Of Day Jobs, Bingo, and The Spring Baking Championship on Food Network

Although most writers wish they could write full-time, the great majority of us need to hold down a day job.

I’m fortunate to have a part-time job that I can do by telecommute. I don’t have to drive anywhere, and I don’t have to work a full day. Still, sometimes I find the day job draining. It’s hard to transition to writing.

After I finish the day job, I do my best to turn to my creative side. And by creative side, I mean working out. And by working out, I mean playing bingo on gsn.com and watching The Spring Baking Championship on Food Network. Ha, ha.

I’m mostly kidding. I do indulge in game-playing at gsn.com as well as watching baking shows. And I work out six days a week. But I also push myself every weekday to accomplish at least *something* that’s related to my writing, whether it’s penning a poem or essay, or trying to market a previously-written piece.

As for bigger projects,  I’m currently writing a screenplay. It’s a Christmas movie I hope to sell to Hallmark or the like. This is my first attempt at screenwriting, and I’m still learning the basics of formatting. Wish me luck.

I need to start a project soon that I’m not sure I’m supposed to talk about yet. All I’ll say for now is that it’s spring-related!

 

 

 

 

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Probable Claus

I’ve just released a Storybook Park Short Mystery on Amazon. It’s currently selling for 99 cents, but look out for a free promotion!

When the statue of Santa Claus from StoryWorld’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas set goes missing, owner Ashling Cleary has to figure out whodunit and why. The answers will surprise her.

This story takes place following the events of The Princess and the Poison.

When Life Interferes with Writing

Life has been pretty crazy lately. I’m going to be moving for the third time in a year and a half, and my daily routines have been radically disrupted as I deal with house showings, inspections, and looking for new homes. Things will only get worse as I pack up and actually move.

So, how do I get my writing in? It’s been tough, to say the least. But I try to put in a couple of hundred words every day. I’m determined to get the sequel to “The Princess and the Poison” completed, even if it’s little by little.

I also read every night, which I figure is just as important as writing. Not only is reading vital to my well-being, I love that it counts as work!

Characterization

I tend to not give a lot of physical description of my characters. When I read a book, I like to have a general idea of what a character looks like so I can picture him/her in my head, and then I want to move on to the story and see how the character fits in. So I follow this philosophy in my own work.

After all, you probably care what your love interest looks like (although this may become less important as the relationship progresses), but otherwise you most likely care more about how your friends and acquaintances (and maybe your Presidential candidate!) behave, and why.

In life and in books, I’m fascinated by the psychology behind a person’s actions. Why do people behave the way they do?

Even if it’s not explicitly stated, I want to know what motivates a character–what gets him/her out of bed in the morning. What would he fight for? What issue would she join a protest for? If a homeless person asks him for money, what does he do or say? What charities does she give to regularly, and why? What are his demons? What faults does she hope to overcome?

You get the idea. You may have read about the technique of interviewing your characters to get a sense of who they are. Even if you don’t use the information, you’re aware of it as you’re writing. It helps make each and every character multi-dimensional.

It’s something I want to really concentrate on as I move through the Storybook Park Mysteries. I’m looking forward to learning more about my characters. : )