Getting my mojo back!

Do you ever get into a frenzy whilst writing because the scene you are doing is so good you just can’t stop?

And then when you come to the end of the scene you sit back and just get this major rush and a buzz that makes you want to scream, ‘THAT WAS AMAZING!’ and make you feel like this:

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Anybody? 😀

Yesterday I was sat writing a scene that was, well, just a scene, it had to be done but it wasn’t one of those ‘candy bar’ scenes (the ones you really look forward to writing). But then, it just seemed to be flowing and turning into something so awesome my fingers were flying over the keyboard so fast you could have seen smoke!

Maybe it would be more accurate to say the characters were flowing. I did a lot of research and character development before going into this book, so I had a good idea of how these characters were gonna be. But the more I’m writing the deeper they get, the more real they are becoming, and they are just turning even the most normal scene into something incredible!

As you can tell, I’m really pumped about getting into write again. It’s amazing to realise how much I missed it over those two months I only did editing and formatting, etc.

Everyday after writing, I am in such a tizzy because I just love doing it so much, but yesterday was a particularly awesome writing day! And it’s times like this I need to remember why I am striving so hard for this dream.

Do you ever get that buzz after writing something you’ve really enjoyed? Have you ever found a normal scene turning into something unexpectedly amazing?

Also, Stolen Bloodline got another 5* review!! Just adding to my excitement so much I could burst! 😀

Progress Report:

Word count: 2840 (22,899 total word count).
Status of fourth manuscript: Writing first draft.

Books read: 1/4

June EBook Review: 100 % read. Writing review.

Memory Lane

I have a confession.

When I was young, I hated reading. I really did not like it!

Though, I was lucky enough to have a mum who liked reading and literature. She would read to me and my sister often, all kinds of things from books to poetry.

Now I read practically all the time 😀 It’s a great escapism for me, and with the surge of self-published books, it means there are so many other stories open to us now!

But back then I was, and still am in some ways, a very fussy reader. A book had to catch me within a couple of pages or I lost interest. In my teens, I didn’t really read anything at all. I wrote A LOT, but very little reading.

So for me, the books I did read when I was younger really stand out today. Those books that just caught me and stick in my mind until this day.

A Witch in Time by Terry Deary (the original, not the 2002 one)- I borrowed this from my primary school library and loved it! Not sure why it had me hooked, I just remember that it did.

Beyond the Deep Woods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell– There were so many great parts in this. I cried at one point, and got so scared I couldn’t sleep with the light off at another 😀 Didn’t enjoy the rest of the series though.

Mrs Wishy Washy – I didn’t actually enjoy this, I just used to torture my mum with it by bringing it home as compulsory reading from infant school. She hated that book.

The Perfume (Point Horror) – I rediscovered this book on Chrissi Reads, (a brilliant blog!) after trying to remember what it was called. I even wrote a short piece inspired by it on my other blog.

There are a few others, but these are the ones I remember the most, that I sometimes think of fondly whilst waiting around with nothing on my mind.

I think these are the types of books that started my love of wanting to write a story, to write something that someone, somewhere will think of fondly at random points throughout their life 😀

Do you remember your childhood favourites? Which books started your love for reading and/or writing?

Also, as a side note… I have finished editing! I have got my happy dance groove on!

There will also be no Romance Weekly post this week, as I am working really hard on finishing up these books 😀 Back on schedule next week though!

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).
> The Queen’s Jester- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).
> Third Manuscript- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).

May E-Book Review: Book read. Review written.

My plans! My beautiful plans…

How can it be so close to the end of April? When did that happen? 😀

As April is quickly dwindling away I realise I am probably not going to get my books published before the end of the month, but that’s ok. You got to go with the flow with writing, right? And I would rather wait until May and publish great, well-edited books rather than shove them out before they’re completely ready.

Even though they’re novellas, I want these books to be remembered for the quality of both writing and editing.

So, I’m going with the flow. (Hyperventilating slightly that I’m off schedule though, I really like being on schedule! :D).

Anyway, next week is my week of final read-outs. I will sit down with others and read through all 3 books aloud for a final-final edit. I have read and edited these books so many times I could probably do it by heart now!

So, today and the rest of the week I will be going back to editing Stolen and The Queen’s Jester thoroughly, yet again. I put them away for a good while so as I could come back to them with fresh eyes and wow!

It’s really weird picking up a book I wrote a while back and re-reading it now 😀 It’s fun, just odd.

