Is my heart still in it?| Writing Fiction

I’ve always written for self-fulfillment more than anything else. This I’ve said a gajillion times, and nothing’s going to change that. It’s been almost four years since I’ve been considering publishing, and I’ve been faced with many highs and many lows. I understand it all comes with the territory of writing. It’s no easy feat to plot and write a book. And I thoroughly admire those who do it prolifically.

It’s been getting easier with my second child being a toddler, to find more time to write, and that I’ve been doing relentlessly. I have many storylines outlined and plotted waiting to be worked on. Last December, I told myself no more BS. I need to really get these stories out of my head and uniformed into a readable format.

It’s been going well so far, but I’ve been feeling like giving up. It’s not fear of rejection that’s been causing this, it’s lack of passion. Most of the stories I’ve been working on since has some kind of romance surrounding it, whether it be fantasy, paranormal or just contemporary. Honestly, I’m not feeling it anymore.

Some days I wake up and I feel exhausted of writing romance, like it’s not for me. Like it’s not what I want to produce. Don’t get me wrong, these stories are near and dear to my heart and I’ve spend so much time invested in them, but I just can’t help but think I should venture into another genre. I’ve always plotted other kinds of stories, being a horror fan, specifically based around paranormal and supernatural. But I never took it as seriously as I take my contemporary storylines.

I think I need a time out and it’s driving me insane. I’ve been working so hard these last three months and I can’t type those little two words yet, “The End.” I feel incompetent in a field that I’ve always loved and enjoyed being a part of. Pieces of myself are withering away just thinking about giving up.

Stories are my passion, and will always be.

I hope everyone’s having an amazing and productive weekend thus far.

Xo Kat

Cutting Back on Subplots|Writing Fiction

So I want to touch on subplotting. Not the dynamics of it per se. I want to share why I continuously need to cut back on having too many things going on in a story.

Sometimes we have to learn things, and sometimes we have to unlearn them.

I started writing poetry and screenplays at the beginning of it all. My stories come to me in the form of several sub plots involving the same characters in one story. This isn’t unheard of. And it can also be executed very well if you’re an experienced writer. Despite writing for most of my life and training myself to do what I love to do, I am not a very experienced writer. Simply because I write for myself, and I’ve only now worked up the courage to share my work with others. I’m still having trouble with that. It makes me nervous as hell. But I’m bending my mind to change all of that soon, hopefully.

Feedback and critique is essential if one wants to take writing seriously.

For me, writing a novel and a screenplay which is basically dialogue is vastly different. With a novel, I have to pay close attention to my character’s body language and observations of other characters. The story doesn’t only evolve via conversations. In fact, there is less dialogue in novels. Acting instructions and scene directions are completely different from what goes on in between dialogue in books.

When the concept of my story comes to me, I see every detail in my head as if it were playing on a screen. When I begin writing, I tend to realize what an absolute mess I’ve created. Too many crazy sub plots and twists that would annoy any reader to no end.

Recently, I’ve been trying to be better at outlining before the writing begins. There’s always immense need to cut down on my little stories within the big one. I over plot. If that’s even a thing. My brain isn’t equipped to roll out a saga or a five book series, so I need to take it down a notch.

Well there it is. The how and why. Although I can’t omit that I’ve read a ton of books with no real plot. Most of the content was just fleshed out repetition. That scares me as a writer and I tend to create too many conflicted situations before my story can climax.

This post might have been all over the place like my manuscript (hehe).

Thanks for reading.

xo Kat

Am I obsessed with twins?|Writing Fiction

Like many other writers, I have this little book of ideas. It’s raw, undetermined. Most of the thoughts in there may not even reach full on story level. I have noticed, however, that there’s more than one plot involving a twin.

There’s a twin dynamic in my current work in progress so I’m getting a chance to explore into that relationship. I don’t have a twin, nor do I think I’m friends with twins so it got me to thinking…what is really my obsession with this twin thing.

Some of what I write comes from deep within. A place I find difficult to explore when I’m not writing. There’s a loner shadow that’s been following me all of my life. I have trouble connecting with people, mostly because of trust. And as I think about it now, I remember wishing for a twin so hard that my mind was a little confused for a while.

