Saturday, February 28, 2015

Questions and Understanding

I would love to ask my readers a question. What do you think of stories that are predictable? 

I have watched many TV shows and have read dozens of books that fit this category. Just a few moments into the storyline and I already have the ending figured out. I have even answered all of my questions regarding characters I have just met. I feel bad for the author in these scenarios, because usually I close the book and never pick it back up, or I change the TV station. 

How do you make your story not predictable? How do you disguise your storyline in such a way that your readers cannot unlock every hidden meaning ten pages in, but instead are interested enough to find out the ending, because they decided to turn that last page. 

Experience in life makes this difficult, because so many events are so similar. I've read this before, seen this before, or my best friend went through this--the list goes on. Where is the mystery? 

I want to hear what you think. What elements within a story keep you engaged? 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Learning from my mistakes


In my reading for the week, I finished a short story.  It was a Christmas story—not the movie—but the time frame.  :)  The setting was perfect, and the main characters were lovely.  Even thought it was evident that they were going to end up together by the end of the story, it was fun seeing how they got there.  However, I noticed that there were several grammatical errors throughout the story.  How does this happen?  Does the editor not catch it?  Did the publishing company who printed the story make a mistake?  These are my first thoughts, yet most readers are going to blame the author.  Of course, this reminded me yet again how important it is to write, revise, write, revise, write, revise, and also to double and triple check my work.  We are all human; therefore, we are going to make mistakes.  Yet it is better not to make these types of clumsy errors when it comes to writing. 

It is so funny that I was thinking about this, because a friend of mine had an article covering this very subject on her blog this week.  Our writing truly does reflect who we are—our thoughts, passions, pursuits—absolutely everything—including our flaws and mistakes.  Our words are a presentation of ourselves.  That is such a humbling thought. 

We all know to be careful in our speech, but I have always thought we need to be even more careful when it comes to putting pen to paper.  The pen is mightier than the sword.  Once your words are down on paper, they cannot be taken back.  They are there forever staring at you and the person who receives them.  As a writer, this is imperative to remember.  What I write matters. 

With that thought, I began working on my own writing.  Remembering to do my best with the words I choose, because I want my story to make a difference in the lives of those who read it.  I don’t want them struggling to get through my story, because they have to stumble over my mistakes. 

I know that writing is a process, and I am definitely not an expert at it by any means.  I know I will make my own writing mistakes, but my goal is to continue to learn and improve over time.  Never stop learning.  :)  

I hope you all have a lovely week!  

P.S.  I wanted to let everyone know my writing schedule for my blog.  I will update my blog every Saturday.  For special events and announcements, I will have an extra entry.  Please sign up for my blog, so that you don’t miss an entry.  Thank you again for your support!   

Friday, February 13, 2015

A New Adventure!

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope that you are having a lovely day on this sunny cold Friday.  Does that even make sense?  How can it be sunny and cold at the same time?  Well, in the temperamental state of Georgia, the weather can fluctuate all over the place.  

Ok, so after my weather rant, let me get back to the purpose of this blog.  My name is Heather, and I am beginning a wonderful adventure.  An adventure that I would like for you take with me.  I am in the process of becoming a writer.  I know what you are thinking.  How do you become a writer?  Well, I graduated college with my BA in English and Secondary Education and with my MA in English.  After much prayer and experience, I have decided not to become a teacher (like everyone assumed I would pursue) but to become a writer.  

Of course when I tell people that I want to be a writer, they look at me like I have lobsters crawling all over my face.  There was a Christmas Story reference for all of you film buffs out there.  You know who you are (one just happens to be one of my best friends).  Just remember, all good films come from good books-who were written by good authors.  :)  Anyway, like I was saying, people tend to look at you like you are crazy as you embark on the starving artist path.  However, I have personally known several people who have followed this dream and have been successful at it.  

So that is where I come in.  With the Lord's help, I plan to be successful with this gift the Lord has given to me.  Hopefully, I will be the Jane Austen of the 21st century.  :)  

Thank you in advance for your support!  

Heather :)