Winter Newsletter


What have I been doing?

The Novel

The past 6 months have gone very quickly. I have written a novel, which is currently with my literary agent. What a huge task it was!  I honestly thought it would take 3 months to complete, but it took double that amount of time.  The process has been wonderful though.  Changing my writing style from short, sharp stories into a longer piece was difficult at first. I’m not used to having to draw things out.  But at the end of the day I have really found it a wonderful experience. The biggest obstacle for me was the narrative arcs.  There were so many, and all needed to be tied up by the end of the piece.  I drew up a large grid pattern timeline and that helped immensely.  I did manage to keep the characters true to their personalities and roles, so I am pleased about that, and am thankful that I have studied psychology as it is helpful in characterizations.

Writing Groups The Ruth Falkner Library in Belmont continues to have the monthly writer’s group. Unfortunately they get together in the afternoon, which is when I am working. Which just goes to show that sometimes you can throw your dreams out there and see them eventuate, only to find out they were really for others all along. I’m pleased that locals have been attending and it is a popular circle.

Making Movies I am feeling called to write a Film. This is my next project, though I may write it as a novel/ novelette first and then write the script. I am in the plotting process at the moment. I have meet some members of a production unit and am looking forward to surprising them with a script later in the year, to see if they are interested in making a movie.

Short Stories, Competitions and Magazines I have my university exams at the moment, so my writing has been on the backburner while I deal with *insert groan* statistics! Missing writing my shorts for smashwords, but will have a month off from uni soon and plan to write my little heart out 🙂 Thanks for following. What have you been up to?


2 thoughts on “Winter Newsletter

  1. Aloha Wendy,

    Statistics! Girl, I feel your pain! Memories of the agony flood back over me. Long painful processes yielding doubtful results. I guess I never really believed that the world fell into those neat little piles.

    A Novel – Congratulations! Finishing one in only twice the expected time is impressive. I look forward to reading it. Also impressive is that you already have a literary agent – I’m envious.

    As for me? I am struggling to pull myself out of the social media quagmire. I was told to build an Author Platform; to increase name recognition. I think I have achieved some success at that – but it came with a steep price. I believe social media to be a black hole that will eventually consume all of the time in the Universe. The challenges are tantalizing and the feedback is addictive. Still, now I can say, “Everyday someone reads something that I have written” – time was I couldn’t say that. I just have to get back to writing my stories.

    And Wendy, I do want to say – you are looking really foxy in that picture.

    A Hui Hou,

    • Hi Wayne, I love what you have been doing with your site. You have some great experiences in there and although I’m not a golfer, I’ve always enjoyed reading about those experiences and seeing the photos. Author platforms are very important. But there does need to be a limit. I am trying to do mine as a 4 times a year newsletter – at least it shows I am still actively writing. Also, you have written your Boudreaux Jokes book that was published recently. But, truth is I do miss the novel you were working on…

      My suggestion is what I plan to do for myself once my exams are over, and that is to get some very short stories and even mircofiction done to get me back into the swing of things. I think it is important, and certainly it was stressed by my writing lecturers at uni, to have at least 1 story published in a magazine/ ezine and also to place or win in one competition every year so that publishers know you are having small successes so they will take your larger works on. Look forward to reading some of your creative writing again.

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