Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Word Witch Wednesday - spring patchwork


So many things going on. I'd like to think I will get everything organized and done this spring. Or, at the very least, get them patched together.

First off, pop on over to Untethered Realms (after you read this post!), and check out my review of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. It's the 50th anniversary of the book. My experience reading it now is greatly different than when I did 25 years ago.

I've stalled out on the two novels I've been working on. I'm over 25,000 words into both of them, and I know where they're going. Perhaps that's the problem. There are no more surprises for me. I'm poking away at my pen name's novel, but I have not touched Of Death and Sorrow for a while now. Not even the awesome cover is motivating me.

I have written some new short fiction. My latest sci-fi story was given much love from my local critique group this past Saturday. I fixed it up and submitted it to Daily Science Fiction. (That's the first place I send most of my flash pieces.) I have five other stories out on submission. These shorter tales make me feel like I'm accomplishing something.

While I promised myself to step back from excessive marketing, I have been trying a few different things in group promos with my pen name. Nothing has had much success. I know I just need to get more novels out there.

While researching marketing, I came across a genre new to me that thrilled me. It's called LitRPG. Basically it's a story with all the elements of a game in story form. The main feature being the heroes know they're in a game and they must play by the rules of it. (Think Jumanji.) I've read a few books in this genre, but I had no idea it was a thing, and it's HUGE overseas. LitRPG books sell as well as George R.R. Martin. Is it going to catch on here in America? Maybe.

I've hung the carrot of LitRPG in front me. Just finish the two novels I'm working on and then I can write a new LitRPG story. So many ideas have run through my mind. The stories are usually light, snarky, and hilarious. It's possible I might eat that carrot before finishing the other novels, but I keep telling myself that I have to complete them. Hard work and perseverance are vital for a writer. While I'm not under contract to anyone, I started something that I do need to finish.

But that yummy carrot...

How do you resist eating the carrot?

39 comments:

  1. I keep trying to find the magic marketing bullet myself. So frustrating.

    I love the idea of the RPG story. Do they get to make choices and have different outcomes? That would be sweet...though complicated to write.

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    1. That magic bullet is elusive, and most of me has already settled on the fact it's a myth. Yet I keep trying. That would be cool to have a Choose Your Own Adventure type LitRPG! :)

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  2. Hi Christine - well you are out there marketing and writing - and it all takes time. That carrot sounds a great idea ... good luck with all things - cheers Hilary

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  3. Lit RPG - never heard of it. I'd think anyone who has been a DM might be able to come up with a decent story line.
    I'm a bit stalled as well, so know how you feel.

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    1. I'm just finishing up my time as DM running the Rise of Tiamat campaign. That does inspire me. :) Hopefully we both get our motors running again.

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  4. Nothing markets better than the production of more books. Plus great reviews and money. LOL

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  5. Well, I'm in the middle of going after my shiny new idea - I ate the carrot! - so I might not be the best one to give advice here. I'm giving myself about a month to see where I can get the project then go from there. Who knows?! :)

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    1. If the carrot is good, go for it! Good luck. :)

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  6. How funny you feeling 'knowing where the story is going' would stall your interest in writing it. For me, it's the opposite. I'm stressed trying to figure out the plot!

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    1. I think that's part of the difference between pantsers and plotters. I like being surprised. My muse always has it work out in the end. :)

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  7. Veggies are my favorite. I eat them all. Thanks for telling us about LitRPG. I have a story that might fit that category. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. That's awesome! Good luck, and enjoy my share of veggies. I don't like them as much as I should.

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  8. I used to write Star Wars RPG, LOTR but have not in a long time but that was in group play not as a book. I may have to check that out.

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    1. That's awesome! I played in a lot of Harry Potter RPGs.

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  9. Maybe the carrot a reward e.g When I finish this from the novel to the chapter and so forth I can do this... Make it small things depending on what you need to get done before you give into that carrot. LOL.

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  10. I haven't heard of that genre. I'm not into gaming even a little so I don't think I could do it. Get those stories done and grab that carrot.

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  11. I've stalled out on my WIPs too. Just not feeling the fire. Don't know if/when I'll come back to it.

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    1. It's tough and the feeling is rotten. I have all these ideas, but the fire isn't raging.

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  12. You must resist because I want to know what happens to Erin! =| LOL

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  13. Never heard of LitRPG. Sounds like something that would appeal to YA readers, though.

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  14. I've never heard of LitRPG--that sounds so cool! And totally up your alley :) Good luck resisting the carrot!

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