Sodaro's Stories

August 26, 2013

Going backwards to go forward

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So picture a car that is stuck in a little bit of a rut. You keep trying to gain the momentum needed to go forward and know that if you could just get just another inch forward, you would be free to go on your way. You put the car in reverse, back it up ever so slightly, and then shift in to drive, quickly putting the rut behind into your rearview mirror.
This metaphor came to mind as I was writing yesterday.
Some of you may know that I write everything out long hand. Every poem, every novel, every paper, every lesson plan, even every blog. Written out in either print or script, usually in a combination thereof. This is how I think, this is my process, this is my system.
Yesterday I was thinking about how I wanted to end chapter 25 of Arianna’s Destiny to be able to go on to chapter 26. I got stuck and as with the metaphor, I tried to write just the next word. Surely if I could write just one more word, I would get out of my rut. I would be okay. I would finish the chapter….just one more word. No, not that word (scribble out)…not that word either (more scribbling)…sigh.
I took a fresh sheet of paper (which I buy in as much abundance as I do my pens) and I started the page over. I recopied the half a page I had written (throwing it into reverse) and then shifted into drive. After recopying the words I had written previously, I jumped right past the rut and continued on to the end of the chapter. Worked like a charm.
And just in case any of you were curious, yes, I have had to recopy a page if there were too many scratchouts…but that is another post for another day.

August 24, 2013

Goodbye Friend

“Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.” William Feather
I am not sure if Mr. Feather was referring to finishing reading a good book or writing one, but the same concept applies, regardless.
Arianna’s Destiny is almost written. Her first draft is almost ready for editing.
Those of you who have known me for a bit know I get a little melancholy when the creating part of a novel process comes to a close. I am there with Arianna now and it’s different then when I got to this point in Arianna’s Honor. I knew full well I wasn’t really leaving her — I knew there would be a sequel. I knew I wasn’t actually saying goodbye to her — I was saying “see you soon. Try to get some sleep while I’m gone, would ya?”
But this time, the end is THE END. This time, when I write that final chapter, that it…it’s over. I don’t get to see what kind of trouble she’s going to get into or what chaos will find her with sword drawn. I have loved everything I have learned about that stubborn, stubborn girl and I have felt every emotion she has experienced (the most intense contrast was feeling her full rage in the peaceful surroundings of a Starbucks).
And I know what you’re thinking, ‘Michelle, you still get to edit and publish and polish Arianna,’ and, you say, ‘you can read Arianna’s Destiny any time you want. You can visit Arianna, it’s not over, you don’t have to say goodbye.’
Thanks…I appreciate the effort and you are right, I can visit the lovely Ari…
On a more positive note, when Arianna is edited and polished, and ready to be read — that mean that I then can share her with the world and that is an intense motivator. When I published Whatever you Make of It I knew the purest joy of an author is to share characters who previously existed only in my head, and getting to share them with the world. It’s time to share Ari’s sequel. I can’t keep her from people any longer. That would be rude.

August 18, 2013

Focusing on Arianna

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Okay, I know I am usually not good at working on just one project at a time, but I am really going to have to try to focus this time. I am going to have to have Arianna be my primary focus because I am planning on having her sequel published in early November.
Now in order to get that task accomplished,  I will need to get her typed and edited and fixed and read through and edited and read through again. Of course first, I need to write her ending.
I will keep focused because I want this. Arianna needs to be finished, I need to get my second book filled in on my tattoo, and I need to finish this series before I can focus on other books and projects. 
Arianna is ready for this. She is keeping me driven and motivated. So excited for this.

August 10, 2013

Where I need to be

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:11 am
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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
― Douglas Adams
I love my life. I love the fact that I have more novels started on paper than I will probably be able to finish. I love that I am a teacher and that education is as much a part of me as writing. I love that I am a student…and that I will officially get to be one again very soon.
I think about this from time to time, where I was a year ago…where I thought I would be a year from then. Some things I got right…I am almost ready to publish my third novel. I have reawakened my passion for being the best teacher I can be. I have also renewed my love for my PhD. I really thought I knew where I was going.
I thought I knew what was best….but that is as laughable as my thinking I control the events of my stories. (Anyone who has ever tried this, knows exactly the futileness of the situation…characters will do what they want, when they want, and since they tend to know what is best…it’s best to just listen to them.)
I am not where I thought I would be a year ago…but I am right where I want to and need to be.

August 8, 2013

What to publish next

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:32 pm
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I know…what a problem to have, right? Oh dear, I have too many first drafts done and done know what to publish next. Yeah, it’s a rough life. Haha, but all joking aside, here are the contenders for being my 3rd published book:
Broken Trust
A story of a hyper-rational architect, Ben who has always dreamt of building a home for runaways. He is on the fast track to this goal with the help of a trust fund from his grandfather,  but in order to get the trust fund, he has to marry someone he doesn’t love…but it’s the rational thing to do. Then he meets Sam, a painter, and she makes him question whether it truly is best to choose logic over love. This would lead to the sequel, Redeeming Trust, which is also a first draft. This book is about Ben’s sister,  Ali.
Back on Track, Jo and Eddie
Jo and Eddie need to get their lives back on track. This will be part of a series where people’s lives are thrown off track by one event and until that is dealt with, they cannot move forward.
Arianna’s Destiny
This is the sequel to Arianna’s Honor. There is a war brewing and it is going to take everything they have to win it. This one is in the process of being written, so that would prolong my plans slightly. 
Right now, I am thinking of publishing Broken Trust, then Arianna’s Destiny,  then Redeeming Trust.
Your thoughts are welcome.

August 6, 2013

Following Arianna

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:32 pm
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“Find out what what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning,  just follow him or her all day.” Ray Bradbury
Every time I get stuck on Arianna’s Destiny, I think about Ray Bradbury’s advice, I pick up my pen, and I get to work.
One thing nice about having a heroine as strong as Arianna, is that she doesn’t sit still well. She will watch the scenes of the other novels being acted out, but more often than not, she will be working on her sword and daggers while she watches. She is well aware that the success of her novel depends on her ability to stay sharp.
So when it is time to write her next sceme or chapter, it is truly an amazimg time to be an author. All I have to do is grab my pen and folloe Arianna as she acts out, directs, and fixes the next chapter.
She may be unable to rest and is demanding of herself to the point where everyone (her author included) worries about her constantly, but she knows where she’s going. Our worry makes her uncomfortable,  but she shrugs it off and keeps her focus and gets the job done. I just have to keep up.
Arianna knows what to do and I just have to allow her the free reign to do what she needs to do.

August 2, 2013

Stone Soup

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 7:07 pm
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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
Remember the magic of the story, Stone Soup? Where the more soup they ate, the more they had…yeah, this is what it’s like with creativity. Maya Angelou put it perfectly…of course.
I have had people ask me if I was afraid I would run out of creativity…if like an empty Coca-Cola can, I would run out of that which helped to bring my novels and teaching to life. Nah…I’m good. I may run out of patience occasionally, I may run out of ink in a pen (a moment of pride each and every time it happens), I may run out of hours in the day…but creativity??? Nope.
The nice thing about being a teacher and an author is that they keep the creativity going and bounce off of each other. My muse loves to play…and whether the play is a novel and the characters or the play is with lessons and lectures, my muse gets more energy and is therefore more productive. The happier I keep her, the more creativity that pours out of my fingertips either through pen or through keyboard.
It is an amazing phenomenon, to be sure. The more I get to be creative, the more creativity I feel…which is good…because I have a lot to do.

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