I’ve learnt SO much since writing Stolen, from reading all of your blogs and tips, and looking into articles on making my writing better. It’s nice to come back to the first book I wrote and go over it again now with what I’ve learnt. I think it’s going to make a big difference, and that was part of the reason for publishing these 3 books at once at a later date, so as they are all released to a high standard and not rushed.

It feels like I wrote these two books so long ago, and it’s nice to return to them now and read over what I’ve written and achieved. I have a renewed excitement for getting my stories and characters out into the world and hoping that readers love them as much as I do 🙂

It’s also great to be able to take all my new knowledge on editing, writing, formatting and all the great tips I’ve gained and apply them to these books. They are really whipping up into shape now!

Also, as I have now almost finished doing everything on my third manuscript, I will be changing my progress report to update on my publishing status. I don’t know if you guys enjoy the progress report I do at the bottom of posts, I hope you do 😀 But it’s a great way for me to keep up with where I am and note down a record of it to look back on 🙂

Have you ever read back over older work and been excited about it? Do you enjoy re-reading books you’ve written? How is your progress for this month?

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, final read-out, formatting, marketing).
> The Queen’s Jester- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, final read-out, formatting, marketing).
> Third Manuscript- Editing, 2/3 copies back from readers. (Still to do: Final edits, cover, blurb, final read-out, formatting, marketing).

April E-Book Review: Book read. Review ready.

Quiet, please…

'Quiet' by elycefeliz on Flickr

‘Quiet’ by elycefeliz on Flickr

On Tuesday when I posted my Romance Weekly post, I had to ask my readers not to read that post at all.

Why? I hear you ask. Well, I shall tell you 😀

I hold back any details I possibly can about my stories and books from my readers and people in general whilst writing. I do this because I find it helps motivate me to keep going, because I have that constant excitement about what they will think of the book, and can’t wait to talk to them about it when it’s done.

It keeps me writing.

By the time they have read the book, I’m about ready to burst with the need to discuss it! But, for me, it’s the best decision. I think if I talked about the book whilst writing, I might lose interest in actually getting it down onto paper because I’d already talked it into the ground (which I can do, trust me, I can chat for hours!).

Also, I find that if I give my readers no knowledge at all about the book, then the editing and comments are better for it. If I told them what the book was about, or details on it, then they might understand things in the book due to prior knowledge, where as those scenes might appear complicated to another reader who doesn’t have that prior knowledge.

Though I do have to admit, I talk to my dog about the story and use her as a platform for talking problems out. She’s a good listener, sometimes, when she’s in the mood!

So, if you ever wondered why I am so tight-lipped on the subject of my books whilst writing them, that’s why 😀

What keeps you motivated to write your story until the very end? Do you like to discuss your books whilst writing them?

Progress Report

Status of Third Manuscript: With my readers. 1 out of 3 copies back.

April E-Book Review: Book read. Review ready.

One down…

I filled an entire notebook. It was a pretty chunky one too.

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Now I know many of you are probably glancing to your piles of filled notebooks from over the years and thinking, ‘um, ok?’, but to me this is kind of a big deal.

I love stationary, new notebooks, pens etc. So I tend to start new notebooks a lot, never actually finishing them. To fill one completely was rather a nice accomplishment for me. Not just the fact I stuck with one notebook all the way to the end, but also flicking back through it and seeing how much I wrote (it contains practically all of my hand-written first drafts of my first and second novellas) and all the ideas, research and dialogue that I’ve gathered in it. It’s all a bit of a crazy mess, but I can understand it at least… most of the time!

I have to keep the notebook near me, as it does contain lots of reference and things I need for my current novella, and once I finish that it has lots about self-publishing I’ve gathered over a few months, and even starts to the plan for my fourth novella. So, even though I’ve finished it, it’s still going to be carried around everywhere I go 😀

Even though it’s a good thing and I feel really happy about it, it’s kind of a bad thing too.

This notebook had the perfect paper for me to write on.

I just haven’t found another notebook with paper so nice. My pen and that notebook paper just flowed so nicely. And I can’t exactly wander into my local stationary shop, opening notebooks and trying out my pen on their stock (as much as I wish I could 😀 ).

For now I am using a notebook I had to hand, with not so nice paper, but it means I can still write! I wasn’t actually prepared for finishing my notebook, apparently I just thought it would go on forever, so hadn’t planned and bought a new notebook ready.

Even with the loss of my nice paper, I still feel a real sense of accomplishment at filling my notebook and seeing how much I’ve written. It reminded me that I should take pride in the small things like this, it’s not just the big things I should feel great about, why shouldn’t I be happy at the littler things I do?

