in 1st person/past tense. I didn’t want to lose her 1st person voice but I also don’t like romance stories with male POVs (the guys always sound too whiny). This means I’m adding the hero’s POV in 3rd person/past tense.

For clarification sake and story rhythm, I’m alternating chapters in each POV. I’m taking a chapter that was previously from the heroine’s POV and turning it around 180°. The scene is still the same, and so is the setting, etc, but the dynamics are different, as is the voice, and, obviously, the point of view.

It’s not an easy task, but it’s exciting to infuse something new into the story. So far, it’s working and I like the direction it’s taking. He’s got a strong voice and he’s glad to let it out.;)

From another point of view.

Sometimes, we could all benefit from seeing things from another perspective.

Insecure Writer #213

 

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  • Mark KoopmansSeptember 3, 2014 - 1:46 AM

    Aloha!

    Oh yes, sometimes a change is perspective is much needed- and wanted :)

    Good luck with that :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth HeinSeptember 3, 2014 - 7:16 AM

    Changing POV can be tricky. I went through that process a few years ago when I rewrote an entire novel from the third person past tense to the first person past tense. It was painful but well worth it because I could capture the MC’s inner thought better in the first person.
    Good luck with the edits.
    Elizabeth Hein – Scribbling in the Storage RoomReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:20 AM

      Yes, changing POVs is hard work but I’m confident it will make the story better. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonSeptember 3, 2014 - 8:44 AM

    Like you, I procrastinate on blogging. I wrote my post this morning. LOL Great attitude toward your edits. Pass some of that over here. I need it.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:18 AM

      Thanks for the visit, Diane! Sending you lots of editing vibes!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:19 AM

    I’m sure it’s a challenge writing in more than one POV. You’re approaching it with the correct attitude, so that’s a plus!
    Good luck!
    Happy IWSG Day!ReplyCancel

  • Donna K. WeaverSeptember 3, 2014 - 12:55 PM

    Isn’t it fun to see where the suggestions take you?ReplyCancel

  • EE GiorgiSeptember 3, 2014 - 5:35 PM

    I’ve never done that but it sounds like a great exercise to rework exactly the same scene from a totally different POV… one can learn a lot from it!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 8:01 PM

      Yes, it’s required a lot of concentration and an ability to turn a mirror on the same scene. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon LawrenceSeptember 5, 2014 - 2:26 AM

    I’m working on changing POV on something (possibly removing one person’s POV, because I don’t feel I’ve made that character strong enough.) It’s a lot to ponder. Good luck as you do your edits!ReplyCancel

  • AngelineSeptember 5, 2014 - 10:57 PM

    I’ve done exactly the same thing before. When I’m writing, if the story simply isn’t working, I tend to find it is one of two things – either I started the story in the wrong place (too early or too late), or I’m using the wrong POV character. It’s amazing how much you can change a story by changing the POV.

    And I’ve had times when I’ve written a story in 1st person, and gone onto my next story in 3rd person, and I struggle to keep the 1st person out of it; I keep slipping up. So well done on doing it chapter by chapter – that must have been quite a feat!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon LawrenceOctober 2, 2014 - 9:21 PM

    I’ve been focusing on short stories, so have been in heavy edits of the ones I’ve gotten critiques on the last few months. I was so focused on submitting the ones I had edited and writing new ones for critique group that I got behind on editing the new ones.ReplyCancel

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A Timeless Romance Anthology, Summer in New York (Janette Rallison, Heather Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah Eden, Annette Lyon, Lisa Mangum)

Blurb:

In USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul.

In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed.

In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart.

Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.

In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story, &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she’s been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn’t sure she’s up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart.

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My review:

I’ve read other titles in the A Timeless Romance Anthology and this one is among my favorites. The stories are short, sweet romances that read fast yet have developed engaging characters. The New York setting in the summer came across vivid and fresh in all six stories, each bringing something a little different from the others. It surely made me wish I could go to New York for a week or two.

It’s really hard to pick a favorite story from this collection. The characters are all distinctive and each story had a sweet taste of romance, funny situations, and even poignant moments.

Highly recommend this one.

 

An excerpt:
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“Are you sticky yet?” Devon asked.

“Excuse me?” I looked up from the computer screen, but my fingers kept typing, finishing the last sentence of the last rejection letter I had to send today. We wish you the best in finding the right home for your manuscript— fifty rejection letters in thirty minutes; a personal best— Sincerely, Baker Publishing House.

Devon scrubbed his hair from his forehead, the ends spiked from the specially ordered coconut-scented gel he used. I wondered if he was still using the bottle I bought him for Christmas, or if he’d picked up another one from the Village by now. With the stuff costing $17.99 an ounce, I hoped he hadn’t splurged and used it all at once.

“Sticky,” he said again. He sighed and leaned against the doorjamb of my office. “I hate summer in Manhattan. Everything is so… sticky.” He examined his fingernails, his mouth turned down in distaste.

 

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  • SaraSeptember 2, 2014 - 3:27 PM

    I would have to go see Central Park first!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:21 AM

      Sara, I’m with you on that: Central Park first!ReplyCancel

  • Lara MortensenSeptember 2, 2014 - 4:20 PM

    The first place I’d have to see is the Serendipity coffee house to see if it is as magical a place as it seems to be in the movie of the same name! Thanks for the chance to enter!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:21 AM

      I’ve seen that movie and I liked it a lot! I wonder if the coffee house is still there.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle J.September 3, 2014 - 7:57 AM

    I’d see a Broadway play!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi RobbinsSeptember 4, 2014 - 9:58 AM

    I’d want to visit the Statue of Liberty first! I love the history and symbolism behind it. Thanks for the giveaway!!!ReplyCancel

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