I suppose the title is a little bit misleading . . . or is it?creepy doll

So maybe you’ve written a Scrimshaw Doll tale … or perhaps you’d like to write a Scrimshaw Doll tale? There are so many options out there. I mean, the Oklahoma Romance Writers have their fingers in many delicious pies (cherry, peach, blackberry yum) right now.

Our newest adventures include our holiday anthologies i.e., The Twelve Days of Christmas; Valentines, and St. Patrick’s Day. Each day a different author posts a new chapter of a common theme.

So far we are up to three. . . a fourth one, our first inspirational Within These Chapel Walls, is scheduled for this Easter week. Today in fact. (You should check it out.) In many ways, these stories offer as much to ourselves as to each other outside of the normal order of things. We strive to to promote images4each other, critique each other. You can just imagine the emails going back and forth to keep things straight. The Christmas story in particular where everyone was attending a ball on Christmas night. You couldn’t have the seven Swanns’ wearing different color ballgowns in the same night in twelve different chapters, could you? And, as you can see from the illustration to the left, how perfectly angelic we were…er…are to one another.

A huge benefit in an endeavor such as these is the creative process—working within a short time frame while interweaving characters from one another’s stories. If you haven’t tried something like this, I highly recommend it. It’s not always easy, but it’s fun, interactive, not to mention keeping you close to chapter members.images1

Similar, yet not, to our Tales of the Scrimshaw blog. All of the Scrimshaw authors do their very best to comment on the current author’s post. Along with promoting the blog to facebook, twitter, and their own various loops, etc.

So many publishing avenues have opened in recent years. You know what I mean. Where you can upload your own e-book, print your own books. Create your own marketing campaign, rub shoulders with other authors through conferences, email, blog posts. Of course, all of this takes time. And sometimes it’s easy to forget the most important thing—to write. Getting the next story finished.

Then there is the recurring cycle of critiquing, editing, polishing, and in some cases, submitting, networking. (And in my case—socializing!!!)

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So…I have a few questions. Do you have your own guidelines upon completion?

Do you have your story critiqued?

Is it professionally edited?

And how many stories do you have in the pipeline?

At least one, right?

As authors we have to remember to have normal interaction with individuals who aren’t writers, don’t we? We need readers. . .Exercise is another vital

 importance to the creative process.

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So what are you writing these days? And what is your process? I really want to know … ~~~ Kathy L Wheeler (aka Kae Elle Wheeler)

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