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The story plays out in scenes in my mind like a movie on the silver screen. The characters live, breathe, eat, love, walk and talk. They have thoughts, personality, dreams of their own. I see it all as if through a magical omniscient camera lense. I must write it. As if I must create the script after the play has been performed so that the movie in my mind can be understood by the minds of others. This is writing for me.
Sometimes it is frenetic and crazed. I write like mad as the scenes flow. Other times I stare at the blank screen of the laptop wishing I could see the scene. When that happens, I edit other work I have already written, other scenes that have already played out. I add the details that make previously written scenes reappear in front of that mental camera as I saw them the very first time. I fine tune the manuscript so that it reads and creates the images.
If it will make them for me, then those same words will make images like them for others. It won't be the same. No one else ever sees the stories as I see them, but they will see their own version. It will be even better for them. It will be a pure enjoyment. Readers love the words that form the images but do not have to labor to write them all down. I know this love of the story for I share it too! There has never been an author who was not first a reader.
It is January 11, 2020. I have been writing the series Draoithe since 2016. There are always scenes that just don't quite make it into the novels. They hang out in my Google Docs files claiming space as unfinished bits of narrative. I included some of them as bonus material at the end of Synner and Sainte. Some stuff has wound up on my website on From My Desk. There just always seem to be these random loose pages of material everywhere.
I swear if we did not live in a digital era, I could not write. The mess would drive me insane. Some of my google docs literally need to just be deleted as they make no sense. They are only cast off parts of scenes that had issues and needed to be reworked. Other bits of notes and research are recorded on random pages. Further cluttering my digital work space. So if you start seeing random stuff pop up on the webpage, check it out. I'm cleaning up.
Since it is a new year, new beginning, I have decided it is time to clean all of that up. Weaver's Tale was polished into a short read and published as a four part novella. Smoke of the Fire was polished and published as a three part short read. I have also polished up the scenes that were cut out of A Pack Forms due to its excessive length for a romance novel (Never take that advice by the way. Don't cut down the story just to suit someone else. If the story is 115,000 words and most romance is 70,000 the only question must be, Is this a damn good read? If the answer is yes, leave it.) and they are now affectionately known as The Thread. If you subscribe to my email list. I will give you a FREE copy of this 45 minute Quick Read. Still Waters is coming as well. Watch for it.
To all the Kindle Unlimited Readers, thank you! When y'all pick up the series and read it all the way through, I know you thought it was good. As always if you ever have comments, or questions or if you see something wrong with one of my books (glaring typo or badly formatted) please let me know. I own all the rights to my work. I control all the publishing as well. If I can fix it, then you will have made the book that much better! If you have a bit of confusion about the story, I may be able to help with that too. One of the reviewers wrote that they hoped I would write a novel about the Ainglean as I wrote Synner and Sainte to explain some of the Netherworld. I did! But they aren't polished yet. Just know that they are coming.
I got more work to do. Enjoy your Saturday!
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.