Learning My Trade

Like many writers, I have been writing for a good chunk of my life.  And I can promise you that none, I repeat, none of my early works will ever see the light of day…ever.  But those early samples hold a special place in my heart because they show just how far I’ve come as a writer and I’m not done learning how to be the best writer I can be.  During a particularly bad bout of writer’s block I headed to my local book store.  I happened across a small but helpful section that had nothing but books about being a better writer.  I picked up a couple and bought them.  So far I’ve only started going through one, but already I’m finding it helpful.

Here are the books if anyone is interested.

 

 

I also stumbled across a rather interesting site called skill share.  I haven’t actually signed up for any classes yet (my life is too hectic right now) but they look like they have a number of classes that I want to get in on.  Stuff like creative writing, marketing, editing, etc.

So here’s the question I pose to my fellow writers out there, have you guys found any interesting sights or tools that help you master your trade?  Looking forward to learning about them.

Which Way Is Up?

Oh dear lord, what a crazy two weeks.  I haven’t accomplished anything and yet so much has happened to me.

I’m written up to the climax of my newest novel Time of Prophecy.  I decided to take a step back and visually story board it.  You see when I write it tends to play out like a movie in my head.  If I’m coming up on a complex or difficult scene, I just let it run in my head and gleam information that way.  It helps a little.  Any who, while I was taking time out for that, the shit hit the proverbial fan…but in a good way.

As many of you may remember, I work as a Teacher’s Assistant in special needs and was working on getting my teaching license.  At the end of the last school year I decided that I was going to stay in special needs.  I love those kids and I love what I do.  So I put out my resume.  When I didn’t hear anything back I started to feel discouraged, but then I got a call from my principal.  The teacher in the other classroom had left and he since he knew I was looking for a teaching position he offered me hers.  YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!  I didn’t want to leave the school because I love everyone there and I have an awesome Special needs team.  So I have all that craziness going on while I learn about the children I’m responsible for and setting my my classroom.

On top of that, I’m currently recovering from having some cysts removed from my ovaries to see if that will help me and my husband conceive.  The incisions still bleed a little when I move around a lot and I’m in the itching phase of healing.

Then, on top of everything else, my husband and I are looking to purchase our first home.  The market is tough and it’s proving difficult to find homes in the area we want.

It was only today that I realized that I haven’t even thought of my novel, writing, or anything else for a while now.  I have to finish writing before school starts and still go through the final editing stage.  I edit as I go.

Thank goodness for coffee is all I have to say.

Later folks!

I can see it…..

the light at the end of the tunnel.  The end of the writing phase of my novel.  During the school year, my time is so crazy that I don’t always have the time to sit down and bust out some word counts.  I do a little writing, but not like what I can do over the summer.  The only sad thing is that by the time I’ve gotten into a good summer groove, it’s almost time to head back.  I only a few more weeks left before I have to go back to work and I have two chapters left to write.  I’m in overdrive right now.

I’m so happy I’m almost done.  I still have to do a final round of editing.  I edit as I go but I do a whole edit when I finish.  That way I can make sure the tone in my novel stays somewhat the same.  This time is always so exciting for me!

What May Come

As an author, there’s nothing I love more than to create new, fantastic worlds from nothing.  Well, almost nothing, most of stories in the world came from a tiny seed of thought.  Whether it’s a scene playing out like a movie in your head (me) or just something that comes pouring out of you while your doing something else (also me), these ideas implant themselves into your mind and with careful nurturing, become the stories that we all know and love.

But that’s only one way.

The other way is not as pleasant.  Some seeds implant but never sprout for one reason or another.  Sometimes the only way to get them to do anything is through a complete and vicious destruction of everything around it.  Now I know some people may balk at this idea but it’s the truth.  Take was the ever talented Ms. Rowling said in her video here.

So plant your seeds whenever you can, in the best conditions and in the worst.  You never know just what will become of them.

Summer Lethargy

Oh Summer, how I long for you when you’re gone (well except during Fall) but I really need you to give me the go go juice instead of indulgent indifference.  This is the time of year that the rest of my life is not warring with my need to write.  Seriously mate, I love you but we gotta get to work before you leave me for Fall and I’m sitting here not having done a thing.

The End of a Series

Three years ago, I published my first book and right now I’m diligently working on completing the whole story arch.  I’ve learned so much along the way.  I never knew how challenging it is to write a series.  I learned a lot about what kind of voice I want my books to have and my style as a writer.  I think this story (all three books) will always hold a special place in my heart.  With that being said, if everything goes right, Time of Prophecy will be released sometime in October of this year.  Yeah!  What this really means is that I need to buckle down and get back to work.  I spent most of today editing in between laundry loads but I need to carve out some more time in my week for writing. If I hope to meet my deadline, I will need more time than just the weekends.

Here’s to you characters of the Lost Guardian series!    Let’s finish this thing strong and together!

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