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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 3

And just like that, we’re on to day 3! How is everyone liking it so far? You bored yet? I’m going to guess yes, since my life isn’t as scintillating as the Kardashians, obviously lol. But something I’ve figured out from doing this is that it’s giving me motivation everyday to accomplish certain goals so I can tell you guys about them. And for that alone I think it’s been worth it.

As with days 1 and 2, day 3 was more editing. In retrospect I probably should have picked a better/more interesting week for me to do this blogging challenge. One where I’m actually writing and creating, and, I don’t know, doing something interesting. But I figured maybe I could sneak in a writing favorite of mine today to make up for it.

One of the things I do, especially when my mind comes up with a new character, is to write them down in the notebook I showed you guys yesterday. I add details like height, build, hair color and style, little quirks they’d be likely to have, and then my favorite part: their name. I don’t know what it is about names, but I love finding unique ones that are perfectly built for the character I’m envisioning. Sometimes a name alone gives me a picture of a character, and then I build a story just from that. But either way, I write them down, that way when I go back and possibly do a sequel, all I have to do is open my notebook, go to the page with their description, and everything is there. No hassle. This, by the way, is a tip I learned the hard way when I was writing the Separate Ways series. There were so many characters and descriptions that it was a nightmare with book 2 when I had to remember them all, and I didn’t have any of it written down in a concise, organized way.

 Annnnddd here’s a random picture of my desk. Inspiring is it not? LOL. Sorry about the lack of visuals today. It was rainy, dark, and cloudy in my neck of the woods, meaning any pictures I’d have taken would have looked like they were shot in a dungeon. Blame Mother Nature for this one.

I know I said a few paragraphs ago that today was kind of boring, you know, what with more annoying edits. But I do have something interesting planned for later tonight.

Okay, let me rephrase that: interesting for me.

I’m doing some fact checking and internet research for my latest project. To me, it’s one of the most important aspects when writing a book, especially when you’re writing about something specific, like an unfamiliar country, or the rules of a sport, or even the minute details of a dialect or accent. I love books where the descriptions are accurate and thought out, as though the author had first hand experience with it even if they didn’t. The key to a good book is in the details. Which is why I’ve been doing some digging into the world of fighting/MMA for a few weeks now, since that’s what my next book is going to focus on. I even watched martial arts practice sessions on YouTube and followed along so that when I write about it, I can perfectly describe how the stance feels, the pull you experience in your calves, the tightness of your shoulders before you release a punch. I want it to feel like you, the reader, is in that character’s shoes going through it with them. Hopefully I’ll accomplish this the way I hope to.

And that was day 3! I’m sorry it wasn’t very interesting, but hopefully tomorrow will breed something a little more fast paced. If you guys have any questions for me, I’d love to answer them! Perhaps we can even do a fun Q&A tomorrow 🙂

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 2

So, Day 2! Like I said in my last post, today was more editing, and I managed to finish reading “A Little Bit Haunted”, bringing my total up to 13 of 15 books read for 2018.  Now I’m on “Compromising Kessen” by Rachel Van Dyken, pictured below.

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BTW, can someone tell me if the man on the cover is wearing a PEARL earring? Or am I continuing to go blind? Either way, I got a laugh out of it.

Anyway…after I got my daily reading in as well as my editing session, I did as I said I would and jotted down some more details for a book idea I’ve been messing with. I don’t want to elaborate too much on it since it’s still in the beginning stages, but let’s just say there’s an MMA aspect to it as well as a feisty heroine, which is always fun to write. Of course, some things need to be blurred because, hello, this brilliance isn’t free 😉 #Kidding

Also, I thought it was nice of Chloe to photobomb us all in the corner there. You know, the white blob of fur that could easily get mistaken for a fluffy pillow/and or a marshmallow.

After writing down three pages of notes and getting some nasty finger cramping, I then proceeded to cook dinner, do laundry, and clean dishes. Now here I am, typing this up as I stare longingly at my diet Coke sitting next to me, which as we all know is the true fuel of writers.

So, with that said, I’m going to go and enjoy my evening now (and my precious Coke lol). I hope you all do the same!

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 1

As promised, today marks the first day of five where I will be posting about my daily writing process/routine. Of course, everyday changes for me, so you’re not going to be reading the same boring thing each evening. But there are a few elements that remain the same. Mostly my morning ritual, which begins with me taking care of my pupper, Chloe Cleopatra, and then getting breakfast before returning to my iPad for a morning read. Currently I’m on “A Little Bit Haunted” by Melody Summers. (I secretly think the cover model looks like Matt Lanter, hehe. Heck, it might even be him. I’ll have to do some research.)

