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It’s a Date – Wednesday Writing Tip

If you’re like 90% of the writers I know, you have an idea for a release date by the time you’ve begun your WIP. A lot of us do this. We set a goal date, and then write like hell to reach it. Sometimes we do, but when we don’t…

xPQGKRight?! Utter doom follows. But it doesn’t have to be that painful – missing a deadline you created in your head just because it sounded good shouldn’t feel like the end of the world. So, why does it? Well, for me, I often times judge how much time it will take me to finish a story based on my word count and the time it takes to reach my daily requirements to reach that amount. Oh, is this system flawed. Why? Because I’m human. And I have a life. And those things called children. I’m learning that setting a release date too early can result in complete implosion of my brain. Horrible things happen to my Muse. Even worse things happen to my WIP. I hurry. I rush. And then – editing HELL.

oh-god-what-have-i-done-panda-gifI go through a guilt-fueled binge drinking week (coffee, people…I’m no lush. At least, not during the editing process when I need full function of my brain cells) and I consume more chocolate than any person should. Ever. In their entire lifetime. This sort of rushed editing leads to an overwhelming sense of doubt. I begin to think that what I wrote is tantamount to a giant heap of steaming poo. And nothing anyone says otherwise will make me feel better. By the 10th editing run, I’ve begun to forget how to spell the word ‘the’ and question the placement of a period at the end of a sentence. Painful. It’s a painful experience.

tumblr_m47gp4oceR1qdkatyo1_400And my editing turns into something worse. A mass murder of my manuscript that results in the overuse of the delete button.

tumblr_m25erhxnYJ1rq2fk5o1_250After another 100 pots worth of coffee is consumed, and I’ve stayed up so late that it’s early, and my kids forget what I look like, the manuscript will finally settle into something worth sending off to the editor. Because I love it, and I want my readers to love it.

fL6UfAnd once I DO manage to send it off to the editor, I will make a promise to myself that I will never again set that release date until I’m sure I can make it. I’ll sit back in my chair and take a deep breath, reminding myself that rushing is not worth it. That quality is better. And I’ll tell myself as I open up a fresh document, I’ll wait. I’ll wait till I’m close to the end and THEN pick a date for release.

But five minutes later I’ll forget that promise and two paragraphs in on the new WIP, I’ll be thinking about how many words I must write that day, and the next, and the next, to reach my weekly goal, to reach that release date.

tumblr_inline_mknsqh0dr61rnvwt1bSo. As I near the end of my current WIP, the one that I keep pushing back to make it right, I’ve realized that rushing to meet a release goal is simply not a smart move to make for each writing project. If you have a life outside of writing, or any kind of responsibilities that you must SHARE with writing, then it makes sense to hold off on that date. Just, you know, forget about it for a bit. Wait till you’ve peaked over the middle of your WIP and then start thinking about it. Or even later. Because then you can write the fun way, with less stress and more ease.

Not that writing is something that is ever truly easy. It should be hard at some point. If it’s too easy all the time, the writer isn’t learning much of anything new along their journey, are they?

after-writing-the-first-words-of-an-essay_1020Enjoy your WIP. It’s okay to take your time with it so you are happy with the result. That is something no writer will ever regret. And this doesn’t mean you must throw out all of the goals you have for the release, because you can still organize your time – another tip that will wait for another Wednesday.

Happy Writing, everyone!

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Tuesday Teaser (FM3)

With a yank, I pulled on his coat until his arms slid free, and used my foot to shove him to the floor. His chin struck the carpet with a soft thud and he turned his head to look at me. “Bitch, I’ll kill you,” he hissed.

There was no doubting that mania had taken over. The little moral compass I’d managed to hold onto was lost somewhere between hell and its gate. I was all animal. All bite. Wild from the inside out. And I wanted blood.

With the blade pressed roughly against his throat, my mouth found its way just an inch from his ear. “—–…—–, listen to me now. I’m going to slit you open from hip to hip. Then I’m going to pull out your intestines and strangle you with them. Please, please don’t pass out. I want you to feel everything, —–,” I whispered. “I want you to know what’s going to happen to you and that you’re helpless to stop it. I’m going to kill you, —–. I’m going to do it slowly. And yes, it’s going to hurt.”

Find Me #3 – Coming Soon

Find Me Fans – Do You Like Surprises?

Hmm, well. Whether you do or don’t like surprises, there’s a lovely little golden nugget in book 3. But I can’t tell you what it is. Not exactly. Y’all know I’m not big on spoilers.

I said not exactly because I AM going to tell you what the surprise is about. But that’s it. I swear.

Ready?

Are you sure you’re ready?

Yes? Okay, okay, keep your panties on…

In FM3, a certain female heroine will get a last name. Yep, that’s your hint. And no, I won’t say what that last name is. Because that would ruin the surprise completely. Now I’m sauntering off while leaving you stewing over the possibilities.

9af8b5a4b309c53cf2965ba53360a382p.s. Don’t send me hate mail. Unless it’s that love/hate mail stuff. Which is totally acceptable.


