Yesterday I was busy going to softball and baseball games. I (like many of you) have very little extra time during the day (especially given the fact I work the grave shift) so when a day like yesterday occurs (two back to back games) I find it difficult to write. I missed the L post for A to Z but decided I will post something I wrote four years ago. The topic is still relevant and it happens to be an L so I thought why not. Later today, I will put up my “M” post.
I have random pieces of paper with lipstick kisses scattered wherever I frequent. There are lipstick kisses on the back of envelopes and napkins in the console of my car. My dresser has a few receipts painted with my lip impressions. Toilet paper sheets with my pucker stamp lie amongst the junk and waste in my garbage can.
How does lipstick kisses relate to writing? I’m not sure I would have connected the two myself if it wasn’t for a comment made by a friend the other day.
“I like you without eye shadow,” says friend.
“I like eye shadow. I like make-up,” says me.
The words left my mouth and then it hit me. Editing your work is like kissing an envelope. You need to get rid of the excess in order to look your best.
I tend to overwrite. I love to overwrite. But, I am aware that to become the best writer that I can be, I need to smudge out some of the words that flood my paper. If I don’t blot out the wordiness I risk looking like I tried too hard or not hard enough.
Can wordiness be the kiss of death? Do you have editing tips that you would like to share?
It’s so easy to want to get caught up in today’s writing trends. The vampire stories made a few people rich, Harry Potter and his gang put the wizards back on the map and the dystopian novels made for great reads that turned into epic movies.
All of this doesn’t mean that you should try to come up with your own versions of these stories.
Be the person that tries to think of something that hasn’t been thought of before (I know sometimes this feels impossible). Write your own unique stories. Stay true to yourself.
JOIN A COMMUNITY
If you’re a writer then consider joining a writing group. Writing groups offer support, provide information, alert you to writing events such as conferences, meet and greets etc.
You can find a writing group whether you write picture books, science fiction, poetry or romance novels. There are groups for every type of writer. Below are a few that may interest you.
Do you belong to a writing group or organization?
•SCBWI- (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators) One of the largest international organization for children writers. The SCBWI provides valuable information for writers, organizes two annual international conferences and has over seventy regional chapters which host their own conferences. Members of the SCBWI can apply for scholarships and grants. Click here to read more about the SCBWI.
•Writers Café-An online community that allows writers to post their work, receive reviews, meet other writers, enter contests and enroll in writing courses.
•SFWA (SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS OF AMERICA)-An organization dedicated to science fiction and fantasy writers. You can participate in the discussion boards and get acquainted with other sci-fi/fantasy writers. Ray Bradbury is just one of the popular sci-fi authors who was a member of this organization.
•AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS-An organization for Christian fiction writers. You can find critique groups and online workshops,blogs, and conference information on their website
•MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA- An organization dedicated to crime writers. They give out Edgar Awards each spring. If you are interested in writing crime this is the organization to join.
•ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA (RWA)-Do you write romance novels or hope to one day? If you do then you want to check out this growing organization. Each year it holds a “Reader’s for Life,” Literacy Autographing. The money collected is used for literacy organizations.
I’d love to hear more about the communities you are a part of. How did you hear about your organization and how has it benefited you?
April is not only the month bloggers participate in the A to Z challenge, it’s also National Poetry month. I adore poets and love to read poetry. I have dabbled in poetry writing since I was a teenager but I don’t think I’m good enough to be considered a true poet.
Today, I’m sharing a Haiku I wrote in honor of Spring and today’s letter-H.
Fresh air twirls through sprouting blooms
The poet observes