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Work in Progress

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Work in Progress

WIP

Caution Writer working, approach with care

A writer’s work in progress (WIP) is often a mixed jumble of scenes, strings of thought, random quotes,  and other ideas. Not very often do they resemble what the finished works will. But they give the author a place to start stringing things together. Writers all have different styles. Some have to write the beginning to the end, other just write random scenes and then fit them together, some times it is a mix of those processes, and I’m sure there are a multitude of other process. But the key is that they all have a WIP. One of the reason that I don’t often share my WIP is that people are too critical, they don’t seem to understand what the WIP is. The WIP is just the bare bone ideas for the story. Often it is just the characters telling me what they want to do, so I write it down. Some times I like what they have to say and I work with them to see where it goes, other times I tell them tough, not going to happen! But on those rare occasion that I do share a scene with folks, I’m looking for feedback on the scene, not the grammar, not the spelling, not the punctuation. I want the emotions that you feel after reading it – the shock, the fear, the joy. I want the questions that you get – the how could (s)he do that, the how can you make that work. Like the outline, and the story board, the WIP is a guide that I use to pull the story together. This isn’t a beta read, it isn’t even the alpha read. So keep in mind that when an author shares with you a bit of their WIP, they are letting you in really early to see if they are on the right track and read it for the content of the story, not the accuracy of the quotation marks. To all my grammar Nazi friends out there, this is why you have to wait for beta books. I love you all, but you need to relax… 🙂

MystiCon 2015

MystiCon 2015 is just over a week away! I’m having a hard time containing my excitement. Right now my biggest concern is the weather. It seems that mother nature isn’t quite done with winter yet, and after a relatively quiet winter, we got 8″ of snow here at home, and to top that off, we are now being told that there may be more on the way. This of course, could make traveling to Roanoke next weekend rather difficult. For now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get a bit of a warm up next week, at least enough to help reduce the snow totals and make travel safe. I’m excited about the list of panels I’m on.

  • How Spooky is Spooky?
  • Fandom Art
  • Ending Stories with a Bang or a WhimperMystiCon
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Villains We Love to Hate

I’m also doing book signings on Saturday and Sunday. If you didn’t buy your ticket, sorry we’ll miss you as MystiCon 2015 is sold out. But if you did, I can’t wait to see you in Roanoke!

Featured Author of the Week

It has been a while since I did this, between life, writing, and etc, I have not been updating the blog. So hopefully this will be a return to normal postings. For those of you that are new, I am a member of the Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers group on Goodreads (link here). One of the things that they do is help promote authors. Each week they have a featured Author and this week that author is Steve Downes. You can learn more about Steve on Goodreads or his wordpress site. Good luck Steve!