Did you read this? Like, comment, share…I’ll love you forever.

Advice to a New Writer from a Slightly Less New Author

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Wednesday Writing Tips from my friend, C.A. Newsome!

Originally posted on Barking:

Today John (AKA Terry in my books) grabbed me when I entered the dog park and dragged me over to the water-pump where an attractive young lady not quite old enough to be my daughter stood.

“This is (insert name) she wants to publish. You two should talk.”

“Oh? What do you write?” I ask.

Whereupon this very nice young lady whose name I can’t remember (though her dog is Stella) tells me she’d like to write Dystopian Sci-Fi but doesn’t have a concept yet. “I’m at the word-vomit stage,” she confesses.

At this point she had to leave, so we could not continue talking. Meanwhile my brain started churning with all my thoughts about being a good writer and I had no one to pontificate to. Which is why I’m writing this post.

I’ve only been writing since 2010, self-published in 2011. I have watched dozens of others who…

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THE SUNDAY MORNING MAN BUN

Man Bun Monday…Again

Because I had entirely TOO much fun researching Man Buns a few weeks ago, I thought I’d hit up Pinterest and do it again today. I mean, it’s research time worth spending, right? Right. So…none of the pics are mine, obviously, as they came from HERE so you can always follow that link back for the source if you are in the mood for MORE man bun deliciousness. But enough of that – let’s get to the sexiness of the man bun…

THE KISS MY NECK MAN BUN

THE KISS MY NECK MAN BUN


THE MAN BUN THINKER

THE MAN BUN THINKER


THE WIND SWEPT MAN BUN PROFILE

THE WIND SWEPT MAN BUN PROFILE


THE WELL SUITED MAN BUN

THE WELL SUITED MAN BUN


THE I’M SORRY MAN BUN


THE OVER THE SHOULDER MAN BUN

THE OVER THE SHOULDER MAN BUN


THE CASUAL MAN BUN

THE ULTRA CASUAL MAN BUN


THE COUP de GRAS of MAN BUNS...THE DOG WITH HIS MAN BUN

THE COUP de GRAS of MAN BUNS…THE DOG WITH HIS MAN BUN

THANK YOU, PINTEREST!

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Wednesday Writing Tip

Whether you are a pantser or a plotter with your WIP, I’ve found that one thing stands out as important to do before writing that first sentence – having a Beginning, a Middle and an End. I know the pantsers are freaking out – ‘But, my characters tell me what to do, I don’t know how this will end!’ and the plotter is scratching their head thinking, ‘What’s going to go in the middle? I need days/weeks/months to get to that point…’ But writing a new story doesn’t have to be scary. It’s really simple for me. Here – I’ll break it down for you…

The Beginning, AKA, Opening Scene

shock2This is important to think about and get right because it’s the first taste of your story that readers will consume. If it’s boring, confusing, or lacking movement, chances are the reader won’t bother to find out how the story ends. Think about a way to shock, entice or rope in your reader for the opening scene (or scenes – yes, the beginning can be more than the first paragraph), so the reader keeps turning the pages to find out what happens next.


The Middle, AKA, Conflict

shock4I use the term ‘Middle’ loosely, because I’ve found that the major conflict that gets the characters up and over the hump and into the second part of the story, is not necessarily right in the middle of the book, and some of the best stories are FILLED with conflict. However, it’s important to have a point in Fiction writing (or several); something that the characters must confront. I consider that my middle point – the huge action, or the messy deaths, or a big fat surprise, etc…there has to be something happening in the central point of the story that once again, keeps your readers reading.


The End, AKA, The Close

shock5Endings are complicated. Every writer has a way to close their story with their own style. Similar to the middle conflict, there can be shock, awe, tears, screams, etc… for the characters at the end of their journey, and the rules can change up a bit depending on if the story is truly over at the end, or if it will continue into a series. Readers want to finish a book and feel as if they lived the journey themselves. Having an idea or plan for your ending keeps your story in check, even if you are a pantser. If you know the main character is going to fall in or out of love, die or come back to life, then you’ll know how to write the scenes leading up to that.


Of course this is just one way out of many for how to do things. I’m not saying it’s right for everyone – and each story can obviously put a different spin on this concept. But if I sit down for a few minutes and really think about a new story using these three principals, I don’t have to plot out the entire thing to reach my goals. And I can leave plenty of room for my Muse to play around a bit, giving the characters a chance to stand on their own when they need it. It’s the best of both worlds, for me. ;)

Happy Writing, Everyone!

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Happy Meme Monday!

It’s the first day of December – wait, wait! Don’t throw things at the computer, I promise to not mention how incredibly close Christmas is getting. I mean, I promise not to mention it again. Still here? Okay, good, because today launches a new blog theme – Meme Monday! It may not happen every Monday of the month, but I’ll make a valiant effort to give you as many Meme Monday’s as I can. And since this is a holiday month, why not throw up some funny ones today? Enjoy!

xmas3xmas5xmas1xmas4xmas2Happy December 1st, Everyone!