Write often and always…
There’s something to be said for writing a new first draft. In this new world of self-publishing you have to have something new to toss out there in the flood, to get anywhere. So they say. Who’s they? Well, everyone, of course. Dean Wesley Smith, JA Konrath, just…everyone whose anyone.
So I write short sometimes. Sometimes they never show up, sometimes, they do. The point is, you need to write, write, write. Write light, like my friend Kathy here, write journals, write blogs or physical diaries. Rewrite faery tales in your own inimitable way. It works for lots of writers. Write dark….I wrote dark on a whim once about two years ago… And I scored my first publication. Since then, I’ve leaned darker… For instance my story in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes.
I wanted to write about a cat burglar, and she morphed into an ancient priestess dedicated to the goddess Sekhmet? You know her, right? No? Well, go trawl through the library and search engines. Maybe you’ll find something inspiring. Read my story about her if you’d like to see what I did with her tail—I mean tale.
So the moral here? Write, write everything. Write what lights up your darkness. It helps you get better as a writer, it helps you have content—and if you can’t find a publisher for it, well… do it yourself. The stigma in that is gone.
Don’t know how to kick your WIP in the pants? There are a couple interesting articles I read that I thought might be of help you all out too:
This one *points up* is real interesting. I have a story forming right now that could use these. I myself tend to use tarot cards–yes, tarot cards (thanks to a workshop by Vicki a year or so ago?) to come up with my story arcs. But I digress….
Please do check out all the stories in Dark Things II Cat Crimes, there are many fantastic stories and authors involved. Want to see what I mean? Well… here’s the blurb.
A collection of tales featuring feline mayhem, murder and dastardly deeds. Vampire cats. Scoundrel cats. Daring cats. Killer cats. Cats you don’t want in your worst nightmares and cats you might want on your side against evil. Authors include Mary V. Welk, Patty G. Henderson, Patricia Harrington, Jim Silvestri, Ken Goldman, Shanna Germain, Anna Sykora and dozens more. Intro by Robert W. Walker.
And for my story:
“What Sekhmet Keeps”
by J.D. Revezzo
Betrayed by a false lover, cat shifter priestess Onfalia Mau lost her lioness soul and freedom to her lover’s treachery and Sekhmet’s wrath. Now, after three thousand years, Donquar has returned with one thing in mind: to steal the goddess’s scepter. Onfalia knows that to do so means to unleash Sekhmet’s unholy, bloody Slaughter on the world and she’ll stop at nothing to foil Donquar’s plans.
The book is available in Kindle and paperback at:
All proceeds go to the Cat House on The Kings no-kill cat shelter.
Thanks, Kathy, for letting me and the kitties sneak in here today. I promise, they didn’t shred the curtains…At least, I think they didn’t. Never can tell with those evil felines!
About J.D. Revezzo:
J.D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and the special interest RWA chapter Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal.
You can learn more about her works at:http://julidrevezzo.com/
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