Monday, October 12, 2009

Speaking your writing

I purchased a voice recognition system thinking would be easier to do my writing. And I'm actually doing this blog from a voice recognition system. I find that for some things it works, but for my fiction writing I tend to be a little wordy. The funny thing is it works best for my business, where I use it for numbers because on my laptop I don't have a 10 key.
I love typing, and I think my fingers on the keys make me feel like I'm doing something and when I'm dictating into the voice recognition system I feel like I'm cheating. This is a good kind of cheating, and I enjoy going back over and reading what I have said. I can use it for e-mail, Excel spreadsheets, blogging, and regular writing. The recognition is 100 times better than the old system I used. So far in dictating this blog post I've had one error. And I'm pretty sure that error was my problem.
I even use it to enter addresses what I'm making UPS labels. And believe it or not it makes label printing much faster.
I realize this is a really dry blog post, and I should be really excited about having the voice-recognition, and I am. I think it'll just take some getting used to. And I'm sure my husband wonders why I'm up in the office talking to myself. Imagine what he thinks when I'm writing a suspense novel. Ha ha.

Friday, October 2, 2009

About me

I've listed my favorite things on my blog and web sites, but here is some more:
I've been published in non-fiction: a contributing editor for a business magazine for 2 years, publishing articles every 2 months, author of a book on hiking Iowa.
I've written 3 novels, 2 of which are making the rounds. I'm currently working on a mystery, and outlining a thriller.
As of this post, I'm concurrently writing and outlining a drama screenplay, and a romantic comedy is brewing.
For those who don't know, I also own 2 businesses, a restaurant and a jewelry design business. There is a link to my design business at the top of the blog. And yes, I ride horses, and write too.
How do I find time? The question I'm most often asked. I don't watch TV. I do watch movies, but I don't get caught up in television. Not that I wouldn't like to, I just can afford that much time. Sometimes I allow the news stations to play in my studio while we are working, but not often, since it slows down production, and coming to holiday season, we need to be on top of things.
A little more coming soon...

October Outlines - Writing

As of October 2009, I will declare this month Outline Month. this is the month when I will outline the screenplays and novels that have been bobbing around in my head for months, and years. I skip days because I've been so obsessed with a few stories over the last few years that I don't want to think up new ideas.
And about those ideas. I think a true writer would never ask, "Where do you get your ideas?" because, as a writer, I have more ideas than I'll ever have time to write in this lifetime.
I also don't empathize with the phrase, "But I just don't have time to write." I work, on average, 13-16 hours a day, at least 6 days a week. I try to take a half day off at least once a week, but many times it doesn't happen. And guess what? I've written 2 novels, and 2 screenplays. These aren't polished works of art, but they are written. Getting the words on paper is the hardest part. Editing is hard labor too, but the relief of having the 80,000 words or 120 script pages makes editing seems like play time. And in a way, it is. It's time to rehash, kill your darlings, and shred your work before the agents, editors, and reviewers do. Not that I'd know any of this, because the editors I had while writing articles were pretty darned cool.
So after work is done, probably around 10pm, I'll break out my index cards, and pen and board, and finish outlining my screenplay. Next I'm hashing out a thriller novel I've been dying to write.
Happy Friday.