Recent Kindle Clippings

Here's another round of Christy's recent Kindle Clippings. 

Since I've been immersed in WRITING DAYS as of late, I haven't read or blog hopped.  And I'm sorry for that (the blog hopping part) because I really haven't been doing my part in keeping up with you and your lives and your writing.  I look fwd to being able to get back to that in the future. 

I'm especially excited for Writoncon this year since that's when I met so many writers last year and hope to see you all there this year.  I'm hoping for the critiquing forums again so I can see all of your work and we can help each other out with queries and first pages! 

Now that my first draft is done, I took a little time to find where I'd stashed my Kindle only to find it dead.  Not as dead as erica's was, but dead as in needing a charge.  Once it was ready to be fired up, I read my plot book, WRITE GREAT FICTION-PLOT AND STRUCTURE by James Scott Bell (A must have for writers.  Seriously!).

Here are a few of the notes I took:

-Great Quote:  "I don't have a name and I don't have a plot.  I have the typewriter and I have white paper and I have me and that should add up to a novel."  -William Saroyan

-The quote fit in with the chapter because you should not write what you know, but write who you are.  This will help you to be original.
-Novelist and writing teacher, Barnaby Conrad said, "Once you get a characer with a problem, a serious problem, plotting is just a fancy name for how he or she tries to get out of the problem."

-When plotting, use the LOCK system.  Lead, Objective, Confrontation, Knockout (ending)

-"Not every idea is of equal value.  To find the best plots, you need to come up with hundreds of ideas, then choose the best ones to develop."

It felt really good to revamp my Christy page at the top of this screen.  Look up.  See it?  Well, I changed it to reflect where I'm at with my writing. 
It felt good to announce the burial of Solstice.  Liberating.  I love being able to move on. 

Espcially with Fixing Shelby getting herself ready to query.  To see my second draft of her query, click here.  You'll also find her loglines.  (I DO know I'm supposed to set it aside for months before editing and revising, however, with WOC coming up, I wanted to get it ready.  In all fairness, I wrote the first 3/4 a year- 6 months ago...so really it WAS set aside.  Yeah?)


  1. Interesting quotes. I don't think I've read that book but it sounds good.

  2. Thanks for the book quotes! I read the query for Fixing Shelby again~ I just love that line about "more mud than a farmer's welcome mat." :)

  3. I LOVE that book, and completely agree--it is a MUST for any writer. I'm looking forward to seeing you at Writoncon. This will be my first year. =)

  4. Thanks for the great notes! That sounds like a book I'll have to pick up. I'm off to check out your re-vamped page!

  5. hey! Those are great clippings. I love the one about lots of ideas and then choosing the best one to develop. Very cool~ :o) <3

  6. Great quotes! I got to attend one of James Scott Bell's workshops and it was awesome! Good luck with your writing.

  7. Why is it that the best writing advice always turns out to mean "Just be yourself. There's no one way to do anything, so just let things happen and be true to your voice."

    <3 Gina Blechman

  8. Hi Christy,

    You sound so together with this post. Issues resolved and excited about the future... GOOD FOR YOU!

    I am so proud of you on how you've grown as a writer this past year. Keep up the good work!

  9. Hey, good for you! A new project is always just what the DR ordered. And I'll be seeing you at WriteOnCon! yay!!

  10. I'm gearing up for WOC by getting my pitch, syn and query ready. That's where I really want some help this year. See you there!

  11. Can't wait for the WriteOnCon recap from you girls. Seems like it is so much fun.


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