Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Writing Wednesday

First off, before I yammer on about anything else, I want to say thanks to those who commented on the excerpts, and to those who commented on the poem. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really appreciate feedback! I was nervous about posting the poem; I don't usually write poetry, and even rarer do I allow anyone to read it.

About the excerpts, I believe I agree; I like the first one the best, as well. Although, Katie Colton in the second one is dear to my heart, and she will get her story written, I like working on a modernday story, for once. My first and second books were historicals and so was the children's book. So, it's nice to try something different. Thanks again for everyone's comments. :)

Here's the thing, though; I'm experiencing a bit of writer's block where that story is concerned. I get real scared, thinking it's boring, when it probably isn't. If I try and talk about it with someone, I lose the excitement for it and end up not writing it. However, I really need to bounce ideas off someone, because...well, I don't know why, but I feel I do. :) The only answer I can come up for this is to just write what's in my head, and then weed out the boring stuff, later. It's meant to be a fast paced, Christian romance, chic lit, story, sort of, so no need to get worried, but still...

When I was a little girl, I loved stories where somebody got hurt...bad hurt. lol I even made my barbie dolls ill in some way. Haha! I liked stories like "Pollyanna". If the synopsis says "after tragedy strikes", well, you can bet I'll be trying it out. I used to get made fun of for this, so it scares me to try and write my own story, where in the synopsis may say, "And after tragedy strikes..."

What do y'all think, though? Do readers like tragedy? Of course, I know not everyone does. I'm just asking what my readers like. My plan is to build up to something, and really break your heart. But, can I do it? I want you to feel Adison's frustration, her anger and her shock. But, will you? I want to give you just enough info about the "tragedy" without boring your socks off.

I have done so much research on Google, that it's pitiful. I've spent more time doing that research than writing, and that, in case you don't know any procrastinators, is my whole problem. My daddy used to say, "Shannon, you spend more time trying to figure out how not to do something, than it would have taken you to just do it." And, he's right. I've read blogs, personal stories, watched countless YouTube videos, until I'm tired of it, and yet, I'm still not sure if I can pull it off. I mean, I can tell you how if feels to be blind. But, can I get inside the head of someone with another disability? Better yet, can I put you in their head? Can I make you feel their pain, feel their frustrations, wish for their lives to get better? Or, will you just feel sorry for my hero?

I guess when it all comes down to the wire, I gotta write it, then we'll all know the answers to those questions. I need to stop second guessing myself and "git on the ball" like my mama always said.

So, are y'all enjoying your week? It's chilly, still, when March should be feeling warm like a lamb. I'm ready for spring!

Like most of the time, I didn't know what I was going to write, when I sat down to blog, but feel free to comment anyway. :) I appreciate you, all twenty of my followers, and i hope you will keep in touch. If anyone wants to email me privately, the email addy is

Until Monday, if not sooner, keep on keepin' on, remember God still loves you, and remember to pray without ceasing. It's the only way we're gonna make it through.


  1. So THAT's Where Faith gets her Anne of Green Gables personality!!! :D
    (((hugs))) Peggy

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