Scrivener Tip – Synopses

The more I work with Scrivener, the more I realize just how fantastic this software is.

At the moment, I’m busy querying the first novel in my planned CACHE series – COLD, HARD CACHE.   About half the agents on my query list want a synopsis.  Most do not specify how long the synopsis should be, while the remainder request between one paragraph and three pages.

I’m a pantser and not a plotter, which means that I don’t have a blueprint I can use as a basis for my synopsis.

Once again, Scrivener to the rescue.

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Scrivener Tip – Multiple Story Lines

I’m currently doing the final read through of my contemporary fantasy novel, Unholy Triptych, and it’s been difficult for a number of reasons:  Firstly I have three main characters; secondly each has their own story arcs that only merges near the end of the book; thirdly they have alternately chapters: and lastly I’m using their ‘voice’ to differentiate them instead of relying on, say, describing them every time I start their chapter, or using their name in the opening paragraph.

Scrivener to the rescue…

I’ve just discovered that I can compile the document and include (or exclude) certain… Continue reading

Epiphany

I’ve been waiting for the right time and perfect subject to write a robust blog post, one fitting for both starting the New Year and resurrecting the blog.   I should know by now that this is akin to waiting for the muse to appear when you’re writing your manuscript – it ain’t gonna happen.

So from now on except shorter, less formal, blog posts from me.

~L… Continue reading

The Business of Writing: Budgets

As a small business owner, every decision I have made to date for my business is based on the anticipated return on investment (ROI). The main goal of my business is to make enough money to pay my business expenses and have enough left over to pay myself so that I can contribute positively to my household and my future.   My business has been in a state of flux since I started it over three years ago. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss but this business was not planned, it was a knee-jerk response to a… Continue reading

Join or Start a Critique Group

Every critique group I have been in has taught me something, not only about my writing, but about myself.  Some critique groups I’ve been in have worked well, some worked okay, and some didn’t work at all.

My current critique group has been active for nearly a year, and it all started with my response to a request for a critique partner on one of the groups I belong to. It’s one of the most productive and interesting critique groups I’ve belonged to – thanks to my critique partners Lane and Carolyn

Strategies for 2015

I began drafting this blog post with the intention to write about my plans for 2015, but then I started thinking about how making plans doesn’t mean that they will work out at all.

Trite sayings like “best laid plans of mice and men”, “God laughs when we make plans”, etc., etc., popped into my head.  I’m not sure why I am hesitating to make plans for this year because I’ve always believed that to realize dreams, goals have to be set; and to reach goals, plans must be made.

I’ve never been an overly obsessive planner despite… Continue reading

A New {Year} Evolution

Time always seems to gain speed after Thanksgiving and the end of the Year is rushing towards us, bringing with it the tradition of New Years Resolutions and all the baggage that carries.

I think the last time I subscribed to the notion that January 1st is when Major Changes Should Be Made was back in the early 90s.  My change cycle and resolutions are linked instead to the major milestones in my life.

I’ve just reached one, completing my Masters degree this past week, and I’m eagerly looking ahead, contemplating what I’m going to do with all… Continue reading

October Writing and Writers Events

There are quite a number of great writing and writers events happening in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland this month!

What: Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity Conference

When: October 10-12

Where: Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD

Who:   Readers and writers of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal.

Why: The 2nd year of this conference promises the same great opportunity for local writers and readers to mix, mingle, hear great speakers, and attending interesting and informative workshops.

More Info: creaturescrimesandcreativity.com

What: Chesapeake Crimes “Homicidal Holidays” Book Launch

When: October 11, 12:00… Continue reading

Writing Spaces – Ideals, Dreams, and Reality

I have a very vivid picture in my head of a specific writing space, a space I want to inhabit. I suppose you could call it my dream writing space. The room has dark wood beams and white walls. The walls are not drywall painted white, but appear to be plastered. My desk is dark wood and placed against a wall of bookcases. If I turn to my right there is an ocean view out of the window. The room is not at ground level, but is on the second – or third floor – of a house.

That’s… Continue reading

Social Media Review, Part 2

My first post on social media discussed Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and why social media is necessary for writers. This post I’ll discuss Google+, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

Google+

Google+, a.k.a. Google Plus, is the social networking component of Google’s suite of applications that includes mail, calendar, Hangouts, and Drive, to name just a few. In Google+ you create circles – as many as you like – which can be private or public, and you can add or invite anyone to join a circle.   You write posts, which can include images and videos, and share with… Continue reading