Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres: Dan Koboldt   Leave a comment

Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres Paperback – October 16, 2018
by Dan Koboldt (editor)SCIENCE IN FICTION COVER

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Posted August 6, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Writing Process-Prewriting Steps   Leave a comment

Greetings All!

So to continue my writing process blog, last week I talked about getting ideas. So, let’s say you have a great idea for a story. How do you get that idea out of your head and onto the laptop/paper/computer?

WRITING WITH PEN

There are many different ways to plot a novel. You can use plotting worksheets, beat sheets, Post-It Notes, a notebook, your laptop/tablet etc. Remember a story needs these:

-A character or characters the reader wants to care about. Who is your protagonist? Your antagonist? Secondary characters?

BACALL ASKS ABOUT STORY OF HER LIFE

Find out all there is to know about your main characters, their likes, their dislikes, their personalities. This isn’t something you put in your story, but it’s backstory you, as the author needs to know.

-The story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Some like to plot out the entire story before writing, others (like me) prefer to “pants” it, meaning start writing and see where the journey goes.

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I usually know the beginning and the end but the middle is a surprise to me. Of course, if you are doing a fantasy you need world building first! Make sure to flesh out your world including political, socioeconomic and cultural issues, what the flora and fauna of your world looks like etc.

Although there is advice on the internet, be wary of those that tell you THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO WRITE, there is no “one way” and your process is not the same as my process. It’s okay if you don’t make a certain word count every day or even if you write every day. I am a binge writer, meaning I write in short bursts over several days.

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Robin LaFevers (Grave Mercy series) has resources for writers on her blog I find quite useful!

http://www.robinlafevers.com/tag/writing/

Susan Dennard (Truthwitch series) also has many writing resources on her website.

http://susandennard.com/writing-resources/

Now, go forth and write! Or pre-write in this case.

Best,
Kathleen

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

Posted July 9, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

WRITING PROCESS-Step 1: Getting Ideas   Leave a comment

Greetings All!

A question I often get asked is: where do the ideas for your stories come from?

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When a writer declares themselves to be a writer, an elaborate map with an iron skeleton key arrives on their doorstep.

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The key opens an antique steamer trunk found in an abandoned Victorian mansion you find by following the clues on the map.

Inside the trunk are Ideas written on scraps of fabric. Each one is written in an elegant scrawl tinged with gold or silver by your muse.

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The ideas are infinite. When one is used, the writing on the fabric fades to nothingness and the fabric turns to dust but another new, shiny idea (often called a plot bunny because of the softness of the fabric which hardens in time if not used) takes its place.

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My trunk is still quite full so anytime I need a new idea, I open the trunk and one appears!

 

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If you haven’t gotten your map/key yet you might want to contact your muse to see what the hold up is!

 

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So now you know where my ideas come from! Don’t be surprised if I see you at a Con/Signing and ask you what your trunk looks like! Make sure your key is around your neck!

Best,

Kathleen

Posted June 12, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Getting An Agent   3 comments

Greetings All,

Yes, I know it’s been a while. I am notorious for not blogging much unless I have news. It’s been a rough few months for me after a fall and a badly bruised tailbone but the good news is I’m healing!

I wasn’t able to write much but I have been querying.

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And waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.

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I’ve been querying for a while now.

I DID MY WAITING SIRIUS BLACK

I’ve entered pitch contests on Twitter like #pitmad, #kidpit #darkpit to name a few and off Twitter like #pitchwars #querykombat #nightmareonquerystreet #authormentormatch and others.

I got into some and some I didn’t get into.  At times it felt like being a hamster running around on a wheel getting nowhere.

HAMSTER RUNNING ON WHEEL

But I kept going.

I learned not to take rejection of my writing personal, for whatever reason, the agent didn’t connect with my story so I moved on. I wrote more stories but I kept going back to my young adult Frankenstein reimaging. I worked on it with a mentor from Author Mentor Match and queried it again but even though I got requests, I had no offers.

I put it away for a time.

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But I couldn’t let it go.

SHERLOCK READS A PIECE OF PAPER

I decided to revamp it and rewrite it for the gazillionth time! Each time I did a rewrite I changed the title. I ended up changing the title twelve times! Yes, I did twelve complete rewrites. I wrote the story from the main character’s point of view, from the POV of the creature, from the POV of the love interest, from the sister’s POV, from the father’s POV. Each time I learned something new about the story.

But this was the book of my heart. Okay, it’s a bloody heart but still.

BLOODY HEART

I’ve been enamored with Victorian literature since I was a teen and loved all the classics including Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley when she was only 19 on a stormy night when Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with Mary’s stepsister, Jane and John Polidori and she were staying at a villa in Switzerland. Lord Byron challenged them to write a ghost/horror story and Frankenstein was born. So to speak. It was published in 1818 by an anonymous writer. Mary was 21.

FRANKENSTEIN BOOK COVER

I wanted to do a young adult reimagining of Frankenstein for a long time.

