New Site is Ready! And Thank You.

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UPDATE: Find out more about my new story, We Can See You, over on the new, recently updated, blog. Don’t miss out!

My new author site is ready, and I’m so excited to share it with you. It has taken me weeks to get this site up and running, and I know you will enjoy it.

I’ve been told the new site looks more professional than this blog, and that is a relief.

I’m sure I’ll be tweaking the new site here and there, so there will likely be some changes before long, but it is looking pretty good right now. Please head on over and check it out.

While there, I hope you’ll sign up to receive updates on the site as I’ll be closing this blog down in the near future. I’ll no longer be posting updates here.

And please share the new site with others who will enjoy the stories.

Thank you to everyone who has followed along my journey so far, reading my blog and my stories, and signing up for updates. I appreciate you more than you can know. Without you, I might not have had the courage to move forward with my fiction writing.

Please continue to follow along by signing up for updates on the new site.

Thank you,

Shannon

Happenings in My Fictional World

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright April 2016. Fiction journal.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright April 2016. Fiction Journal.

I’ve been busy as of late. So many thoughts going through my head, I feel like now is the time to get as much done as possible.

My prompts journal is almost full, so I’ll be needing to start another one. I bought a new journal for this purpose, but I also read through all the ones in the original journal. I wanted to group like prompts together; ones that I could create different story series with. I started a new document on my laptop for each series and typed the chosen prompts into the proper one, then printed each document and created a physical folder for each. Later, each folder will hold a hard copy of all the stories for the given series. Trying to keep everything organized.

I’ve also taken notes for a few other story ideas I have in my head. These notes I write out, usually on yellow or purple legal pads. They’re kept handy for when more ideas present themselves.

I’m writing a story, making progress on it each week. I have new ideas for it in my head every day, so I keep my pad of paper nearby for that story as well.

And then there is the new website I’m working on. The theme I chose is not cooperating with my efforts to create the front page I want, so I’ll be rethinking how the site will look. Creating a website takes a lot of work. I’ll let you know as soon as the new site is ready. That is where I’ll be posting from now on, once it is all set up. I’m hoping you will all follow me over there.

The girls at Aroma Joe’s now know what I’m going to order when I get there, I’ve been visiting so much. Usually an iced mint tea, nothing added, and an oatmeal, but I’ve recently tried their iced chai tea and it is delicious.

I do manage to have some fun between my day job and my writing. Recently, I spent a few days down south visiting my daughter Zowie’s family, for my grandsons first birthday celebration. And later this month the bestest and I will be taking a day trip up north, to visit my daughter Skye and her boyfriend. I love spending time with my girls.

Are you looking for something to read this summer? Check out the Camp Series: Rascal, A Trip to the Outhouse, Auntie’s Boyfriend, and Hidden Camp.

Shannon

Organizing Story Ideas

Ebook cover by Shannon L. Buck via Canva.com copyright 2016.

Ebook cover by Shannon L. Buck via Canva.com copyright 2016.

I’ve been busily working on a few different stories. When I run out of ideas for one story, I move on to another, etc., etc. I go back to a story when I have fresh ideas. Sometimes later that day, other times maybe not for a week or so. When I feel like I already have enough stories going, but don’t know what to do with them, I go through my writing prompts journal.

This journal is almost full of fiction writing prompts, with only a few blank pages left to fill. Most of the prompts are written, but some are photos that spark interesting story lines.

I’ve looked through this journal, noting any prompts that might be helpful in finishing the stories I’m working on, when I realized some of the prompts were generating theme ideas for series of other stories. I decided I needed to group them together somehow.

I had enough prompts to create 5 different story series, so I started a document on my laptop for each and copied the prompts into the proper documents. Now I have 5 nice collections. I’ll print them off, and make a physical folder for them to add the photo prompts. I crossed the prompts out of my journal as I entered them into the documents.

Now the prompts for each series will be far easier to find, and I have less to read through in the journal when looking for new ideas.

Keep writing. Keep reading.

Shannon

Working on More Stories

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2016.

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I’ve been diligently getting edits done on a few stories, and am almost ready to publish them. The words on the paper were written a few years back, and I am finding it a little difficult to cut out some the unnecessary stuff. Sometimes entire paragraphs must go; other times just a word here and there. I’ve toyed with a play on ‘deleted scenes’, something like the ones that DVD’s often have only in written form, but I can’t think of what to call them.

Creativity flows in a rush sometimes, and I feel the need to set other things aside and write down story ideas. This often turns into a note-taking session, and soon an entire afternoon has passed. I’ve encountered this a couple of times over the last week-and-a-half, so there will be new stories at some point.

I took one of those ideas and started writing the story. Granted, I already have a few other stories started, but I’ve always done that. I can’t say for sure, but I may have adult ADD, LOL. Yeah, I have so many stories I’ve done last edits on I wont need the new ones any time this year anyway.

Now I’m working on book covers and graphics for what has already been edited. Once I have those set up, it’ll be easy to publish each. So watch for new stories coming out this summer!

When possible, I’m editing and note-taking outside. I love working out in nature, and thought I’d share a few pictures.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright June 4, 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright June 4, 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright June 5, 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright June 5, 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright May 18, 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright May 18, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright May 18, 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright May 18, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I also like to take pictures. And there isn’t much I like more than working outside.

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How Do I Get My Writing Ideas?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. Orono, Maine.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. Orono, Maine.

Any way possible, of course.

Which can mean anything, right?

Some of my stories come from dreams. I certainly have messed up dreams sometimes. Don’t we all? I take what I can remember and create a story from it. Sometimes I like the outcome and decide I want to publish it. Other times, I scrap it. Or tuck it away to try again another time – say, in a few years.

Yup. I have stories here and there that I wrote years ago. Generally partially written. I might decide to work on them at some point. In fact, when ever I have a new idea for one of those unfinished stories, I write it down and add the note to the story folder. I wouldn’t want to lose a gem of an idea just because I’m not working on the story at that time.

Sometimes I’ll be watching or reading something, and the scene will seem off to me. I’ll take that scene and rewrite it how I think it should have been. These rewrites make it into some of my stories. I keep them all, just in case, throwing them out as I use them. Note: I use different situations that in what I was watching or reading, different characters, etc.

I walk. A lot sometimes. It is a great way to clear your mind, freeing it for important and creative things. I’m more creative after a good walk. During these walks, my mind takes me through what I want to do for my writing venues. Where fiction is concerned, I play out scenes in my head. Why? To figure out how a part of a story should be written. Sometimes I come home from a walk and write for hours.

I watch people as well. Not in a creepy I’m going to stare at you for hours kind of way, but I take notice. I listen to how they talk; their accent, tone, way of getting their point across. I notice the way they stand and walk, their style, what they’re reading or the music they are listening to. I see their quirks. I don’t base characters on solely one person, but on aspects of more than one.

There is a sweet little old lady on my bus sometimes, who looks exactly like I had pictured for one of my characters. I wrote that story and pictured that character months before I saw the lady for the first time. She is perfect.

I wrote a story called Dead People after a time change and an early morning ride on the city bus. Hopefully I’ll get the ebook done this year for you to enjoy. I walked onto that bus and some of the people looked close to death, lol. That scene spawned the story. At work I wrote notes for the story in between other tasks, and then took the notes out at a time when I could concentrate on the story long enough to write the whole thing. I did have it up for a while on another site, so some of you may have read it already. I’m editing it and getting it ready for ebook publication.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright April 2016. Fiction journal.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright April 2016. Fiction journal.

At times, things just pop into my head. Often, but not always, completely off-the-wall things. I take notes, and put the notes in my fiction journal when I get home. This journal is almost full with writing prompts and notes. I’ll be needing a new one soon.

