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5 Ways to Avoid Editing Burnouts

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I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday.  I hope that it’s not too cold, too wet, or whatever where you are.  

Today I’m gonna talk about a problem that I run into all the time edit burnouts.  If you don’t suffer from this, then you are one lucky person.  But for those of us who do, it sucks.

Editing burnouts are (for me at least) hell on earth.  I stare at the page but I don’t see anything.  I end up rereading the same words over and over and what I do rewrite is often littered with mistakes or even worse than what I took out.

So here’s 5 ways to avoid editing burnouts.

 

1. Play movie or game soundtracks

Movie and game soundtracks are made to be noticed but unobtrusive.  Basically, they’re the perfect background noise.  Now to fully take advantage of this technique, I would highly recommend instrumental soundtracks only.

 

2. Play an ambient mixer

Kinda similar to number one but not quite.  Ambient mixers can be made to sound like whatever you like.  If you go to http://www.ambient-mixer.com you can find pre-made mixers for Hogwarts, The Tardis, Narnia, and so many more.  I like the Hogwarts ones, they put me in the right frame of mind to edit.

 

3. Take breaks

Set a timer for 20 mins -1hr, however long you think you can constructively work.  When the time goes off, save your progress and take a 5 min break.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

 

4. Do some housework

If you’re like me, the housework (or as I call ’em domestics) often get pushed to the side.  I always tell my hubby that domestics can wait.  But when you’re editing and you feel yourself starting to get fuzzy brained, do some housework.  Go load and unload the dishwasher.  Fold a basket of clothes.  Clean the toilets, whatever it is that you’re getting behind on.  Doing housework helps to clear your mind because it’s such a menial task.  Give your brain a break.

 

5. Go take a walk

When you feel yourself getting fried, get up and get outside.  Try and soak up some vitamin D and freshish air.  Walk at a park, by a pond, around your block.  Just get out and give yourself a different setting for a while.  You’ll be amazed at the results.

 

So there you have it.  Five ways to avoid editing burnouts.   Have you done some of these before?  What do you use?

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Trying New Things

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It’s hard to believe that January is almost over.  But it also feels like it’s been January for a thousand years.  Any who, nothing really writing related today because I’m in the middle of researching some things.  But I figured that it would be a good time to tell you guys about some new things that I have going on.  

New thing #1: Facebook fan page

After talking to Christina, a long term friend, I’ve decided to give the fan page a whirl.  It will be a place where a few of my various platforms converge.  But it will also be a fun place where my readers and I can mingle.  I will add the link to the page below.

 

New thing #2:  I’m on YouTube

The funny thing about me is that my personality doesn’t really come out when I write.  I’ve sort of trained myself to be neutral.  But when I’m talking, I’m more like myself.  So I’ve decided to give YouTube a go.  Now don’t worry, I won’t get rid of this blog.  They’re gonna run the same content (for the most part) until I figure out which one I like the most.  Each has their own benefits and stresses.

 

New thing #3: New features on Patreon

I’ve completely reworked my Patreon page.  Now patrons get access to a small writing samples every Saturday, first to know story updates and events, a really fun segment called “Control the Writer”, along with a ton of other features.  So if any of that wets your whistle, then click the link below and become a patron today.

Fan page baby!

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Channeling My Inner Evil

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Writing series can be exhausting.  It’s more of an endurance race than a sprint like a single book.  I like to have rough synopsis of my entire series because it can help me keep key points on track.  When I start, I don’t always know how it will end.  Mostly because my brain is like an ADHD child in a candy store.  I get ideas, characters and what have you all the time.

Getting to the point, over the weekend, I was wrapping up what I thought was going to be the last book in the series when I got a wonderfully wicked idea.   It shocked me to my core.  Normally, I’m a happy go lucky, fluffy writer.  I’m like that because I always want my characters to make it out in the end.  I love happy endings…but this….oh buddy.

So I decided to channel my inner evil author and at some point and time in my new series, I will crush my readers.  I apologize in advance.  And that also means that I will have a few more books than I initially planned.

That’s the life of a writer.

 

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Writing With Depression and Special Announcement

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I hope you’re all doing well today.  Like I said yesterday, I’m a little slow getting back into the swing of things, but I’m working on it.  Before we begin I’ve got a few announcements.  First, I’ve made some updates to my Patreon page here Patreon Page . Be sure to check it out and join to get exclusive content and other goodies.  Second, I’ve decided to do a authortube page as well.  The content will be a bit of the same but there will be somethings that are on the authortube page that won’t be up here.  I’m still debating on whether or not I want to switch or run both, so for now I will do both.  That’s all I have for now, so lets get started.

First let me start off by saying that while I have depression, I am not a doctor and you should always seek professional help for all physical and mental concerns.

 

I started to develop depression in my early teens.  I didn’t want to tell anyone because I had no faith that they could help me.  The only thing that saved my life was to give the demons in my head a safe outlet.  I drew and wrote down every dark thought that came through my head.  In my later years, I finally had to get professional help which was a life changer.

So what does any of this have to do with writing?  Well, as anyone with depression will tell you, it kills your passions.  The things that gave you joy no longer will and it becomes a struggle to do the things that you know you have to.  I have to remind you that these are just generalizations and do not fit every person who has depression.

For me, it means I just lack the energy to do anything.  I can’t focus.  My whole body hurts like I have the flu and all I want to do is sleep.  Now I try to write everyday, but when I’m having a low day I can’t seem to which makes me feel bad and I get even more depressed.  It’s a vicious cycle.

But there’s ways that you can work with and around your depression so that you can still be somewhat productive.

 

1. Work on your social media.

Honestly that’s what I end up doing 90% of the time I’m in a rut.  If you’re the same then why not work on your platform by commenting on other people’s post or just making your presence known.  It takes very little effort and platforming is a crucial part of being a writer.

