Listen To Your Gut #MFRWAuthors #7

From the time we learn to dress ourselves until we cross over into The Great Beyond, we’re bombarded with advice.

Don’t wear stripes with polka dots.

You look so much better with your hair that way.

Eat this/wear that.

If you buy this product, you’ll be healthier/popular/better looking.

You want to do WHAT?  Oh no, follow this career path instead.  Better yet, go to college and get your XYZ degree.

Face it, we’ve even given it to our best friends, siblings, even coworkers.  Read Dear Abby, in hopes of finding something similar.

When you’re starting out, you know nothing.  You eagerly soak up all the advice from the experts, the pros.  But ultimately you discover that what works for one person does not always mean it’s going to work for you.   Learn to trust your gut; do what seems right for YOU.

And the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given as a writer?

Don’t get it RIGHT, get it WRITTEN.  You can always go back and revise.

Want to know what others have to say about advice giving and taking?

Some of you are aware I tripped over the spouse’s canes this past weekend aka ‘random gravity check’; I’m happy to report the swelling in my left knee is down, and walking isn’t painful anymore.

I also may have gotten myself hired at one of our local stores, for seasonal help, and extra income.  I should find out in the next two weeks, so more on this later.

Yes, it was on the advice of my spouse, who’s informed me he’s not letting me have any more $$ for my booth fees/inventory/promo materials/travel expenses.  Not good when I’ve already spent most of my Christmas money on upcoming events, plus made plans for others in April, and now have to get there!

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1st, 3rd, Past, or Present? #MFRWAuthors #6

Before I pursued publishing, I wrote stories and read books in two Point of Views:  1st person past and Omniscient.

1st Person Past I like sometimes….

“I walked up to him and slipped my hand into his.  He smiled at me as we walked down the hall….”

Then there’s Omniscient, also called ‘head hopping’, where you’re in two different POV’s over the course of a page, or even a chapter.  Read some old Danielle Steele’s or possibly old Harlequin’s, and you’ll understand what I mean.  Maybe even Kathleen Woodiwiss or Johanna Lindsay.  It’s been a while since I’ve read my old books, since they’ve been in storage for the past 12 years, and the last DS book I read was a couple of years ago, when I realized the POV had switched.  A friend of mine published one of her books in Omni POV ten or so years ago, and I think I was the only one who actively ‘Loved’ it.

The experts say ‘write what you know.’  I saw nothing wrong with the way the books I’d read were written, so I wrote the same way.  Imagine my shock in 2007 when I learned the rules had changed, and I’d written my first five books the wrong way!

“Readers will be confused…”   

“You have your main character leaving the room, yet the conversation continues?  Whaa-aat???”

Yeah….I’d envisioned a movie in my head as I was writing….

I fixed it…somewhat.  Read Wild At Heart and see if you can spot the tiny Omni-moment, that I managed to slip past my editor.

What POV Don’t I Like?

1st-person-present.  Made popular by That Book Which Shall Not Be Named and its sequels.”

“I walk up to him and slip my hand into his.  He smiles at me and we walk down the hall.”

If that’s the kind of book you’re writing, and you want to promote it, that’s fine.  But unless you’ve managed to write a fantastic blurb that makes me really, really, REALLY want to read it, then I’ll continue to applaud your efforts and wish you all the best.

I’ve read some 1st Person stories, and while they’re not my favorite, again, the above criteria applies.  Hook me with a good blurb and some excerpts, and I might buy it.  Or enter a contest to win it.  Or even download it for free or for $.99.  I’ll even buy the print version if I meet you in public if I open it up and start turning pages.

Want to know what others think of the POV Controversy?

Update On Mom and Roof:

Mom is happy to be home!  She still has outpatient therapy twice a week, but she and Dad are settled back into their familiar routine.  No word yet if she wants me to resume my monthly visits.

The roofers finished last Friday, and so far so good!

The Bad News:

My gmail account was hacked last week, and I woke up Feb 1st to over 100 emails from newsletters, Amazon orders, and other businesses I’d never heard of.  Managed to change my password and contacted Amazon, since a $50 gift card had been claimed, thankfully NOT on my card!  In fact, there were two cards on my account which weren’t even mine, so got them deleted and that PW changed too.  Emails have slowed from one every minute to every five minutes to now probably four or five per hour.  If anyone has further suggestions on how to fix this, I’m all ears.  The last time this happened, my AOL account was hacked, AOL’s solution was to wipe out all my contacts.  Thankfully, I seem to still have all my email addresses and old mail saved from cover artists, docs I’ve sent myself, and other stuff.