Back to Writing!

Hey everybody! As I mentioned a little while ago, I’m currently working on a new novel! I took a small break from writing but will be getting back to it later today! I am very excited to continue working on this new project.

So what can I tell you about this new piece of writing that I’m working on? For one thing, it includes splash of romance in addition to being a fantasy. I came up with the idea after, for a few years now, having dreams about a crush that I had on someone from grades 1-5. For some reason, this person is constantly appearing in my dreams – even though I hardly ever think of him when I’m awake!

While I usually don’t read romance novels, I do appreciate a good love story. There have also been a few books that I’ve enjoyed that feature romance, especially James Patterson’s Sundays at Tiffany’s.

As many of you know, I enjoy writing fantasy stories and as a teen, I loved reading them. Naturally, I wanted to include fantasy in my current work and therefore, there will be some supernatural elements at play. The novel will be anything but your ordinary love story.

In addition to adding some romance to the story, another unique trait of the novel will be the style in which it is written. Without going into too much detail, it will be written in a way slightly different than the usual first or third person point of view. It will be easy to follow, but more complex in nature. This is a bit of a challenge for me, but I hope that it will be a very rewarding one at that.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peak into what I’m currently working on! Stay tuned for more information and don’t forget to check out my Instagram page! Thank you!

New Stories And Uncertainty

I’m currently working on a new novel, or at least, what I hope will become one. I have to be honest though and say that I’m not feeling as confident about this book as my other two. I keep wondering if what I have planned is enough to be made into a successful story. Is the plot good enough? Is the story idea fresh enough? Is it something readers would really want to sink their teeth into? So many questions are swirling around in my mind.

A part of me really likes the story idea and I feel that if I can write it well enough, then it’ll be successful. However, I do have doubts – I’m not above admitting that.

I don’t think I’m ready to give up on the idea quite yet though. In fact, I still like the idea quite a bit. I just need to really start diving into the story, after all I don’t have that much written yet. Also, there’s nothing wrong with me asking those I trust for their opinions, which I plan on doing.

I’m writing this post to tell you that it’s okay not to be 100% confident when writing something new – it doesn’t make you a bad writer or mean that your story isn’t up to snuff. All it means is that you’re human and that writing something good means so much to you, that you want to do a good job. While doubting in your abilities to write something extraordinary is never a good thing, caring that your work will turn out how you want it, is. As writers, we should want our writing to be something we’re proud of.

Remember that you are a talented writer. Look at your previous work and remind yourself that the wonderful words that you see came from your creativity. Trust your instincts and have faith in your abilities. Don’t give up on your story right away if you have some doubts, work with it for a while. If you still don’t like it, then you can work on something else, but don’t let temporary uncertainty make you question your talent as a writer.

An Exciting Reminder!

Hey everybody! This is just a reminder that in addition to my book, Rest in Piece, currently being available for purchase on Amazon.com, I am also working on a short story collection! I’m very excited for this project and have only one more story to complete. Then I will begin the editing process and hopefully soon after that, the book will be available for purchase!

The short stories will be a mixture of both fantasy and horror – two genres that I really enjoy writing and reading. While Rest in Piece leaned more towards young adult (though adults can certainly enjoy it as well), these stories are more appropriate for a slightly older audience.

I’d like to thank all those who have supported my writing and continue to do so! This is a very exciting time for me and I can’t wait to share this new collection with you once it’s finished! Please look for more updates as the weeks pass!

Also, don’t forget that if you’ve purchased my book, Rest in Piece, or will receive a copy (either the e-book or paperback) by April 28th, you can submit a photo of your copy displayed creatively to the Rest in Piece Photo Contest that I’m throwing! If you don’t feel comfortable being in the picture, that’s fine, you just have to display the book creatively for a chance to win! I wish all the participants the best of luck!

Thank You,

B.W. Ginsburg

 

 

Writing Project Information Is Here!

Hey everyone! So I know I’ve been talking about my newest writing project: a collection of short stories, and I thought I would give you a little more information!

First and foremost, after doing some research, I realized that most of the stories I plan to put together are actually considered ‘novellas’. Still, I plan on combining them in a larger book and calling them ‘short stories’. To me, a short story is anything that isn’t novel length or long enough to sell on its own.