 

2. Write what you can.

If you can only get a paragraph or a sentence then that’s fine.  At least you sat yourself down and did something.  Small victories.

 

3. Go for a walk.

This helps me a lot.  Sometimes just getting out the house and going for a walk in a park, or to the library, or to your favorite store can help shake the fog off.

 

4. Treat yourself.

If you have something that always makes you feel good like a glass of wine, bubble bath, massage, spay day, manicure, whatever.  Treat yourself.  You deserve it.

 

5. Talk to someone.

This is probably the most important thing that you can do.  Talking gets those thoughts out of your head and into the light where they can’t survive.  Talk to your significant other, best friend, therapist, pet whoever just talk.  If you feel like you can’t burden your loved ones with your “issues” then write them down on a piece of paper and burn it.

 

Question Time.

What do you do to overcome your depression?

How does your depression affect you?

 

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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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book reviews

Book Review: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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I hope that you all had a lovely holiday, are well rested and ready for the New Year!  My reading resolution is to read a greater variety of books.  I read a fair amount of fantasy with a little science fiction and historical fiction sprinkled around, but not much nonfiction.  Well that’s where today’s book comes into play.  But before we begin, if you would like to support me and help me create better posts and books, please click the link below and head on over to my Patreon page.  There you’ll get all sorts of goodies that no one else gets like first to know invites for book releases, a chance to control a writer, and something really epic for top tier supporters.  Patreon Page    You can also fine me on Twitter     Instagram  and   Pinterest   

Well that’s enough of that lets get on with the book of the day:

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:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

There are 20 lies that we tell ourselves that keep us from being who we truly are.  And Mrs. Rachel is here to help us face the truth.

My Thoughts:

I didn’t go into this book expecting it to change my life.  These books tend to be as generic as possible so they can reach and appeal to a large audience.  With that being said, I did find a few nuggets of wisdom that I liked and will work on in the future.  Some of Mrs. Hollis’ stories raise a few eyebrows but that’s what she was going for.  She is honest about every aspect about herself (the sex chapters were funny) and following her lead, so should we.

 

Reread factor:

I don’t know if I’ll honestly reread this book.  But it is going to be passed around my work place because a lot of the ladies I work with want to read it.  I had to skip some of the chapters because they didn’t pertain to me (mommy and children) but as long as I get it back I always have that option.

Question time?

Have you read this book?

What did you think?

What were some of your favorite stories?

book reviews

Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta

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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:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

Kiran is embarrassed by her parents.  I mean what kid wouldn’t be when they tell you your whole life that you are a real Indian princess they found in a clay pot in a mystical river in another realm.  Well, on her 12th birthday she finds that what she thought were crazy stories were all true.  Now she has to hurry to the place where all spells go to die to save her parents, and learns some interesting things along the way.

 

My Thoughts:

In the wake of Rick Roridan, there seems to be an influx of sassy pre-teens who are actually related to mythical gods flooding the market.  I for one, love this!  Especially when they’re from countries that I don’t know a lot about.  This is the second book that I’ve read that is based on Indian folk lore.  Kiran is a pretty likable character with a corny sense of humor and real motivations.  I wouldn’t say that I love this book but I’m going to read the second one before I decided whether or not I really like it.  I have a bad habit of judging a series by the first book.  

 

Reread factor:

This book is an easy read and quite enjoyable.  I might reread it again later on down the road but I’m on the fence.

 

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Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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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:

1/2 cup because the book has such promise

 

General Overview:

In the land of Orisha magic has been completely wiped out.  Anyone born with the white hair of a maji is instantly put under suspicion and treated worse than animals.  We meet Zelie a young diviner whose fiery spirit has gotten her trouble more than once.  We also meet Amari, the princess who wants to help the people her father has pushed to near extinction.  We meet a few other interesting characters but I don’t feel like going into them here. 

 

My Thoughts:

I have to be honest….I didn’t actually finish this book.  I made it half way through it and just had to give up.  While the premise and world are interesting, they just took forever to get into it.  Some aspects of the world aren’t explained and it took me rereading them a few times to understand what the author was getting at.  I like the ideas of fighting against systematic racism and people from all walks of life coming together to achieve that goal.  But Zelie is an unlikable character.  She struggles to stay pissy a the princess who’s trying to help but is also going through a tough time herself.  

 

Reread factor:

I hate not finishing books.  So I might try and come back to this book again.  Like I said, the premise and world are interesting.  

 

Let me know your thoughts.  Did you like it or not?  Should I give it another go or set it aside?  Comment below.

 

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Book Review: Wise Child by Monica Furlong

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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:

5 Cups

 

General Overview:

In a small village, probably in England there lives a little girl called Wise Child.  She lives with her grandmother because her mother abandoned her and her father is out to sea.  She is a useless child who is spoiled and thinks only of herself.  After her grandmother dies, she is presented to the village to see who is willing to take her in, one Juniper, a strange woman who lives on the outskirts of town does.  Wise Child doesn’t want to live with her because everyone knows she’s a witch.  But she does and learns about herself, her past, and the true nature of magic.

 

My Thoughts:

I got this book from a friend of mine ages ago, and instantly fell in love.  Juniper was and still is someone that I strive to be.  She is calm and kind and helps everyone.  If I were to be honest, I’m probably a bit more like Wise Child.  Besides all that, it’s a great story about personal growth, kindness against fear, and what makes a family.  Not bad for a middle school level book.

 

Reread factor:

This is a book that sits quietly on your shelf until you come across it one day.  It gently draws you in for a nice easy read that doesn’t loose any of its joy and wonder on multiple readings.  It’s also a good one to read with your kids.

 

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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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