Thursday, January 27, 2011
Something similar happened this last week with increasing the word count of one of my novels. At first I stewed, and stressed, and didn't think I could do it. Three thousand plus words to add - impossible! Until I took that first step. I went through my first chapter, and lo and behold, I increased my word count by a little. I kept going, and now a week or so later, my word count is right where I wanted it to be.
So many things in life are like that, for me at least. I have something to do or want to accomplish and at first it looks like this huge, scary, stressful monster UNTIL I take that first step toward doing it. Then all of sudden, that monster shrinks in size and is so much more manageable. Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest one to take.
What first steps in your life or writing journey have been the hardest?
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Like a film, a book is a very collaborative effort. Sure the writer or writers actually write the manuscript, but there are so many other people who work behind the scenes to make a book possible. That's why I love reading a book's acknowledgements (typically before actually reading the book itself) to see who helped the author(s).
So here's my "acceptance speech" for my WIP: Ahem. First off, I'd like to thank my husband and kids for supporting my drive to create stories. Second, thanks to my writer friends for understanding and my non-writer friends for your interest in what I'm doing. Lastly, much thanks to the sweet woman in Iowa who answered my e-mail inquiries about schools in 1918 in such a timely manner.
Who would you be remiss in not mentioning in your book's "acceptance speech?"
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The doctor uses this to determine your prescription, asking a series of questions about which view - 1 or 2 - is best. Sometimes there is a major difference between the two, but sometimes it is very subtle. And sometimes one seems good enough (you can see pretty well, though maybe not completely clear). But then one more click and everything is sharpened.
I discovered that clarifying "click" last night with my WWI book. I was fine-tuning some research and adding a few minor setting details when I stumbled onto a picture of this - a chateau in a village west of Paris.
What things have "clicked" for you in your stories?
- Stacy Henrie
- I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids and an author of inspirational historical romance. I love laughing with my family, reading, interior decorating, and chocolate.
Lady Outlaw, published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012, is my first novel.
I am represented by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds, LLC.
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.
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I blog on Wednesdays - about life, motherhood, writing or my recommendations for inspirational romance books.