Monday, May 21, 2012

I'm wracking my mind for a topic for a blog post with the SyFy Channel on in the background and Wookie, my alien kitten, lounging in her bed in front of the window. Suddenly, she looks up and chirrups which I take to mean 'Hey, Hooman, wats dat on TV?' I glance over and what do I see? Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in a third MIB trailer! And this one involves time travel (looks pretty cool too). I start wondering when it will hit the big screen when Wookie gives me the stink eye.

I realize what she was trying to do...She was telling me to bring up one of my older blog posts (time travel? LOL, yeah, maybe.) So I thought you might enjoy seeing this post originally on Savvy Authors. 

Hi all, I'm Lynda and I'm a writing craft book junkie.

I peruse all the books at B&N or my smaller local bookstores to see if I can find that one teensy secret to creating outstanding characters, or wonderful plots, or using description, or witty dialogue, or even books on naming your characters. I've bought loads of them, enough to make my bookshelves groan and gasp.

Then my alien kitten, Wookie, who doubles as my muse, writing partner, inspiration, and general keeper, eyed my collection and muttered 'mrrfft'. In case you don't speak Feline, 'mrrfft' means 'Just go ahead and write.' It might also mean 'You wasted money on this when you could be buying me jewelry or expensive food?' 

She has a point. Not about the jewelry or fancy food, mind you, but about just writing. Writing is an acquired skill where you learn by doing. That isn't to say that reading a book about any one of the many craft areas isn't a good thing. It absolutely is.  Even better is to pick up a book by your favorite author, read it for pleasure, and then deconstruct it to learn how that author created her characters or plot or dialogue, etc.

When I mentioned this to Wookie, her eyes lit up and her ears tilted forward. She said, 'Chrrppt?' which in kitten lingo means 'Destruction? I like destruction. I will help.'

Sometimes we have communication problems.

After I explained the difference (and watched her go into one of her famous limp-bodied naps), I had to rub her cheek (never, ever, poke the Feline Queen of the Universe or you will regret it) to wake her up. Once I had her attention, I admitted it was sort of like destruction since the best way to do this is to use colored markers to highlight the areas of the book you're studying, ie red for characterization, yellow for plot...or whatever colors you want to assign. Marking up the book is kind of like destroying it so make sure you have one copy to keep all nice and pristine to read just for the pleasure of reading it.

Now, Wookie looked pretty impressed for a minute. Then she gave me the stink eye and asked 'brrrppprr?' I had to consult the Alien Cat dictionary for this one. It means, as close as I can tell, 'Pretty colors. Now what?'

Well, I explain, what I do is to take all the lines that I colored for characterization and put them on a separate piece of paper. Then I try to identify WHY I thought this was such a great line for characterization. And I'll do the same for plot or action or dialogue or whatever. Doing this gives me both an insight into what the author was trying to convey and what I felt the first time I read it. Combining technique with emotion is a great way to learn. And an even better way to write.

At this point, Wookie sashayed around my chair and purred, 'mrrowrr.' I'm pretty sure she meant 'Good job, grasshopper. Now go write something with ME in it.'

So I did.
-- Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane ;-)

Wookie also says I should remind you that I have books available (I think she worries that she might run out of noms or treats, lol) so here's the current list.

By Lynda K. Scott
Mundania Press
Science Fantasy Romance

Eric d'Ebrur is out of time. He must fine the legendary Heartstone and fulfill the ancient Gar'Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will it cost him the woman he loves?

After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks she's losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d'Ebrur saves her from the monstrous Gawan, she's sure of it. But insane or not, she'll find the Heartstone and, if she's lucky, a love to last a lifetime.

Available in print and ebook format
Buy Links: Mundania Press (use MP10 at checkout for 10% discount)


Altered Destiny
by Lynda K Scott
Science Fantasy Romance
Available in ebook formats

Stranded on an alternate Earth, architect and Jill-of-all-trades, Liane Gautier-MacGregor must find her way back to her homeworld before she's enslaved...or falls in love with a man who is the exact duplicate of her ex-husband.

Devyn MacGregor's alter ego as the Reiver Lord is the only way he can fight the Qui'arel and their nefarious Bride Bounty, a tax paid with human females...until he meets the oddly familiar woman who claims he is her husband. And who sets in motion the rebellion that will either free his countrymen or destroy them.

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Great Escapes-Valentine's Day
By Lynda K. Scott and Linda Wisdom 

A woman goes to Great Escapes B&B to soothe a broken heart and thanks to the ministrations of an invisible lover discovers her true self. She has no idea that the man in the adjacent suite is on a sensual journey that has him ready to move on to look for the woman who's right for him.

Have a Blessed Dat!

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