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Aug 02

August 2019 New Releases

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Somehow, I only have ONE book pre-ordered for August! I did receive some ARCs of others that I’m sharing as well because I think they sound amazing (even if I haven’t *cough cough* got to read them yet).   This is just, as always, the books I have pre-ordered, it is by no means an exhaustive list of all the books being published this month…just the ones I absolutely couldn’t live without! This month seems a little light on the publishing front, but I guess that’s to be expected for summer. I’ve already been eyeing a TON of September and October books though…my bank account is going to be begging for mercy.

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All covers link to GoodReads!

I’ll be reviewing most if not all these in the coming few weeks, so keep your eyes open! Any of them on your list? Any others I should add?

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Oct 10

NaNoWriMo 2017

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Yessssssss my friends, it is here again!! Last year, instead of stressing myself out trying to finish a 50K word novel, my goal was to completely plot my novel (in case you’re not familiar, check out National Novel Writing Month 2017). AND I SUCCEEDED. There was SUCH a happy dance! So naturally, I’m doing it again this year! If you have already decided or are on the fence, check out the main page and then hop over and add me as a writing buddy!

I did not, however, succeed at finishing said novel this year. Currently “Rising of the Sun” sits at 18,598 words, according to my Scrivener file. Just a leeeeetle bit short of my goal of 120K. But, not to be deterred, today I sat down to figure out my goals and plans for NaNoWriMo 2017. First up was reading over my (FINISHED! I just have to keep pointing that out, I’m so proud of myself) outline.

And this was my face, because I seriously HAVE NO MEMORY of writing some of this stuff. Like where TF did this come from? Did this actually come out of my brain? I mean, it must have…right?

Well, regardless – my goal for NaNo this year is to add 50,000 words to my novel. Based on the size of my outline, I would say the finished word count goal of 120K is probably a gross UNDERestimate, haha. For this month of #Preptober my plan is:

  • Re-read outline in entirety
  • Read already written 18,000 words – DO NOT EDIT! Inner editor, now is not your time…
  • Fill in major character sketches for both MCs
  • Fill in major character sketches for 4 other characters
  • Fill in DETAILED plot outline for next 3 chapters
  • Find or put together writing playlists (Apple Music? Spotify?)

Do you have plans for NaNoWriMo 2017? Have you participated before? Do you think it helps you as a writer? What are you doing for #Preptober?

Links to Help Prep for NaNoWriMo 2017:

 

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Mar 29

Writing Up Wednesday #9: Wordcount Woes

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Welcome to another week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 One BIG NEW THING I’m announcing this week is the creation of the Writing Up Wednesday page, where you can currently find the next 2 months of topics posted. I know a lot of people write their posts in advance, so I wanted to provide that opportunity to you all. 🙂 I’ve also added a list of previous weeks topics that I will try (key word) to keep updated. So on to this week! I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about this one.

Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday 9: Wordcount Woes

Writers seem to either obsess over word count or ignore it altogether. Which are you? Why do you find it important or not?

Ah, the dreaded word count. For my fellow NaNo-ers, you know why word count is a big deal, at least for November (and the upcoming April, my first time participating in Camp NaNoWriMo!). However, the 50K NaNo goal aside, word count usually doesn’t come into consideration UNLESS you are planning to write for publication. Editors and publishers are stingy when it comes to space on the printed page!

I do want to have my work published one day. Wow, I said it out loud. But yes, I do…so when I set up the goals for my novel for this year, I kept in mind the generally accepted word count limits for different genres. My goal is a 100,000 word manuscript 1st draft, at minimum. Knowing my verbose self, it will probably be well over that when finished. Hah. When I made that goal in January, I calculated that I would only have to write 345 words per day to reach that goal! Wow! So achievable, right?

I’m sure you can imagine how well that went. I did okay for January, but February I totally fell off the bandwagon and haven’t been able to get back with it. I’m afraid to see where I sit with my current word count compared to where I should be. For about 3 weeks I didn’t write at all, but I’ve been plugging away almost every day now and my total is currently sitting at 16,000.

16,000/100,000. Easy math, that’s 16%. And we’re about a quarter through the year. THAT’S NOT GOOD FOR MY GOAL, FOLKS!

But you know what, it’s ok. It’s okay. Deep breaths. I can still do this. With some extra free time, focus, and motivation, I can do this. I may not be a published author yet, but I will be one day and I. Can. Do. This.

Now I just need to work up the courage to pull out my spreadsheets and see just how far behind I am…

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Mar 22

Writing Up Wednesday #8: Motivation, Schmotivation

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Welcome to another week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 One BIG NEW THING I’m announcing this week is the creation of the Writing Up Wednesday page, where you can currently find the next 2 months of topics posted. I know a lot of people write their posts in advance, so I wanted to provide that opportunity to you all. 🙂 I’ve also added a list of previous weeks topics that I will try (key word) to keep updated. So on to this week! I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about this one.

Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday #8: Motivation, Schmotivation

Motivation plays a big part in our writing. Or does it? Can you write without motivation? I think most of us would say no. Writing – unless you’re Stephen King or someone who has already “made it” big as a writer – is mostly done because we love it, not for monetary or any other personal gain. So what’s your motivation? Can you write on days you’re not feeling it?

