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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This is quick post today. I missed posting last month and somehow I always seem to forget to write a better post, until right before I need to publish it.

I did enter all the contests I wanted to enter in February and March, and will have one more that is not due until June. In the meantime, I’ve been busy with parenting, and with church, and with sub-teaching, and just life in general. It’s been hard to find the time for writing. I did start working with my cover designer and I have too many mock ups that I love. Choosing a final one will be hard.

But the weather has been so beautiful lately that I had to get my camera out and chase the colors of Spring.

The quote is a personal reminder: to not forget what I love, and to keep at it.

Insecure Writer #131

Earlier this week there was a dinner and activity at church for the women. They asked anyone attending to bring a paper bag with something that defined you, or something that you liked to do, but that people didn’t know, or would have a hard time guessing about you.

I had to think hard about this. I’m open about my interests, and most people know that I love photography and books, including writing, reading, and everything in between. So I wanted to bring something that I enjoy doing but don’t usually talk about. And that’s what painting is for me.

I’ve talked before about my love for writing and reading but in reality, I was already in love with papers and paints before I knew how to read. I remember how excited I used to be at the beginning of each school year when my mother took us shopping for new school supplies: the new pads of paper, so white and crisp and so full of possibilities; the felt markers, with their distinct scent, and the colored pencils with brighter colors and more ones than a rainbow. I don’t ever remember wanting new clothes, but new supplies were a must for me.

I had five years of art lessons in school (in junior high, 5th and 6th grade, and then 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in high school). There were a lot of pencil sketches and paints in the beginning, with watercolors and even architectural drafting later on. Lessons on perspective and light were also in there somewhere. Then, in the 10th grade, I chose to follow Humanities, and that ended my brief exposure to the arts.

I credit my love for the arts with my interest in photography. I knew I didn’t have the talent to draw but I figured I could learn photography (and learn I did). Of course, books are my passion, and when I finally started writing, I wanted to paint pictures with words instead.

But sometimes, when I need to de-stress and just do something for myself, I turn to the texture of a sheet of watercolor paper and a tin of broken up watercolor crayons, and I play with color. And this is what I decided to bring for the activity at church.

I know enough about art to know I’m not good enough, but I don’t let it bother me. It’s for fun and enjoyment, and if I start being too critical then it defeats the purpose.

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Single Flower in watercolor crayons.

 

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Heart and Frame in oil pastels and watercolor crayons.

 

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Rainbow Vortex in oil pastels.

 

I also like to try new things. Last week, I got a cheap set of oil pastels and an even cheaper blending stumps. I had a very vague idea of how to use them but after some Youtube tutorials, I was ready to try them. In one tutorial, the artist mentioned blending the colors well but not so much but that they become muddied. In my zeal to learn the technique, and in my over enjoyment in the project, that is exactly what happened, and I ended up with a corner of dirty colors. It was a first try and I learned my lesson. My second try with the oil pastels turned out much better (the last picture in this post).

In writing it’s the same. The first draft just needs to be done, completed. First drafts don’t come easy for me, but at least they’re starting points, even as bad as they are. Then the story comes to life in the all the stages of editing. But there comes a point when enough needs to be enough, and too much editing can almost be as bad as too little. It’s a fine line between the perfectionist and the achiever, and like everything else in life, I need to let go, I need to stop polishing all the sentences. This is the lesson I learned from spending some time with a few art projects.

 

 

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Wife MakerThe Wife Maker by Karey White

Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she’s determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time–on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants.

Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he’s tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She’s broken his heart one too many times, and it’s time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won’t let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he’s willing to let her in again or if she’s too late.

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My phone rang before six the next morning. Who would call that early on a Sunday? I rubbed my bleary eyes and looked at the screen. The number was unfamiliar and a strange configuration. I almost shut it off, but on a hunch, I answered the call.

“Charlotte, it’s Flynn.”

“Flynn? Is everything okay?”

