Pacemaker

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Let me tell you a little secret. Don’t tell anyone alright? Ok. I have a slight problem with deadlines. Take for instance this novel I am writing, I want so bad to have it finished and published by December. Well my ass haven’t finished the first draft yet. Now I’ve learned my lesson with my first novel that I published a few years ago not to rush a product just to say I am an official author so that is why I’m taking my time to give you a great product however it’s still taking me a minute to finish this great story. I read this website who is offering a free way to stay on your writing grind. It’s called Pacemaker and I checked it out and it is something you should check it yourself. It’s simple, just fill out your word count goal, when you want it done and you’re basically done. How hard is that? You will have something to motivate you to write daily. NaNoWriMo is coming up so you will need all the help you can get. Visit http://pacemaker.sewillia.com to get started.

Peace and luv! 

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Don’t Get Rusty at Writing

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It’s easy to make an excuse not to write: my kids are working my nerves, too tired, too many other ish to do, no motivation, not good enough, I could go on but you get the idea.

Contrary to popular believe getting back into writing isn’t necessarily as easy as getting on a bike you haven’t rode in years and feeling like you never took a break. The ideas may not disappear but the technicality of it will. It’s frustrating when you are working on a novel and pause writing for a day, or two, or five then try to hop back up in it and you are not feeling it on any level. How can you prevent that from happening? Here are three suggestions that are the best to prevent a situation like this:

Always write no matter how silly it sounds. This means every day. Even if it’s for 5 minutes while you’re on the toilet, (ay you gotta do what you gotta do!) write. And don’t worry if it doesn’t sound perfect, it’s just a way to keep your juices flowing consistently. You never know what might come out of that crazy mind of yours.

Write when you don’t feel like it. I still have problems with this. Sometimes my kids work my last nerves so I don’t write. I regret it in the morning trust me. That’s a missed opportunity to finish whatever project I’m working on. As difficult as it sounds you need to write through those times. The my man just left me time, the my day was too hectic time, the I have no motivation time. Keep that pen always in your hand. Use my mantra, write the pain away.

Read. Read a lot! Reading keeps you motivated and interested in writing. It also prevents you from getting rusty in your writing. In order to get better in writing read other authors, it can improve your own skills and style. You can’t be a great writer without being a great reader.

Take these 3 suggestions and keep them around your work area so you don’t fall out of your passion. Someone once told me that it takes 21 days to make a habit. If you consistently write for 21 days writing will come as easy as brushing your teeth. Does this help?

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Union & Guild Resources

I haven’t told you but I’ve given up on freelance writing. I haven’t had much success as long as I have been pursuing it I should have had more success and I haven’t. Back to the 9-5 situation which is driving me crazy but one must digress and handle business. I’m not saying you can’t have that success. Hey if you’ve found a way let me and my readers know about it maybe it is something we haven’t tried yet. In the meantime for those who deal with it 24/7 I’m for sure the issues of pay and health insurance is a concern for you, trust me pay was on mine. So MediaBistro has compiled a list of resources from the union and guild. Have you joined any of them?

Authors Guild
Writers Guild of America east/west
Newspaper Guild
Boston NWU Chapter
Chicago NWU Chapter
Freelancers Union
LA NWU Chapter
NY NWU Chapter
Pacific Northwest NWU Chapter
Philadelphia NWU Chapter
S.F. Bay Arena NWU Chapter
Santa Cruz/Monterey NWU Chapter
Southeast Michigan NWU Chapter
Tucson NWU Chapter
Twin Cities NWU Chapter
Washington DC NWU Chapter
Western New England NWU Chapter

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Poets and Poetesses in the 2015 Poets Market

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I admire poets because I can’t write poetry to save my life and a lot of it is beautiful works of art. If you can write poetry I suggest you get your pitches together because you can end up in the 2015 Poet’s Market. The deadline is approaching – that is September 27th. The categories to pitch on are craft of poetry, business of poetry and promotion of poetry. Submit work in an email to Robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. Good luck.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Partnering with Writers

When it comes to writing can you write well with others? I see many books, normally nonfictional works with multiple writers and then I’ve seen a few fictional works and I’ve always wondered do writers have issues when it comes to writing together. Are there rules and guidelines? Here are some problems that could exist:

-Neither agree on scenes
-One may have an attitude
-One can’t even write!

What to do, what to do?

-make sure you’ve read their work

-make sure negotiations are set beforehand including money

-establish on schedule

-get to know them personally too

Anything I forget? Have anyone of you written with others? How’d the experience go? Please share.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Pitching with Jeff Kleinman

Co-founder of Folio Literary Management LLC

Co-founder of Folio Literary Management LLC

What is a pitch? A pitch is a very short description of what your novel is about. That pitch can make or break whether you get a book deal with an agent or publisher. You need to always be ready with on because you just never know when you will run into one, an elevator or in line at the grocery store. I got someone for you though that can help you out – Jeff Kleinman.

Agent Jeff Kleinman who has been in the business for awhile (hello he co-founded Folio Literary Management LLC) is teaching writers how to pitch. In the course he will teach you how to:

  • find an agent
  • sell manurscripts
  • work with an agent

Classes start August 14th at 8-9p online. The price is $275. Go online and visit mediabistro.com to get all of the class info.

Peace and luv!

 

Creating Sexual Tension

Everybody seems to be all about sex these days. Novels with sex are flying off of shelves or being downloaded onto eReaders. Writers who have never written a thing on sex or sexual tension are suddenly trying their hands at it. Don’t get it twisted it’s great to try new things. Hello I am a multi-genre writer however I do strongly believe in learning how to write about things you’re unfamiliar about.

So how does one write sexual tension in their storylines?

Sexual tension is the attraction between two people that is intense. It’s not the actual sex scene it’s the acts before the actual sex scene. Like the pre-four play – get it? Here is what to think about and how to get sexual tension weaved into that story of yours.

Physical Attraction. Lets start with something simple. In order to have sexual tension there has to be a physical attraction between the two characters. When describing the attractive person make sure it is in the words or views of the character and don’t always go for the obvious that attracts them to the other.

Make Obvious to Readers. You might want to make sure your readers are clear on the sexual tension going on between the characters even if no one else in the story knows. Readers love surprises but it seriously defeats the purpose of a sexually charged plot if no one knows who is attracted to who. Have scenes where the reader is inside character’s head describing the intense wanting of the other person.

Conflict. Everything cannot go according to plan even if you are the author and have that control that would be a boring ass story. So when all is well pull the characters apart again. Make it difficult for them to kick it, be together, or get it in, however you want to call it. Once a conflict arises get them back together. Tease them and leave them!

Dialogue. This is useful when it advances the story so use it wisely. Sexual tension is not always about action. They do have to speak at some point when they do maybe have them:

-stumble over their words

-flirt with the other just to see how the other will react

-have a heated argument showing underlying jealousy

What has been your go to guarantee sexual tension builder? How has that given you success? Let me know. And to those who struggle have fun, get freaky and do what it do! Sexual tension is supposed to be wet, confusing, hard and long.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia