Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Show and Tell #IWSG | 2017 Goals | Bookworm News

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. January's co-hosts are Eva @ Lilicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner. For a list of other IWSG bloggers, click here.
January's question: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?

A couple years ago, I would say "Write every day," but I must admit I've found it helpful to write every day. So I guess I would go with "Show, not tell." Yes, it's a good rule. It is better to show when writing, but there are times when telling is not only good but necessary. The rule should be show and tell with examples of when which is better. Of course, some days I still am trying to figure out if I'm showing enough. *laughs*

So. Wow. We've made it to 2017.

My writing goal this year is to finish writing the Soul Reaper series. I'm currently writing book two, A Soul to Keep, and have three more books to go.

My editing goal this year is to edit The Fate Challenges and start to publish them. Reborn was published way back in 2014. I have a bonus woodwose section titled Determined, which is set between Chapters 24 and 25 in Reborn, that I plan to publish on my website. I also need to edit and publish Marked (#1.5, a novella told from Liam's POV), Forged (#2), and Destined (#3). Destined will need the most work, so I might not have the time to publish it before the end of this year, but I'm hoping to get Determined, Marked, and Forged out. *crosses fingers*

Speaking of edits, I plan to count the words I edit this year instead of by the page. My hope is this will give me a clearer sense of how many words I edit as words per page varies so much.

My reading goal continues to be 24 books a year. I read 35 books last year.

My January goals include:
- Write for an hour a day in A Soul to Keep.
- Edit for 30 minutes a day in The Fate Challenges. This goal will likely revolve around the polish/read-through notes/creating a glossary of Reborn and editing Determined.
- Continue helping my friend with her nine-part novella series.

What are your goals for 2017?

2016 Stats: 348,203 words written and 2,213 pages edited

Shattered Spirit by Christine Rains
The Illusory Prophet by Susan Kaye Quinn
Stargate SG-1: Trial by Fire by Sabine C. Bauer
Ghost Cat by Christine Rains
Raven by Rachel Morgan

Shattered Spirit by Christine Rains
Ametta Dorn’s dream job of remodeling a Cremaschi comes with a ghost of a problem in Christine Rains’ Shattered Spirit. The fourth novella in the Totem series follows the youngest Dorn sister, a polar bear shifter. What I loved best was Ametta’s emotional growth and how she becomes closer to the handsome Kodiak shifter Lucky Osberg. Rains continues to expand the paranormal world she’s created and introduces readers to unusual mythological creatures such as the domovoi. Shattered Spirit by Christine Rains delves deeper into the characters’ lives while keeping the tension high as they continue their quest for the seven totem tokens.

The Illusory Prophet by Susan Kaye Quinn
Elijah “Eli” Brighton needs to understand his powers before his next vision comes true in Susan Kaye Quinn’s The Illusory Prophet. As Eli falls deeper in love with Kamali, he can’t hide from the world falling apart around him and what that world expects of him. What I loved most about this book was Eli’s growth in his powers concerning the fugue. He is finally stepping up to his destiny, whether he wants to accept that destiny or not. I love how Quinn infuses science fiction with philosophical musings of the soul and reality. The twists at the end have left me craving the next book. A fast-paced story, The Illusory Prophet by Susan Kaye Quinn is a fantastic intellectual installment in her Singularity series that will excite science fiction fans.

Stargate SG-1: Trial by Fire by Sabine C. Bauer
An archaeological discovery on Earth leads the SG-1 team to a new planet in Sabine C. Bauer’s Trial by Fire. This novel is set in the Stargate universe. Colonel Jack O’Neill, Dr. Daniel Jackson, Major Samantha Carter, and Teal’c become drawn into a conflict between the Tyreans and the Phrygians, especially when O’Neill and their archaeologist guest are kidnapped. The sarcasm found throughout the novel was entertaining. As someone who has studied ancient cultures, I loved seeing the rites of Mithras as well as all the Latin. O’Neill’s growth is particularly poignant, especially as he confronts what happened to him by the Goa’uld Ba’al. The downside to this novel was the rapidly changing point of views, which sometimes left me confused by who was telling the story at any particular moment. That said, I did enjoy Trial by Fire by Sabine C. Bauer and feel that Stargate SG-1 fans will enjoy reading about some of our favorite characters.

Ghost Cat by Christine Rains
Kinley Dorn, a polar bear shifter, must heed the silent whispers if she’s going to find him in Christine Rains’ Ghost Cat. This fifth novella in the Totem series follows the middle Dorn sister. Kinley faces her growing insecurity over her relationship with Ransom Averill and the legacy her mother left behind. Several parts of the story tugged on my heart. Rains does an excellent job continuing the totem quest as well as introducing readers to Inuit legends such as about the ghost cat (a lynx) and the Urayuli (a bit similar to Bigfoot). I’m thoroughly enjoying Christine Rains’ Totem series, and Ghost Cat is a great continuation.

Raven by Rachel Morgan
Raven Rosewood can’t wait to graduate as a clothes caster, but graduation day might be killer in Rachel Morgan’s Raven. This standalone novella takes place within Morgan’s fantastic Creepy Hollow series. Raven has grown up in high fae society, but as she is falling for her guard Flint, she questions the wealth around her and what type of person she wants to be. The mystery of who placed an explosion at school and tried to kill Raven amped up the tension. Raven by Rachel Morgan is a fast-paced, sometimes intense, and sweet coming-of-age tale.