“Aye. I think we should talk. Turn on your computer and call me.”

Ten minutes later, Flynn appeared on the screen of my laptop.

“What’s going on?”

“I think you should move to Kansas City.”

I laughed. “What are you talking about?”

“Don’t laugh. I’m not jokin’.”

“I can’t move to Kansas City. My job’s here. My family’s here. And I don’t think Angus would even want me to.”

“Ah, he’d say he doesn’t want ya to, but I’d wager that what he wants and what he says he wants are two different things.”

I shook my head. “You’re crazy. This is what you wanted me to call you for at this hour of the morning?”

“Aye. And hear me out. I’ve been chewin’ on this all day.”

I was touched that he’d been trying to figure out a way to help me, but this idea was insane. “I’m listening.”

“You say you’ll wait for him to come back.” I nodded. “What about him? You might be willing to wait for ten years, but what about Angus? He’ll be meeting new people. He won’t be waiting around. If ya want to cook a chicken, ya have to put him in while the water’s boilin’.”

I snickered. “I don’t even know what that means, Flynn.”

“Sure ya do. If ya wait ‘til the water’s all cooled down, good luck cooking the bird. Right now the water’s boilin’.”

“No it’s not. He doesn’t want anything to do with me.”

“That’s ’cause the water’s boilin’. If it weren’t, he’d talk to ya all day long. He’s just tryin’ not to get burned.”

There was an absurd and comforting logic to what he was saying. “Keep going.”

“There’s not much more to say. Move to Kansas City.”

“That’s easier said than done, Flynn.”

“Tell me this. What needs more attention? The things in San Francisco? Or the thing in Kansas City?”

I didn’t answer him. I didn’t know what to say.

“Charlotte, give him a grand gesture. Show ’im he’s more important than the things you’ve left behind.”

“Wow. I should never have answered the phone this morning.”

We laughed. “Think about it. It might work.”

“It might not. And then I’ll be two thousand miles away from my family and I’ll have given up the best job in the world and . . . It’s all so scary.”

“But you’re brave. And if it doesn’t work out, you can go back.”

“I thought you were my friend.”

Flynn didn’t say anything right away. He just smiled. When he finally spoke, his voice was soft. “I am.”

Review:
I was so excited to finally read the conclusion to Charlotte’s story.
It was hard in the beginning to see how detached Angus was, and I had to wonder how Charlotte would get over that. After all they’d been through, together and separately, the friendship suffered, and it was hanging in the balance at times.
But Charlotte didn’t give up. As the relationship between her and Angus starts to grow again, it is now her turn to be patient.
The ending was so, so sweet, and I loved it! And the epilogue!
If you can hang in there through the cliffhangers of the first two books, this one is so well worth the wait.
Clean romance trilogy with great characters and relationships. Totally recommend.

 

Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

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I’m very excited to introduce Michelle Griep, author of Brentwood’s Ward and her book about writing, Growing in the Writing Craft. She has also published other books you can view on her Amazon page.

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Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager.

She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle.

Keep up with her adventures at her blog WRITER OFF THE LEASH or visit michellegriep.com

 

 

 

 

— Tell me about your new novel, Brentwood’s Ward. What came to you first, the story or the characters?
The story. I ran across an old newspaper advertisement put out by Magistrate Henry Fielding, dating back to the eighteenth-century. It encouraged the public to send a note to Bow Street as soon as any serious crime occurred so that “a set of brave fellows could immediately be dispatched in pursuit of the villains.” I wondered about those “brave fellows” and what kind of villains they might come up against, and thus was born Nicholas Brentwood.

