Friday, May 11, 2012

Fun Facts Friday

1. I'm already dreading the summer. Yes, I like summer. Okay, I actually love it, but the problem is my schedule will change. The kids will be home all day and that means I will have less writing time than I do now. I love my kids, so don't think I don't, but I've come to enjoy the three days a week that I have two hours of just me. I can do whatever and I usually sit and write. Now I have to squeeze and figure out other ways to fit this in. I know it will, but it will come with a little frustration first.

2. I've realized that no matter how many trends and rules you read about you need to write for you. Everything I've read this week (blog posts and a few articles) have contradicted each other. One writes about which character flaws may be annoying to your reader while another one stated which ones might help your character, and guess what, they were the same ones. So really it comes down to interpretation. What do you love and write it. There are certain rules that are consistent, especially with the technical aspect and the story/character arc, but let's be real, most of the time it comes down to the whole subjective thing.

3. The lovely Carolina and many other of the finest people out there (check the link for the people who are participating) are doing The Kindness Project every 2nd Wednesday of the month. It's wonderful.

4. I plan on doing a post about "the love interest" or "strong secondary characters." It's basically books you read for a character other than the main. For example, Patch from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. As much as I like Nora, I have to admit, I read the books for Patch. Another example is Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting. Violet's ability is cool, but I keep reading for Jay.

Are there any books that you've read for the secondary character?

Any weekend plans?

That's it this week. Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Yes, the more tips I read on writing the more I realize those tips tend to contradict one another.

  2. I am in the same boat as you in the summertime.All three of my kids will be home and all up in my business, LOL If you find any creative ways to still write with all of the chaos kids bring to your writing schedule, let me know!

    Sometimes, the more advice I read the more confused I get about what to do. Sticking to your gut, is the best advice out there.

  3. I'm totally with you on the summer front. I need a break from the yearly rat-race, but I'm leery that I won't get much work done. To try and help avoid that, I plan on taking July and August off from blogging.

    As in everything, knowledge is power. But we must be careful where we find that knowledge and learn how to decipher what applies to us personally and what does not. The blogosphere is full of contradictions. You're not alone in thinking that.

  4. Oooooh that picture is so beautiful!!! I think my plans now include being inspired by it ;)

  5. Am I the only writer in the blogosphere who desperately needs summer to come so I can get MORE writing done? Any other teachers out there counting down the days? Anyone? Bueller...?

    And you are right. You have to write for yourself and ignore the factoids regarding trends and do's and don'ts. A good book will speak for itself and break rules if it needs to.

  6. I definitely read for the secondary characters sometimes. Especially if those secondary characters are cute boys. :) Good luck with the summer!

  7. Thanks for following my blog, Christine!