Monday, September 29, 2008

Holly Lisle's "How to Think Sideways"

Hi,

First off, Holly Lisle's "How to Think Sideways" course will be open for a 1-week registration period from October 6th through October 13th, for a maximum of 200 students. I can't recommend this course highly enough. It not only is fun to do, it's also dead cheap. You get a lifetime worth of experience in half a year and you only pay $47 a month (or if you decide to do the 12-month course its $25 a month).

If you want do read some Eureka moments of the current students, you can go to the forum which is quite active. A big part of the fun in the course is to use the forums. Most people will help you if they can and you don't have to be active to learn from other peoples mistakes.

Since it would be too much to post on this site, I will soon post a link to a report that has many more details on the course. I'll also throw in a special offer. If you decide to buy through my affiliate link in the report you will be able to get my The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Mother Nature for $6 (you will save $3).

I'd be delighted to see you in the course,
Cat

Monday, September 22, 2008

nearing the end

Hi,

I wrote five pages of the second Waldmann novel today! It was a great feeling and I could have gone on for hours. But then life interrupted - as usual. I am not sorry about this. The kids are wonderful and the house does need some cleaning once in a while. Maybe I can sneak in some more writing time tonight.

Currently, I am writing a scene where one of those timber-frame houses has to be rebuild. I knew that it wasn't done in a day but I never expected it to be so much work. I was quite surprised by my research. I am having great fun getting the scene down on paper, including most of the details about the work. But it is harder than I thought to keep it interesting. I guess a fist fight and another burning house might just do the trick.

Enjoy your days.
Cat

Thursday, September 18, 2008

conflict and twist

Hi,

I wish I would find the time to do this more regularly. But the days have but 24 hours and I would need many more to get everything done. I had to catch up with all the house work that I didn't do when I was ill and I'm still not well enough to do it any faster.

Also I need to finish my historical novel by the end of this month because my friend will come to criticize. If I don't manage to get enough words written down she'll have nothing to do ;-)

Also, I started planning a new project that keeps me occupied. I might try to write it during the NaNoWriMo. If you haven't heard of it, it is a crazy scheme to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. To succeed my plot needs to be very well prepared or I will run into dead ends. I am not the organic kind of writer who just sits down and starts writing with most of the story still in the mist. I need to know where my story will take me. Of course, I am not overplanning either because then I would loose the fun in writing the story. Sometimes it is hard to find the right balance. Well, I got most of the plot nailed down (32 scenes with an average planned length of 2500 words should be enough) and all that's left to do is the basic research of times and places. That shouldn't take too long since it is not a historical novel. It'll be fun writing something else again for a change.

What I just learned is that for every scene I need conflict that drives the story forward. I also need many twists - especially since I am writing YA this time. Young readers usually are rather annoyed if the story isn't interesting enough. So I am learning trying this new technique I learned from Holly Lisles How to Think Sideways course.

If you are dreaming of a career in writing I can heartily recommend this course. I learned so many things from it.

OK, the kids are calling again.
That's me back to my duty (and my loved ones),
Cat

Monday, September 8, 2008

work is wonder

Hi,

I was down with a flue over the weekend and still find it hard to concentrate on the historical novel. So I decided to come back to my blog and share an amazing thing that happened to me Saturday night.

I was tossing and turning with fever and couldn't sleep, so I started daydreaming. All of a sudden, about 10 summaries for scenes to a novel that I am not yet working on (it is lined up to be next) appeared out of the blue (I mean out of the night-black). And they were still there in the morning when the fever was down enough so I could scribble them down on the next best piece of paper.

When I looked them over today I realized that they were better than I thought they would be. Very often things that I thought good when I was dreaming were less so in bright daylight but this stuff was different. Now I know where my next novel is heading to and that will make planning it a lot easier.

I count this as a success from a course I am currently taking: Holly Lisles "How to Think Sideways - survival school for writers". The course is currently full but I will let you know if/when new seats will be available. By the way, Holly is the US-author who also hosts a shop with my historical novel Ann Angel's Freedom as an English-e-book and my non-fiction The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Mother Nature.

I wish you a wonderful week,
Cat

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

back again

Hi,

Sorry for being so late. I was away on a seminar in Slovakia. As always it was very interesting and the people were friendly and welcoming. Add to that the wonderful landscape and lots of sun and you can guess how much I enjoyed it.

Since I didn't have much time to write I post a picture of an online-comic that I like to read if I have the time. The artist is really good!
It is called Fallen and was drawn by *artsangel who's got a page at deviantART: