Daily Archives: January 23, 2005

Setting

I heard somebody say setting is the step child of category romance. I think I’ve got to agree. My CPs keep telling me they have no real sense of place in my current story. (The one I love) so I’m going through trying to fix that. I know I need to do something with the beginning, but just a little. Right now you know it’s in the south but it could be anywhere from Texas to Georgia. It’s small town Texas, so that’s easy enough to fix. I mean, I KNOW small town Texas. 🙂
I HATE fixing it though.
As I was revising part one tonight I realized how hard it is to do setting without intruding into the character’s POV. I mean, if a character is used to something, so much a part of it, he won’t realize the setting. So you have to give it in the opposing character’s viewpoint. But if it’s snappy dialogue or sexual tension, you don’t want to take away from that with a line of setting. It’s so HARD! I keep wondering how my favorite authors do it and make it absolutely seemless. There are no breaks. Just little descriptors that give the reader an anchor point. I want to be that kind of writer. BUT DANG, it’s hard!!!!
I still love my story. I still love my characters. They are so strong. But my CPs are right. Right now, there’s no real sense of place.
UGH!
I think that’s going to be something I fix on a full manuscript revision. I’ll decide before I sit down to write tomorrow night.
To fix the setting or keep writing. That is the question.
I’m heading into the middle, just dropped off the first major TP, and this is where I usually pick up steam. I don’t want to lose that sense of expectancy by going backwards, but I don’t want this bothering me for the next couple weeks either.
Sometimes I wonder if my writing process is the least bit normal!
UGH!

Shopping for shoes!

Clothes and shoes have never really been my thing. I mean I could probably be on What Not to Wear with no problem. When I read chick lit I feel like I’m studying a foreign species: all these girls who care about shoes and name brands and being the perfect size. It’s so not me!
But since I’ve been on the weight loss journey, my clothes finally hit the far too big to continue wearing point, so we hit the malls yesterday and WOO HOO!
The sales were great and I found the most comfortable CUTE outfits. Skirts and shirts and pants. I should’ve bought a jacket. 🙂 It was so much fun to try on things and look good! I even bought two pairs of heels. First heels I’ve bought in ages. But I can wear them without hurting again and they make the outfits even better.
It was WONDERFUL!