Somehow, July came and went – in a word, that was fast!
Independence Day, The World Cup, Bastille Day, the Tour de France, the milestone birthday fête of a friend (a few weeks late)…there was so much going on!
[VIDEO of fireworks (feu d’artifice) at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, July 14, 2014]
But during juillet, I was chez moi – I wasn’t en vacances. I was working, and I didn’t write a single blog post…
Cependant, I wrote fiction.*
I’m approaching the 10k (words) mark on Book 4, a suspense novel which is not a sequel to UNDERWATER, but which does tie into it…how, I won’t reveal yet.
While working on both of those projects, I’ve been steeped in words – coming up with them, changing them, cutting them, rewriting them, considering them, looking them up – and even using them when I play Words With Friends on my phone with, well, friends.
As I said to a friend (but not a WWF friend) at the birthday fête, I’ve learned a lot since writing my first novel, MAKE THAT DEUX. Just like anyone – including him, il y a longtemps – in any new
job trade endeavor métier career occupation well, job, you don’t know everything when you start. It takes time, and commitment.
De toute façon, while working to revise what I write, I’ve noticed a few things:
1. I tend to use these words too much (and so they get cut a lot):just yet at least down now right now okay huge well
2. I really try not to use these words:really truly finally suddenly and anything -ly (adverbs)
3. I try to do the following (with the help of my writers’ group):minimize -ing words (put in action, instead; i.e. -ed if in past tense) put action BEFORE dialogue, minimizing tags insert narrative in dialogue scenes, but don’t overdo alternate narrative scenes with dialogue-driven scenes paint pictures with descriptions, and try to be vivid avoid clichés (should be obvious, but I have to remember it) minimize the use of italics – only use when necessary
For me, it’s fun to work with words…after beaucoup de travail, eventuellement, they turn into BOOKS!
• My 3rd book, ALL THE ABOVE, is creative nonfiction (a true story) and is finished! I’ll be choosing its cover this fall and planning its release for early 2015!