FYI, I don’t think this is weird. It’s similar to having an imaginary friend. Anyway, before I go off topic as usual, I believe that twin obsession starts with me wanting to connect with someone at such an internal level. Not just on the surface but to be able to touch each other’s souls. You see, I’ve never had that and subconsciously my stories write themselves with such emotional connections.

For instance, my main character references sharing a womb with his twin and how that affected him during his life. I can’t imagine a bond like that. My character also references things like a dislike of dressing the same or one twin seeming like the younger sibling. Of course as their lives progressed they developed different personalities but in the beginning there is such an intense closeness that can’t be explained or calculated by anything of this world.

Maybe my admiration for that makes me write twins into my stories every now and then. It’s definitely something to think about. I’m also inserting a small disclaimer that I may not have the most correct representation of twins but this segment is called writing “fiction”. So bear with me.

As always, Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave me your bookish thoughts.

xo Kat

The Dreams by Matthew R Fleming|Book Review

the dreams cover

 

Genre: Horror Fiction, Thriller

Synopsis

Five strangers wake up in an eerie forest with no memory of how they got there. As they try to catch their bearings, they realize that they are not alone and something sinister is watching them, baiting them, almost like a predator playing with its prey. They find themselves suspecting of each other especially when one of them goes missing and presumed to be dead…killed to be more specific.

My Thoughts

The Dreams is a horror novel that is written in true horror format in my opinion. A well-crafted plot that left me satisfied and wanting a movie out of it to be honest. My most favorite parts about this book is the building suspense and tension. I was so suspecting of each of the characters and found myself paying attention to every little detail about them. I also appreciate that the author wasn’t over-explanatory as to stray from the main story. Would I recommend? Yes, absolutely. Any true horror fan would enjoy this read. I must say although I did share a similar theory to the climax of this book, it did not disappoint at all.

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Happy Reading! xo Kat

Is Third Person POV Dead?|Writing Fiction

Just like anything, I’ve come to realize that writing books is a business in itself. At the end of the day we all want to be our authentic selves in hopes that at least one person will receive it positively but it’s also true that we write for an audience. Particularly in the romantic genres, in the last few years I’ve been seeing a lot of first person present tense POVs. I read it but it doesn’t always read well to me, because that’s my preference. Everybody has their own tastes even when it comes to reading.

I’ve asked the question first person vs third person in a couple of writing groups and the group with majorly romance writers and readers favored first person. Recently I read on a blog that reading in first person helps the reader connect to a character better as it reads like you’re inside of the person’s head. The blog also went on to say that when something reads like a chick diary it’s more relatable. While that may be true, authors who write in third person are still successful in publishing. Some of which I enjoy quite a bit, like Nora Roberts, Susan Mallory.

It’s mostly on the indie scene I see first person being more preferable and that’s scary for someone like me who is choosing to go the self-publishing route. I have written in first person, I’ve switched entire books in first person but I’ll tell you where it goes wrong for me.

I spend a few sentences throughout my story noticing things that my characters may not necessarily notice. For instance, my MC who is a guy may not care what the color of a curtain is or the set up of a bedroom. There’s also the self-description thing that makes me cringe. Personally, I find it hard to describe myself or brag about myself and again, not all of my characters care what they look like but I do want my readers to have a feature or two in mind. And I find that reflection thing that I see ever so often in other books is not really my thing.

My writing voice is also not my character’s voice. I enjoy using different words to describe and elaborate on things and I can assure you my main character may not always share that vocabulary. So it’s hard for me to articulate the story that I want in my main character’s voice. I don’t head hop because it’s confusing to readers and even me as a writer. I do focus on one character at a time but just in third person POV. It’s called third person limited whereas the other is called third person omniscient. This I will cover in another blog post so stay tuned for that one.

Lastly, I have been writing in third person POV as early as the age of seven. In school, I had tons and tons of essays to write and I even started writing my own stories so I had time and practice with writing in third person. It’s why it comes more naturally to me as a narrator.

What POV do you prefer and what are the challenges you face? Why is one or the other easier for you?

As always thanks for stopping by. Here’s the link for my newly created Facebook Page if you want to keep up with me there. https://www.facebook.com/Bookish-Kat-582027968799821/ I always love discussing bookish things with bookish people! Find me on Instagram @bookishkat7

xo Kat

 

 

Connect with my blog on Facebook!