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This is the one thing I’m not always faithful to. If my morning is busy, I try to find little times throughout the day to read to make up for it. But reading in the morning is probably my favorite, because it gives me inspiration to get to work on my own writing 🙂

And that brings me to around eleven a.m. At the moment I’m not currently writing any new projects, not because I don’t want to, but because I have so much to do for the release of “The Scars That Made Us”. I’m a terrible procrastinator, so I’ve been forcing myself not to get distracted with anymore side projects. Though I do have something cooking 😉

So, today was edits for TSTMU. I recently converted my HTML file over to MOBI so that I can find any little bugs/issues with the layout for when it goes to kindle. The highlighting feature is great to track changes so that when I go back and change the original document, I know exactly where to go.

I normally edit for a couple hours and then give myself a break. Editing is my least favorite part of the job, and so I try not to ruin my day by dedicating it solely to the task. I’m the type of person that constantly needs to be doing something different and interesting each day to keep motivated. I blame my adult ADHD for that.

Next I take an hour for lunch, maybe do a load of laundry, and then I go back to work until five or six o’clock. I dedicate at least an hour or more a day to drawing/creating art, whether it’s for personal enjoyment or because I’m posting something new on my art shop, courtesy of redbubble.com. I’m an illustrator/graphic designer as well as a writer, so it keeps me nice and busy every day, and I love the diversity I get out of both jobs.

Of course, I don’t always stick to the schedule. Sometimes I spend a whole day on art related projects, and others I’m writing for hours at a time. Like I said before, today was dedicated to edits, and tomorrow probably will be too, but I also plan to vet out a few more details for my latest story in the afternoon, and I’m definitely looking forward to that. You need to give yourself a little treat every once in a while, and mine is scheming new book ideas. What’s yours? I’d love to know, so leave your answer in comments!

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Experimenting with Daily Blogging

As many of you know, I am not a daily blogger. Heck, getting me to post once a month is practically a miracle. But I really want to change that. In fact, back in January it was going to be one of my resolutions, and the other day I finally thought of an idea to get me motivated.

I’m going to blog every day for five days, detailing what it’s like to be an (almost) full time, stay at home writer. I’ll post pictures of my routine as well as updates on some projects I’m messing with. It’ll be a more detailed view of all the behind the scenes moments readers never get to see. I also thought it might help any aspiring writers out there that want a better idea of all it entails to publish on your own, as well as all the little details no one tells you about.

I hope this sounds interesting to you all! I plan to start Monday and post more towards the evening. Maybe we’ll both learn some things along the way 😉 #DailyBlogChallenge

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Bookspiration And How To Find It

As you can see, today’s topic is a little different than my usual book news posts. And that’s because I felt like switching things up a bit and talking about a subject I’ve never really touched on before, but have always thought was fascinating: bookspiration.

Just like every other author on the face of the earth, the question I get asked most by people is how do I find the inspiration to write books? How do I come up with an idea, characters, and how does one go about finishing a book they’ve started to write? This is what I call “Bookspiration”. The art of finding your muse.

The problem with this question for me is that my bookspiration has come in a different form for each of the eight books I’ve written. I can’t tell someone my methods because they are always changing, morphing, and becoming something new. For example, my first book was inspired by a single scene that popped into my head one night. My third book was inspired by a song. My latest project was inspired by the seasons. Sometimes I get the whole layout of the book in my head before I write it, sometimes I only have a vague idea of a character and where their story might take them before I start. Once in a while I write outlines, other times I don’t. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there is no one formula that is going to make you start writing a book and actually finish it. There isn’t just a single format that will inspire you. Instead, let everything inspire you. That would be my greatest piece of advice to any aspiring writers out there: find what moves you the most, write about it, and I guarantee you will write that book to completion.

So there. That’s my little nugget of wisdom/rambling for the day. I hope it made some of my fellow writers out there feel better about their up-in-the-air creative process 😉 Trust me, you are not alone.

 

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2018 Reading Challenge Update

My 2018 bookshelf so far! I’m eight books in to a ten book challenge, but obviously I’m going to be upping it as we go throughout the year. I like to start out with a small, obtainable goal and then challenge myself each month. What about you? Do you follow the Goodreads Reading challenge? And if so, what’s your goal this year? Let me know in comments!

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonTeardrop by Lauren KateWonder Woman by Leigh BardugoFirst Shift by J.L. WeilCarrier of the Mark by Leigh FallonThe Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra ClareThe Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scars That Made Us by Inda Herwood

 

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Cover Reveal: The Scars That Made Us

It’s finally here! As promised, the cover reveal of my new contemporary romance, “The Scars That Made Us”. I can’t tell you guys how psyched I am about this cover. I made it months ago when I was still writing the book, because I had so many ideas for it. And now it’s here!

Let me know what you guys think about it, I’d love to know!

Synopsis:

Ultimatums suck.

I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask?

I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor.

Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned.

In the end, I discover that I am not the only one with scars.