Sunday, December 18, 2011

Writing Epiphanies

Dang epiphanies, you make so much work for me.

Yet I can’t ignore you.

I have two recently completed novels that are in the edit stage and I was hard at work when, bam, an epiphany hit. It probably wouldn’t have been too bad, except that the epiphany had nothing to do with those two manuscripts. It had to do with another completed work that was sitting on a back burner while I focused on my two more recent ones.

Now I’ve done it.

So I’m currently working through edits, getting reader feedback and trying not to think about that book I started and am 25k words into. I’m not succeeding on the last one, I must say.

My writing brain is in overload, and for some sick and strange reason, I’m loving it!

On top of all the work I seem to be making for myself, it’s the holidays. Which means kids out of school, which means less writing time. That’s kind of bumming me out, and yet I feel no less compelled in my writing frenzy.

Have you ever had a writing high? The words flowing like mad and editing calling to you like a siren song? Was it a total rush or did it compound into a terrible strain?

I gotta say, I’m feeling the rush and it feels good.

Happy reading, writing and editing everyone!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good write!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Calling All YA Beta Readers

If you follow my blog you probably know that I have two completed manuscripts, one with a first edit under its belt, the other awaiting a first edit. I have some great beta readers, and I'm on their reading schedules, but will need to wait my turn (shucks.)

Being a writer, I'm a little less than patient when it comes to knowing the outcome, so I'm turning to you. HELP!

Can you help me connect with YA beta readers? Do you have experience with some that have impressed you and they're looking for the next read? Are you yourself a beta?

I mainly write Paranormal YA Romance. Book 1 is a ghost story and book 2 is about a Scottish wolf clan. I can give further details if someone wants to connect with me. I'm looking for any review level, overall plot and story line, all the way to line by line review.

You can connect with me by leaving a blog comment or on twitter @geistwrite

Please, help out a writer in need this holiday season... read a book (or recommend someone who can ;)

Thank you!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Absent Minded Blogger

I know, I know, I let another laps happen.

So instead of blogging about something writer-ish I’ll just blog about my writing, because I’m kind of excited about it.

In October I started writing my Ghost Story, which I finished at the end of November. I was really excited about this story. It was the first one I’d written like it and it was way more fun than I even anticipated. I love these characters and kind of fell in love with writing ghosts.

However… I was almost done with my ghosts when I began dreaming about a certain story that takes place in modern day Scotland. It’s one that had been brewing in the back of my mind over the past year and suddenly it sank its teeth in and wouldn’t let go. I did make it wait until I had gotten The End on my ghosts before I started to ‘jot down some ideas’ one day. Well, that day was 13 days ago and I’m nearing the end of the story now. Yeah, wow, that was a rush! I’ve never typed so fast or so consistently. The story is fast paced and it felt like the typing was matching it. Now all I need is to finish it by Saturday and it will have gone from idea to The End in 15 days. I want to try because I can’t even believe I did it myself.

In the meantime, I finally managed to break away from Scotland long enough to do first edits with my ghosts, so now they’re ready for my readers. I sent it out to two of them today!

Now, I must shoot for that 15 day goal, just so I can say I’ve done it. Of course tonight my mind is a bit mushy and this post is the most it has mustered.

At least you all know where I’ve been and why I’ve been blog-quiet.

I love both of my latest works and am hoping for some good, clear feedback that will point to one of them as my next potential for agent fishing. A couple good rounds of editing and I think either of them could be contenders. Of course, they are my babies, so I could be a slight bit prejudice, but I have a really great feeling none the less.

So, I’m curious, what’s the fastest that one of your works has gone from idea to The End?

Did you try to make it happen, or did it surprise you like a lightning bolt of inspiration?