Happy Tuesday!

I am working on Leatherwood Creek and trying to get it completed!

You see, this project isn’t like my two Contemporary Romance novels. Leatherwood Creek is more of what is called a ‘serial’. A serial is like a tv show, which has episodes within a season. These ‘seasons’ will be 8-10 episodes long, and there can be more than one season.

For years–as long as I can remember, actually–I’ve wanted to write a ‘soap opera’ type of story.  Last year, I started on this project and just allowed the story to tell itself.  There are a lot of characters (I watch ‘Days’, hence the 15-20 characters, or more) and several character voices came forward.  Once the first draft of book one (which is what I’d thought it would initially be) was complete and reread by me, and others, it was clear most of the scenes were too short and there were more characters talking than needed to be.  It made it hard to follow.  So, I went back, rewrote parts of it, and took out a few of the POV’s, but could only get it down to five characters Point of Views in the beginning.  More have to come on board as the story progresses, but they aren’t all together in the same scene. That would be hard to write and understand. (And, it almost drove me insane trying to keep up with everyone!  But, you can’t drive a crazy person crazy, you see, so……)

Some of the scenes are short–a few very short. But, the story is told in scenes with different characters just as it would be if you were watching any one of the many ‘serials’ on television. This ‘serial’ will just be digital or in paperback.

I enjoyed writing the story, although the project has had its challenges. When I realized that these type of projects were being done already (and that I didn’t have something unique), and selling like mad, I researched the topic. Well, I have found episodes lengths should be around 4,000, to 8000 a piece, to 15-20k words per episode. In other words, it depends on who wrote the article.

So, this is what I have decided to do. I am going to go ahead with Leatherwood Creek. I will publish “book one” in episodes. The overall ‘book’ is about 72k words. Then, I will complete book two, which I have already started writing, and do the same with it. If I get a good readership, I will continue with the serial. Heck, I might even ask what you want to see happen with the characters or weave one of your real-life stories into the mix (with your written permission, of course) if you’d like. I feel sure someone has one heck of a tale to tell.

Anyway, onward weary soldier. I will not be defeated!

Until next time,

~D

 

 

 

Memoirs: Remembering a Time When….

We occasionally make comments about how nice it would be to have letters, memoirs, photos–stories from our past–that open up another place in time when things were different than they are today. We use websites to search and learn about our heritage. We track our history to learn from where we came.

Yet, how many of us are doing the same? Are we recording our history, our past, so that others may one day have a look at our time, our place in history?

I’ve pondered these questions before and thought that I didn’t have anything interesting to notate. But, when I think back, what might seem trivial to me could be a keepsake to others.

What do you remember about your past? How did your hometown look when you were growing up? How has it changed? How was your life without cell phones and internet? Computers?!

Have a story to share about your past? Message me on Facebook or Twitter to let me know!

Until next time,

~D

 

Thanks, Jen. I Needed That.

Well, Jennifer Blanchard kicked my butt.

Again.

In her blog post, The Truth About Being A Pro Writer, Jennifer explains how she couldn’t come up with her daily blog topic. (I can’t see how she does it daily myself. I’m still having trouble coming up with things).

Jennifer explains how it’s persistence that makes the difference. Even if everything we write for that day turns out to be crap, at least we’re being consistent and disciplined to writing daily.

I can attest to the fact that the longer you stay away from your work, the harder it is to get back to doing it. But, there are times, like the past few months, that life throws a fastball and we strike out. Hey. That’s life.

I already knew all of this. Jennifer wasn’t telling me something that I didn’t know. But, her blunt, kick in the butt with reality, was something I definitely needed.

Now, back to work.

~D

 

 

I’ve been out of commission…

…for about a month. We’ve all had what some of us refer to as the “crud.” Mine started as allergies for about a week and a half, then I caught this crap that was wicked. I still have congestion.

Leatherwood Creek would have been “shelved” whether I’d wanted it to be or not. So was Taunted Dreams. I haven’t felt like doing anything.

But, it’s worked out well.

After an Ask the Author segment last night with internationally best-selling author Nikki Prince, I realized what I originally wanted to do with Leatherwood Creek will work. I didn’t know until last night there was a difference in series’ and serials. We’re never too old to learn something new, and we never know at all.

I am, however, glad I lessened the point of view characters. I think it will be easier to follow.

So, Leatherwood Creek is back in the works (or about to be). I plan to release it in segments, or episodes, that will come out fairly close together so as to not keep readers waiting too long for the next part. I now know more about how it should be done. I will be giving updates once I get going. I also still plan to add the map, a character list, photos, recipes….anything that goes along with the storyline and the South.

Now, it’s time to get back to work!

Until next time,

Darlene

Leatherwood Creek has turned into a nightmare.

I’ve shelved Leatherwood Creek for a while. I can’t seem to get it written the way it needs to be written.

You see, at first, I wanted it to be like a “soap opera.” There are several characters in this WIP (work in progress), and, at first, most had their POV (point of view) shared. It took a lot of work and was hard to keep up with. I have books of notes. But, it seemed to be too much. Plus, it made some of the scenes too small, which affects the pace and makes it read too fast. This might be okay for TV, as a friend told me, but reading it is another thing.

So, I rewrote it, and It still doesn’t work. Not the way I want or need it to work.

Therefore, the shelf. I’m going to let it simmer a while and work on something else.

And, whoever said writing a novel was easy!

Until next time.

~Darlene

Choices

Life has a way of catching up with us. Suddenly, we realize we’re no longer young. Twenty years have passed in an instant–a blink of an eye.

Do you ever wonder how different your life would be if you’d made other choices? I understand we’re not supposed to have regrets or dwell on the past. But, I feel certain some, if not all, of us, have wondered how another path, or choice, would have altered our lives.

Hubby and I have discussed it–not with regret but curiosity. Capable of pitching a baseball 95 mph at the age of 15, if his dad had made a different choice, or if he had not allowed certain things to get in his way….would he have gone pro? I think so.

Many decisions were either out of our control (or we thought they were) or made in haste. Not much thought or preparation was put into our choices. Our childhood, and the way we were raised, affected our thoughts and our view of the world.

Now that I am older, I look back and realize how important choices are. Choices have a major impact on our lives and futures. Decisions should not be made in haste because we will have to live with the consequences of those decisions–some for a lifetime.

Take the time to think it through. Consider your future and how you want your life to unfold. Twenty (or more) years will be gone with a blink of the eye.

 

Gettin’ Older Ain’t No Fun

The actual fact of getting older doesn’t bother me. I consider each birthday a blessing. Where I was granted another year, others departed this earthly existence for one of rest and peace (or, at least, we hope).

I look around and wonder what happened. Where did time go? What do you mean it’s been ten years? I thought it had been about two. We’re not supposed to be this old. Not yet! Time needs to slow down. I’m having trouble keeping up.

Yet, I don’t want to slow down. I’ll look at something that needs cleaning. My mind says it’s an easy job and shouldn’t take much time or effort.

My body laughs.

What used to be easy, and even fun is either hard or impossible to do. It’s frustrating and frankly, a pain in the butt.

Some of us are lucky. We’re still in good physical shape, look good, and go and do as if we’re a lot younger. Others, like myself, have to accept the fact we can no longer do things we once could.

That is the frustrating part–your mind telling you it should be easy. Your body saying, you no longer can.

What are your thoughts on getting older? Any stories (funny or otherwise) you’d like to share?

Until next time,

~D