So, don’t forget to take a step back sometimes, and be proud of even the small things you accomplish 🙂

What small (or big) things have you accomplished lately? Do you have a favourite notebook? Do you keep a notebook at all?

Progress Report

Word Count: 2905 (20,749 total).

Status of Third Manuscript: Writing first draft.

March E-Book: 100% read. Writing review.

Worry much?

So, lately, I’ve been having a bit of a freak out due to the fact I’ve read many articles saying that the only way to make a career as a self-published author is to write series of books, which I don’t.

Now, I try not to let things like this affect me, and so far I’d done pretty well. I like to forge my own path into this career, and learn as I go. But for some reason this got to me recently, maybe it was just the sheer amount of articles that have been around on the subject.

I panicked a bit and suddenly wondered if my books would fail because they’re stand-alones. Then, I started freaking out they wouldn’t sell at all because people wouldn’t like the stories. Then it just became everything I worried about!

It was a bad time for a little while 😀

And that freaking had a huge affect on my writing. Yesterday I was writing my newest novella, and I just couldn’t do it. The writing felt flat, things weren’t going right and it was just all going wrong. And I thought it was because of the story, but I realised it wasn’t.

I was worrying so much about what might happen in my future career of writing and what I was ‘supposed’ to be doing, that I was struggling with writing in the present!

I write stand-alone books, I like them, so I write them. Yes, I have an idea for a series of books later on, but it’s not what I will concentrate on at the moment. For now, I write what I love and write the stories that I have a passion to get onto paper, and I hope that passion comes through and shows through my work.

Series of books are great, and I enjoy reading them, but that doesn’t mean I have to write them just to make a career in self-publishing. Part of the draw to self-publishing for me was the fact I can control my own future, and produce the stories I love and hope people will want to read.

Worrying about what is the ‘best’ way to get ahead is not helping me now. And I don’t want to turn myself into a statistic. I am an individual writer, and what works for others won’t always work for me.

So, basically, the summary of this is not to worry about what others say you should be doing, but to do what you love and what works for you. Freaking out over it definitely does not help you get ahead! 😀

Have you ever worried over something so much it has affected your writing?

Progress Report

Word Count: 5987 (12,098 total)

Status of Third Manuscript: Writing first draft.

March E-book Review: 37% read.

Reading lots will help me write better, right?

Reading more makes you a better writer.

I hear that everywhere I go to for writing advice. Read, read and read. In your genre, out of your genre as long as you are reading.

I mean, I do love reading, getting lost in stories, characters and worlds away from reality. Even though I am quite a fussy reader (I need the action to get going in the first chapter or I have a bad habit of losing interest) I do enjoy a good range of books.

But I find reading books as an aspiring author does not always have the desired effect. It does help me write better due to just the fact of seeing how these books are set out and edited, etc. Yet sometimes I will be reading a book and just think:

My writing sucks compared to this.

And that is a bad, bad thing to think. I will then generally go into some weird kind of down-time where I slump about the house going on and on about how terrible my writing is and how can I even think of trying to self-publish my own stuff (my family can attest to this!).

When I was in one of these glum moods my mother sent me an email with a link to cheer me up. This is the link (and well worth looking at): Things I wish someone had told me about being an artist.

It is about being an artist, but I feel it still applies to writers. It was mostly the first ‘thing’ that got me.

‘Don’t compare your work to others. Compare your new work to old.’

This really struck me. The novella I am writing at the moment is based on a story I wrote when I was fifteen. Obviously it is majorly updated and a lot of it has changed, but compared to that piece I wrote then I can see a MASSIVE improvement in my writing.

I don’t think I can judge my work for myself. I only see the flaws. But I am still confident that my writing and stories are good enough to put out into the world and be read. I love writing and these down times won’t stop me any longer!

So, if you ever find you’re having a moment of uncertainty, remember that you shouldn’t judge your writing to someone else’s because you don’t write like them and that is a good thing. If we all wrote the same the world would be a very boring place.

You write differently to others, but that doesn’t mean you are worse.

That is my motivational speech for the day! Even if it gives one person a needed boost, I will be happy.

Progress Report:

Word Count: 4745

Status of First Manuscript: Writing First Draft, Deadline by midnight tonight! (Total Word Count so far= 31,909)

January E-Book Review: 40% read

Do you ever have down times? How do you get yourself out of a confidence-breaking funk?