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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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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?

 

Until next time folks.

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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 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?

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Why I became a Writer

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Today’s post is a bit of a personal one.  Often when I talk to people about my writing and the books I’ve published, they tend to look at me like I’ve grown three heads.  To people who aren’t writers, writing is often this crazy and amazing skill.  And then they usually follow up with “WHY?”

Such a funny question “why”.

I tend to find that I cant really answer that question.  I don’t know why I feel the compulsion to write, only that I do.  I’ve been telling stories for almost my whole life.  But the firs time I put pen to paper was middle school.  And while those stories in my head raged and demanded to be let out, I never saw them to their end.  I lacked the discipline then.  But now I’m different.

I write because I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I love it.  I love creating worlds, people, and weaving them into a story.  While I have some control over the story and the characters, they still evolve organically.

I write because it gives me peace.  It quiets the demons in my head telling my cruel lies.  I loose myself in my work, my craft, living out tiny pieces of my soul in the worlds I create.  That doesn’t mean that I self insert myself…no… just fragments of myself (the broken bits) tend to make their way into my works.

I write because as of right now nothing gives me as much joy as finally being able to hold my book in my hands.  To see all that work and pain meld into something that brings joy.

These are just a few of the reasons why I write.  What about you?  Why do you write, create, or whatever? Comment below. I’d love to read them.

 

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Balancing Writing with Life

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Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  Normally, I write my posts for the week on Saturday or Sunday and then schedule them, but I forgot.  Things have been a little crazy with moving and trying to get my classroom ready before my students show, but hey, what a great topic to talk about today.

Now, I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard the advise to write every day.   While I like the idea behind it, I still disagree.  That’s just not plausible.  Our lives, especially if we have day jobs, significant others, children, a social life, are not always going to allow us to get behind a computer to push out a decent word count.  What you should, to me, take away from this bit of wisdom is that you should carve out writing times.  Whether it’s a particular day or a hour, carve out some time that’s dedicated to your writing life.

For me that means that most of my writing happens on the weekends, either morning or evening depending on what’s happening.  I do leave some time from 7-9 at night to get some writing done during the weekdays.  I also carve out time to work on my author’s platform and building relationships with other writers and people in the writing industry.

You just need to find time that works for you.  I needs to be easy to accomplish and something that you can do consistently.  And that right there is key: consistency.  The more you do something, the more it will turn into a habit so that it feels like a chore.  Once writing during your scheduled time becomes habit, it becomes a little easier to balance your writing life with the rest of your life.

But what happens if the muses bless me and writing takes over?

Hey roll with it, if that’s what you want.  Just remember to take a break from your writing for a couple of days.  Get out of the house.  Take a shower.  Let your loved ones know you’re alive.  writing is an organic process.  It’s different every time you sit down in front of that computer, typewriter, or paper.  Just try to not let it consume your life and try to not go three days without doing something writing related.

What do you mean writing related?

Anything that will help you on your path to becoming a kick ass writer.  Take a writing class. Read an article about the publishing industry or tips to improve writing.  Dig around pinterest for images that go with whatever story you’re writing.  Hell, read a book from an author that inspires you.  Just don’t let writing get placed on the back burner.  Put it more on your second favorite burner (you know you have a favorite).

 

Also, if you don’t make it during the time you schedule, don’t fret.  Just get it done another time.  Like me and this late post.

Question time

Do you guys have any helpful suggestions about how you keep your writing life and regular life balanced?

What are some of the problems you’re having right now?

I’d love to hear them, just comment below.

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Until next time folks!

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Out of Balance

I have finished my first year of teaching and boy did the rest of my life suffer for it.  Almost everything got pushed to the side while I tried to keep my head over water.  I had no energy to do anything, and I mean anything.  Most nights I came home and instantly went to sleep.  Now bear in mind I got back home at 3:30.  That’s crazy.  I stopped working out.  I stopped reading.  I stopped painting and I especially stopped doing anything writing related.

I felt terrible.

But now it’s summer so I have the time to catch up on the huge pile I have on the back burner.  This blog being one of them.

My third book is due to come out at the end of next month but I’ve done almost no marketing for it.  I have no idea what I’m going to do.

I need a drink and start getting my life back on track.

Until next time my peoples!

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Take a Break

A last week, I finished the finally bits of writing for my latest novel Time of Prophecy.  Since completion, I’ve had to set up my classroom, prepare for open house, and been in one beginning of the year meeting after another.  With everything being as crazy as it is, my novel as sat gathering dust.  At first I was buried under crippling guilt until I realized that I finished writing ahead of schedule.  I can take a week off to get my life back in order and still be able to meet my dead lines.

*exhales*

But come September 4th, I have to carve out some time to do my final edit so I can send the manuscript off to the editor on time.  Wish me luck!

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A change

For whatever reason, I’m drawn to non-fiction books.  Normally I avoid those types of books like the plague.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love history…I just don’t like reading about it.  But apparently, that has changed.  I blame the musical Hamilton.  I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for months nearly non-stop.  I also love learning about Colonial America.  Well now I’m reading the biography that inspired the musical and because of that, the flood gates have opened.  I’m adding non-fiction books left and right.

 

But you know what?  I love reading and learning.  I think it’s high time that I branch out into the fascinating world of non-fiction.  Either way, I’ll be happy.

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New Challenge

When I was in my teen’s my favorite show was Gilmore Girls.  I have many a fond memory of my mother and I curled up on the couch watching the show.  I often dreamed of being like Rory.  She was smart, funny, and very much her own person.  While surfing around the internet one day I came across a list of books from my favorite tv show.  The list had every book ever mentioned on the show.  Now, of course a few of them aren’t real but the vast majority are.  So I have decided to embark on a new challenge…to read the entire list if plausible.  I copied the list and printed it out.  Then I went over it to see if I could already check off some books.  About ten down only 380 some more to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the link in case you too want to embark on a literary journey.  Good luck my friends! Rory Gilmore’s Reading List