How do YOU read? We were talking today about books we loved and books that were memorable and why that was when a writer friend explained that for her books which perfectly captured the emotion of a moment were the ones that stuck with her throughout time. She cherished books that made her feel, emote and relate to on an emotional level.
Back in November 2013 I learned that I'd been included on the longlist for Undiscovered Voices 2014. Last week the S.C.B.W.I. British Isles and Europe announced their list of twelve finalists for their 2014 publication and my novel was not chosen. After the requisite gnashing of teeth, beating of breasts and the teary Why am I always a bridesmaid? speech, punctuated by a glass or two of wine, I found my feet and gave myself a stern talking to.
Plot Plans seem contentious. Some writers love them. Some loathe them. I've reached a new evolution in plot planning this fall. I didn't reach it alone. I've been taking a series of classes with Dutch Writer Mina Witteman (aka Marvellous Mina). I always knew this approach was out there but it seems I needed someone to encourage me to work through the pain of plot-planning.
Enchantment, published by Del Ray in 1999 is a curious book. I'm no expert in the Orson Scott Card canon of works (I've read only four of his novels) but this was quite a departure from the books in the Ender Series.
I'm chuffed about writing. I'm SOOO CHUFFED. Some exciting writing stuff happened this week. Some that I can write about, some that I can't. Not yet, anyway. What I can tell you is that one of the very best bits of my writing week happened on Sunday. I began the first of eight classes -Writing for Young Adults- with Mina Witteman. Excited and homework complete (of course it was - I am the dictionary definition of NERD) I headed off to Amsterdam.