Putting Yourself Into Your Work

I was reading an article in a writer’s magazine today that talked about how this particular author always incorporated a little piece of herself and her life, whether it be childhood or adulthood, into her novels.  They are not autobiographical per say but in some ways each of them give away some aspect of who she is.  I started thinking about the book of novel storylines that I have that I want to work on and realizing that in some ways I do the same thing.  

Now my first novel (The Diary: Succession of Lies) is very much based on some true events that I experienced and worked into the novel.  The second one that I want to get published (When Love Calls; currently awaiting the editing phase) may be a little less based on accurate details but I totally identify with my main character as if a piece of me is in her even though she and I are not really alike.  With the current novel that I worked on during NaNoWriMo and am still working on (Through the Looking Glass) right now is so far a part from any real experience I have ever been through but yet I identify with my main character, Mackenzie, so much.  Now Mackenzie and I are absolutely nothing alike but yet I feel so in tune with her.  

How is it that I can be so in tune with a character that I am nothing alike?  Isn’t it funny how sometimes when you are telling a story you can identify with a particular character that you really have nothing in common with?  But then again that’s the joy and excitement of writing novels.  You get to tell stories that you would probably never actually live through and if you want to throw in a few real life experiences you can do that too.  Until tomorrow…How much of yourself do you put into your stories? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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NaNoWriMo Day 25: Just a Short Note

This weekend I will be consuming myself with nothing but writing because I have unfortunately slacked off on my word count over the last few days.  I will be thinking about nothing but my story and Mackenzie Brown and stopping to do nothing but maybe eat every once and a while.  So if I do not check back in here tomorrow (which I’m pretty sure I will) that is what I am doing.  I have to make it to that 50,000 and I don’t have much longer.  So goodnight all my fellow Nano-ers and I hope your novels are going well.  Until next time…Write, Write, Write! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”

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NaNoWriMo Day 22: Rainy Days

Rainy days always make me feel a little sad and lazy.  Today was a rainy day and unfortunately I did succumb to the feeling of laziness and a touch of sadness (mainly for my character Mackenzie who is going through something right now).  However, while it may be late, I have decided to show up.  This post may be coming later than I would have normally posted it but I did show up to write it.  I also did not write this morning but I plan on showing up tonight to sit down and write.  I meant what I wrote yesterday about deciding to show up and I plan to hold myself to it.  Granted I would have liked to have a whole day of work to show that I showed up but some is better than none and while I showed up late, it is better late than never.  Tomorrow is another day and I already have it mapped out in my head what I need to do and work on to be productive.  I am almost at 50,000 words (a little over 32,000) and I plan to be able to say I succeeded come November 30th.  I hope all of my fellow writers out there who are participating in this challenge are doing well in their novels.  I’ve got to go now, Mackenzie is getting closer to the person who killed the Congressman.  Until next time…Don’t let the rainy days hold you back. 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”

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NaNoWriMo Day 18: Every Character Deserves to Have Their Own Voice

Okay so Mackenzie’s best friend, Leah, is beginning to tell me more of her story and she is deciding that she would like to have more of a voice here.  So that leaves me to wonder whether I should give her a voice now or if I should make the second book that will be in this new series more focused on her and the story she is dying to tell.  I think I might have actually figured out how to bring her more to the forefront in the second book but the question is, should I give my readers a glimpse of her now.  I mean it’s not like I can just silence her in my head.  She has gotten tired of sharing the attention with Mackenzie and of all of Mackenzie’s issues taking over and she wants to be heard.  I guess if I promise her more of a feature in the next book she might be a little quieter until then, or at least wait until I finish this book and can capture her story with a little more detail.  Don’t you just hate when the character you least expected to speak up decides they want to distract you from the original plan you started out with.  Okay well if I’m being honest, I was actually waiting for someone else to decide they wanted to tell their story so I can’t really complain.  I guess I have a lot of work ahead of me once I finish this novel because the next one won’t be far behind.  Until next time…Go ahead, let your background characters have their moment too! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”

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NaNoWriMo Day 17: Having a Backwards Kind of Day

Okay today has been one lacking in productivity.  I was supposed to write this morning but the bed wouldn’t let me go.  So I resolved to write later in the morning but alas nothing was moving me to write.  Now I make a promise to myself that by the end of the day I will have my minimum words written for the day but right now things feel a little backwards.  I would normally have my words done for the day by the time I got around to writing up my blog post but today will just have to be different.  I have actually, in lieu of writing, started thinking about the second book in the series that this book is going to be the beginning of.  I was thinking about the kind of case Mackenzie will be encountering in the next book and what else Mackenzie is going to reveal about herself in that one because something tells me that this book will not spill all of the secrets in her life.  I was also thinking about what I might want the cover to look like and what the book trailer might consists of.  I think I might have to go ahead and put together a marketing plan for this book before all of the ideas leave my mind and before it is too late to start thinking about this aspect of the novel.  I have big things planned for this book, at least in my mind anyway.  Well I guess I’m going to go actually do my word count for the day.  Until next time…What would your book trailer look like? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”

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NaNoWriMo Day 16: Just Trying to Keep Up

Okay I have not been doing so well with the early morning sessions for the last three days.  I’ve managed to get my words completed but it has been a struggle to get them out.  There are added distractions once it reaches past a certain point in the morning.  This is probably why it works better for me to write at5 inthe morning.  I can’t understand how it was so easy for me to get up early in the beginning of National Novel Writing Month but now that it’s halfway through to the end it’s becoming more and more of a struggle.  I suppose maybe it was the excitement of the new project.  It is comforting to know that my struggle is not making it any harder for Mackenzie to communicate to me.  She seems to always be ready to tell me something new.  In fact she keeps trying to get me to get back with the program so that she doesn’t have to wait so long to tell me what’s going to happen with her next.  I suppose I should try my best to keep up with my character rather then making her wait because you know how that goes.  You make the characters wait and you might end up missing out on what they were trying to tell you.  Until next time…have you been keeping up with all of your characters?  

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”

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