Which brings me to writing prompts. I search them out. I love them. Story starters, first sentences, and other writing prompts are wonderful. Sometimes I use more than one prompt in a story, if they match up well, or create a series of stories based on a variety of prompts that, when brought together from different sources, lend themselves to the task.

When I want to write a new story, and I don’t know what I want to write about, I read through the journal. When entering an idea or prompt, I make note next to it if there is another somewhere in the book that would also go well in the story or a series. I keep track. Doing so is helpful.

For instance, I’m working on a series of stories that might actually be longer than short stories. This series wont be ready for a long time but, before I started the first story I went through my journal from front to back, reading through all the prompts and notes. Anything I thought I’d use in the series was written down and added to the series folder, and crossed off my prompts journal. If I don’t use all the prompts, the ones that don’t fit well with the series will be entered back into the journal and maybe used at another time. Will I use all the prompts in the journal? Maybe. Maybe not. At least I have interesting ones on hand when I need them.

I don’t write all the prompts I come across in my journal. Only the ones that seem interesting.

Story ideas come from many places, if you know to watch for them.

Writing your own stories? Check out my reviews for these writing prompt books:

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1,000 Creative Writing Prompts Volume 2 – MORE Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More

And check out these writing prompts by me 🙂

Happy writing!

Shannon

 

I Write What I Want

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. Orono, Maine.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. Orono, Maine.

I see a lot of articles with this advice: Choose a genre and stick with it, at least in the beginning until you gain a lot of followers.

That advice does not work for me. I need to feel free to express my creativity, and that means writing what I want, no matter the genre. I don’t want to feel strapped down to one genre for any amount of time. That is not what makes me happy. I need to be able to bounce back and forth as I feel the need.

Granted, I do write a lot of horror/thriller/paranormal, but I write other things as well. And I want to write in these other genres, if the writing mood takes me there.

Why not? I’m spreading my wings to fly. That cannot be a bad thing.

At times, I also write some risky things. They may push the envelope on what is appropriate, and bring my writing to new levels. This is also a good thing, even though it means I can’t always market to a younger audience.

This is fine. Other famous writers write to adults, teens, and children. Just look at R.L. Stine. I’ve enjoyed his books since I was a teenager, and my daughters enjoyed them while growing up. He is a great writer.

I feel it is important to follow my dreams, on my own terms.

How about you?

Shannon

New Story Published! Alone

Ebook cover by Shannon L. Buck copyright April 17, 2016 via Canva.com.

Ebook cover by Shannon L. Buck copyright April 17, 2016 via Canva.com.

It has been a whirlwind of editing, having Zowie edit, and editing again, as well as formatting documents, uploading them to Amazon.com and Lulu.com, creating eBook covers and other graphics to upload places, and marketing and promotional tasks, for 7 short stories and 2 nonfiction books, this year. And I’m not done yet. Also, I still have a ton of new story ideas I’m anxious to get started on. All this on top of my day job. (Yes, I have one of those.)

On April 17 I started the process to publish my new short story, Alone. Another short-short, as I refer to them (correctly or not). Here are the details!

Alone

You’ve watched the members of your family die from a disease they cannot name. One they cannot stop. Then, when no one is left for you to turn to, the disease catches up with you. Do you stay at the hospital knowing they can’t help? Knowing there is no hope? Or, do you follow your instincts and do what you want?

It is a lonely world when you are alone.

This story, believe it or not, was the most read of all the stories I had offered as free reads before final editing, with A Trip to the Outhouse (part 2 of the #CampSeries, coming in a close second). I was surprised, but people seemed to like it.

In all honesty, I didn’t think either of those stories would be as well-liked as they were. I was pleased, though, and they were at the top of my list of stories to start selling. Each has been edited, changing some things up a little, so they would be well worth a second read.

At any rate, Alone is ready to be purchased and read.

And please, leave a review on Amazon.com when you’re done reading, and/or rate the book on Goodreads.com.

Shannon