Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blogging Elsewhere

The theme at YA Outside The Lines is NaNoWriMo. My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters and Swoon At Your Own Risk are both NaNo novels!

Here's a link to my post: http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2017/11/i-believe-sydney-salter.html

Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Reading Project: Expanding My Worldview

For the past few years, I've focused about half the books I read into what I call Reading Projects. Sometimes I read to prepare for a trip - so that I understand the history and culture of the place I'm visiting. I have a lifelong project to read a biography about each American president. Right now I'm finishing up a series of books about the 1920s. Just for fun - and to catch a few classics I had missed along the way. I'm old enough to appreciate them more now :)

A few months ago my 17-year-old daughter came home from school, insisting that I watch the TED talk her English teacher had shown in class: The Danger of A Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Not only did the talk inspire me as a writer, it inspired me as a reader.

My 2017 reading project will be to read at least 12 books from non-European cultures. I also plan to include some history for context. I write a brief note about all the books I read on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/SydneySalter), but I plan to blog about my 2017 Reading Project.

I am so excited to learn more about people all around the world!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Blogging Elsewhere

I've over at YA Outside The Lines today, blogging about my writing heroes!

You can read the post here: http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/11/writing-heroes-by-sydney-salter.html

Monday, October 10, 2016

Blogging Elsewhere!

Hello! Today I'm over at YA Outside The Lines blogging about fear--and how each novel I've published comes with its own unique fears.

See the full post here: http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/10/each-story-inspires-its-own-fears.html

Friday, October 7, 2016

Flooded With Shiny New Ideas!

It's happening again...

I have spent the last several months working on preparation for my WIP, researching, taking notes, filling notebook pages with character development exercises, possible scenes, a loose plot plan.  

Ready and excited to write, I began drafting the actual novel, one page at a time. Slow but sure, I'm adding to my word count and page count. But it's happening again...

Shiny new ideas are flooding my mind!

Every time I start a new novel this seems to happen to me, and I'm not sure why.

Am I living in a really creative mode? Maybe. I haven't quite reached the total immersion stage of writing (I still have to keep a cheat sheet of my characters' names and relationships in front of me), so I'm still in the world-building stage of writing. I'm setting up the action for the middle of the novel, discarding some ideas, embracing others. So maybe I am simply in a mode of creating ideas?


Am I hedging my bets? Probably. Novels in the early stages do not look anything like the fantastic imagined stories we've prepared to write. Most of writing occurs in revision. I know that I'll need to go back and add layers of depth later. In spite of pages and pages of character prep, I still don't really know my characters yet. That comes with more scenes, more paragraphs, more pages, more plot. Revision. Revision. Revision.

I'm in the ignore the problems and push forward stage of writing. That's why all these shiny new ideas seem so great. I haven't discovered their flaws yet! I'm noting all the ideas in the back of a notebook, but I'm pushing forward so I can finish my first draft.

Then I can polish this novel--during revision!