The Ambitions of my Protagonist Lady Corporate Lawyer

August 3, 2012
In any of the movies or soapies I have seen, it all looks so very glamorous - one sees a courtroom scene, which is ideal for a movie (they must have millions of sets for both court rooms and hospitals also!).  In reality, however, being a lawyer in the corporate environment is actually very hard work, involving copious amounts of administration and an amazing back-up in the form of support staff.

But first one has to acquire the prowess in order to reach that status, and even those who do attain their degrees and pass the required board exam, plus enter into articles of clerkship, have to constantly refer to the vast law libraries, which are part of the layout in the Firm.

Is it the dedication required of such a lady attorney, which provides the opportunity for the Antagonist, in my "soon to be published" story to endeavour to sweep the man of her dreams away?

What causes ambition to such an extent, where one's personal life has to come second, and all else is perhaps jeopardized in the process.


Is The Antagonist Always Bad?

August 1, 2012
As I reach final stages of editing my story in the Romance Genre I have to ask the question - Is the Antagonist Always Really Bad and Hateful, or is she a victim of circumstance, looking out for herself, following her own path at any price, no matter who gets hurt or damaged in the process?

Is it really the Antagonist's fault if she is even more beautiful, wealthier, more sexually experienced, than the Protagonist who is our main concern as a reader?

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Plaintiff: Editor vs Defendant: Story Teller

July 23, 2012
Oh dear.   As I am nearing the final part of the editing of my story I have come to the realisation that I have developed a completely different personna from that enthusiastic creator of my NaNoWriMo journey.

I have become a critic, where words which I do not now want to see have suddenly become three dimensional, hitting me cruely and questioning why on earth are they there; insisting I hit that delete button; telling me or rather "showing me" there is a much better way to divulge certain of...
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Romance Genre - Oops ... the Sex Scene

July 12, 2012
I actually haven't yet read the successful book "50 Shades of Grey".  It is, however, downloaded onto hubby's Kindle.

As a writer in the romance genre, it is necessary to include in adult fiction .... oops....  the Sex Scene.  In the book I am creating now, there are a few scenes of a sexual nature, and they are most certainly integral in my story and not added for any other reason.

When I was partaking in the "So So Not Chic Lit" course last year, through Stanford University, conducted by Wend...
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The Big Edit - Part 2 - The Jigsaw

July 10, 2012

A very important aspect and which I, to a large extent, did not realise would entail so much thought, was the chapter order.  After NaNoWriMo, I opted to create many new chapters.  After doing so, and on such completion, there became the question of "exactly where best to slot these new chapters into my already created document".   Therefore when I did eventually decide, I had in the process created the necessity for new edits in many of the already existing chapters.

My story had evolved and ...

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The Big Edit of My Manuscript

June 23, 2012
I think I do have an advantage as regards the editing of my "now created" manuscript.

In my previous `working life' an enormous amount of my PA life in the legal world, was being the instrument of the professionals' implementation of their copious and always urgent, edits.   In the process, despite the speed which was required, one cannot help but glean an enormous amount of information.

Also I was fortunate that one of my "very first experiences" in the work place, was as a junior secretary to...
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Writer - Are you being taken seriously?

May 30, 2012
I was at my music class today, which I used to attend on a regular basis and still love, but I have now cut-back on attendance because I actually want to finish my current book and need more hours to myself to make it happen.

Yeah right!  You can sense when you mention to your colleagues "I want more time to write" you actually are not being taken seriously.  The reason is not your friend or friends being nasty.   It is simply because "almost everyone wants to write"!  When a friend wants to m...
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Post A Day to subscribers? Too much in my Opinion!

May 27, 2012
I love following authors - existing, present and future!  Wonderful advice is out there.

However, everyone needs their relaxation time, working time, time to carry out their daily lives.  I personally feel when I choose to follow an author, who has nonetheless amazing advice to give, there is a happy medium in the number of posts which they should give.  I also feel when they do, in fact, proffer their wisdom it will be so much more meaningful if it were to be given regularly, timeously but pl...
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What I am currently reading, about to read, or have just read

May 17, 2012
In order to be a successful writer, one also has to be an avid reader and have many interests throughout one's life.

The following are books I am currently reading, about to read, or have just read.

The Boy Who Fell to Earth by Kathy Lette
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Warm Hugs for Writers by Larry Brooks
Falling Uphill by Kelly Sweetwood
No Kidding by Wendy Tokunaga
The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund
Bull Street
by David T. Lender
Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer to Near Death to True Heali...
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After National Novel Writing Month ....

May 15, 2012
The NaNoWriMo experience is really wonderful, and one I entered into in November 2011, several months after participating in a writing course through Stanford University Continuing Studies, expertly tutored by Wendy Tokunaga, entitled "So So Not Chic Lit".  The reason I chose that particular Stanford course was that I already was writing a book in the Romance Genre, and was very interested to introduce into that story, the advice offered by "So So Not Chic Lit".

I made the decision during NaNo...
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About Me

Janet Gallagher I live in South Africa. As well as writing, I have always adored reading but have a horrible habit of having quite a number pending, so have lots of books to read always. Just as important as food! My Twitter address is on the Home Page of this site.


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