Romance Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

It’s Romance Weekly Blog Hop time! And we’re back to questions this week 🙂

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If you’ve joined me from Carrie Elks’ blog, then a big welcome!

1. You’re moving right along with a storyline and suddenly it takes an unexpected twist. Do you go with the flow and follow where the twist leads you or do you conform your story to your way?

Suprisingly, considering my need for everything to be organised and go to plan, I actually go with the flow 😀

When a plot takes a route I wasn’t expecting, then to me that is one of the best things it can do. If it’s a surprise to me, then it will be a surprise to readers. Plus, it’s always great fun seeing if you can weave it back into your original plan and have fun with matching everything up again!

2. What time of year is your best time for writing? Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring?

Fall or Winter. Those are the seasons that inspire me to stay inside and cosy up with a cup of tea and get some writing done 😀 The weather also usually drives everyone else indoors, so it’s super quiet!

3. When looking for a publisher do you chose a traditional press, indie route, or one that does both,ebook and print?

I am a self published author, so thankfully I don’t have to worry about that! I love the freedom self publishing gives me and also the control I get to keep.

I’m not very good at giving over control of my work, especially things I’ve worked so hard on! 😀

Now check out what J.J. Devine, author of Into the Darkness, has to say in response to these!

How would you answer these questions? How do you react when a plot takes an unexpected twist?

Progress Report:

Status of fifth manuscript: With the readers.
– Finished the cover!
– Need to do promotional things.
– Need to write blurb.

Books read: 2/4

End of September Indie Review: Written and ready.

Romance Weekly #lovewritechat

It’s Romance Weekly Blog Hop time! 😀

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If you’ve come from Fiona Riplee’s blog, then welcome! If not, why not check out her post?

This week we’ve been challenged with writing another flash fiction based on this GIF:

So here’s my attempt! (I combined this with another writing exercise, where it was a challenge not to use any names. Hope you enjoy it. It came out at 364, instead of 300. I really need to practice hitting word counts on flash fiction 😀 ).

Sunlight, which once offered a warm embrace, beat down upon them like the fires of a volcano as they stood in the graveled courtyard together. There was a heavy silence, filled with unspoken words that battered against them as hot as the heat of the sun.

“My car will be here soon.” She kept her gaze cast on the ground.

He said nothing in reply, but a small furrow appeared between his thick brows, strands of black hair falling into his eyes.

She shouldn’t have been surprised by the lack of response, but deep down it hurt her to receive nothing.

The gravel crunched beneath the tyres of the gleaming Mercedes, the engine purring as it drew to a stop.

She glanced up at him, his gaze averted from hers. “Goodbye.”

She moved to take a step away, but he gripped her arm. Still he said nothing.

When his thumb raised to her lips, her breath stuttered. A simple, gentle touch that was more intimate than anything she’d experienced before and sent a shiver coursing through her.

His face was only inches from hers, his breath whispering over her skin. For a long moment his lips danced on the edge of touching hers, his thumb still pressed against her bottom lip, parting her mouth slightly.

Her heart beat so fast she thought it would rip from her chest, but she stood unmoving, waiting.

His lips were like wings against her own as they teased at the edges of a kiss she was desperate to receive.

The car beeped its horn, startling him out of the moment which had caught them. His eyes widened, realising his actions and he took a wide step back.

It was as though he took the air from her lungs, her throat tight at his dismissive action.

She bit her lip, half to stop from crying and half to capture the teasing feel of his lips upon hers.

She turned away.

“I would have given you everything.” He talked so rarely, she almost didn’t recognise his voice.

She glanced over her shoulder, a sad smile dulling her eyes. “I didn’t want everything,” she whispered. “I only wanted you.”

Another fun challenge! Think I’m definitely going to have to attempt more flash fiction in the future 😀

Now why not check out the very talented S.C.Mitchell, author of Son of Thunder, and see what he’s written for this challenge!

Progress Report:

Status of fifth manuscript: Editing. (Nearly there!)

Books read: 2/4

Mid September book review: Written and ready.

Romance Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

It’s Romance Weekly Blog Hop day! 😀

If you’ve come over from Mikki Cober’s blog then welcome. If not, then why not check out her answers?

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The questions are rather topical this week as I am all about the editing at the moment with my latest book.

1.When do you decide that you’ve done enough editing and changes would now be making it different, not better? So it’s the time to submit.

I think it really is an instinctual thing. At some point, I think a writer just knows it’s time to let their work go. Generally most authors will never be completely satisfied with their book, but at some point you just got to do it 😀

For me, it is definitely the point when I am getting ridiculously nit-picky over things, small things that I’ve gone over like fifty times and barely changed. By that point I know it’s time to finish it and let it go (totally not singing the song from Frozen or anything now!).

2. When and how do you accept change advice by rejection letters and critique partners?

I am always open to advice and criticism, and I am lucky that my readers all tend to spot different parts about my writing.

Taking criticism and knowing you will have to edit and change your work based on other’s opinions is just part of the job. It has to be done, and I view it as a great opportunity to see what areas of my writing I can improve on.

3. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your day or do you create your day around your writing?

Writing does tend to be my focus nowadays 😀 When I’m not writing, I am generally always thinking about it.

If I’m not writing and really want to take my head out of the game I play video games, read, or do some drawing, those are generally my go-to activities to stop me thinking about writing completely.

Some interesting questions this week!

Now find out what Carrie Elks has to say on the subject, I always love her answers to the hop questions, well, all her posts in general actually!

How would you answer this week’s questions? How do you know when it’s time to stop editing and let it go?

Progress report:

Status of fifth manuscript: Editing first draft.

Books read: 0/4

Mid-September Book Review: Currently reading.

Romance Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

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If you’re joining me from Susan Peterson Wisnewski, author of Chasing the Rainbow, then welcome!

Something a little different for the Romance Weekly Hop this week.

We were tasked with writing a piece of flash fiction in the word count range of 100-150 that included the words: Candle, scarf, and chocolate.

Now, seeing as this is my first ever attempt at flash fiction and I couldn’t think of a story that could be resolved in that word count, I decided to write a bit of a random scene instead (coming in at 151 words, annoyingly)! Hope you enjoy 🙂

“You’re going to have to come out of there,” he teased, a smile flickering at the corner of his lips.

“No,” she said, her words a muffled mess through the thick scarf wrapped around her neck and half of her face like an Egyptian mummy. She continued to warm her chilled fingers over the lit candle that stood in the middle of their table, the view of the lake spread out around them, beautiful but cold.

“Fine.” He shrugged and plopped one of the rich truffles into his mouth, moaning as he bit into it.

She pouted behind the scarf, blinking as a snowflake fell on the tip of her nose. “Alright!” she said, and yanked the scarf down past her mouth.

He smiled, and plopped a chocolate between her open lips. She jerked the scarf back into place and sighed at the velvet sweetness that burst from the truffle.

Now why not check out what Victoria Barbour wrote in response to this flash fiction challenge? 🙂

Progress Report:

Status of Fifth Manuscript: Writing first draft.
Word count: 3739 (Total word count: 28509)

Books read: 4/4! 😀

End of August Indie Review: Written and ready.

Romance Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

It’s Romance Weekly blog hop day! Feels like I haven’t done one of these in ages, so it’s nice to get back to it 😀

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If you’ve come from Dani Jace, author of White Doe, then welcome!

Now onto the questions:

1.Does humour help or hinder you in your creative process?

It helps, a lot! I do like to write some dramatic moments in my book, so I tend to always have moments of humour or fun to help lighten the mood.

2.What is a favourite go-to book or movie you use to unblock a problem in your writing?

What a good question!

I usually try to watch movies and read books in the genre I’m writing, to get into the right head space, especially seeing as I write in different sub-genres.

But one movie (actually three movies) that always gets me writing is The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love those movies, and there is something so inspiring about them that always gets me wanting to write and create an amazing story of my own!

I’m incredibly visual, so I think movies often inspire me to write a lot more then reading does in a strange way 😀

3. What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read this week or month that’s generated a new idea?

I just finished reading The Unravelling of Lady Fury by Shehanne Moore, and I was completely inspired by her character Captain Flint. He’s a brilliant character that I just fell for instantly, and it inspired me into thinking about the way I write my male leading characters.

Some great questions this week, it was nice to get back into the blog hopping groove!

Now why not check out what Gemma Brocato has to say in answer to the questions?

How would you answer this week’s questions? Leave your answers in the comments! It’s always fun to share.

Progress Report:

Status of fifth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Daily word count: 4321 (Total word count: 13184)

Books read: 3/4

Mid-August Book Review: Written and ready.

Romance Weekly- It’s Giveaway day!

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As you may have noticed, the past few week I have been linking to a rafflecopter giveaway on my romance weekly posts.

Well, today is giveaway day!

Good luck to everyone who entered.

If you didn’t, why not pop over to our event page? There are some great fun things happening, including even more giveaways 😀

Who doesn’t want to be in with the chance to win some great book by amazing authors?

Head on over and join the fun!

Romance Weekly #lovewritechat

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means: Romance Weekly Blog Hop!

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If you’re joining me from Meggan Connors then hello and welcome! 🙂

Now, let’s see what questions we have this week.

1. How often do you write?

5 days a week, usually for around 2-3 hours, though I am hoping to gradually increase the amount of hours I write.

I write Monday-Friday, and take weekends off, so as I can avoid burning out. But, if I am behind schedule then I will write on weekends too.

2. Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can, and as often as you can?

Yes, otherwise how would writers improve and discover new techniques? 😀 The way I try to develop my skill is by writing different things: short stories, fan fiction, blog posts, non-fiction and even poetry sometimes.

When I find new advice from another writer, I am always keen to try it out and see if it works for me. I keep a variety of notebooks scattered about that I can grab when an idea strikes, and I just jot down a scene or short story when I can, not just because it helps improve my writing, but also because it’s fun!