Hi Bookish Folks,

I’m honestly overwhelmed by all the social media-ing it takes to promote oneself as a writer. Personally, I’m not much of a sharer other than funny or animal videos but I decided to finally undertake creating a Facebook page for my blog, Bookish Kat.

My main reason for doing this is to share older posts for readers without posting the same blog post multiple times on here. This page is also to reach readers on Instagram and Facebook who don’t have a WordPress account. FYI, you can subscribe to my blog by entering your email address as well 🙂

Here’s the link to my freshly created page https://www.facebook.com/Bookish-Kat-582027968799821/

You can also see what I’m up to on Instagram and Twitter @bookishkat7

Stay tuned for my post on Third Person POV in writing.

Thanks for stopping by! xo Kat

 

Taking Inspiration from other Authors|Writing Fiction

Over the last year, and up until this morning, I’ve been coming across posts by other writers asking how to combat lack of inspiration/motivation. Some days you just can’t bring yourself to sit and write, your thoughts are all over the place. We all have our down days. Now it’s easy to share different techniques, such as taking a break, reading, doing a writing exercise etc. but until writer’s block really hits you, you won’t understand how hard it is for a writer to crawl out of his/her shell.

Lack of inspiration/motivation has a lot to do with self-doubt. At least in my case. So in this post, I want to say, if you’re experiencing some problems, take a step back from writing altogether. Search for videos of authors who inspire you, authors who write in the same genre. Hearing about their struggles and how they overcame fears can help you overcome yours if you have made the long term commitment to write. Writing isn’t just writing, it comes with all of the above such as self-promoting, correcting your own mistakes. It’s no easy feat. It not only takes skill, talent, discipline, it takes courage. So my advice to anyone dealing with these issues of self-doubt, is to seek help by listening to other authors. Their successes are motivation in itself to get the job done, to follow your dreams.

Let me know if this is a thing you do and if it affects you positively!

thanks for reading!

xo Kat

One Year WordPress Anniversary!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s a year already. I had been blogging on other platforms before but it’s been a year since I started using wordpress and working on better content. My blog has taken a different turn since I initially started it. To sum it up, I think I’m a mix between book blogger & and writing tip giver with a touch of parenting.

I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog from time to time and a big HELLO to all of my new subscribers. On a sidenote, I suck at uploading content on my blog but I have good reason. I retreat to my writing corner for days while ignoring the internet.

I’d love to hear what motivates you to blog or what got you started in the first place.

xo Kat

Book Resolutions 2018!

I’m guessing most readers and book bloggers use Goodreads to keep track of their reading. I try to, just to see if I meet my yearly challenge but I often forget to track every book I read. That being said, for 2018 I plan to stick to a realistic reading plan of 4 books per month. I think that’s a good amount based on my free time/schedule.

What are your book challenges like?

So, my book resolutions for 2018 are:

*Read more horror fiction

*Incorporate a few biographies/memoirs

*Read a self-help book or two. I think we all have areas that need improvement.

*Purchase a couple of books on writing. Always need to keep up with my craft😉

Happy reading folks!

Xo Kat

•Leave me a line in the comments if there is a book you’ve loved that I absolutely need to check out🤓

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallory

Synopsis

Madeline, co-owner of Paper Moon, a bridal shop lands a job as a wedding planner. She is to deliver the dress and plan the wedding for Ginger, the sister of Jonny Blaze, a famous action star.

Jonny Blaze, action star has bought a house in a quiet tight-knit town where the people are all smiles and warmth. He wants to plan the most amazing wedding for his younger sister Ginger.

He and Madeline work closely together, butting heads along the way to plan the perfect wedding for Ginger. As sparks begin to fly, Madeline can’t decide is she’s really falling for Jonny Blaze, the man or the star.

My review

I saw a Hallmark movie based on this book, I think. Of course, it’s a more toned down version. Despite knowing how the story progresses, I kept reading. A nice, cozy read to get into for the holidays. I think I gave it a three star rating due to it’s boring dialogue and descriptions in between. Some parts were hard to plough through. The book actually didn’t start kicking in for me until well into it.

Madeline’s character was a bit bland, basic. But it is a hallmark-type holiday romance after all. I would recommend if you’re into chick lit and love the fuzzy feeling a good love story gives you around the holidays.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat