Writer's Life

I’ve Only Blogged Once this Month

After this post, it will be twice. I know June am just started, but I still feel bad about losing touch with you guys. So, starting tomorrow, I’m going to blog twice a week. Now I just have to come up with some topics.

So far, I’ve got:

  1. Reading Progress. I’ll update you on what I’m currently reading, how I like it, and what’s up next. I’ll probably post this once a month.
  2. Word Count. I’ll let you know how my current work in progress is going. Also, probably a once a month post.
  3. Short Story or Poem. This is just a way to add some variety to my blog. Also maybe a learning opportunity so I can get feedback on what works/doesn’t work. Once a month so I can get my books written. Don’t expect too much in the poetry realm as that’s not my forte. 
  4. Author Interviews. I’m still lukewarm on this idea. Unless any of you amazing writers might be interested.
  5. Book Review. Maybe I could pair this with my currently reading post. 

Do you guys have any other ideas? I need three more if I’m only going to post the bare minimum. I plan on posting about interesting writing experiences as they come up in addition to these topics.

I don’t want this to become a chore that I dread doing, and I definitely don’t want to bore you guys either. Do you have any recommendations for avoiding that?

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Exciting News!

Journal Colorful Blogger Photo Confetti Pink
Unfortunately, I don’t have confetti at home, so I borrowed this picture from Google Reuse.

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

I finished my novel on Tuesday! For good. I’m not looking at it again. EVER! (That’s a lie, I’ll probably have a few comma splices and/or misspelled words that will need to be corrected). I just sent it to my cover artist, and I have it printed to give to my editor (my mother-in-law). I should probably make sure she’s ok with me referring to her as that. I have a tentative date set, but the minute I tell everyone what it is, everything will wind up falling apart. When it gets closer to the day I will announce it, somehow. I’m trying to maintain complete anonymity and I haven’t worked out how to share it without divulging who I really am. (Any suggestions would be great).

So now the hard work begins. I’m looking for an independent publisher, so I can get a few paperbacks of said novel. Everything I’ve been finding online wants me to give them my phone number and email address. I have no problem giving out my email, however, I don’t want to give out my number. I don’t like to answer the phone for people I know, much less complete strangers. I think it’s an introvert thing. Anyway. Is there a way to get around giving out my number? Should I even find a publishing company to print or should I talk to a few printing places ( I can’t think of the actual word I want to use because words are hard).

There are two reasons that I want to have a paperback version. 1. I want my own copy to display on my bookcase, because, who doesn’t want to display their own novel? 2. I owe books to everyone who helped me out in this process, and a few of those people prefer a non-ebook version.

 

 

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Writer’s Workshop

A couple days ago I was wasting time on Facebook when I saw a post about an event near me on publishing. So I sent my husband a text asking if he wanted to go and he agreed, so this morning we went. And I learned a lot! I took two pages worth of notes in a relaxed environment, and we just barely scratched The surface. The woman hosting it provided material that I hadn’t even considered. 

My favorite piece of advice was “Every author is afraid.”  Initially it sounds disheartening, but after thinking about it for awhile it became more reassuring. I’m not the only one going through the self-doubt phase (again). And everything will be ok and work out.

Another helpful idea she said was to go to a bookstore and look at the books. Look at what size they are and see which one you like the best. Also look at things like font, chapter headings, page numbers, and other little things that one doesn’t typically think about looking at.  That way you have an idea for how you want your own book to look.

The final thing that I’ll mention is she said you (as the author) are the best person to sell your book. You wrote it so you know what it’s about and who to target it towards.

I lied, this is for real the last thing. Fall in love with the writing process. Part of that process is the self-doubt and rejection, but so is finally getting to say I am a writer.

Writer Problems, Writer's Life

Pen Name Woes

I’ve been thinking (obsessing) about my pen name a lot lately. I’m hopefully, one way or the other, going to be publishing my book early next year. I’ve had a couple ideas that I through by both my moms (my real mom and my mother-in-law) and my best friend and, while I like aspects of it, I’m not 100% sold on it quite yet. I’ve got a potential first and middle name that I would like, but the first name might be too closely related to my actual name that I don’t know if it would be enough. My last name is giving me grief. I have a few requirements for it, but the actual name is being elusive.

And if coming up with one wasn’t proving difficult, now I have to come up with two. I don’t want my “adult’s book” name to be the same as my “children’s book” name. Does that make sense?

This is all probably a cart and a horse problem, but I thought I’d mention it anyway and see what insights you could offer in coming up with a name. If all else fails, I can always ask my parents to rename me…Twice!

