New Blood cont…

Remember last month I told you about a new story? If not, here is the link to that post.

Friday after my day job, I sat down at my desk to organize everything for the new book. Now this is a book I was going to start writing before but stopped after one chapter because of the Cian McGrath series. So I had set it aside so I could give the Cian McGrath series my full attention. I did. In that series I am now on the 3rd book.

I regress, as I was organizing everything I also re-read the first chapter. There was about a page to two pages that didn’t fit with the new storyline. I created a scrap sheet and added that to it. Re-wrote those pages to fit the new storyline. I was ready to start writing the story.

Now, here’s a little side note on my writing style…I have a spiral notebook for all my books. Each of these notebooks has info about the characters, their backgrounds, their separate stories and how they connect to the main character. They also have timelines to how the events of the story should go. Then there is the word count. One whole section is specifically just for the word count. This helps me remember where I had left off, how many pages I had written as well as how many words.

Saturday morning, laptop, notebooks, coffee and my smokes in hand I headed outside while it was still cool enough to sit down at my spot to write. When I opened the notebook with the word count in it I noticed the last date or the actual first date, the birth of the story if you will. July 1, 2016. How ironic that I should one year later restart the very same book.

With my motivation and muse in high gear I cranked out a wonderful 6 pages of 1,488 words. You have no idea the feeling of excitement it was for me to be able to write that much, let alone write at all!

As I said last month I was only going to write on the weekends, so I wouldn’t feel any pressure during the week.

Sunday I was able to finish the 2nd Chapter at a total of 13 pages and 3,114 words. What a great day that was!

So you know, I had to re-read the 3rd book from the Cian McGrath series. This took me a few days to do. You have to understand, this particular story I had lost my motivation with. And I was honestly a little afraid that if I got into it again my motivation would run screaming. But I just had to get this book finished.

Monday, I started the 3rd Chapter at a total of 6 pages and 1,529 words. I honestly didn’t want to stop! But I knew I had to. I knew that I still had to finish reading the 3rd book and I really needed to get back to writing it. Sigh.

And I did! I finished reading it and was very disturbed that the last two pages were off. They did coincide with where the story was, wtf! So I just had to fix that. It had to flow and in fixing that, I ended up writing 6 pages of 1.386 words!

I was shocked, excited and completely freed! Yes, freed. Free from the crushing fear of disappointment I was starting to have i my ability to actually be able to finish the 3rd book. Now I was well on my way to completing it as well as working on a whole nother story as well!

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Checking your Writing Goals…

Checking your writing goals is something I do every day. The problem is actually doing them. I’m still working on that part.

I have a planner I use specifically for writing my novels. 

Each month, I plan out my word count for the day, along with which days I should be writing. 

In the weekly/daily spread I have a sticker specifically for my word goals. The sticker is placed in the scheduled time I have set aside for writing. I take the goal from the monthly and write it on the top line by Goal. Once I have written for the allotted time, I do a word count, then write this number down on the second line Count. The third line is Need. If I fall short of my set word Goal this is where I would put either how short I was (with a -) or how much I went over (with a +). 

If it a negative, I tend to add it to my weekend writing goal. Easier for me to add what needs to be added on a weekend as I have more time to write. If it is a positive, I tend to ignore it unless I am close to finishing the chapter.

Sometimes these goals help, sometimes they do not. There are times when I write consistantly and get very excited that I am on a roll and look I just might finish this book this month! Then there are times when I go weeks without writing a word! And that tends to depress me. Nocks me down and it is a struggle to get back into the mood to write.

BUT I keep putting the goals in. I do this because I won’t always be ‘not in the mood’. When I do finally write, I will know where to begin. What I am looking to accomplish for that day.

Writing isn’t an easy job no matter what anyone says. Writing is just like any day job that you leave your home to work. But harder.

There is no boss staying on top of you, hounding you to write. There is only you. Your mind. And your computer.

So yes, writing is harder. Lots harder than most think it is.

Having a writing goal and checking it everyday can help keep you on track. It can also intimidate you as well. Do not become upset with yourself if you do not meet your goal for the day, week, or even for the month. You will write again. You will be able to finish that novel you have been working on for years. It will just take time.

So I will keep putting in my writing goals till the novel is finished. Then those writing goals will turn into other goals like editing, re-writing, editing again, re-writing again, book cover creation, promotions for new novel, book signings, etc, etc.

So be kind to yourself. Set your goals, every day, whether you write that day or not. Check your calendar or planner. Do this till it’s done. It will become a part of your writing as much as sitting down and writing is.

What are your writing goals?

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New Blood…

Yesterday I sat down to plan out my week, as I always do, and as I was trying to figure out my writing schedule I came across something in my Pinterest that sparked an idea.

As a writer when an idea hits you, you go with it.

So quickly I retrieved my laptop to look at the other story lines I have saved (I have a few other books that I got ideas for, tehe). It was if my muse, my motivation returned.

This excited me! I went with the flow. I followed the rabbit hoping it wouldn’t lead me a stray.

I added a few things to the other two stories and took a glimpse at book 3. Yea, I’m getting the itch again! The juices will hopefully be flowing once again!

When I went back to finish planning for the week I was to come up with a whole new plan! I’ve planned to write on the weekends only for a total of two hours. I figure I can pick one of the two stories to write for the first hour and than the second hour write in the 3rd book.

No writing planned for the week. This way I do not feel obligated to do any writing. And if I want to write, sweet! If not, no biggie.

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Writing Habits

All writer’s have certain things they do repeatly when they sit down to write. They have certain habits that they have developed over the years that make what they do easier.

Ernest Hemingway, (according to an article at https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/) who famously wrote standing (“Hemingway stands when he writes. He stands in a pair of his oversized loafers on the worn skin of a lesser kudu-the typewriter and the reading board chest-high opposite him”) approaches his craft with equal parts poeticism and pragmatism. He is quoted “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone yo love. Nothing ccan hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.”

Stephen King, (according to an article at http://www.bustle.com/articles/194001-the-daily-writing-habits-of-10-famous-authors) is quoted “There are certain things I do if I sit down to write…I have a glass of water or a cup of tea. There’s a certain time I sit down, from 8:00 to 8:30, somewhere within that half hour every morning. I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in tha same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places. The cumulative purpose of doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon. It’s not any different than a bedtime routine.”

I’ve used these two author’s as an example as they are two of my favorite’s. Every author has a routine/habit when it comes to their writing. Here is mine…

​I would love to be able to write in the early morning when the world is either still asleep or just barely rising. To sit at my desk in front of a large window that faces out to nothing but beautiful views. With the smell of fresh crisp air gently blowing through the window, as I sip on a cup of hot coffee with a cigarette burning in the ash tray. Typing away at the keyboard of my computer, occasionally looking up to look out the window then back at the computer. To be able to write till there is nothing left to write for the day.

This would be ideal if only I didn’t have to work a day job.

But I do have to work. I am not so famous that I can just write. So I write when I can. Most often I do not write at all. I sometimes will go weeks without writing a word. Other times I will be on point and will not want to stop writing at all! But I must. Only because of a day job.

When I do write my habits are pretty close to my dream, yet not.

I have to schedule time to write. I work from five am till two pm. I get home from work around 2:30. I shower, dress in comfy clothes, sit down at my non writing desk to go over my schedule for the rest of the day. I try to start writing at four so that I can write for at least an hour before starting dinner. It does not matter how many words I write, though I do have goals, it only matters that I write for that hour.

I prepare myself before I sit down to write. I make sure I have all my notes close at hand, I have a dictionary near, I have a cup of coffee, computer is turned on and manuscript is open to where I left off. I cannot write in complete silence so I tend to listen to music to have a sort of ‘white noise’ in the background. I read the last page I wrote and go from there.

For now this is the only way I know to write. One day, I will be able to write how I dream I can. One day I will not have to worry about a day job, just writing the next novel.

Do you have any habits/a routine for when you write? I would love to hear from you.

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Staying Motivated…

I’ve lost my motivation! Have you seen it?

With two pages written in Chapter 8, my motivation has gone. Yes, he/she left. No warning, just up and left me hanging. Damn it!

It’s really hard for me to stay motivated. I set alarms to remind me to sit down and write. The alarm goes off, I ignore it.

I’m a writer for christs sake! Where the hell is my motivation!

It’s not that I’m stuck and don’t know what to write. I have each chapter laid out. I have everything even time lined! I just don’t want to write.

I have no desire, no urge to sit and write.

Thinking back to when I first started writing the Cian McGrath series…

What motivated me then? What kept me motivated every time I wanted to give up?

Writing the first book was a breeze! Nothing could stop me! I worked a full time job, came home and just wrote! I was motivated! I was inspired!

The second book was just as easy as the first. I had my motivation. I had inspiration. I occasionally struggled with staying on task but I did it. I finished it.

But this third book, I got nothing. No desire. no inspiration, no motivation to sit my ass in the chair and fecking write!

I come back to the same old question, why? What is so damn different between now and the last two books? Why can’t I finish? I mean seriously, there are only 5 chapters left. Only 5! It’s not like I have the whole book to write. It’s not like the materials aren’t there for the story or the story itself isn’t there. So what the feck is my problem?

Why can I not stay motivated to write?

I can sit and write blog posts. I can write answers to challenges. BUT I CANNOT SIT AND FINISH THE THIRD BOOK!

Yes, I am angry. I am highly pissed off at myself.

But I will finish the book. Even if it takes me the rest of the year to do it. I will find my motivation again and keep it! I have too! There are more books in the series to write!

But, in the mean time, if you find my motivation can you please send them home? Tell ’em I miss ’em badly!

Thank you!

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The Future of Random Thoughts of an Author…

These last five months have been super chaotic around here. So much so that lots of things have just not gotten done and for that I truly apologize.

But things are looking up!

June is a whole new start and planning is being done! Why you ask? Because we are planning some awesome things to bring to you all! (I am so excited!!)

Here is just a few of the things we are working on…

  1. New and informative content, because who doesn’t love new stuff?
  2. Guest bloggers! We are currently making a list of some awesome bloggers we are going to invite!
  3. A brand new Website! With links to my books! Sneak peaks into some brand new books!
  4. More info on the upcoming movie!
  5. Interactive calendar with upcoming dates for a possible book tour!
  6. And so very much more!

We are so excited for all the great things that will be coming and we can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Thank you so very much for your patience as we work on bringing  you these awesome new things!

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Least Favorite Word

I have a lot of these! Not kidding! As a writer certain words irritate me to no end. I try and figure out different words to use so I’m not repeating myself or adding in those pesky but’s um’s and and’s, lol.

In all seriousness though. I would have to say that in writing the word but and and are my least favorite. I try super hard to eliminate these words if they seem like they are repeating. Whatever is another one of my least favorite words as well. My character tends to want to use that a lot when dealing with the males in the story. I crack up when I mentally see her throw her hands up in the air as she is walking away and she’s yelling ‘WHATEVER!’ Only because I do this all the time with the males in my life, lol.

In writing it can be hard to get certain visuals across to my audience. I try really hard to be as descriptive as possible. Yet, as hard as I try it may not come across as I visualize it.

This is the point when having an editor is paramount! Heck, even a proof reader is a wonderful human to have! They are able to find those pesky repeated words, those pesky but’s and’s and other none essential words we use way too often.

Think about it. When you sit down to write a letter, a school paper, or anything how often do you use those words? When you are talking with people, how often do you say those words? I’m not afraid to tell you that I know for a fact I use them way too often. I’m a horrible public speaker. I get all tongue tied. My stomach is in knots. AND I tend to repeat myself, a lot.

When I write it’s different. I write the words as I think them. They just flow from my mind, to my fingers, to the keyboard. I don’t go back and try to rephrase anything. I don’t go back an edit anything. It’s the first rough draft of writing. It’s meant to be sloppy. It’s meant to be rough around the edges. When it’s finished, that’s when I go back. That’s when I tweek things. Add here, take away there. Move things around so they fit better. I know when I start writing that it will not be a perfect 1st draft.

I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a perfect 1st draft. If there is, I’m clueless about it. My books go through at least four drafts before I feel the story is good enough to publish. Even then, before I publish, I send it out to Beta Reader’s. If everything comes back clean from them, then I publish. Otherwise, I do more edits. No story is perfect BUT I try to make sure mine are as close as you can get.

I want my reader’s to not have to struggle with reading the story. I want them to become a part of it, as if they are the main character. I don’t want them to feel like an outsider looking in.

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