Most of us write because we love it, or we have a passion to share with the world (hopefully both!). But surely I’m not the only one who opens my computer some days and it’s a bad day or a sunny day and I’m just not motivated to write a single damn word.

This past weekend, I was super freaking motivated. I had been stewing on a part of my novel for weeks. And weeks. I had barely written 100 words in that time. I was so caught up on this one thing. But then I finally decided that I just needed to WRITE, regardless of quality…and I struggled through that particular scene and then I. Was. On. Fire.

Last week, I had time to write. I had (theoretically) the ability. I even sat down and opened my current WIP in Scrivener a few times. And then I Facebooked. I blogged. I watched cat videos. I stalked GoodReads (my TBR is screaming again). I had no motivation. But, had I just forced myself, could I have written a few hundred words each of those days?

Yes. Yes, I could have. It’s my opinion that true motivation for a project never really dies – we may grow tired or disillusioned, but the spark we felt for the original project never actually leaves us. Sometimes pushing through the rough part is all we need to feel the heat of that first spark again. Now, can I write something without having felt any motivation for it in the FIRST place?

College essays, I’m looking at you.

But wait, that wasn’t truly without motivation. My motivation was to get the BEST GRADES possible, so I could maintain a high GPA. I might have despised what I was writing about, but that is still motivation, just of a different type.

Contrast that with me reading a short story contest blurb and having absolutely no interest in writing a 10K story about aliens and Kansas. Motivation? None. Not even the slim chance of winning whatever “grand prize” they’ve dreamed up will motivate me to write that story.

So, my answer to the original question is no. I, personally, cannot write without SOME type of motivation – be it that I simply LOVE the story I’m telling, or that I feel very strongly about something, or that I want a good grade. What about you? Be sure to add the link to your post below!

 

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Mar 01

Writing Up Wednesday #6: Give me ALL THE SETTINGS!

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Welcome to the next week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday #6: Give Me ALL THE SETTINGS!

The setting of your story may seem like a background element, but in all but a very, very few books the setting is one of the MAIN elements and usually effects your story to a large extent. Different genres call for different settings, some requiring more research than others. A fantasy novel is usually has very involved worldbuilding, but the only facts you have to check are the ones you make up! In a historical fiction, however, factual accuracy is EXTREMELY important and hunting your facts can take as long or longer than the actual writing!

My current novel is a high fantasy, so I’ve put A LOT of effort into my world. While it’s somewhat inspired by medieval British and European cultures, some of it is also very loosely inspired by Greek mythology. At least right now. I’ve started to struggle with that aspect of it so I’m considering writing it out! Which would be…different.  On the other hand, a lot of it I just totally made up and it gets confusing! I have sections in Scrivener for the history, for the different levels of society, for the magic system…a horribly drawn map (haha). I also use a rather detailed set of worksheets that cover everything from outline to setting to characters.

I do need visual representation of things though, so I found a couple of castles (one in Scotland…be still my heart) that to me represent the main residences of the story. If you’re interested, check out my Pinterest board for the entire novel (including how I see my characters! *heart-eyes*). 😀 I have no artistic ability of my own, so drawing or sketching anything is out of the question. Every now and then I get a specific idea of something in my head though, and off I go to Pinterest or Google Images until I find it! And it’s only then that I can write a proper description. See, the ability to draw would be SO incredibly helpful. 😛

What’s your setting like? How much time do you spend making sure that you don’t change something halfway through (I read a very popular book awhile back, where the villain had red hair…until a random scene near the end of the book, where it was black…aaaaaand then back to red)? I know that’s what editing is for but I’m positively ANAL about keeping track of as much as I possibly can so that I don’t get confused.

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Feb 22

Writing Up Wednesday #5: What’s Your POV?

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Welcome to the next week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday #5: What’s Your POV?

Point-of-view can make or break a book. The right one draws you in, gives you just enough information to keep you entertained and reading to see what happens next. The wrong one is nails on the chalkboard of your brain. If you’re not familiar with the different POVs, there’s an awesome, detailed article here on Novel Writing Help. There are 3 main POVs in fiction: first-person (a huge favorite in YA fiction), third-person limited, and third-person omniscient. I’m not going to get into a breakdown here – there are TONS of helpful articles around the web for that. So for now, think about your current WIP. Are you consistent with your POV, or do you use multiples? If so, do you handle it in a way that won’t confuse your reader? How did you settle on your POV?

I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to the POV in my current novel, to be honest. It just was. It just happened, and it felt completely right. I’m using a third person limited perspective, that of my MC. As it’s a fantasy, I can see some additional characters maybe jockeying for a turn eventually. Like my dragon. Pretty sure she will have a voice of her own that needs airing more than just as a side character. As it is, while I’ve done a LOT of her character development, both in my head and in written character sketches – I haven’t actually written her into the novel yet!

Personally, I don’t care for writing in the first person. It just feels…odd, to me. I can read it alright, but I think it’s a more difficult POV to do WELL. A lot of writers try to tell the reader things through the first-person, that that character simply wouldn’t know.

I can’t wait to hear from all you guys and what your thoughts are on this topic! Be sure to add your link to the widget. 🙂

 

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