Why blogging helps my writing

Great post! I will practice that myself, I’m still looking for my best blogging voice.

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These Characters Are Real – Review of “Swept Up”

Recently I had a pleasure of reading a book by a fellow indie writer, Kayla Dawn Thomas. It’s her recent release and it is called “Swept Up“.

Before I go into any of the details I have to say right away how impressed I was with the characters of this book. They are real people with very real issues, desires, problems and aspirations. Many of the demons they are facing are very familiar to me from my own experience or experiences of close friends and relatives. There is nothing phony about the people you meet in this story, they are destructive, they are creative, they are caring, they are hateful, they will tell you how to live your live and they will make you walk your own path. Author is not protecting the main characters in any way, there were many times when I gasped out loud at what was happening to the them or straight up yelled at them for doing something really stupid.

This story is a modern romance set in a small college town, it introduces us to Web, street sweeper by night and book reading recluse by day. He had a share of a heartbreak in his college days and is not in a hurry to get involved again. Anti-social by nature, he’d rather be on the sidelines of human drama even though his sister tries to set him up with her gym-going friends, without any success.

One night he is out on his street-cleaning run, when a woman named Kara runs in front of his street sweeper. She is disoriented and hurt and he decides to help her and take her home. After taking care of her he leaves, but she doesn’t leave his thoughts. She is, however, caught up in her issues, relationships, complicated situation with her parents and a denial of a habit. She keeps on making bad choices and he keeps on being in the right place at the right time to rescue her yet again.

After life knocks her out (literally), she finally decides to give him a chance. Web is different from anyone she has ever dated and she is all he can think of. Thinking of her brings up his previous relationship, the one that broke his heart. He can’t help but compare them and he is yet to find out how similar the situation is going to turn out. Kara carries a secret that will break his heart and make him think long and hard about the viability of their relationship.

Will they survive the roadblocks the life threw at them or will they find a way to come together? Read and find out.

 

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Drive Your Story With Fear

Excellent post! We tend to protect our characters and forget the importance of fear in story building.

Fiction All Day

What does your character fear?

We all know that when moving our stories forward we’re supposed to make things worse for the protagonist.  Is he lost?  Let the sun set, let the rain come. Is he alone?  Find someone to stalk him.  Is she being hunted?  Take away her defenses. Does she need to find a cure? Have it fall into the hands of the antagonist.  This is all something fundamental, though many of us forget about it or fail to take it far enough. You know those books where the hero is having enough trouble as it is, and the next obstacle in his path makes us cringe?  Then ten pages later it gets even worse? Sometimes we forget that things can always get worse.

So let’s try again.  Is he lost?  Let the sun set, make it a moonless night.  Then let us know that as a child he was locked…

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The Benefits of Writing a Terrible First Novel

Excellent post! I think for a lot of us it might apply to the second and maybe even third book! What is that they say about writing a million words before we produce a really good book? 😀

Words of Margaux

As some of you may know, I recently completed a novel for the first time. After two failed attempts to complete manuscripts before, just the fact that I wrote “The End” was an accomplishment to me. I took some time away from the book in attempt to return to it with a fresh perspective. What I saw upon my return, however, shocked and disappointed me. My finished book, the one I spent three months writing, was not worth reading. Many find it difficult to admit this about their own creations – believe me, it took me a while to accept the fact myself. In spite of how disappointed I was by the first draft of my book, there are invaluable lessons that I learned throughout the process.

Many might say that I shouldn’t put so much pressure on myself, a first draft is never as good, and it was only…

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What Inspires You to Write?

Ever stopped to think of all the random things that inspire you to write?

I can immediately think of a few that are common for many of us:

  • Music – soft quiet one for those love scenes, heavy-metal for those action scenes
  • Weather – for some it’s rain, while others get excited by a bright sunshine
  • A good book – the feelings it stirs up and how it moves us
  • A movie – same as a book but with sound and visual elements added

But there are other, more subtle reasons that inspire us to write which we don’t realize at times, that come with being human and living among people:

  • A story we heard while in line at the supermarket
  • A wrinkly hand of the mother that reminds us that the time together is limited
  • Sickness of the family pet that brings everyone together
  • A promise you made to a loved one
  • A promise you made to yourself
  • Legacy you want to leave your children
  • Curiosity and wonder
  • A desire to make someone’s life better

The reasons go on and on as are the books that were inspired by them.

What are the things that inspire You?

 

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My 500 Words, Day 32

YES, I DID IT!!! I completed my 31 days of writing 500 words a day!!!

Phew, it’s been hard but very rewarding. When I started off my writing schedule was very spotty.With a full-time job and kids/husband/house to take care of, a million other things would take up my time, but somewhere deep inside I knew that a lot of that were just excuses, simply because I was afraid to write. So, I decided that I needed a challenge and accountability to myself and to you, my dear readers, to give myself a kick in a butt and give writing the time it deserved.

