If you've noticed, I've changed the header of this blog. I'm not sure if I'm set on it yet. What do you think? I just thought I better say something, since I don't want anyone to be disoriented coming here and think they've landed someplace else =).
The picture, I think, fits in with the book I'm currently writing. I AM THE SECRET is a Sleeping Beauty sequel. Her life basically shadows the life of Sleeping Beauty's, but I won't tell you how they fit in together. You'll just have to wait and read it when it's published (crosses fingers). But the beginning deals with the fact that, Shannon (my MC), is feeling trapped in her life, living in a cottage in a forest. Like the header says, she is all alone there (other than her caretaker, a really old woman) and can never leave or see anyone. She longs to find out what the world outside is like and at the beginning of the story quickly decides to run away and chance her caretaker's wrath. Little does she know that leaving will cause a chain-reaction of events that puts her life in danger, as well as the ones she (soon meets) loves. There is also another element to this story (or more) that differ from the original telling of Sleeping Beauty. But again, no spoilers!
I'm on the second draft, and hope to have this baby finished by spring and ready to send to agents. (Darn holidays and birthdays keep getting in the way! =)
Here's a thought, something that's been on my mind--have you noticed that books that have a more literary feeling have less than stellar plots, and stories with killer plots are very stark in their prose? You could even bunch in comedy/witty tales with the literary. It seems to me that writers often pay attention to a certain aspect of the craft and fail to recognize the rest. This is something I hope to remember as I revise.
How about you? Do you have an area in your writing that you want to improve on? What do you do to solve that issue?