Kinda like how artists often do doodles or sketches. I think any little thing you can do helps 🙂

3. What is your opinion on the saying, ‘If you don’t write every day, you’re not a writer’?

I don’t believe that. Writers have to have a life too 😀 You’re a writer if you love to write, no matter how much you get to do it.

Another set of interesting questions this week, how would answer them?

Now let’s go check out what the fabulous Leslie Hachtel has to say in response.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Romance Weekly Giveaway!

Progress Report:

Status of Fourth Manuscript: With the readers (2/3 returned).

Books read: 1/4

July eBook review: Written and ready.

Romance Weekly #lovewritechat

Time for the hop this week, let’s see what questions we have.

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If you joined me from the lovely Vicki Mixon then welcome!

1. How did you go about choosing the names for your characters?

This time around, I really struggled with character names. It took me ages to find ones that I liked. In past books, I generally saw a name and BAM! That was it, it was perfect.

I wanted names that sounded like they fit into my fantasy world, but I knew I didn’t want difficult names. Names that were easy to remember and easy to read but with a unique sound was my ultimate goal. Which was a lot harder than I bargained for! 😀

For this book, I scoured the internet baby name sites, ones where they explain the meaning behind a name (I love giving characters names which fit some part of their personality). I spent ages going back and forth between names until I just kept going back to the same ones.

2. Where did the inspiration for your current book come from?

I was sat watching a TV show, I can’t remember what it was, and I realised that everyone who becomes a chosen one, or is part of a prophecy, or has a certain destiny seems to never want to do it. They fight against it.

I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to write a story about someone who is part of a prophecy and really, really wants to be part of it. Someone who loves the idea of becoming a hero of destiny! And then it spiralled out from there 😀

3. What methods do you use to ensure you have no plot holes (journal, storyboard, outline, editor, etc.)?

I am a MAJOR plotter, I plan everything, every detail! Nothing tends to slip by. Though occasionally my brain will come up with something random and even better as I write, and I have to go back to make the rest of my plan and story consistent with this new plot point.

But I always keep a plan and tons of character sheets, locations sheets, scene sheets near me and jot stuff down as I go. I never like to miss or forget a thing.

Some really interesting questions this week, it’s always fun to delve a bit further into the planning stages of a book!

Now go check out what the very talented Fiona Riplee has to say about her writing 🙂

How would you answer these questions? Do you like finding out about how authors go about planning out books?

Progress Report

Status of Fourth Manuscript: Sent to readers for editing!

Books read: 1/4

July eBook review: Written and ready.

Romance Weekly #lovewritechat

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Back to the hop this week! Hello to all of those joining me from Sarah Hegger’s blog!

What questions are in store today?

1. Do any characters you’ve written into your books remind you of yourself? Explain which ones and why.

I don’t think so. I do try and stay away from making any character too like me, as I think it would be rather awkward reading through it and finding a character doing and saying everything I would 😀

2. Was there a teacher or mentor in your life who helped nurture your writing?

Oh, good question. I never really had a teacher or mentor for writing, but I do have to say my best friend has been a big influence in my life and writing. I actually met him on a post-by-post roleplaying forum, so writing was what first connected us 😀

Over the years I have been inspired by his writing, and he has really helped motivate and give me the confidence in my own work to pursue this career. One of the biggest helps has been the fact he’s so honest, he doesn’t mind telling me when something doesn’t work in my writing or needs improving/changing, and knowing that it won’t hurt my feelings. He seems to understand my want to improve my craft, so has always pushed me to keep going.

Thank you for that, Aether! 😀

3. Every author has that moment when they doubt their ability to write. When that happens to you, how do you pull yourself up by the bootstraps and continue? What do you do to inspire YOURSELF?

Ah, the ups and downs of writing. I’m ashamed to admit that my down moments usually come when I read another author’s blog and see how they’ve sold hundreds of books, whilst I haven’t.

Sometimes I worry my stories won’t appeal to anyone but me, that my ideas won’t affect people the way they do myself.

Then I realise how much I love writing, how much I need to write and get these stories and characters onto paper. That is what motivates and inspires me, the fact that I have such an intense passion for what I do, that I have to keep going, no matter what anyone else is doing.

I am determined to be successful in this career, because I love it too much to fail 😀

An interesting set of questions to come back to this week 🙂 How would you answer them?

Now check out what Katherine has to say about them! Katherine Givens:

Don’t forget the Giveaway!

Progress Report:

Status of Fourth Manuscript: Editing first draft.

Books read: 0/4 (July)

July eBook Review: Writing review.

Romance Weekly #lovewritechat

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Don’t forget today is Romance Weekly blog hop day. Check out the facebook page to see where to start 🙂

Also don’t forget that the group has a giveaway happening with amazing prizes such as a Kindle Fire! – Giveaway!

**This is a scheduled post as I am away for the week, as such I won’t be able to reply to comments or emails until I return on the 30th June. Have a great week 🙂 **