Recently, I went to New York for a site visit. As always, at this time of the year, the city was glittering in preparation for the holidays. The weather was cloudy at the start of my trip, however after a couple of days, the sun returned.
You will recall when I blogged about the writer’s tool of observation, I suggested you not only experience the physical nature of an environment, also immerse yourself in the smells, sounds, colors and facial expressions of people you encounter. I used this technique to gather bits and pieces of the life of this great city.
Here are some photos from my trip.
Park Avenue at dusk
Park Avenue at Night
Centerpiece in Store Window
Twinkling lights were everywher
Display in Home Decor Store
NYC Night Sky
Roz in Midtown Manhattan
I enjoy sharing my writing experiences with you because you have been with me from the beginning. Much that I write about on-line relates to the art of creating stories, however, the process of growth has lessons in many aspects of life.
If you’re writing, I suggest you go deep into your culture and there you’ll find all the hope you need to tell your own stories. Check your cultural cues and they will open new roads for writing and telling stories. I did just that with Friends. As an African American I pondered our world-view of friendship. I remembered how my grandmother, my mother, mother-in-law and other important women in my life interacted with their friends. It gave me a starting point.
Often friendships are as valuable as family relationships. Because families are so scattered these days, sometimes friends are more valuable. An individual’s need for connections, validation, emotional support, approval etc., can, on occasion, only be met by friends.
The coming holidays will bring many opportunities for you to be a supportive friend.
Team, just keeping you in the loop,
1.The Little Manual will be ready soon.
2.The main character in my next novel has a name. I will reveal it to you at a later date. I believe you will find the character believable and intriguing. My notebook for this novel is brimming with interesting details. I’m hesitant about revealing too much. Please stick with me as we begin another journey together.
Team, as promised, I’m now on Twitter. You can follow me at twitter.com/rozinc. I’m still moving forward toward publication of my next book.
With some trepidation, I have decided to enter the arena of social media. I will soon have a Twitter account. You will be the first to know. I’m hoping to have more personal interaction with my readers.
Life’s Little Manual is complete, however, I’m in the review and rewrite phase now. This is a very tedious process, because I must continuously go over the manuscript, printing it out, sometimes as many as three times in one day.
This is probably the loneliest time in any author’s journey, reading the same words over and over. But, it has to be done. It is during this phase many of those wonderful words, phrases and sometimes entire paragraphs are cut from the manuscript. It is like getting rid of a close friend, very wrenching. To be frank, I believe this is the most important part of the journey because you are tightening the work. You may make small additions, but cutting is a high priority at this stage.
During the many rewrites of Friends to Die For, I cut an entire chapter. After publication when I packed away and stored all those rewrites I kept that chapter with important papers. Go figure.
I hope all you budding authors will find some solace in my experience. Cutting is a vital part of the process. It makes your work leaner and cleaner.
Enough about rewrites. Once they are finished the manuscript will go to the editor.
As you begin this New Year, it is my sincere hope you will be successful in all of your endeavors. Because you have been so supportive of my literary efforts, I want to thank you profusely.
From the beginning, 2010 was an exciting year. I had many book events. I was honored by the Twelve-In-Twelve Book Club of Columbia, Maryland as the Club’s featured author of 2010. It was very big for me. I had attended several of their annual presentations in past years, never thinking that one day I would be so honored.
Remember, if you are a member of a book club and would like me to come and speak at one of your meetings, I would be happy to do so.