Tag: WIP

Writing Updates and Upcoming Releases

Yup. You read that right. Releases. As in more than one! It’s been a while since I did an update on my writing and what I’m working on. Been so busy working on it I forgot to get everyone excited about it! Now I have three projects to update you on and two are releases. Can you feel my excitement from where you’re sitting? Because it’s pretty exciting from where I am! So you know you should probably at least scroll all the way to the bottom of the post and enter the contest. Who doesn’t love free books?

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Friday August 15, 2014; The Day The Game Changed

Posted in: Book Updates

Friday started out like every other Friday for the past year. I took my daughter to school, ran some errands, tried to get enough things done before the weekend so I could spend the most amount of time with my family, and managed to hurt myself doing something extremely klutzy (falling UP the stairs if you can’t survive not knowing how).

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New Books

If you haven’t looked yet, check out the “WIP” section. I’ve added some new books there. Those are the books I plan on working on over the next year. All of the time spent not writing has been great for ideas for more books. But now comes the time to write them. I’m going to finish up Brian’s Story. Then I plan on writing “More Than Existing”.

I’m excited to share these stories with you! I hope you enjoy them too.


NaNoWriMo Beginnings

Posted in: NaNoWriMo Stories

I’ve known for a while that I planned on using NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month for those that don’t know what the acronym stands for) as the kick in the pants I needed to get back on track with my writing.The problem is that I’ve just now looked into it. I hate moving, but unpacking is the worst. It’s like every spare minute is taken up by moving things from room to room. Plus once you get one room cleaned a bit, another room is now a bigger disaster than when you started. But truly that’s alright. I told my family that in November my focus will be on writing. I absolutely HAVE to get back to it because these stories are going around in my head. Frankly I’m surprised someone hasn’t committed me yet from talking to myself about them for so long.

An author I know once said that the longer she goes between writing, the harder it is to get back into it. She is definitely right. Since it’s been close to six months since I’ve picked up my pen, I’m having a hard time focusing. I know what I WANT to do. But it’s hard to get into the mindset since it’s so daunting. I feel like I should write three chapters the first time I sit down. But I keep telling myself that if I only write one word, it’s alright. It’s one more word than I wrote the day before.

So with NaNoWriMo starting in just a few days, I plan on making time for my writing. I will get Brian’s Story written. Whether I finish it completely this month is unknown. But my goal is to use the motivation of NaNoWriMo to get as much of his story down as I can. As long as I work my hardest and make it a priority, whatever I write will be a “win” for me this year.


Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

Posted in: General

One of my favorite parts of writing is sitting down with my notebook (yup, I write by hand and then type) and my purple pen and start putting the story to the page. Unfortunately, that part is about half way into the whole process of “writing a story” for me. As much as I’d like to just put words out there when an idea hits, I have to start at the beginning.

Which is always the hardest part of course! I have to flesh out who the characters are first. Plus I have to have some basic plot ideas, whether it’s a full outline or just a basic overview. Then comes any research that is needed. How much research there is varies by book. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on all of the pre-writing things that need done when I have scenes and ideas just waiting to get out.

The very hardest part of all however, for me, is naming characters. So much meaning comes from a name. Plus I don’t want all of my books to have characters named “Jon” or “Joe” or “Bob”. There are some wonderful names out there and I want to find them and use them! I’ve recently started writing down names that I see while I’m out that strike me so I can use them later. Advertisements, companies, even the cashier at Target. Now to pick which ones go with which characters!