What is it you want Mary?
You want the Moon?
Just say the word and
I’ll throw a lasso around it
And pull it down.
Hey, that’s a pretty good idea,
I’ll give you the moon Mary.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Have you ever read a book that stayed with you? One that you could read several times over, and come back and re-read the entire book? Or just maybe certain scenes over and over again? There are some books either on my shelf in paperback/hardcover, Kindle, or Nook that pulled me deep inside them. Continue reading
Writing my second novel has proved to be just as hard as writing my first. It’s been five months since publishing and I wrote it entirely panster style. This go around, I’m learning the art of organization and creating story board plotting. Hanging out in writer circles, I found a few of my writing friends use story boards to get their plot, characters, and development off and running. Continue reading
I’ve been asked, “Does writing come easy for you?” My answer is easy. Hell no.
Maybe it’s my writing style of being a panster that makes it challenging. If you aren’t familiar with the term panster, it means fly by the seat of your pants and write what comes to mind without a plan of where the story is going to go. I’ve tried to plot out an outline and it just didn’t work for me. Another habit that surely slows me down is how I write and edit at the same time. After each paragraph, I tend to stop and re-read my work. Sometimes I simply change a word or two, or I may delete the entire thing and start over. Getting a chapter just right takes takes more than several attempts before I’m satisfied. At this point I’m only in phase one of my writing process. Continue reading
Life in my neck of the woods has been hectic in the most exciting way. Many followed my journey from the beginning, cheering and supporting me along the way. On December 14th, I published my very first novel, Crazy Beautiful Lies. All of my hard work was set free for the world to read.
While I may have listened to others who have already experienced this roller coaster ride, I never dreamed the different emotions I would feel. The night before release day, I couldn’t sleep. Each time I closed my eyes and drifted off, the peace only lasted minutes. I stared into the darkness worrying if readers would buy a book from little ‘ole me, a writer from a small southern town.
I chose InkSlinger for my release day launch, cover reveal, and they lined up blogs to review and share the word. (They’ve been amazing, by the way.) On the morning of, I can’t even begin to express how I felt the moment I saw the cover pop up on facebook, twitter, and blogs. And then, there was my first review on Goodreads and Amazon…FIVE AMAZING STARS, and the great reviews kept coming. I giggled like a young school girl when I received my first message from a fan. An overwhelming amount of happiness, giddiness, and joy filled my heart. Tonight as I write this, I’m still in awe.
February 1, 2016, the same million butterflies that have been fluttering around in my stomach for the last two weeks will be back. Crazy Beautiful Kiss, my second official published work will be birthed in A Story of a Kiss, an anthology. Thirteen authors with thirteen amazing stories that will make you smile as you read about toe curling kisses.
With each publication, I would like to think the nerve-racking anxiousness, heart palpitations, and stress will get easier, but for me I don’t think it ever will. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I LOVE the million butterflies!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my insight on what it’s been like going from a writer/author to a happy published author.
Until next time,
Kathryn L. James
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IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT. WALT DISNEY
Next month my status will change from aspiring author to published author. Crazy Beautiful Lies will be going into the wild for the world to read. I had hoped it would be ready for publication in October, but I didn’t have a clue how much preparations are involved. Currently it’s in its last round of editing. Continue reading
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. – Bob Marley
Writer’s inspiration can come from anywhere. It’s the same as feeling the rain instead of simply getting soaked. Don’t just be amidst the world, look around, see it, feel it and embrace your surroundings. Inspiration can come from the least expected places, people and time.
Take for instance, a stunning sunset. Seize the moment regardless if your characters are relaxing on the beach, picnicking in the country, hiking on a mountainside, or having mindless sex on the balcony of a penthouse. A dreamy sky painted orange, yellow, purple and red are the same everywhere and add to the romantic scene. Capture the moments and feel the beauty.
Sunshine can be found in the middle of a storm. Many times rain is thought of as dreary, but add a couple sharing a passionate hot kiss and everything changes.
Picture an old barn sitting in the middle of a pasture. Visualize a lone oak tree with KG + JP 4-ever carved in the center of an etched out heart. What if a the high school couple who placed those initials broke up after graduation and met back up, say ten years later at a mutual friends wedding. Chapters later, he finds her standing beside the tree tracing her fingers over their initials. . . and so a story is birthed all because the writer caught sight of a big red barn along the highway on his/her way to work.
What about waiting in line at a fast food drive through. Summer is here. People are shuffling about the parking area. Music is in the air. Cars moving forward. The vehicle in front exchanges money and head to the next window. The driver of a sleek SUV following reaches the payment window only to find the car in front purchased the meal in “A Pay It Forward”. Maybe he recognized her vehicle from the gym, parking garage or perhaps personalized license plates. Regardless, it all unfolds because the writer paid attention during a frantic lunch break.
*Find inspiration everywhere.
*Be observant. In all things, there is something more.
*Let the mind wander and explore.
*Take pictures using a phone so when writing the vivid colors come to life in the story.
*Listen. There is inspiration in people talking and music. One word can spark a story.
Happy Writing and Until Next Time,
Kathryn L. James (KJ)
Last week if you had asked me if I liked to edit, I would have replied “Hell, no!”. This week, ask me again and I’ll be happy to say, “Hell, yes!” All along, I considered editing to be a necessary evil, but a required step toward perfecting a novel. So you ask, “What made you change your mind, KJ?”
Before I answer, I think it’s only fair you have a little background on Kathryn James. For one, I don’t have a lot of patience and like instant gratification. Second, I like to plan everything and yet I don’t plot a single story. I still haven’t figured out how that one works. I mean how can I panster write when I plan my entire week on a calendar. Continue reading
What if Cinderella hadn’t lost her slipper? How would the story have turned out? Would the prince have gone to great lengths to find her? Even blackmail? Then there’s the idea of maybe she wasn’t a sweet perfect girl. What if there was a love triangle between the Prince, Cinderella and the Step-Sister. Sensing a lot of angst creating our voice! Continue reading