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— Brentwood’s Ward is the first of a series. How many books do you have planned and who are the dishy heroes?
Technically I suppose it’s a trilogy, but each book is standalone in story format. Each novel features a different Bow Street Runner.
BRENTWOOD’S WARD hero is NICHOLAS BRENTWOOD, a hero who’s a little rough around the edges, colorful as a Dicken’s character, and observant enough to be a forerunner of Sherlock.
MOORE’S MAIDEN hero is ALEXANDER MORTON, a man who’s too handsome for his own good, witty to a fault, with a compassionate heart that sometimes gets him into trouble.
LORD ABERLY’S LADY hero is SAMUEL THATCHER, a shadow of the night, roaming the byways hunting down highwaymen, so quick and quiet, one wonders if he’s but a dream.

— What is it about the Regency period that appeals to you? Why do you like to write historic novels?
Of course I’m romanticizing the era, but it seems to me that though poverty was rampant, dignity still held priority. Even the grubbiest street people wore a dress coat, though it might’ve been little better than a rag.
I’ve always had an interest in history. No, really. Even as a preschooler, I sat beneath the dining room table and held conversations with Daniel Boone. My mom thought there was seriously something wrong with me, so she took me to a doctor. He assured he I was just imaginative. Mix creativity with a love of the past and voila . . . historic fiction.

— There’s a fine line in Christian fiction writing between being preachy and inspiring the readers. How do you deal with that?
Story is the best medium to convey Biblical truth through plot and character. I try to show people their desperate need for God rather than whap them upside the head with a Bible or sermon.

— You also have a new non-fiction book about writing. What can you tell us about it?
Are you a writer at heart? How can you tell? And if you are, how do you go about composing and selling the next Great American Novel? WRITER OFF THE LEASH answers these questions and more–all in an easy to understand, tongue-in-cheek style. This is more than a how-to book. It’s a kick in the pants for anyone who wants to write but is stymied by fear, doubt, or simply doesn’t know how to take their writing to the next level. This is my attempt to blow the lid off stodgy old-school rulebooks and make it clear that writing can–and should–be fun.

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— What advice would you give to someone wanting to write a book?
First, run over to Target and purchase yourself a pair of big kid undies. You’ll need them. Writing a book is not for the faint of heart. That being said, there’s nothing like the supreme sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you type The End. My best advice is to persevere. Hang in there. Keep at it. JUST DO IT!

Thanks, Michelle, for stopping by!

 

  • Michelle GriepFebruary 10, 2015 - 8:47 AM

    Thanks for hosting me today! Super fun to be here!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaFebruary 10, 2015 - 11:32 AM

      My pleasure, Michelle! Thanks for hanging out on my blog today!ReplyCancel

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!

This will be a very quick post, and it’s like a continuation of last month’s. I’m still grappling with my first chapters for the LDStorymakers First Chapter Contest. The deadline is on February 9th, and I’m trying to get them ready to send before then. I have learned a lot in the past month as I’ve edited my chapters and traded critiques with others also entering the contest. Thank goodness for writing groups and fellow writers willing to help and trade help. My self-editing skills are severely lacking, especially after writing and rewriting, reading and rereading, so many times. That separation you need to view something objectively is just gone, and that’s why it helps so much to get a fresh pair of eyes to review your work.

I also decided to enter the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest:

The rules and submission instructions are not very dissimilar, and since I’ve already worked on half of what I need, I think I can work the rest before the deadline. Of course, there’s a lot more at stake since this contest will have a significant higher number of entries. How does that saying go? “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”?;)

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  • AnnaFebruary 4, 2015 - 4:05 PM
  • Georgina MoralesFebruary 5, 2015 - 3:31 PM

    Good luck in both! I have never participated in a contest, though I have a couple in mind for this year. I can’t imagine how nerve-raking!ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonFebruary 5, 2015 - 4:58 PM

    Good luck with the contest. You can learn a lot from the ones that include comments from judges. Of course, sometimes the judges don’t know what they’re talking about. A lot like reviews. Good preparation.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth HeinFebruary 5, 2015 - 6:21 PM

    Good luck with your submission.ReplyCancel

  • dolorahFebruary 6, 2015 - 1:53 AM

    Best of luck to you.ReplyCancel

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