I apologize I haven't been updating my blog frequently enough. Sometimes life gets in the way, but I think the new year is a good time to change that. First off, I stepped down as editor for Majestic but am still active as a columnist. Why oh why would I step down from this prestigious position? Because I'm prioritizing. Instead of managing the newsletter, I plan to spend more time writing, or at least practising writing new stories.
On Facebook, I met Stella Deleuze, a writer and professional editor in London, UK. The author of No Wings Attached and Excuse me, where is the exit? available on Amazon. She was on Facebook one day and we started to chat about her latest manuscript. I said, I was interested in reading it as her main character seemed similar to one in a book I've been writing. So we exchanged files and agreed to edit each other's stories. She took me by the hand and showed me what I needed to do to improve my story. She focused on plot, point of view, continuity, character development and made many comments and suggestions on the first several chapters. I was able to see how to improve my writing by limiting the point of view and not using omniscient point of view indiscriminately.
I also was reading Roz Morris's blog. She is a prolific writer also based in London with a lot of good ideas about how to write better. She's the author of Nail Your Novel and My Memories of a Future Life available on Amazon. She said if one has a blog to post frequently, otherwise readers will think it's been abandoned. So I certainly don't want to look like I'm neglecting my blog, so here I am writing about my plans for 2012 and plan to continue documenting my journey this year.
The main goal I have is to concentrate on new writing. With thanks to Stella, Roz, and others, I have new tools in my writer's toolbox. I am more discerning and perceptive about how to improve and by practising my new skills; I'm ready for action. As of this week, I've broken through writer's block and am exploring new ideas and the techniques I've learned.
So in a nutshell, 2012, I'm ready.