just want to thank all of you for being such amazing and devoted fans
of the series and of Jessica. Jess has been by my side for every
doctor's appointment and every single night spent in the hospital. For
those of you who have ever spent even one day in a hospital, you know
how lonely it can feel and how much you miss the people you love.
been lucky enough to have my best friend and partner in crime beside me
keeping me supplied with the best magazines, DVDs (and a tiny portable
DVD player), and keeping me glossed and looking sparkly in makeup that
she applied for me.
Not only have I had an incredible friend and
companion in Jess, but I feel like I've had all of you with me in
spirit as well. I can't thank you enough for your e-mails, letters,
prayers, and kind words of encouragement. I want you all to know that
none of them ha…
The past two days have been CRAZY in the creativity department.
I'm furiously working on Canterwood #16 (MASQUERADE) and it's my main focus. I'm about to write a chapter that, well, is going to shake Lauren's world. Canterwood won't be the same after this night. That, of course, makes me super eager to start the next book, JEALOUSY, to start writing this new dynamic into Canterwood.
But . . .
I e-mailed Finn Fan a while ago about this idea for a new series that I had after talking to Kate. I've written down a 1-2 line synopsis for--and here's where it's wrong, LOL--EIGHT books. They would be chapter books, so much shorter than CC. But geeze, it's Writer Rule #1 that I learned--don't write about a sequel if the first isn't already sold. So, what does that look like if I have loose plot ideas for eight? Eeep. At least I didn't write eight unsold books. Then it would be time to send me off to Author Rehab.
I am in the process of turning my usual Skype lecture into a DVD. It will run about an hour long and will include some of the following:
Talking about how to form an idea
A brief discussion of the correct way to format a manuscript
What revision REALLY mean
The argument that one is never too you to begin writing
Debate over whether or not to outline
and details that are a work in progress.
I've had several librarians, teachers, book clubs, and even students who want to learn all they can about writing.
I intend for there to be several DVDs so viewers are not overwhelmed. I've used much of this material during classroom Skype visits, but the DVDs will go into much greater detail, show actual edited pages from my manuscripts.
As for the intended audience, both boys and girls, likely ages 7-16. Every writer has a different skill level, maturity, and I will not be talking down to older viewers nor covering super simple topics for a younger audience.