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2019 Writing Resolutions

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With the new year comes promises that we make to ourselves to help us grow throughout the year.  More often than not, we fall off the bandwagon and try again next year.  I know I’m bad about that but I aim to be better.  In addition to some other goals that are personal, I have a few writing goals as well. 

 

Goal #1: To write every day

I got a nifty little planner book from a Scribler box last month and I’m gonna use that to track my daily work counts.  I’m planning on writing 12k word a week.  That would equal out to roughly 36k words a month and give me time to do edits and revisions.

 

Goal #2:  To earn 15 new patrons on Patreon

In case you don’t know, Patreon is a platform where lovely people like you can help support independent creators like me.  For pledging a certain amount of money each month you’ll get perks that aren’t available to the general public.  For me that means you get things like Patreon only content, an opportunity to control a writer, and an extra special perk for those of the top tiers.  Click the link here Patreon Page  to head over and check it out.

 

Goal #3 Take care of my mental health

2018 saw a rise in my depression and anxiety to levels that I’ve never seen before.  I didn’t take care of myself which only made things worse and made it harder for me to write the way I wanted to which, in turn, lead to more depression and anxiety.  See the issue.  So this year I need to take better care of myself, physically and mentally so that I can not only be happier, but a better writer as well.

 

Question time?

Did you make any resolutions this year?

What are they?

 

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5 Things That Irritate Me While Reading

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I hope everyone is doing well.  Right now I’m enjoying the first snow of the season.  Any who, I’ve had some people ask me about what I look for when it comes to my book reviews.  I don’t really have a set method per say, just some things or tropes that get under my skin consistently.  So without further ado here are my top five things that irritate me while reading.

Number 1: A world with little to no explanations.

World building can make or break your novel.  There’s a fine line between letting the reader learn about the world as they go and giving them everything in an information dump.  But what frustrates me to no end is when writers introduce their world with it’s strange terminology without any explanation.  Sometimes I have to read a bit two or three times before I either figure out what the hell the author is talking about or give up because I don’t want to get hung up on a small detail.

Number 2: Characters who are bitchy for the sake of being bitchy.

I know that not every character has to be likable but when characters swing back and forth between average and raging bitch like they’re bipolar for no other reason than to create conflict, I’m gonna call you out on it.  On a similar note, when characters themselves are fighting to stay mad at someone then maybe it’s time to rework the relationship.

Number 3: Useless Love interests/Love triangles.

Love is an organic entity, much like writing.  You cannot force it.  If you have to force your characters to like each other, then they shouldn’t be together.  Not everyone needs a love interest.  One a similar note; please, please, please stop making love triangles.  They are the most contrite things in literature.  Almost 90% of the time, the MC doesn’t even care about the triangle, it’s the author trying to get us invested in it.  Please stop.

Number 4: Kicking them while their down.

All writing is about conflict.  It’s the driving force that carries the story along, but sometimes writers channel their inner Satan or whatever and throw one thing after another at their characters.  The constant conflict without comes off as time fillers and a waste of time.  They don’t do anything except play with our emotions and I don’t care.  If you want to make an impact with your conflicts keep them sharp and precise that a well placed blade.  It’s the only way to maximize their impact.

Number 5: Taking forever to get to the point.

This is my number one complaint but number five listed.  I loath it when writers take forever to get to the main conflict.  I don’t mind getting to know the characters or the world but when it’s drawn out for the sake of drawing it out, then most likely I’ll have to put the book down.  My rule is that if I make it through a third of the book and still don’t care, then it goes back on the shelf.  Sometimes it’s my frame of mind that makes it difficult to get into the book but just as often, it’s unlikable characters and slow pacing.

 

Whelp, there you have it.  The five things that I hate when reading.  What are your’s?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!

 

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NaNoWrimo: The Final Verdict

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With November coming to a close, so does NaNoWrimo.  I decided to give it a whirl to see what it’s all about and see if it’s even worth it.  So here’s what I found….


 

 

 

 

 

Hitting the daily word requirements wasn’t as bad as I thought.  It usually took my only a couple of hours to hit 1667.

Word sprints are your best friend and I will keep using them FOREVER! Set a timer and pound out as many words as you possible can.  No time to over think, just get it out.

The people doing NaNoWrimo with you are supper supportive!

The write in events are a great way to meet your fellow writers.  Gotta have friends!

 

So I have to be honest…I didn’t actually hit the 50k goal.  I got the stomach flu and was out for three days and then I lost a friend suddenly and unexpectedly, there went another couple of days.  But I did better than I thought I was going to do.  I might do it again next year, but I am for sure going to take the practices I used during NaNo and apply them to my normal writing habits.

Final verdict?  Give it a go and see if it’s for you.  Gotta a half baked idea and what to see if you can turn it into a story?  Go for it!  I recommend planning a bit in October to prep, but how you handle NaNo is all up to you.

So did any of you do NaNoWrimo?  How’d it go for you? Let’s see those comments below!

 

 

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Indiecember: A Way to Give Back.