While I’m not going to give a lot of detail on what each story is about, I thought that I would describe the stories a little bit to get you excited for when they (hopefully) come out. I think it’s important as a writer not to count your literary chickens too soon before they hatch. But I’m very excited!

Here’s the breakdown with the possible titles:

Spirits in the Marble A woman’s love for Halloween goes awry. Genre: Horror

Dream LandAfter a man gets into a car crash, he’s introduced to something fantastic and original. Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Historical Hell – Instead of God laughing at the plans of humans, Time laughs at God’s plans. Can this tragedy be fixed before it’s too late? Genre: Horror

Clarity – A beautiful story that shows that humans are not the only ones that can make a difference and that inner beauty is what’s important. Genre: Fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

Imagery & Getting Graphic

Imagery is a very important tool in writing. Imagery helps readers feel as if they’re part of a story, instead of just reading one.

In my opinion, I think few books really do a great job of incorporating imagery. I’ve read countless books where I find myself having a difficult time really seeing what I’m reading. However, there are writers like John Saul and Stephen King who come along and prove their ability to incorporate imagery in a successful matter.

After writing my first novel, Rest in Piece, I found that, while I had several good reviews, a common opinion was that I tended to tell more than show. While I do think I did a good job at using imagery in some areas of my novel, I agree that I could have done better.

As I’m working on my new writing project – a collection of short stories – I’m trying my hardest to use more imagery. In some ways, it’s difficult. One of my stories is a bit grotesque at times, dealing with a murderer who goes after mostly women. While I do think that the imagery is necessary to show how sick and disturbed the character is, it’s difficult for me to be so graphic.

I’m a person who prides herself on kindness; on not being gross or disturbing. The fact that I’m writing a story that would probably upset my mother does bother me. However, I know as a writer, you have to be strong and realize that some of the best books are detailed – even if the details make readers squirm.

Oftentimes, the best stories are the ones that put readers on edge. Simply stating that a man killed a woman isn’t enough. Readers will just read that and think, “Well that’s sad” or “That guy’s horrible!” and continue on their way. As a writer, you want your readers to really stop and think about the character’s actions – to really understand just how good or bad that character is!

So if you’re a type of person who doesn’t like to incorporate grotesque scenes and feels guilty doing so, please realize that sometimes, in order to write a good book, it’s necessary to be a little disturbing. That is, if the story calls for it. I’m not saying that you should throw in gross scenes willie nillie, but if you’re trying to convey someone doing something heinous or wrong, getting graphic might just be necessary. Don’t feel guilty for being a good writer.

 

Patience and Writing

Patience and writing. I think this is something that many of us struggle with. I know that I do.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to be a published author. They say that you should write for yourself and then afterwards, think about publishing. Maybe that’s easy for some people, but it never really has been for me. Don’t get me wrong, I write because I want to. I don’t write for the popularity or the possible purchases, but I write because I enjoy it and want to share my thoughts, ideas, and words with others.

The truth is though that while I’m writing a story, I’m thinking of possibly getting it published. I’m thinking of it one day being on a shelf somewhere or online available for purchase. I mean, come on, it’s been a  dream of mine for a long time so of course I think about it!

The thing is though, that although there’s nothing wrong with hoping your story or poetry will get published, you still have to write it first and you still have to make it good enough to get it published. You have to find a way to concentrate on the writing process and do the best you can at that first. I’m not saying you can’t think about getting your story or other work published, I’m just saying that you have to learn to focus on your writing. After all, that’s the most essential part. You can’t publish a story without writing it well first.

Trust me, I know the impatience that comes with writing. I wanted to get Rest in Piece published so badly. I hated reading it a billion times and correcting my mistakes. It seemed to take forever! It was important to me though that I got rid of as many errors as I could and that I made the story as good as it could be. I didn’t want to publish a story that wasn’t good and the only way to make sure of that was to take my time! It may be hard, but it’s worth it!

So while you’re writing, try not to rush. Take your time writing and enjoy the process. When editing, keep in mind that although it can be frustrating, it’s worth the time and effort. If you want your story or other work to be amazing, you have to put in the time. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s the truth.

-B.W. Ginsburg

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