Let me tell you, writing EVERY day is hard. No matter how often you write and how much readers might like your last post, as soon as you start writing another line, it’s like starting with a blank slate. The desire to procrastinate is great and there are all these chores to be done. Having a goal of sitting down and writing 500 words every day gets you going though. For me, it’s like having homework that you have to turn in, but instead it’s you and your audience who are the teacher.

When you know that you have this commitment to fulfill, suddenly there are bits of time that begin to show up, suddenly you are firmer about what’s important to you and your family begins to get it and helps you more; watching mindless TV is not as attractive anymore and your fingers reach out for the keyboard every chance you get.

Better yet, you develop such a strong habit of doing it, you crave it when you are not writing, you get withdrawals for the lack of better word. You can’t wait to get home, hop on your laptop and get some words out of your system.

There were days (like yesterday) when I drove for four hours straight and was completely wiped by the time I got home; I couldn’t make my brain come up with any more words. On days like these I did my best not to give myself any guilt trips and knew that tomorrow would be a new day and new chances to get back to writing.

Will I continue with my 500 words? You bet! In fact I am going for 1,000 a day as my new goal. Definitely wish me luck with that one!

Here are my totals since the last check-in:

6/17 – 866 + blog post 315

6/18 – nothing, lots of reading on marketing

6/19 – 619

6/20 – nothing, blog post 444

6/21 – 1113

6/22 – 101, traveling

 

Keep on writing, fight the good fight!

See you on the battlefield!

 

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I love my Kindle

Ok, I know, I shouldn’t be professing love to an inanimate object, but I do love that darn thing!

My Kindle is the first generation, nothing fancy (ok, it has the 3G, hallelujah!), but I love it just the way it is. I received it for Christmas few years ago and it’s the best “toy” I own.

Initially, I wanted a Kindle to slow the growth of book piles in my house because I love books (another inanimate object I’m in love with). I thought buying a book in digital would a) help me de-clutter my house, b) save some trees. And as much as I love the smell of new books, my small house could only hold so much. So my lovely husband gave me the Kindle.

That very night I hooked it up to my Amazon account and the rest was history. First of all I was ecstatic that one of the free books on it were Sherlock Holmes stories (my favorite character of all times!). Second of all I loved that the Kindle was so light and small, I could fit it anywhere and read it any time I wanted. And the battery held the charge for weeks! Those were the obvious benefits.

The more I used it, the more benefits or shall I say Reasons To Love I discovered.

Here are my top ones:

  1. Kindle is for reading only. There is no temptation or capability to freely browse the web and get distracted. It is electronic, but it’s just a book.
  2. I can get a new book any time I want. Once I was home sick and ended up reading 4 of the 10 books from “Mary O’Reilly” series by Terri Reid. As soon as I finished one, I got the next one, it was AWESOME!
  3. I got to discover indie writers that I wouldn’t have read otherwise. I think this is the part I love the most about Kindle and Amazon, the chance for the writers put their books out there in the world. I found and read many great indie books and got introduced to some talented people.
  4. Since I got my Kindle, I have read more books than ever before.
  5. When I read my Kindle, no one has to know what book I am on – there is no “book cover”.
  6. My reading progress is synchronized between all of my devices and I can continue to read the book on anything I choose if I happened to forget my Kindle at home

What are your favorite things about e-readers?

What indie writers have you discovered recently?

 

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Writing is My Lifeline

I am here to profess my love for Writing.

I am not ashamed to admit, that when we first met, I was very intimidated and shy around Writing. I wasn’t sure if I was worth It, or ever be good enough for It. Writing seemed so well defined and polished and I surely would never be like that, I’m just me, nothing special.

I was looking up at Writing and worshiping its perfection and its influence and hoped that one day I will be allowed in its ranks, even if just as a humble servant. I was happy to be associated with Writing even in just a small way.

Over time, however, I began to realize that the pedestal that the Writing was standing on was built with my own hands. Writing wasn’t a stuck-up, out-of-reach, too-good-for-me as I originally thought. It wanted me to get to know it better and get closer.

So I decided to give it a shot. I began to approach it more, write more often and more openly. The closer I got to Writing, closer it got to me. It is still a work in progress as it’s often so mysterious and larger than life, but I am making the effort.

So far, the Writing hasn’t let me down yet. Every morning I wake looking forward spending time with it and every minute I can steal is so worth it. It makes me a better person, helps me grow and explore new horizons. It teaches me so much more than just write a good prose. It’s about trusting myself, speaking the truth, being brave, building relationships and helping people. What can I say? I Love Writing.

How is your relationship with Writing?

 

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