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I hope you all survived Thanksgiving with only minimal scaring.  Now it’s time to gird our loins and suit up for December.  In the spirit of giving, the amazing Megan Tennant has created a reading challenge for the month of December called Indiecember.  Basically it’s a way to help indie authors and give back the community for giving us wonderful stories to read.  I, myself, am a proud member of this community.  

The rules are simple and I will link the main page with full details below.  Play bingo and earn marks for leaving reviews on ANY indie book you’ve EVER read.  That’s right!  You don’t have to spend that much money buying new indie books (although that would be nice) but not necessary.

Here’s a pic of the card with what my books would earn you.  Just to give you head start.  And here’s the rules laid out plain and simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners will get all sort of nifty prizes like free books, free merch, and other delights.  So get out there and leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads in support of Indie Authors everywhere!

 

 

For full rules and list of contributors click here!

 

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NaNoWriMo: is it worth it?

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For years I’ve heard and seen people talk about NaNoWriMo, which stands for National November Writing Month.  The basic premise of this event is for you to pump out a 50k word story in 30 days.  I’ve never worried about it because that seemed like an awful amount of work that I wasn’t sure if I was ready to tackle.  But this year I decided to give it a go.  I mean what’s the worse that can happen?  My writing has been pretty much non-existent lately so I’m hoping that this will help kick my butt into gear and get me back into the habit or writing a little bit each day.  

So here’s what I’ve learned so far.

Setting up is pretty easy.  It’s free!  The daily goal is 1667 words a day.  But there a ton of resources to help you.  There are forums for any and all topics to help you if you get stuck.  They also have this nifty thing called Word Sprints which is basically a timer that you set and try to punch out as many words as you can within that time frame.  When racing against the clock, you don’t have time to worry over every single word.  Using sprints is a great way to really hit the word count.  You can also join up with your region and gain access to write ins around you.  Write ins are exactly what they sound like.  People participating in NaNoWriMo meet up and write together.  It’s a great way to meet your fellow writers.  The region I’m in has their own open chat room where you can join in on word sprints or ask questions and get help in real time.

It’s only four days into it but I’m going pretty strong.  I just attended my 1st write in it was nice to meet writers near me.  At the end of the month I’ll check back in with you guys and let you know what pros and cons I discovered during this process.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo?  Comment below and share your tags!  We can pair up and do this challenge together!

 

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Book Review: Catwoman Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

This is the third installment of the DC Icon series.  It follows Selina Kyle as she returns to Gotham City and sets herself up as the Queen of the Underworld.  Instead of Batman, they pair her up with Luke Fox, the son of Lucius Fox, with the call sign of Batwing.  We see some old favorites like Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and the Joker.  This story has an ending that I never saw coming.

 

My Thoughts:

As a kid I loved Catwoman.  I still do today (minus that Halley Berry film).  Catwoman lives her life by her own rules and no one else.  I also love Sarah J Maas.  I stumbled across her Throne of Glass series and instantly fell in love then I read A Court of Thorn and Roses and sold my soul to her.  So this mash up of my two favorite women was a match made in heaven.  I had no idea where the book was heading but that’s the way I like it.  I never got the impression that Selina was whole good or bad, which is true to her character.  I loved the cat and mouse between Catwoman and Batwing.  It never bothered me once that she wasn’t with Batman.  The ages wouldn’t work so hey…I also loved the Harley and Ivy dynamic.  All in all, another good read from my queen.

 

Reread factor:

This was an entertaining read.  I’ll definitely read it again at some point, but probably when I stumble across it on my shelves.

 

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World Building for Dummies

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The world that you build for your characters to play in can make or break your story.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across a story that was great but I spent half the time confused because I was trying to understand the rules of the world.  Sometimes they give me names of people or cultures without explaining anything about it and then roll on.  Or sometimes they’ll sum up what appears to be complex magical system with a few short sentences and never build.  

Now I had decided that I wanted to do a world building post a while back, but as I sat down to get into it, I realized that it was an awfully big concept to squeeze into a few short paragraphs.  I mean, no one wants to reach a mile long post.  So I’ve decided that the better course of action would be to split it up into smaller, more manageable sections.  These being land, people, religion, economy, the every day man, crime, and finally maps. I know what you’re thinking….how can I build a world when I don’t have a world to go off on.  Trust me.  It will all make sense when it’s all said and done with. 

But just one small thing before I leave you.  World building is essential to your writing.  There’s no half assing it, or getting around it.  Not every world build has to be elaborate or complex, although, if you are making a whole new world from scratch you might want to put some extra though into it.  If your world is just a slight variation of this one then all you really need to do is figure out how the changes you made will logically fit.  And there’s the key word logic.  Even in fantasy worlds there has to be a bit of logic when it comes to the inner workings of your world.

Well that’s it for today.  If you any questions about world building, comment below.  I’ll try to make sure I address them in their proper places or right away if you say it’s an emergency.

On a different note….

My book, Time of Prophecy is available in paperback and e-reader.  Follow the link here for a list of all the places you can find it.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much a I enjoyed writing it!

 

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