The Fancy Deep

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to Stay Sane & Creative or Why I Heart Elizabeth Gilbert

Writing is messy. At least for me it is. I'm not the kind of person who can sit down on a schedule and pump out consistent content. I need to percolate, ruminate and then regurgitate. It comes in batches for me and some would have me think this was a bad thing.

Not Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love." She gave an outstanding speech at TED about creativity that has helped me enormously. And you don't have to be a writer to relate. If you create anything on a regular basis from engines to entrees, you'll learn something from her words.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Why You Need a "Junior Editor"

A few weeks ago I coerced a friend into letting me "borrow" his 14-year-old daughter to act as a Junior Editor for my novel, THE FANCY DEEP.

So glad he said "yes" for the following reasons:

1) Complexity - As a vintage "non-teen" (eh-hum) I'm always wondering about my audience and if I'm hitting the right level of complexity. It's SUCH a delicate balance. A junior editor will help you understand which parts of your book are complex enough, but not too complex. For example, I wondered if the political structure in THE FANCY DEEP would work in the mind of a teen without boring them to death. Only a teen can tell you.

2) Can She Relate? - This is a big, key question that, again, I think you need a teen to answer for you. Does my protagonist's emotional journey include too many "adult" neuroses that a teen can't relate to? Not the case. Megan totally understood Aysia'a journey and talked about what it would feel like to have lived her life. She also confirmed that 24 is not too old for your male romantic lead. : ) Whew.

3) Revealing Information to the Reader - Too fast, too much, not enough? I always wonder if the way I'm unraveling the "mysteries" of my books are good for the reader. I struggle with this because I know "who done it" from the beginning. One thing that I did with Megan was walk through the plot, almost scene by scene, asking her what she originally thought was going to happen at each point in the book. I came away feeling much better that I wasn't revealing too much too fast. Thanks Megan!

4) The Giggle-factor - If you ever feel like giving up, get a Junior Editor and just listen to them giggle when they talk about your story and characters. It will inspire you to keep going, no matter what it takes. The giggle factor is why I write. There's nothing better than giving a young girl brace-laden, grinning, giggly joy. : )


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Perfect Song for Drowning Scene...

I came across the absolutely perfect song for the scene where Aysia discovers the truth about what really happened the day her mother died.

Barber's Adagio for Strings Op. 11

It's gorgeous, but a crier.  Warning you now!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another Playlist Entry...

Carolina Liar's "Show Me What I'm Looking For."

Love this one for Aysia's journey.  I can hear her singing it in my head.  Perfect lyrics for what she goes through in regards to the day in the river.