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    Journal,  Writing

    Progress Update

    Oh my gosh, guys, things have been one whirlwind of a mess after another. Nothing has gone as planned and progress has slowed, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Here is an update of what I’ve been dealing with: I sent out my manuscript to some beta readers and frankly, the feedback wasn’t good. Many stopped reading all together. My dad ended up in the ICU to the point where he had to have someone with him whenever he left the house (and to be honest, I went over there to check on him even when he didn’t leave) my kids and I walked with him…

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    Journal,  Writing

    Organizing Your Novel

    Everyone has their own processes and systems to keep things organized and together as they write, but what if you’re just starting or are in need of a fresh start with your organizing? Keep reading and you’ll find some ideas I’ve dug up for you because, well, I’m in the same boat. Let’s take a look at what I’ve found… Electronic Organization I’ve found that quite a few have used an electronic system for keeping their stories organized. Let’s dive in and look as what others are doing. Trello With Trello you have different boards, cards, lists and more, it’s no wonder many turn to Trello for their organizing needs.…

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    April’s Writing Theme: Novel Organization

    The reason for taking my break last month was due to some distressing feedback of my first novel and to be honest, my heart couldn’t take it. That doesn’t mean that I’ll be quitting, oh, far from it. I’ve been looking up more on writing than I did when I started and I realized that perhaps if I could get my notes and data for my novels organized, I wouldn’t forget that some events happened or that one of the men I have changed from Nix to Drant. Yeah, it happens to us all. So here’s your chance to help others that are struggling with their writing and provide some…

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    December 2018’s Writing Theme: Lesson You Learned…

    It’s the last month of the year and we are heading into a new one. So for this month’s writing; tell me about something you learned that changed the way you think about writing. Example: This may sound silly, but I did realize how connections with others would streamline your writing.  I’ve met some wonderful writers and authors that have helped me in ways no one else could. I needed someone who’s been in my position to give me advice and they are so cool about answering my questions and giving advice.  If you’re in the same position, find a group of authors who will give you advice, encourage you and allow you to read there awesome…

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    October’s Writing Theme: NaNoWriMo!

    It’s getting to be that time of year again! That time when aspiring and published authors alike bunker down to hammer out another novel in 30 days. Drinking caffeinated beverages and staring at a screen for hours and days on end, typing until their fingers get tired. Yep, you guessed it! NaNoWriMo is back and authors all over are preparing to sit and write that first, fourth, or eighteenth novel and I say “Way to go! I will be right there with you!” Though we may not write for the same genre or be in the same state, you know there are others like you trying to get that piece…

  • Writing Fun!

    September’s Writing Theme: Favorite Character, Power, Creature, Etc.

    Most of us have favorites: Our favorite food, our favorite drink, favorite candy, movie, song, etc. This month’s theme is to write about your favorite. Your favorite character, your favorite power they have, your favorite creature, or anything of that nature. Read my example below and comment!!   Example: This one is actually really hard for me because I don’t have favorites. If you ever asked me my favorite thing, I would tell you I don’t have one. My daughter asks me that all the time. “Mom, what’s your favorite movie.” I’ll say ‘Dragons’ just so she’ll have something. My kids know I LOVE “How to Train Your Dragon”, but then I think…

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    Ways to Plot a Novel

    There are plenty of ways to plot a novel and the way each author plots is completely up to them. Every author is different with different thoughts and ways of organizing them. The way I plot could be, and probably is completely different from the way others plot their novels. Plotting your novel is unique and special process each author must discover for themselves. This is where one process doesn’t fit all. When deciding how to plot your novel, there are many processes to choose from. Plot Structures: Character – Driven Your characters are the main reason the story moves along. Their motivation and drive to complete their mission, journey…

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    August’s Writing Theme: Writing Process

    The writing process of an author/writer differs from person to person. Some will plan, outline, plot, and develop their novels down to the last quirk, research piece, aim, goal, setting detail, motivation, conflicting action, etc. Files, folder, documents, mind maps, aesthetic board, Pinterest board, Social Media polls all in place and filled with information for their novels, while others fly by the seat of their pants. Those are the ones who don’t plan, don’t map; they sit down and start writing. Then there is revising, editing, and publishing to worry about. This month is all about your writing process and sharing what you do with others who are endeavoring to…

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    Where Did the Time Go… Half the Year Gone!!

    Half of the year has gone... Where did the time go? It's definitely going faster than I would like...  We are now one half of the way through the year and I thought it would be a good time to review my goals and see where my progress is at. So let's get right into it...