Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Pack it up, Summer's Over (#IWSG September 2022)

All last week I kept telling myself, "IWSG is coming up, you should write a post," and I kept putting it off. I got up yesterday, it was the kids first day back to school, so I was determined to finally write it. Then we got a call from the animal rescue we work with, saying they had two new dogs that needed to be picked up. One of them had been bitten in the face by another dog and lost an eye. So needless to say, that has taken priority.

But I digress. Writing continues, though unfortunately not on Gale Harbour Book 3. It is well underway, it just got shuffled aside temporarily while I work on side projects. I hope to be back onto it really soon. I've also been reading about writing - finally got through Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody and The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne (it's very, very good and analytical, but probably a bit overly complicated). I've also been working on some marketing-related tasks. I can tell you that BookSirens is good for getting a few low-cost reviews, and Voracious Readers Only has been a great help to get my mailing list started (for free, no less!)

Those are not affiliate links, by the way. 
But maybe I should get some, to make a few extra bucks fractions of a penny.

September IWSG Question - What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

I'm pretty open to try anything, but there are plenty of obscure subgenres that I would probably struggle with (simply because I haven't read them). Like, if you asked me to write an Amish Romance or Middle-Grade Dystopian Chick-Lit tomorrow, I don't think I could write you anything worthwhile. It might be hilarious, but I doubt actual fans of the genres would appreciate it.

That being said, the hardest thing for me to write would be anything serious.

How was YOUR summer?

Hugs & Kisses,

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  1. I'm always on the lookout for more books on writing. Thanks for the recs. I have to check our BookSirens! Happy IWSG day ;)

  2. I, too, have been struck with the back to school scramble. Though it seems like we had different expectations. I knew I was going to get busier, but it sounds like you expected more time.

    I hope you manage to find more time on your hands! And good luck with those rescues!

  3. I loved Save the Cat Writes a Novel. I'm going to buy it and try the techniques when I start my next manuscript.

  4. I don't read romance novels, but if you write an Amish Romance novel, I might make an exception. It does sound like it could be fun! One of your chapter's name could be, "Necking in the buggy,"

    1. Amish Romance is a genuine genre, popular with not just Amish people. Not familiar with it myself, so I can't say whether it's "wholesome" or "naughty" *shrug*

  5. I don't think I could write that genre either.
    Free mailing list help is always good!

  6. Well, if we're going with the obscure genres, I think I'll have to change my answer to 'splatterpunk romance!' Actually, now that I've said it, I kind of want to try that....

    1. Actually, splatterpunk romance does sound pretty cool... sounds like something Carlton Mellick would write.

  7. I'm wandering around and killing time by reading the posts I missed at the beginning of the month (hint: that's most of them). I think I agree with you about the hardest to write being anything serious! Though I do try from time to time, I've yet to produce anything serious over 1000 words that was worth looking at.


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