Sorry there hasn't been as much blogging this week. Honestly, I've been kind of tired and burned out. Hubby is heading out to Washington DC to see his dad this weekend, and this will probably be the last time he gets to see him. It's been very emotional at home, and tough on every front.
I'm in the middle of my book for the Shivers line, but I had to stop for a breather. It's hard to concentrate and be creative with so much home stuff going on. Instead of trying to push creatively when I'm just too stressed out to write, I've been on a mission to learn more about layering conflict and building realistic character goals.
Instead of writing, I've been reading a lot lately. Fiction, of course. Lately I've picked up a couple of Harlequins across different lines, and a couple of erotic romance e-books from different places around the net. I've also been reading a lot of non-fiction.
For the non-fiction, I very recently read Kate Walker's 12 Points Guide to Writing Romance, which has probably the clearest, no nonsense explanation of layering conflict out there. She also explains the difference between types of conflict very well. I learned a lot just from the section on conflict. That said, I highly recommend the 12 Points Guide. I also recently read The Complete Guide to Heroes & Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami Cowden. That's a very good book, too. Both of these are destined for my keeper shelf.
I'm currently reading The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. I haven't gotten far enough into it to say yay or nay, but it came highly recommended, and I like the short, to the punch sections. I may have to come back and post more about that one later. Another one from the TBR stack is Fiction First Aid, by Raymond Obstfeld. I haven't had a chance to flip through that one yet, but it's next up after "Art of War".
So that's the deal. I'm reading and plotting, and trying to keep the creative fires burning. Hm. I'm thinking the creative fires could probably be helped along by a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Maybe I should confer with Mini about that.