COMING SOON! My NEW YouTube Channel!

I am excited to announce that I have just started my YouTube channel: The Delete Key!

I call it “The Delete Key” like my blog, because “A real writer knows when to hit the delete key.”

I have had so much fun this past year growing my channel, A Happy Hoarder, that I thought I’d add a new channel to show share my joy of writing, reading, and watching movies with GREAT stories!

In 2013, I went through the challenging publishing process of my first book, The Kitchen Dance.

I thought I knew what I was doing then. I mean I read books on writing, but more important…I READ BOOKS period!

You see, I am a reader!

Or I should say, “Listener” because I have always preferred to listen to audiobooks over page turning because I’m like a Raccoon and love to keep my hands busy doing something else besides turning pages…like playing solitaire, mahjong, or games on my iPad but mostly because I am an artist and I enjoy listening to a good book while creating my art.

Now, I have written a LOT of books, screenplays, plays, and stories and I have many more ideas jotted down for future projects…but I have only published one book. And it wasn’t a great experience…at all.

How does this make ME a writer you ask?

Because I know when to hit the delete key!

In other words, I know how important editing is to the process and if YOU are a writer, then you know what I mean.

Because pouring all your thoughts out on paper is one thing. But creating something someone else would want to read is another.

Since publishing The Kitchen Dance, I have read SOOOOO many books on writing and attended enough group meetings, seminars, workshops, and conventions that HAD I been taking college courses instead…I would have at least a master’s degree. AND THEN…you’d believe I knew what I was talking about!

I just know that at first, writing was very organic for me.

I knew what I liked to read so I wrote what I liked. Then I once started studying “How to Write” that pretty much killed my will to publish. BUT I STILL LOVE TO WRITE!

SO, what I really feel that I need is a mentor. Not some fancy pants published author who charges a nominal fee for their advice.

I wanted someone who not only knew about the process of writing, the challenges of publishing, and MOST important…WHAT do people really want to read?

Since I couldn’t find that someone (or afford that someone), I thought I’d just create a new channel where liked minded people can communicate about what MAKES a good story.

Therefore, I will be covering BOOKS I’ve read or am reading, MOVIES, PLAYS, and what I have learned or am still learning about writing.

And I’d really love for you to be a part of it!

So please join me, and leave a comment, even if you don’t agree with everything I say, AFTER ALL that is how a writer creates “friction” in a story.

AND remember “A real writer knows when to hit the delete key.”

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A Post Worth Reposting about Louisiana Writers and Resources

Gray Photo Geri QuoteEven if no one else reads my posts…I do!

And re-blogging is a great way for me to keep a “file” of my favorite posts I find on the internet.

I am a member of two writing groups that meet in Shreveport, and I was hoping that I could find something happening closer to my hometown.

Just check out the link below!

Write By Night Resources for Writers in Louisiana

They might have some resources and groups in your states and area.

Good Advice to Writers: Meet Published Authors, Attend Workshops, and join a Writing Group!

On Saturday, August 15th, 2015, I had the opportunity to join some of my fellow Louisiana authors from my local chapter of Romance Writers of America:NOLA STARS and my ladies from my local chapter of Sisters in Crime: Grave Expectations on an excursion to Waskom, Texas where we met for a writers’ workshop at the Waskom Public Library. Here we met with Kellie Coates  and  Lisa Windgate.

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It was a great opportunity and the fact that it was only about an hour and half away was doable. I urge fellow writers and published authors to take advantage of any opportunity to meet and greet with other authors.

I won’t go into detail about talks, but I do want to share with my readers the most important snippet of information I took from the this meeting. Don’t just be a writer, be a good writer. Take classes, join groups, attend workshops, read books, etc. You’ll be glad you did!

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Deina Furth talks about Writing Strong Characters

As a writer,  I never stop seeking ways to improve on my work. This is why I try to read articles on the craft daily and demonstrate the skills I’ve learned in my work.

Deina Furth offers this insightful article on building strong characters.

Read on!

http://deinafurth.com/writing-strong-characters/#

“…for those of us who want to create masterful character-driven plots full of tension, emotion, and unforgettable people–people who, by the end of the story, the reader feels like they truly know and love–we want to get this character development thing down.”