On Hold!!!

 

“Writing a mystery novel is easy,” they said. “Progressing the plot is no sweat,” they said.

Kidding. Nobody said that.

But I thought it was.

When I started the Lacey’s Murder Case, I thought I had the plot figured out. After all, it’s kind of formulaic and not a hard-boiled mystery (although I’m dreaming of writing one in the future).

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New Year’s Resolutions, You Say?

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Did you have a blast welcoming 2014? I sure did.

Now with a new year comes a list of New Year’s “Are They Realistic Or Not” Resolutions. I actually stopped writing mine years ago. When I was still serious (LOL) and determined (LOL) to work on achieving them.

Because if truth be told, of all the resolutions I’ve written, I only always managed to cross off one or two items on the list. Can’t blame a girl for trying, amirite? Continue reading

Inspiration Schminspiration

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You know those times when you can write smoothly without the need for any inspiration? Yeah, me neither.

The truth is I can’t write without getting inspired. Not even a single word. Color me lame, but I still need the nod of approval of the muse of inspiration to get me cracking.

I still need to hear her say, “Go for it, girl. You can do it!

Yep. I also talk to my muse. We’re besties that way.

But aside from my favorite muse, I also get inspiration from other authors. Learn a thing or two from their writing style and take notes on how they approach character development. Nothing like learning from the experts to get motivated.

Lucky for me though, inspiration comes easy. Regardless of where I was at the time.

In my bed…
At the coffee shop…
In the shower…
In the grocery store…

Just random places. And most of the time, there’s no pen and paper in sight. I’ll say, sometimes, inspiration is a bitch.

Just want to let you know, Chapter 4 is live!

Lacey’s Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery) Chapter 4:

We quietly looked on as George’s body was being wheeled outside the glass doors, the last of the Crime Scene Unit leaving the Amari offices.
My boss was really dead. No use denying it.

I stood there as everybody started chattering about the incident. When a loud wailing sound rose above the noise, we all scrambled to check the source…Read more here!

Other parts:

For the Prologue, click here!
For Chapter 1, click here!
For Chapter 2, click here!
For Chapter 3, click here!

 

That Writer’s Separation Anxiety

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Image from Emergingwritersfestival.org.au

You know that bittersweet feeling you get when you finished a project that you’ve been working on for weeks? Months even?

Bitter, because it’s over. Sweet, because you can finally move on the next one.

But what the hell, right? It’s just a project. You map it out. You do it. You check for errors. Then finish it. Voila! You’re done.

But what if you became emotionally invested in the said project? What if you fell in love with the characters involved in it? The characters you wrote yourself. The characters you can only hope that you crafted well, flawed as they may be. The characters that you have to say goodbye to. And don’t get started with the plot.

Weird, right? Like you need to give people another reason to think that writers are cray-cray. Like you didn’t have enough quirks and eccentricities to deal with.

But you feel it just the same. You feel sentimental. Possessive even.

But you have to finish it and let go. Because you know every story has an end. And it’s time you give yours.

But maybe, just maybe, you can hold on a little longer. Until it’s time to set it free…

Now, for another shameless plugging, Chapter 3 is out!

Lacey’s Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery) Chapter 3:

The following morning, I pulled up in front of my office building with ten minutes to spare. A little earlier than my usual schedule. Partly to make up for my being late yesterday and partly because I had a good night’s sleep, despite the interruption of an unwanted visitor. So good I hadn’t got the time to think about my dad’s proposal. Well, it wasn’t like time was running out or anything, right? Besides, it’s probably best to give myself a few more days to think it over. Especially when my job was involved…..Read more here!

Other parts:

For the Prologue, click here!
For Chapter 1, click here!
For Chapter 2, click here!