Writing and Editing

I Started A New Project

​My husband and I were talking over dinner last week and he said the most epic line I’ve ever heard. I asked him if I could use if for the opening line in my next story. (I’m not sure the length yet, it’s still a baby idea). He said I could so I’ve spent the last week trying to figure out characters, plot, etc.

Well tonight I decided to start the writing process! I’ve only got four sentences so far but I’ll have you know, I don’t have a single adverb! (There’s still time though).

I’m still flushing some thoughts out but j just wanted to tell you all the exciting news. I’m not going to lie, it feels good to start a new project from scratch. The timing could be better as I’ve got about 17ish other projects going on right now in addition to working full time, but if I wait then I’ll probably forget. 

Writer Problems

Why Can’t You Just Cooperate?

​I’ve got one scene that decided to be the problem child. I switch POV for a paragraph at the end of a chapter and I’m trying to elaborate more on it but it’s not working. I’m not sure if it’s me just being too fussy about it and it’s really ok to just leave it, or if it does actually need to be changed. I’m still playing around with it but for whatever reason it doesn’t want to go.

I may have gotten to the point in this novel where I’m just making changes for the sake of making changes, and the changes I make are irrelevant. Have any of you gotten to that point? What did you do when you came to that realization? 

I’ve decided that this is For Real the absolute last time I’m reading/editing this novel until an agent says otherwise. (I haven’t decided if I’m going to deal with my adverb problem or not just yet. I probably should but that’s just enabling another opportunity to make major changes. Maybe I’ll just single out the adverbs in a separate document). 

Thanks for listening to me vent my frustration out on you guys.

Uncategorized

Dreaming

I was dreaming today. Whatever helps me get through the day right. Anyway. I fast forwarded to a day when I can be a stay at home writer without having to worry about those pesky things called bills. It was a really nice dream. Hopefully with enough luck, skill, and hard work, I can make this a reality before I turn 30. That gives me about a year and a half to get my life together.(I just struggled to figure out how old I was. I tried making myself a year younger, which would be nice a several levels. Oops).

Anyway, I took my thoughts so far as to planning out my daily routines. My schedule is going to be epic and I can’t wait until I can put it into practice every day!

Writing and Editing

How’d I get so Busy?

On the plus side this is helping me out ot my internal issues of boredom. I don’t have the time to be bored! 

I’m reviewing one book, editing another,  I’ve got three of my own to edit (I think I’m giving the fourth one up. It was just a filler project and I don’t really like it. We’ll see though), book club, 2 blogs, and a full time job. Not to mention in about a week I’ll have a husband again. I married an accountant and tax season is finally almost over! And a ton of books to read,  Bible study, and yoga.

If I knew this would have helped I would have actively sought after projects in January. Oh well. Live and learn right? 

Writing and Editing

Broken Promise

Have you guys ever made a silly promise to yourself and then later you wind up breaking that promise? Well that is exactly what I’m on the verge of doing. 

Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad. It’s actually something that I’m ok breaking.  Here it is. After NaNoWriMo last year I promised myself that I wouldn’t start a new novel/short story idea until I did something with what I have (ie edit and publish). I’m close on one of my novels as you know. 

But. This morning I was having a conversation with The Almighty like I’ve been trying to do every morning. And I was asking for help dealing with my feelings of restlessness and similar issues when I had an idea. Now I don’t know if this is divine intervention or me just being rude and not focusing my entire energies to the conversation, but either way I decided that I should write through my issues. As in write a new novel! I was at work when I came up with this idea and I kept saying it over in my head until I was able to go on break and write it down. I’ve got the opening lune almost figured out already. 

Writing and Editing

Done! 

​Mostly. I just need to make sure that the pacing is ok and maybe tweak my characters to make them more likeable (which I probably should have done before I printed) and maybe (hopefully) catch minor details like punctuation and spelling. 

I’m printing it off right now for (if I’m lucky) the last time. Let’s hope the ink and paper supplies can handle the roughly 56,000 words!

Hopefully this is the last time that I have to print this off.
Now let the fun begin. Time to research agents and self publishing and see which route I want to take. Anyone have any suggestions for where I should start? I’ll be making a trip to my local library on Saturday to begin this odyssey. 

While doing that I’ll be editing my third novel for the first time. You’re probably thinking third novel? What about the second one? My best friend currently has it hostage right now but I’ll be getting it back the next time I see her. 

What’s new and exciting with you?

**EDIT** I did have enough paper and ink to get through the printing, but I was running low on ink so it doesn’t look the best. I’m the only one reading this version though so I’m not sure if I care enough to reprint. Again.