Happy IWSG Day!- 2016 Writing Plans

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Happy IWSG Day! It’s December 2, the first Wednesday of a new month. And the final month of 2015. With a new year of possibility, triumphs and of course doubts awaiting for us in the new year just 29 days away. And who can we thank for bringing us together, year after year, as each one of us partake on our writing journeys? Ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh, of course.

After all, E.L. Doctorow said it best,“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  A trip made better with you along.

To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above. And don’t forget to check out the awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting: Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

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How to Survive NaNoWriMo During Thanksgiving

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Happy Week Three!

It’s do or die time. And worse of all Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Whether you’ve slowed down or stalled or not, Thanksgiving is sure to put a kibosh on your writing. So here are a few tips to survive Thanksgiving. And without making huge sacrifices to finishing your novel. Or to your word count.

  • Prepare your meals ahead of time. Whether you’re hosting or a guest, cook your Thanksgiving dinner/side dish days before and store it in the freezer. The day before, take it out and let it thaw. Then warm it up in the oven the day of. Continue reading

Taking A Break and Engaging on Wattpad

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4th of July weekend is now over. And I’m reminded again how time has really flown by this year. I’m starting to feel the crunch now that we’re 7 months into 2015. So, I’ve come to the decision to take a little break from my blog.

This was no easy decision. Taking a break had been nibbling on my mind for awhile now. And I can no longer ignore my muse. Whose sharpening her machete on a grindstone, behind me, as I speak. I kind of need my brain (in particular the right side). That’s where all my creative concoctions happen.

On another note, I’ve been prowling around on Wattpad. Why? Just as I want my blog read I also want my works to be read too. But the problem was how.

Well after searching Google and the Wattpad site, I did the tried-and-true method. Engage, engage, engage.

When I first signed up on Wattpad, all I did was create a profile and upload my works. Then I just sat back and waited. You’d think I had enough sense by now. You can’t just sit and wait to be discovered. You have to promote yourself. Get social and engage with like-minded individuals.

So what am I doing to grow readership on Wattpad? For starters I’ve joined some clubs whose genre I’m writing in. Since my Nadia series and Harbingers of El Tinor are fantasy stories, I joined the Fantasy club. As well as the Teen Fiction, Adventure and the Poetry clubs. And participated in a few discussions, like the source of inspiration to my stories. And sharing links to my stories.

I’ll see if any of this would bear any fruit and come back with an update in August. I have to hurry back to my rewrite and edits now. Because that grindstone is speeding up.

See you on August 5th for Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day!

Are you on any writing community sites? Which sites have you posted your works on? How did you find the authors/writers you’re currently reading or have read?

TRI

A Writing Update on Nadia (book 1)- work in progress

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This past weekend has probably been the worst writing weekend I’ve ever had. I tried changing my writing environment. But unfortunately, my garrett was compromised by two rambunctious little boys. So needless to say, I didn’t get much revision/edits done.

Thanks to the four week Revising with Confidence class, I did learn some great self-editing tools. That I’m now applying to draft five of my work in progress novel. After all, Nadia the Fire Witch was born from a dream. A dream I want to turn into reality. By making the characters and the world, they live in, as real as possible. But to do that, I’ll have to buckle down and get my rewrite on.

One of those tools is the word cloud above. I just copied and pasted my manuscript on WordItOut.com. And it created a tag cloud of overused words I wrote. Here I was, making sure to keep a look out on using too many ‘ly’ words. As well as ‘really’, ‘very’, ‘then’, ‘that’,’look’, ‘stared’, etc. That I completely missed the rest. Thank you Word It Out!

I’ve also learned about avoid filtering. So that I can write deeper from my character’s point of view. And now, besides getting back to my rewrite, I’m reviewing my writing goals. To plan my writing future. A future where I have a completed manuscript ready for beta readers by the end of summer. Some more edits until I have a completed publishable novel. Ready for the next #PitMad in September or December. Of course, I’ll be querying agents and publishers (already have a list of who to query to).

But first, I have to get back to this draft. It’s not going to write itself.

How was your weekend? Were you productive and achieved any of your goals this weekend?

PS Would love to get some critique and feedback. You can now read the work in progress of Nadia book one on Wattpad. As well as another work in progress, an epic fantasy titled “Harbingers of El Tinor.” As a reader, are you hooked from the beginning? Are there any parts you skimmed over?

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Nadia Kemp is a very special witch. Why is she special? Only her family knows.

Nadia, a lonely witch, is the new girl in town. After years of homeschooling, Nadia begins her countdown until the first day of school but finds herself targeted by persons unknown. Determined to have the normal high school life she’s dreamed of, Nadia has less than two weeks to find out who’s after her and why. Can Nadia defeat her pursuers and avoid capture? Or will she never walk down the pristine hallways of Lyndonburg High School?

PSS Whoops, guess I’m much worse in math than I thought. My 200th post is not four posts away in July. But it’s actually 40 posts away (smh). I still don’t know how I could’ve made such a huge blunder. On the upside, at least I can celebrate and say “Happy Belated 150th Blog Post!”

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