On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Cutting and Revising

Still cutting and revising Heart Secret, got last beta reader's comments last night. I WILL have to also add words to make some scenes clearer. But you can see how I'm working so I can cut the least amount of full scenes. This DOES modify my voice and my characters voices, but it's better than whole scenes going.

So, into the 12-15 hour days.

Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Elements of My Books

I juggle various elements in my books, in Celta it is the romance, character development (including Fam comic relief), a small mystery/suspense, world-building, a dash of the past and set up for the future. I admit that I am reluctant to cut any world-building/Fams and set up. I should probably cut more, but I am of the opinion that ESPECIALLY in the Celta books, my fans like the world-building, like knowing about HouseHearts or magical systems...or a touch of a different religion. And set up...well, I'm working on the intelligent Turquoise House right now....

Merrry meet and merry part and merry meet again.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Heart Secret is DONE!


Whew! I thought as late as this morning that I wouldn't be able to finish. But it is done, and as always, WAAAY long, 112K+, so I'll be cutting about 6-7K, hopefully just tightening will be sufficient.



Climax Settings Quick List

Climax Settings Quick List: I keep lists to try and avoid duplicating myself. Like opening scene settings, etc. Here's today's :)

Climax settings;

HeartMate, estate grounds
Heart Thief, councilroom chamber
Heart Duel, city street/castle courtyard
Heart Choice, house mainspace
Heart Quest, warehouse/street
Heart Dance, laboratory
Heart Fate, park
Heart Choice, estate (previous in river)
Heart Journey, car/road
Heart Search, warehouse/street
Heart Secret, gulch
As always, may you enjoy the worlds you visit,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pandora Music Genome

Music Genome: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Film Score: Finale
by Danny Elfman on Music From The Films Of Tim Burton

Features of This Track:

a tranquil mood
a bittersweet sentiment
a well-known composer
a Romantic-Era style

That pretty much describes a large part of my music, and, well, maybe me. May you love what you hear today.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Amber Sargas' House -- Houses of Mystic Circle

Enchanted Again's heroine's house, Amber Sargas' House -- Houses of Mystic Circle.

May you enjoy every world you visit today!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

February/March Retreat

I usually go in November, but they are offering February/March also this year:

SICK OF THE COLD WEATHER ALREADY? Come to the writers hermit week in sunny Charleston in Feb/March! Only 2 spots left! Multi-million dollar mansion, great food, awesome company, no pesky interruptions. Writiers bliss. :D http://lowcountryrwa.com/retreat/

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Notes for the Chapter

I do something really simple if I have a few notes to include in a particular chapter (and they may carry over from one to another until they are included). I stick them at the top of the chapter, then cut when they are placed or I find they are no longer needed.

And that's all I have to say today.
May you enjoy all the worlds you visit.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year! And last year's stats...

All right, here are some stats. I wrote a little over 300K words (that I kept track of) last year. That does NOT include blog/facebook/twitter.

Last full day off, December 17, before that, November 28.

2011 Books: Enchanted No More (epubbed, print came out a touch before but it has a Jan 2011 pub date:

Heart Search

Hearts and Swords

Enchanted Again (pubbed, epub release TODAY, has a January 2012 pub date).

That's enough, I think. I'm hoping to get some novellas, stories out, and maybe epublish manuscripts 2 and 3 under a pseud.

Heart Secret should be out in August, and Enchanted Ever After (current title) out a year from now.

May you have a WONDERFUL and PRODUCTIVE year!

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