For the latest revision beginning in January, 2018,  I sent out:

Queries: 50

Full Requests: 5

Partial Requests: 2

I sent a query to an agent in February. At the beginning of May she asked for a partial, six days later she requested a full, three days later she sent an email saying she wanted to call me. I don’t know how I slept that night but I did.

When the call came, she said hello and pretty much led right way with the words every writer wants to hear: I’M OFFERING YOU REPRESENTATION or something similar because my brain was in overdrive and I couldn’t remember what exact words she used.

Suffice it to say, I let others know who had my full/partial and at the end of two weeks I signed with Lindsay Leggett of The Rights Factory!

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Please follow me on Twitter (since I am there the most) for updates! @kathleea

I want to thank my CP’s/beta readers who helped me get this manuscript in shape including a copy editor who rocks! Thank you!

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My advice to writers: KEEP GOING! Perseverance and determination will get you far! Along with learning your craft too, that is.

Until next time,

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

Best,

Kathleen

Posted May 25, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

END OF YEAR BLOG 2017   1 comment

Greetings All,

I admit it. I’m not a great blogger. I usually only blog when I have news or a book cover reveal from one of my writer friends.

This year has been not good in so many ways (political) but it hasn’t been good for me in other ways. I ended up leaving a soul-sucking job that caused an ongoing health issue. Not only did the job suck, now I have a chronic issue because of it. I haven’t been able to find another job but I keep persisting. But overall, besides the job, it’s not been a bad year.

I ended up moving to a smaller town, still in California but not ideal. I’m hoping to move back to LA soon (once I find the elusive job).

Still no agent/book deal/movie deal etc. I have a new YA Murder mystery I wrote that I’m excited to enter into Sun vs Snow at the end of January. If I don’t get in, I’ll query it. I hope that 2018 is finally my year to achieve my literary dreams. I do have hope though and I keep going, which is all I can do. I’m making a Vision Board on Pinterest in order to put my goals in a visual form. My pinterest boards are here: http://www.pinterest.com/kathleea

My three year old Tortie is thriving and she got used to the new apartment before I did!

Toffee at five months

I got to spend the holidays with family and that was nice.

I’ve been trying to think of a word to focus on in 2018, I know several are doing this as a way to help themselves but I can’t think of one.

My goals this upcoming year, the ones I can control (agent etc. are out of my control) are to write four novels. I recently finished a short story I’m submitting to an anthology and I’d like to get back to writing short stories again. It’s how I started writing…well, first I wrote poetry, then moved onto short stories and finally, novels.

I hope to get a new computer this coming year. Mine is from 2009 and needs replacing. It’s a good thing I know where the T, S, A and E are because they have faded out. The space bar doesn’t always work. And the R key doesn’t work unless you tap it with a hard tap. So, yeah, a new computer would be lovely.

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My wish for you  in the new year is that you find your passion and pursue that passion in order to feed your soul. For me, it’s writing. I will never NOT write because it’s imprinted on my DNA (not really but it feels like it could be).

I hope you have good health, happiness, enough money to live on, family and friends and a cat who loves you. Okay, a dog could work too.

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My wish for 2018 is for everyone to be at peace but never stop standing up for what you know is right, even if you are the only one standing!

Happy New Year,

Kathleen

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Posted December 30, 2017 by kathleea in Uncategorized

SIGHTWITCH!   Leave a comment

Would you like to read the first chapter of SIGHTWITCH by Susan Dennard? Of course you would! Here you go?

via Read the First Chapter From Sightwitch | Tor Teen Blog

Posted December 7, 2017 by kathleea in Uncategorized

BOOKS YOU MIGHT LIKE!   Leave a comment

Go here for ideas for books to buy! Mine is on there too.

Check it out!

Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Day Two: Non-Traditionally Published Books – Whatever

Posted December 5, 2017 by kathleea in Uncategorized

THE TRUTH ABOUT TEENS

A comprehensive guide for YA writers to understand and effectively write authentic teen characters

The Victorianachronists

Smart is the new sexy.

Ami with an I

It's all write in here, except when it's not.

Midwinter Names

A winter harvest of names

Rebecca Fields

Once in a while, the world needs a superhero

Whiskey, Wine, & Writing

Write Drunk, Edit Sober

Tripping the Write Fantastic

Exploring the vast, beautiful, scary, exhilarating world of writing and publishing

The California Roll

Simple, yet yummy

This Won't Be Updated Often

I write. I game. I paint.

Beyond Victoriana

A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk

The Sword of Air

Stunning new multitouch iBook by breakthrough author R.J Madigan

New World Witchery - the Search for American Traditional Witchcraft

A show about magic and witchcraft in North America

Nerdy Chicks Write

Get it Write this Summer!

Max Wirestone

Writer, Librarian, Bumbler

Victorian Paris

Life in 19th Century Paris

Lara Willard

Write, Edit, Repeat