Sodaro's Stories

February 26, 2015

K.I.S.S

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:48 am
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No…I’m not becoming a Gene Simmons fan, nor am I offering to kiss everyone, sorry, I know that is disappointing. Keep It Simple, Stupid is an acronym that to me, completely helps explain Occam’s Razor (the simplest solution is usually the right one…I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist).

I am working on simplifying my life. I am keeping a balance between my two professions (both of which I love and need at the moment)…my teaching life is strong and my students keep telling me they like what I’m doing. My author life is also strong and Broken Trust  will be out sometime next month. But I need to simplify. I need to look at things (and people) in my life and ask myself, “is this REALLY necessary?” “IS this a reflection of WHO I am now or is this something from who I USED to be?”

I almost titled this “Cleaning out My Closets” which, of course, made me think of the Eminem song, but after looking at his lyrics…the title was really the only thing that fit what I was trying to say, so I went with the idea of simplifying my life. I do enjoy when something has a literal and a figurative meaning, so I am kind of geeking out about the fact that I will be cleaning out my house for things I no longer need and cleaning out my memories for people whose lives have taken a different turn. Isn’t it nice when things work out like that?

My novels and my projects need my focus. My students need my focus too, as do my true friends and family. I need my home consolidated and organized and I need to look at the people in my life too…though they will, naturally, be more consolidated than organized. I need to look at everything and everyone and just see what still makes sense. I just need to Keep It Simple, Stupid.

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February 9, 2015

Continued Progress

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:45 pm
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“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” Abraham Lincoln

So, as of today I am still pop free…3 weeks and counting. I did smell a friend’s pop the other day, but didn’t take a drink. I have started walking, slowly but surely, making progress. My goal is 50 miles a month…so far this month, I have about 6…but it’s a start.

And I am now through chapter 27 of Broken Trust and I have to say…it’s a much stronger story now than it was before. I have learned a lot in the 3 novels I have published and with each novel I complete, the process becomes easier, the progress becomes more steady and consistent, and I know more of what to do next time. My character, Ben, in Broken Trust, has really done some major growing and has become a more 3D person instead of the flat character that he seemed to be in the original draft. I will finish up the editing of the last 14 chapters…give a strong tease for the sequel Redeeming Trust, type up my changes and then send it to my first reader, who has been anxiously awaiting this novel…I think she loves my characters even more than I do. I will also give it to my editor…a new addition to my process…who can catch those little blips that I have missed in my multiple readings of the novel. The cover is ready…have to do a little tweaking for the specifications of BookBaby, and then it is off to the presses…I love this time of the process…when the release is in sight. It’s an amazing feeling to know that the story is ALMOST ready…the characters have BEEN ready for a while now…but everything happens when it is supposed to, and I have learned, more than any other lesson, to trust the process.

It’s so close!!!

February 3, 2015

Domino effect

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 12:40 am
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So the editing phase of Broken Trust has begun and as I have known for awhile now, it needed a stronger beginning. One that would really grab hold of my readers and not let go…and I also know that one of my male main characters needed to be stronger. Ben…whom I of course still loved, was a little flat. I needed people to understand why he would choose the things he chose and to understand his motivation and I don’t think that was clear how the story first existed.
The interesting thing about changing the beginning of a novel…is the domino effect. When you change something in chapter one, it changes an action in chapter two, a conversation in chapter three, while scenes need to be reworked in chapter four, which means chapter five no longer works at all, and so on. It’s a fantastic puzzle that somehow changes as you go along…and with every tweak and change and nudge, you get a better story, you get stronger characters, and you get a better chance for the readers to see what you saw.
It’s just like putting all the dominos in a line or a pattern and ever so carefully tipping that first one so that it tips the next and the next and the next until the finished product is something different yet the same. Love it!!

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