>Guest Blog Day – Candi Wall

>Because I believe a blog should be fluid and not static, and of late, my posts have been sporadic. Thereby the blog is pretty static. *sigh* Of course, that’s because I’ve been hunkered down at the desk writing! *grin* So when Candi approached me as to whether I do guest blogs, I thought about it, and decided that…

  1. It would make the blog more fluid
  2. It would take some pressure off me to write a post (WOOT!)
  3. As long as the post was entertaining, informative and not outright promo, it might be fun.
  4. It would be another way for me to give back to writers who are at a stage in their career that I remember quite well.

So, here’s Candi Wall with her post about writing and her epiphany based on a single word. Enjoy. Monica
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Hi, Monica! Thanks for having me. My novel ‘STAY’ is entered in the Next Best Celler Contest at TextNovel.com

Another contest post, you say? How many of these have we read? Subjectivity, poor marks, great comments, finals, no finals…yada, yada, yada… Ummm, yeah. We’ve read about them a ton. So no, this won’t be a post about contests, but about a single word.

A single word that Monica once used in an e-mail she sent to a loop we both belong to.

One Word

Didn’t think a huge amount about it at the time. Just kind of filed it away with so many other snippets we all gain from all the posts, groups, workshops, lectures…yada
(K, you get the point.) But this one word raised its head with a vengeance the moment I clicked the link that would lead me to TextNovel’s upload page, where I found myself staring at the blank section titled Chapter 1.

Nasty little word that it was, it mocked my prose the moment I entered my chapter on the screen. 500 words later (Since I wanted to conform as closely to the contest advisements as possible) I sat back with that word screaming in my head like a demented cheerleader – for the opposing team.

Impact Is The Word

My writing was like this picture.

Pretty nice.

I flashed back in my mind, thought about Monica’s e-mail and the meaning I’d so carelessly looked over at that time. Now, I knew what she’d meant. NOW, I understood what the definition of that word encompassed…

Monica’s statement… ‘Make each word count. Make every line and every word have impact…’

IMPACT, IMPACT, IMPACT!

This picture is how I needed my writing to speak.

If there’s one thing that will surely make you take stock in your writing, it’s trying to break down your work into 500 word increments, and have them exciting, happy, sad, tense, whatever enough to keep the reader clicking or flipping to the next portion.
I’ve revised more of my story than I ever would have. And my newest WIP will get the same break down when it comes to edits.

Think you’ve got Impact? Here’s a little test. Take a section of your work. And since we all tend to refine the first three chapters to death, take the section from a later section of your book. Now here’s the rub. Only take 1000 words. End on a sentence, so if you have 1006 it’s okay, and see what you’ve got on the impact scale.

1-5

1) Ugh, did I actually write this and why?

2) Wow, I didn‘t realize how passive I sounded. My characters are blah here…

3) So-so. Maybe this character slows things down… especially when he/she really isn’t contributing much…but what if he/she did this…

4) Hey, I’ve actually got some good stuff here, maybe I can strengthen…

5) Dang, I’m the bomb and I need to stop reading Candi’s post. She’s got no impact ‘cause I GOT IT ALL!

No cheating. Just snip a section, don’t even see what portion it is and chop it to a thousand to see what you’ve got. Really brave, go down to 500!

Let me know your results. I’m happy to hear from 1’s as well as 5’s! And of course, share your own thoughts on how you keep your prose from lagging.

Candi Wall
http://www.textnovel.com / ‘STAY’
http://www.musetracks.wordpress.com

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

5 thoughts on “>Guest Blog Day – Candi Wall

  1. >Thanks for having me.

    TextNovel and the Dorchester contest is an interesting process. I've learned a lot in the months of competition and I'm having a great time on the blog tour.

    Huge congrats on the EPPIE award!!!

  2. >Thanks for guest blogging today Candi. I enjoyed the post as I told you a couple of days ago.

    I like #4. There's nothing better than looking at something you've written and thinking to yourself…DAMN that's really good writing. Of course it would be great if the writing were that good ALL the time. LOl

  3. >Thanks for guest blogging today Candi. I enjoyed the post as I told you a couple of days ago.

    I like #4. There's nothing better than looking at something you've written and thinking to yourself…DAMN that's really good writing. Of course it would be great if the writing were that good ALL the time. LOl

  4. >Great point, John!

    I think you're right that some slower paced or even 'lazy' writing can be forgiven. I can't imagine a novel that didn't have some flow and ebb.

    And of course, there are always slower paces needed for certain moods, but finding them and understanding that they can work, can also make us aware of wether we are preceeding or following with impact writing, instead of staying on that course.

    Thanks for stopping in, and I have a hard time believeing you found anything in your work that could be claissified as a 1!

  5. >Well done, Candi! I’ve actually experienced the 1-3 effect after casually flipping through my WIP.

    I’ve also done this with books on the shelves in a book store. Sometimes, when in the rhythm and beat of a plot, a reader might overlook or forgive lazy writing when their imagination is caught up in an intriguing concept. But you just know when the writing hits the sweet spot — even when you flip to sample several pages (or 1,000 words) in the heart of the novel.

    Great points you make. The photos describe precisely how we either succeed or fail to convey visuals through the words we choose. –John R.