Sharon Schulze

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

I've spent a lot of time this week in the 13th century (Ireland and the Welsh Marches) as I work on a new medieval romance, and it's starting to impinge upon my subconscious, as well as my conscious, mind.

Characters are talking, which is a good thing, except that what they're saying isn't necessarily what I need to hear next. They're jumping ahead of where I am in the story--and since I tend to be a linear writer, I'm finding this a bit disconcerting! I've rarely had this problem before, and hopefully it will go away soon--but in the meantime, I'd better write down what I'm hearing before it flies out of my brain :-)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

There has been a bit of discussion going on about the writing process on several links and blogs of late. I find it very interesting to hear about how other writers approach the craft--it seems there are as many ways to write a book as there are writers.

Hearing about those other approaches can really add to the frustration level, however, when a writer is having a tough time with her own work. It can be all too easy to believe you're going about things the wrong way when your own methods fail you and it sounds like what others are doing must be better. It's easy to jump into someone else's method with nerves flailing and brain in panic mode--something that's likely to fail simply because you're not thinking, you're reacting. It could be that something else would work for you, as long as you calm down long enough to think about what you're doing, or how to employ that new approach.

Writing is a tough job; there's far more involved than just coming up with strings of words (and no, it truly doesn't matter that you can type a gazillion words a minute if you don't have anything to say, or don't know how to say it. If you could see how I type, you would be laughing hysterically right about now . . . I'm a classic one-handed H&P typist, but that's fast enough for how I write, believe me. I'm a pretty fast H&P typist, but still, two hands would be quicker :-)). Thinking up what to say isn't necessarily the problem, either--sometimes the images and words you have in your mind just don't translate easily into words on a page.

The important thing, I guess, is to find what works for you, keep plugging away at it, and don't let outside distractions or influences get in your way. Easier said than done, but I'm willing to bet most of us have some way of overcoming those obstacles.

Mine is my timer, and a series of mini-deadlines of 20 - 30 minutes each. It's looking like it's time to rev up the digital timer . . . . I'll let you know if it helps.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Tag! I'm it :-)

This weekend's multifamily tag sale was fun--we sent lots of neat items to new homes, got to visit with each other, caught some rays, and made a little $$ in the process. The neatest part--for me, anyway--happened when I was chatting about books with a very nice customer who was about to purchase an armload of old historical romances. In the course of the conversation I mentioned I wrote historical romances, she asked my name . . . and it turned out she recognized my name, had read my books, even had 5 of them at home!

I'm not sure which of us was more excited; she seemed quite pleased to meet a published author, and I was thrilled to meet a reader in such an unexpected way. She certainly made my day (and my weekend :-)).

Friday, August 18, 2006

A new blog . . . check it out!

I'm a member of a great email loop of Harlequin Historicals authors--past and present--that is, imo, the best group of ladies I can imagine. Thanks to the efforts of the talented and obviously energetic Michelle Styles, the HH authors have a blog

(btw, if you enjoy the HBO series Rome--or if you're just plain looking for a good read--be sure to check out Michelle's The Gladiator's Honor (Shop eHarlequin: Book Detail))

I hope the blog gets good traffic, since there is a lot of information about some terrific books there. I've always been a fan of the HH books--even before I began writing for them :-)--and I'm glad to see a new venue to spread the word about the books, as well as the great ladies who write them.

Check it out!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hey, there--

It's been way too long since I've posted here. I've been so bad, I haven't even had a chance to check out the 2BeRead blog, which I was pretty diligent about. I have excuses--lots of excuses, really good ones (like a really great family wedding, among other things) that partially explain why I've been essentially MIA for so long.

So what have I been up to? Sewing, flower arranging, getting my yard in shape for a big party . . . fun stuff. Oh, I also attended the RWA conference in Atlanta, which was great--one of the best conferences I've been to in a long time.

Summer is drawing to a close soon, however, and I guess if the kids have to go back to school, I also need to get back in the groove and get my head back into the 13th century. I'm looking forward to it, actually, since it's a time period I love and the stories I'm working on are about some really neat characters.

Right now I'd better get back to this evening's task--pulling together assorted things for a group tag sale (aka a yard sale or garage sale if you don't live in Connecticut). I started out thinking I didn't have much stashed away that would be worth putting into the sale, but now that I've been consulting my inner pack rat, more and more stuff is magically appearing.

I'll be back!