“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” -Tom Clancy
Sometimes in our writing, we come to a point where we need a little outside input.
I’m at that point. I need to make sure that my character’s actions are not only possible but believable.
The YA Fiction I write tends to be a little darker. One of my characters, a high school senior, will be exhibiting disturbing behavior. Let’s say, he will be a bit stalker-like.
Have you had an experience with a stalker or a person with stalker-like tendencies, particularly dealing with a high school aged person? How did his/her behavior affect you? Was your stalker popular? Did he/she become violent? How was your situation resolved?
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It has been said that every locket has a story to tell. In these stories a very special locket shares the history of a group of women through the generations, stories of love and happiness, stories of struggles and triumphs, memories of the past and hopes for the future. The locket weaves itself through each story as a beautiful and personal memento of love and devotion, from one generation to the next.
What I Thought:
At only 31 pages, The Locket is definitely a short read but don’t let that fool you. This novelette incorporates five vignettes, focusing of five generations of women in the same family. With each episode, Laurie introduces a woman and plunges the reader into that woman’s life. Each scene evokes strong impressions of the women’s misfortunes as well as their successes.
For the most part, writing is a solitary endeavor. It requires us to lock ourselves away from the real world and journey into our imagination. There, we connect with the characters and places that are always bouncing around inside of our heads. Because of this, writers need relationships with others who enjoy the same pursuits. For some, connecting online is enough. Others prefer more personal interactions.
As much as our families/friends try to support us, they don’t always understand our struggles. They don’t get the elation we feel when a scene comes together or grasp the frustration of trying to build an audience.
Other writers do – that’s the beauty of a writers group.
What are you looking for in a writers group?
There are many online groups. These may appeal to someone whose work schedule makes it difficult to meet up in person. They are also great for people who prefer communicating via e-mails, Facebook pages, etc. Another benefit of online writers groups is the ability to connect/network with people from around the world.
Critique groups offer valuable feedback, allowing us to consider assessments/criticisms of our work. These groups are made up of writers with varying degrees of experience.
My writers group is small. I would describe it as a support group. We try to meet once a month though sometimes our schedules don’t mesh. Typically, we will meet at a member’s home or a local restaurant. We may share things we’ve learned, discuss marketing ideas, or ask for advice on current projects. We share our victories as well as our defeats.
Looking for a local group?
Check with your library, coffee shops and bookstores.
If you’ve followed my blog then you know that my posts have been a little hit or miss this past year. There’s a reason for that and that reason was my youngest son. It was the beginning of his senior year. I had just announced that I was going upstairs to work on my latest novel when he spoke up. “Again?”
Now honestly, who thinks that a 17-year-old boy even notices that his mom is locked away, plotting out the latest scenario for her current WIP… I didn’t. He was busy playing online games with his buddies, going out on dates, working, etc. I assumed he was happy with catching up at dinner. I was wrong. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise to realize that my teenager actually wanted me around.
At that moment, I knew I had a decision to make.
And so I chose…
I chose to put my writing on the back burner.
Don’t get me wrong – there were times when I wondered why I was sitting in the living room, watching the television as he played a video game. I still had a story to tell, a blog to think about and it wasn’t like he “needed” me. He was obviously occupied with other things.
But – there were times when he’d seek me out, just wanting to talk about his day and I was so glad I hadn’t locked myself away, that I had stayed available.
My son graduated June 15th and on June 28th, he left for boot camp.
And this past year, with my hit or miss writing… Best decision ever.