Back To Book World

That previous post is my final full post – unless something truly earth-shattering occurs – on the coming U.S. presidential election. I HATE talking politics on here. However, there are those moments in our lives when SOME things MUST be made ABSOLUTELY clear.

Now, back to books. To get in the mood, a few writer tweets I have seen recently:

See in the Menu side bar: A full short story.

I do:

[Screenshot of My Instagram, October 12, 2020.]

I use it as an extension of my blog here.

A blog is for depth and complexity. Instagram is for “shorts” – almost like singles. I have also found Instagram to be much more “useful” in “connecting” with actual readers than Twitter.

Weird that, I know – especially given I am not a “nineteen” year old woman. LOL!

No, never.

And there is nothing “wrong” with that.

We should NEVER be 100 percent satisfied.

Again, if you don’t obsess on the quality of your writing, you should not be writing for readers.

I think regularly updating a writing blog is better in most ways than a private journal. A blog is written for other eyes to see and requires you write quickly and succinctly for any passing reader who takes an interest. It is also a great brain exercise.

Uh, my main character is usually decisive…

[A 1794 France excerpt from Conventions: The Garden At Paris. On Kindle for iPhone and iPad. Copyright 2017. Click to expand.]

…although sometimes he has to pause to think about things for a few seconds.

It is funny, but in all seriousness you have to spend research time wisely. If you micro-focus too often, you may lose a sense of wider story perspective. Indeed sometimes the research is unnecessary: You can perhaps just as well creatively write *around* a difficult “small” fact about which you feel uncertain – and no reader will ever know.

You probably know I write historical/travel romance and prefer short chapters. I think in our hectic world short chapters allow readers to put the book down more easily as life demands pile on them. Readers don’t generally sit for hours on end any longer before the fireplace; they read more in “spurts.” So if they get a sense they may have only three or four pages ahead of them to a chapter end, more break points allow more places conveniently to pause but stay with the story.

No. I suspect if that is ever to be an issue, they are probably still in school or university and I have not heard of them anyway.

I pour a coffee.

I put on some music on my iPhone as background. I listen mostly to classical or pop music often from the 1960s-90s.

And then I find a spot in the manuscript and I ask “those” on the page: “Okay, friends, so what are we going to do today?”… and off “they” go. 😉

No. My parents were quite liberal-minded. I was allowed to read pretty much whatever I wanted.

I also never read c-ap, so they never needed to try to guide me.

This is my sixth novel since 2013 – and my third “double-sized” one (meaning well over 500 pages)…

[Photo of a page of the planned follow up to Tomorrow The Grace. Text Copyright me, 2020.]

…and I take my time: they take years to finish.

However, I also feel I am possibly starting maybe just barely perhaps to get something of the hang of this writing thing by now.

To conclude, looking ahead: this from Chloé Laurent Delacroix’s Instagram:

[Chloé Laurent Delacroix’s Instagram Story, October 11, 2020.]

An excellent question. Being an American myself, and it being an American-made program, that should be *fun* to address. I will tackle it in my next post.

Uh, stay tuned. 😉

And have a good day, wherever you are. 🙂

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UPDATE: October 14: Emily in Paris: It is Those “Mean” French (Again).

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