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My Journey To Becoming A Chick Lit Author…

A Poem on Writing June 25, 2010

Filed under: General,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 8:58 pm

I used to write a lot of poetry when I was a teenager. It got me through some challenging times, helped me make sense of the world. Since I’m feeling quite poetic today, I thought I’d try my hand at a quick poem. A piece of writing about writing! …Okay, it may not be a masterpiece, but what I love about poetry is that there’s no right or wrong; it’s an individual’s unique perspective on something, and each person may interpret something different from the same poem.

Would love to hear your thoughts… here it is:

……………………………..

It awakens me like a breath of fresh air, diffusing through my mind and body.

It excites me like the start of a new year, filled with hope and possibility.

A rush of ideas pours forth, creating a bridge towards a new world,

A world that changes and moulds in response to my thoughts.

Feels like I’m playing God, deciding the fate of these inner creations.

Or a sculptor …an artist, building layers of colours and textures,

Shaping them into something that’s never existed before.

Writing.

It gives wings to the birds in the cage of my mind.

In their flight they are free. And so am I.

 

 

Personality quirks June 5, 2010

Filed under: Funnies!,General,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 6:23 pm

One of things I’ve read about creating characters is to find out if they have any personality quirks. This helps bring them to life and make them seem ‘more human’. One of my main characters is obsessed with gadgets. She has a USB mug warmer, a 5-in-one key chain gadget, a toothbrush with in built timer, and even a pair of microwaveable heat socks for those cold nights! My other characters quirks are more subtle; one character is clumsy and always dropping things, forgetting things, or falling over (and no she’s not elderly), and the other always jokes around when dealing with a difficult situation, and is late everywhere she goes.

This got me thinking about my own quirks, do I have any?

Well one of them has to do with books. I have about ten or so books piled high on my bedside, all with bookmarks about a third of the way through. Why can’t I just read one book at a time, then go onto the next one? … I don’t know. I usually only read one novel at a time, but I always have a sneak peek at the others on my to-read list, It’s the non-fiction books I can’t seem to read in order. I usually can’t wait to find out what it’s about, so I start reading a new book right away, then the mystery is solved somewhat and my interest wanes, and I move onto the next one to discover more ‘secrets’.  I also read these books with highlighter in hand, highlighting all those important bits of informaton I want to remember. I buy books related to business, marketing, health, goals, spirituality, and have about a thousand books on applying the law of attraction in your life. …Okay, so maybe all the half read books are attracting more half read books. It’s ‘law’ so I can’t help it  😉

Some of my other quirks: Before going to bed I always double check every lock in the house, and make sure the garage door is closed (even when I know it is). Is that a quirk, or is it me just being cautious? I also do a mental inventory of my handbag before going out to make sure I’ve got everything I need (who says a mini-flashlight isn’t essential?), and don’t even get me started on packing a suitcase – now that needs at least a full day! I also constantly check my To Do list, even though I remember damn well what I’m supposed to be doing at 4:47pm each day. Yes, I like checking things. It helps me feel safe, secure, and in control. Hmmm… I think I may have a touch of OCD …oh wait, let me check.

…Do you have any quirks? what are they?

 

Writing Software May 17, 2010

Filed under: General,Interesting Links,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 5:43 pm

I’m trialling this free writing software called yWriter, it’s pretty cool! …Helps to organise chapters, scenes, characters…etc, and I love how you can easily swap scenes around, and also see a storyboard or timeline for a quick overview of your manuscript. There’s also a rating system for each scene based on its tension, humour…etc, so you can make sure there’s a good balance of elements in each scene.

 

Which character will be first off the ranks? February 7, 2010

Filed under: General,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 6:48 pm

Okay, I’ve decided that the opening chapter will have three scenes, one for each main character. It follows them in the half hour or so before they all meet. Only issue now is which character’s scene to open with? eeny meeny miney mo…

Here are the first sentences for each characters scene. Which one sounds best to open with? Which one would you want to keep reading the most? (Keep in mind, this is first draft un-edited writing!)

1. After finally managing to peel the wailing Toby off his wife’s ankles, Pete kissed Cara briefly on the lips. “Have a good night honey. And don’t worry about the kids, they’ll be fine”

Since Toby turned two, he’d become overly clingy, making it hard for Cara to go anywhere without him. Not that she went anywhere much, just the usual daily outings – the supermarket, the bank, the school, the pre-school, and the chemist….

 

2. It was about four months after the wedding when Gina realised she’d married the wrong man. They were driving home after having dinner with her family, when they’d gotten into an awful argument. She didn’t even remember how it started or what it was about, she only remembered the sickening feeling that she had probably made the worst decision of her life…

 

3. Damn you Barbie! You and your size four figure, all over tan, and legs all the way to the moon! Cursed Miranda as she tried unsuccessfully to squeeze into the black sateen capris she bought last month. Now, Barbie wasn’t exactly the healthiest role model, but ever since she was a child, Miranda idolised her….

Hmmmm, who will the winner will be?….

 

Beginnings Beginnings… January 12, 2010

Filed under: General,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 10:27 am

Although my scenes throughout the book are coming along nicely, I am struggling a bit with how to actually start the book! I know how important it is to start with a bang so to speak, and to make sure those first three chapters hook your readers in and make them want more, but I have about three different ways to start it and none of them ring true for me yet.

I think it’s because I have three main characters. Do I start with an opening scene involving all of them? or start with one character at a time to give a glimpse into each of their lives? (They don’t know each other yet, but will all be meeting in either the first or second chapter).

The other books I have read with 3 or 4 main characters start with all of them in the one scene, but this is because they are friends or colleagues in the story.  Hmmm, will have to keep trying different scenarios and see which one would grab the reader more.

 

Working backwards

Filed under: General,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 10:21 am

I have never been one to follow tradition. With my writing I don’t start at the beginning, I have been writing scenes as they come to me, while also continuing to plan and outline. I visualise the characters coming to life and then create a scene in my mind like a movie. Then I write the scene, whether it occurs in the middle of the book or the end. Hopefully these random scenes will come together and make sense in the end!

I also read that it’s a good idea to self edit your book from the back to the front, so you can pick up mistakes more objectively, and not get caught up in the story. My problem is I tend to edit as I go, stopping after each paragraph to check what I’ve written. I am practicing not doing this though, it’s easier when I write with the writing prompter . It helps me get everything down, regardless of grammar or consistency. I can always go back over it later to polish it up!

 

Coming along nicely… January 8, 2010

Filed under: General,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 11:55 am

I’m on a bit of a roll… Wrote a couple of thousand words the other day, and really happy with what I ended up with. Just have to check on some facts regarding a medical scene, to make sure I have it all correct and that things are ocurring in the right order. I have some medical science training, but the only hospital experience I have is when I was there once, when my son was in emergency once, and watching ER!