Monday, June 8, 2015

Writing with a Dash of Bacon: Upcoming Works

I will admit that this was a difficult post to write. Why? Because teaching, dissertation writing (or lack thereof), editing, and dealing with one’s physical and mental health can sometimes leave little room for the passion that is creative writing.

This summer will aid in curing this problem, however.

How so?

Although I do not have new projects published, I am, however, working on several projects. Let me tell you about them.

I’ll start with the fiction! If you haven’t read books one and two in my Double Inkwell mystery series, Death at the Double Inkwell and Into the Web, I forgive you—only if you do yourself a favor and pick them up and read (and write reviews).

They are great stories, and that’s not just me talking; a fan wrote that DDIW is what would happen “if Murder, She Wrote and Lifetime movies had a book,” and another wrote that ITW “is even better” than the first book. If you read them now, you’ll be in the know for the last book in the trilogy, Follow. I am currently in the outlining stage of this novel, with goals to publish in March 2016.

The DDIW journey has been an interesting one as it became my first step into writing a series and having to follow a set of characters through several books. Maintaining personalities while also showing characters’ growth while also remembering important past endeavors while (you get the picture) can be exhausting, but I have loved every minute of it. You can read about Death at the Double Inkwell’s journey at my website and the same can be said for Into the Web here.

In addition to wrapping up the mystery trilogy, I am also writing two short books on writing. For years, through several websites, I have shared my thoughts on every facet of writing, and through 14 years of editing, I have even more thoughts to share. I felt it was about time that I actually packaged some of those good thoughts into books for writers, especially those bright-eyed new writers, those who know they love to write but know they have much to learn.

The first book is Make Your Writing Bloom: A 7-Day Journaling Experience for Those Needing to Replant Their Zest for Writing. So many of us, new and veteran, have had moments when our writing needs a kick in the pants—or we need the kick so that we can write. This book provides encouragement, tough love, and exercises to help you get through what might be blocking the writing so that your next story can grow.

The second book is Book to Screen. This booklet started as a four-part series published online, and so many people enjoyed reading it and so many people asked questions after reading it, that I decided to develop it further and publish as a standalone work. As I am currently writing a screenplay adaptation for an author, I have new thoughts and suggestions for how novelists can picture their books as movies.

I am excited about my summer projects, especially the non-fiction as I have several ideas in development for future books to help writers.

To keep abreast on all my writing endeavors, you can visit my author site or my blog, Gurrl on the Rise!

Creative Passionista Shon Bacon is an author, editor, and educator whose biggest joys are writing and helping others develop their craft. She has published both creatively and academically and interviews women writers on her popular blog ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING. You can learn more about Shon's writings at her author website, and you can get information about her editorial services at CLG Entertainment.


  1. Congratulations on being super busy, Shonell. It's the best treatment for curing all our writerly ills (and some of the non-writerly ones, too).

    1. Thanks, Patricia! I'm determined to bust through and be more productive!

  2. And you do what in your spare time? Seriously, Shon, I can't imagine having all those projects on the table at the same time. I get overwhelmed just thinking about it.

    In a different vein, your comments about your current fiction books have piqued my interest. I'm going to check them out on Amazon. (I think that means this month's theme of BSP is working.) :-)

    1. Hey there, Linda! You know, I was recently told I might have Adult ADD... I think the juggling of multiple projects keeps me focused somehow!

  3. You've inspired me. I've spent this last month bogged down with my Kindle Scout entry and haven't done any writing except for a couple of days when everything came together. I do think that when we have a lot on our plates, we budget our time better and are more productive. Maybe I don't have enough juggling. Good for you, Shonell. Best of luck with your craft books.

    1. Aww, thank you so much Polly! For me, more on the plate does make me budget time better, so I'm hoping this time, it works like a charm!

  4. Shon, add me to your list of folks who admire you for all you are able to do in one day. I think your books on craft will be most helpful "Bacon Craft?" LOL


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