Stormdance Publications News: So far we are on schedule to publish Grumpy Old Gods Volume 2 end of July. We have started the selection process for Grumpy Old Gods Volume 3 Halloween Edition.
We have plans to post calls for submissions for Grumpy Old Gods Volume 5 Cupid-Grumpy or Anti-Valentine and Grumpy Old Gods Volume 6 Grumpy Trickster Gods around November 2019 to publish in February and April 2020.
I am doing Camp July NaNoNoWriMo 2019. I am writing as many short stories and flash fiction as I can manage. One completed so far.
SPECULATIVE FICTION AUTHORS
July 31st, 2019 (Wed.)
LINKS DUE July 26th
RULES & GUIDELINES
STORYTIME QUARTERLY BLOG HOP
JANUARY, APRIL, JULY & OCTOBER
It’s a summer writing party!
“This 3-month writing event that will let participants use any of Holly’s paid or free classes or workshops, as well as any of the free PDF workshops Holly has on her personal site.” Set your own goals and pick the events you are most interested in. Find out more here.
July starts the second month but you can still join and participate anytime during this three month period.
INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP
IWSG Description from their Newsletter: A database resource site and support group for writers and authors. Featuring weekly guests and tips, a monthly blogfest gathering, a Facebook group, a book club, and thousands of links – all to benefit writers! #IWSG
Website / Facebook Group / Twitter / Book Club
Twitter is @TheIWSG Hashtag: #IWSG
OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question:
What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?
Sometimes my characters have similar likes like me. Or, they have the traits I wish I had. I tend to relate to them on an emotional level sometimes in what makes them tick. The deeper and darker workings.
If I get too close or similar to the character I shut down and can’t write them at all so I avoid that by making them what I would like to be rather than like me. Or I like to write cute characters which aren’t so much like me, but they come from a place I connect with, e.g. I love animals, and babies, and people with quirky characteristics. Maybe they are like me, don’t know.
ADDENDUM: I visited Pat Garcia’s blog and she got me to thinking about the question better. I don’t know why did think of it yesterday, duh.
MY Answer to Pat and expansion on my answer here: Well, I can say probably the faults of my character for the most part come for me, lol. Now that you made me really think about it, their loyalty, sometimes the I’m game if you’re game attitude, their deep attachments, and love.
Which is why I have such a hard time making my bad guy stay bad cause I forgive him, lol, and help him to be better<–that has me ROTFL @ self, but that is too true. Not sure why I did not think of that when answering the question.
Ways to figure out and find character traits: I wrote a post about using Astrology and personality tests to discover characters traits and conflict for your characters. I use astrology and other personality tools to create characters with more rounded characteristics. Any basic astrology site works and there are a lot of free sites, and they usually have articles explaining other aspects of the Zodiac too. Astrology Answers is one for easy access.
Just for fun. My personal stuff is as follows: My astrological sign Sun Sign is Sagittarius. Myers-Briggs I test INFP. The Color Code, My color test Blue. The Archetypes. You have three types each in percentages. You can find mine in the article.
My article: Using Astrology to Create Characters There is a bonus cheat sheet at the end of the article.
I worry about making my writing interesting, telling a good story. I worry about structure, beginning, middle, and end. I worry about creating a great hook. I worry am I starting the story too soon or too late and so on. I realized I have started worrying about that stuff too much and letting it steal the joy of writing from me. Sometimes all the rules can be intimidating.
So I have started trying to focus on just getting the best story told first time out, and worry about the rest later. I go through periods when I get over stressing over it, and then boom, it’s back. This kind of worry has a yo-yo cycle. It has been a little better lately.
Guidelines & Rules:
Word count: 3500-5000
Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy
Submissions accepted: May 1 – September 4, 2019
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.
The next #IWSGPit will be in January 15, 2020
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.
Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch – it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.
Our book selection for June/July is:
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.
This book was voted on by our members as a great example of Dialogue. The discussion will start July 24th and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you’re able.
Do you love Dragons? Check out Riders of Fire Series by Eileen Mueller
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