I love to chat. Food. Current Events. Sports. What Jimmy Fallon did last night on The Tonight Show. What God’s showing me.
But sometimes I have to bring up discussion that’s more business related. I struggled with that for a long time but realized if I don’t talk about my writing and where to find it, there isn’t an opportunity to share resources God has for you to live free in Christ.
So that’s a talk I need to bring to you today. A bit of writing stuff is going on, and I want to let you know about it. If you want to tell others, I’d love that.
- Match Made in Heaven. It’s not too late to join other Julie Arduini newsletter subscribers as they follow Beth Prescott and Dean Kellerman in Match Made in Heaven. It’s my contemporary romance that offers surrender issues, chocolate, and the Finger Lakes setting of Hammondsport, NY. The April issue offers archive links to previous installments as well as the current one. Subscribe for free in the right sidebar at juliearduini.com and watch your inbox for activation.
- Rose Blooms. This short story is one you can vote on, and I hope you do. My plan is to expand it this November as part of NaNoWriMo and write a rough draft as part of a new Finger Lakes contemporary romance series. Read and vote here.
- To Write a Story. Valerie Comer was kind enough to let me stop by and share my plotting resources. If you wonder what goes on with fiction creation, read my process here.
- Jasmine’s Place. Have you discovered the beautiful thing that is Jasmine’s Place? It’s an e-zine for women filled with articles and interviews on family, beauty, fashion, faith, cooking, and more. The publishers have been so kind to allow me to participate with each issue. I’ve been interviewed, wrote articles, shared short stories, and created blurbs. This is an international project and one I’m very proud to work with.
- Christians Read. Did you know I blog every other Wednesday with Vicki Hinze, Kathi Macias, Sarah Goebel, James Rubart, Hannah Alexander, Maureen Lang, Beth Goddard, Tara Randel, Lynette Sowell, Yvonne Lehman, Kristen Heitzmann? Now Christians Read has a website, and I hope you bookmark it. You can read my posts, too.
- Coming Soon. A couple years or so ago, a few of my FaithWriter challenge entries placed and were eligible to be part of the FaithWriter anthologies. The anthologies are taking shape so I’ll keep you updated. I’m also working with a group of authors on a project that will encourage a segment of women who could use the support. I should have news on that front, too. Stay tuned!
Before I start, I wanted to let you know about a great sale J.E. Lowder’s publisher is offering from Valentine’s to St. Patrick’s Day. The sale, Red to Green, is for the Kindle version of Tears of Min Brock. I reviewed this in 2011 and the $2.99 sale is a steal. Check it out today!
Thought it would be fun to get to know each other, and our writing, a bit better. Feel free to answer these questions in the comments, or post them on your own blog and put a link in the comments.
Do you write fiction or non-fiction? Or both?
I write both. Most of my published works have been in non-fiction anthologies, but my heart is fiction.
Do you keep a journal or a writing notebook?
I have a beat-up notebook from years ago but I haven’t added to it in awhile. I have notes on my laptop, though.
If you write fiction, do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?
Although this is Joanne’s answer, it is mine, too. I know some of it when I start–usually. My characters will sometimes surprise me, though.
Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?
I’m a procrastinator these days because I’m in the editing process. It takes a long time and it’s hard for me to get motivated.
Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?
It depends. Most of the time it is the short bursts but if things are flowing, I could blink and have hours pass by.
Are you a morning or afternoon writer?
Morning and very late night which might as well be morning.
Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?
All of the above. I do my best with quiet, but I enjoy music. When the kids are home there are all sorts of sounds.
Computer or longhand? (or typewriter?)
Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One? Or do you let the story evolve as you write?
I’m pretty sure I know the ending, but I’m game for them to surprise me. Already there have been twists I didn’t see coming.
Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?
No. If I paid attention to that I’d never pick up the “pen” in the first place. All the reading I do says historicals are the only consistent seller. I love reading them, but I can’t write them.
Editing/Revision – love it or hate it?
Yes. 🙂 This is where I am now and I am learning so much. People who say their first draft is a masterpiece are living in an alternate world. There is always something to improve and/or change. That said, I’m taking my contemporary romance through two critique group and receive 6-8 responses for each submissions. Everything they share is good and necessary, but that takes time to implement their suggestions. Then, I try to use their remarks to change things before I submit anything further. I never thought this would take so long, but praying it is a great learning curve that will get easier.
If you’d like to see some of my thinking behind my romance, Spectacular Falls, I created a board on Pinterest. Check it out!
Share a bit about yourself and your writing. We’d love to learn more about you!