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh
Shattered Spirit by Christine Rains
Ghost Cat by Christine Rains
Fangs and Fennel by Shannon Mayer
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
When Ash Rains Down by Cecelia Earl
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Freefall by M. Pax
Pressure Point by Adam Quinn
Fate of Perfection by K.F. Breene
Diffraction by Jess Anastasi
Girl of Fire by Norma Hinkens
Lock and Key by Clara Coulson
From the Ashes by Xen Sanders
Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind
Frost Blood by Elly Blake
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

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mshatch said...

Totally agree with the show don't tell. Yes, it's good to show most of time, but not always...Good luck with your goals!

Nicola said...

Happy new year Cherie!! I hope it will be filled with thousands of words, readers and happiness.

Bob/Sally said...

Rules? We don't need no stinking rules! LOL

I agree, though, that telling has it's place, and I'd even suggest there are some styles or genres where telling is essential to the narrative.

Tamara Narayan said...

Show don't tell is an unpopular rule today. Good luck with all of your writing goals.

Natalie Aguirre said...

So agree with the others on the show but don't tell rule. Your goals sound fantastic, Cherie. And I know you'll be motivated to accomplish them.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Big goals as always.
Sometimes you have to tell. Just have to know when.
Happy 2017!

Chrys Fey said...

I always say to show AND tell. Show when you can, tell when you must. Create a balance. Telling isn't bad. It's often needed.

Good luck with all of your goals! :)

H. R. Sinclair said...

Holy Guacamole! Three+ books, that is a great goal. I'm not there yet, but will be one day!

M.J. Fifield said...

Yes!! I so agree with your take on 'show, don't tell.' Showing doesn't always work, does it?

Best of luck with your 2017 goals. I always love how ambitious you are!

emaginette said...

I agree completely. ;-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

cleemckenzie said...

We are in agreement on the rule we don't like. However, I still can't write everyday. It just doesn't work for me.

Have a great 2017 and reach those goals.

Juneta key said...

Hope your holidays were joyful and fun. Show Don't Tell is tricky one. Great goals.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Mark said...

I agree. Those are more like guidelines rather than rules. I write 5 days a week, but give myself weekends off. Every author is different and needs to find their own pace. Also, "show not tell" definitely has to be tempered. Sometimes it really makes sense to tell something in text rather than show it. :)

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your monthly and goals for the year. =)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Three books in a year is a really good pace.

Sarah Foster said...

I hate "show don't tell," too. Sometimes telling just fits. Good luck with your goals!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Cherie! Looks like you accomplished a lot in 2016. Good for you! I'm sure you'll make all your 2017 goals. Enjoy the rest of IWSG day. Eva, IWSG co-host #60

Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much for the awesome reviews! I can't believe we're coming up so quick on the release dates. You've done such awesome writing every day. Wow. I'm going to attempt to write every weekday (the days I don't have a kid!). Here's to a grand 2017!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

You've had a busy year and it looks like 2017 will keep you busy too. Writing every day is good, even if it's only a few pages. Best of luck with your goals.

Chemist Ken said...

The "Show, don't tell" rule was my choice too. It's hard enough to decide if a sentence is telling or not in the first place. Not everyone agrees on what's telling. So trying to do all showing can be a complicated mess.

Julie Flanders said...

Even though I already knew you totally rocked your writing every day in 2016, it was still amazing to see your stats! Congratulations and good luck with your 2017 goals.

New Release Books said...

Yes, agree about the rules. All the best with your goals. Happy New Year!

Crystal Collier said...

I entered to boost the numbers. =) There have been quite a few people who ripped on show don't tell. There's definitely a time and place for both, but newbies tend to stray too far unto telling, so I'm glad the rule is out there. We all need the reminder from time to time.

Unknown said...

I know what you mean, the show not tell thing can be difficult. Looks like an exciting list of books coming soon. =-) Happy New Year!

Cathy Keaton said...

I agree. Show AND tell where it's appropriate. I also hate the rule about no adverbs. Ugh.... Adverbs are not bad!

Carrie-Anne said...

I also agree about showing vs. telling. It's lazy and simplistic to point-blank tell the reader everything, but sometimes we need to have information laid out quickly so we won't be left guessing or spend a lot of excess words describing something. Sometimes it's also necessary to condense the events of a longer period into a wraparound narrative segment, like if a character spends six months recovering from a serious illness, when it's not the most important part of the story.

Good luck with your writing goals this year! I hope to finish at least one of my WIPs, and release a few more. I'm still waiting on a revamped cover for one of my books, but I can still find covers for the others.

M Pax said...

I think we get too caught up in some rules... like verbs and the like and sacrifice simplicity, clarity, and voice. If it flows better to use a 'bad' verb, then you should.

Great on your goals! Go, go, go!

I owe Christine a review for the first Totem. It rocks.

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, you have a lot of writing and publishing ahead of you. Good luck! Hope you're able to achieve everything you have planned for The Fate Challenges this year. You never fail to impress me with your accomplishments!

Ellie Garratt said...

Your stats are inspiring! May 2017 be equally as awesome.

Show not tell is a great rule to write by, but sometimes it can get in the way of telling the story. It can hamper the author's voice. If something works better outside of a rule, break it.

DMS said...

You have inspired me to write every day. I have been doing just that since 2017 started. It helps that I have a fast approaching deadline that I will never make unless I write each day. Sometimes it doesn't look like much happened during my 30+ minutes, but I do feel good that every day I am making steps towards my goal. :)

Thanks! Wishing you a Happy New Year and best of luck with all your goals.

Misha Gerrick said...

I think the more accurate way of saying the rule is "Show, but if you must tell, don't do it in a way that bores the reader."

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I need to adhere to the write every day rule. I'm completely sporadic in everything that I do.

Sherry Ellis said...

I have trouble with the write every day rule. I think it's because music takes up so much of my time. I practice every day on that! Good luck with your goals.