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The Curse of the Unfinished Manuscript

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while since we talked, and recently I’ve been thinking about one particular problem of mine that I thought might be an interesting topic to discuss with you all, especially my writer peeps. And that would be the dreaded curse of the unfinished manuscript. I know, I get chills just thinking about it. For me, it’s one of the worst things to deal with as an author. You get all excited about this idea you suddenly come up with for a story, you start writing it down, and then halfway through, it comes out of nowhere: writer’s block. Normally this wouldn’t be too bad. Most of the time you’re able to work through it and continue after copious amounts of caffeine and pep talks by your loved ones, reminding you that YOU are the one that decided to go down this crazy road of being a writer. But on some occasions, you just can’t shake the block, and that’s when you develop DNRM: Do Not Resuscitate Manuscript.

If you suffer from this condition, remember that you are not alone. I myself have around six to seven unfinished manuscripts sitting in my documents on my computer right now, just waiting for my lazy behind to get around to them. And ironically, all of these unfinished projects are the ones I had the greatest ambition for. And by ambition, I mean I actually sat down and outlined most of them, giving all these great details so that when I went and wrote the book, I wouldn’t be typing blind. But alas, they fell under DNRM, and they continue to weigh me down with guilt every time I see their titles.

But there is a cure to this disease, believe it or not. I only discovered this after I did some research to see how others tackle this feat. And I found that the solution can come in one of two ways. One, you can take time off from the manuscript and try to find inspiration elsewhere to spur you on, or maybe even work on another project for a while. The only issue to this cure is that if you’re working under a deadline, you better find that inspiration quick, or else you’re going to be living on Ramen noodles and becoming the real live version of the term “starving artist”. But don’t forget, I said there’s a second way.

The second cure is much more influenced by a drill sergeant. And honestly, it’s the one I’m currently trying to survive by. It’s the old, Get off your high artistic horse, sit down in front of the screen, and make your fingers type something, even if it sucks. Harsh, I know. But you’d be surprised by the result. If you tell yourself you can’t move on to your next anticipated project until you finish this one, you’ll find that your motivation is elevated, and by gosh you actually start to put words on the page.

Keep in mind that everyone is different. What might work for me might not work for you, but if you’re in the same place as myself right now, and your documents is full of unfinished manuscripts, then maybe give these two solutions a try. I’d love to know if they end up working for you 🙂

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2018 Reading List So Far…

So, how is everyone’s 2018 going so far? Well I hope. Mine has been…interesting, I guess you could say lol. I got a cold, which stunk, but it gave me more time for reading, meaning I’ve checked off two of the ten books I wanted to read this year. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I usually up the number throughout the year based on the amount of reads I find. Hopefully I’ll find some great ones this year, and if you have any you’d like to recommend, please do so in comments! I love seeing what you guys are into at the moment.

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I’m happy to report that so far I’ve loved every book of 2018! “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater is one I’ve read before, but that was a whopping five years ago, and for Christmas I received the paperback edition, which I was SO psyched about. I loved it the first time I read it and I loved it even more the second time. And “The Shadowhunters Codex” by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis was a new read but a great one. If you’re familiar with the Shadowhunter series, then you’ll understand what the codex is. It’s a book containing all knowledge on Shadowhunters and their culture/history, as well as information on magical creatures such as warlocks, faeries, and werewolves. I really enjoyed feeling like a Shadowhunter while reading it, and I’m glad I finally get to cross it off my reading list after having it sitting there for years!

So what about you? What’s your reading list looking like at the moment? Did you set a challenge for yourself? Let me know down below!

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“Learning Patience” Free for Black Friday!

Seeing as it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, I couldn’t think of a better time to have a limited sale for my NA romance, “Learning Patience”! From Nov. 24th to Nov. 27th the ebook version of “Learning Patience” will be free on amazon.com! So take advantage, and enjoy a nice read to calm down after the holiday shopping rush 😉 Merry Christmas everyone!

Here’s the ridiculously long link, https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Patience-Inda-Herwood-ebook/dp/B00NZITM12/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511383301&sr=8-1&keywords=learning+patience+by+inda+herwood

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Synopsis:

St. Claire Adams is the newest up and coming rapper to face music since Eminem. He travels the world, performs to crowds of thousands, and he also finds himself in L.A. County jail. A lot. And his final arrest gets him in some deep water not only with his bodyguard Dylan, but more importantly with his record label. Now Saint has an ultimatum to face. Either spend the summer getting “personality rehab” at Dylan’s sister’s famous horse training center, or forfeit his contract with the label and lose the dream life he has as a hip hop artist. Which do you think he chooses?

Life is pretty simple for Patience Kellen. At eighteen years old she is the youngest and most promising trainer at her aunt Molly’s horse farm, Kellen Stables, set in the middle of Nowhere, Kentucky. But even when news that one of Dylan’s protection details needs to come to the farm for a bit of down to earth rehabilitation, she doesn’t flinch. That is until she meets the tatted up rapper who has…let’s just say a mouth on him.

This summer just got a whole lot more interesting. For both parties.

 

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Writing Update…

Trying to get back into the swing of things after taking a writing break for a while, due to some health issues – both mental and physical. Hopefully I’ll make some more progress this week on “The Scars That Made Us”. One of the more personally connected stories I’ve written in a while.

Enjoy the teaser!

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Reading Challenge Update!

I just finished reading “Tiger’s Curse” last night, and I realized that means I only have one book left to read to complete my Goodreads reading challenge of 15 books. I know 15 isn’t very impressive, but for me, that’s progress compared to last year’s list which was probably half that.

But what about you? Did you set a goal for yourself this year? And if so, how close are you to reaching it? I’d love to know the answer, so leave me a comment down below! We can cheer each other on : )

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REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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Synopsis:

Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.

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As stated before, I’m only going to do small reviews for the Potter series since there are so many books, and only so many ways to explain why I liked them. And with that out of the way, let’s begin!

Every time I open to the front page of these books, I’m astounded at just how eager I am to read them, though I already saw the movies and know what happens. But with “The Prisoner of Azkaban”, there were twists and turns and little details of the story I hadn’t been aware of before, due to their lack of screen time in the movies. And because of this, I would say that book number three so far has been my favorite.

The only thing I couldn’t stand? This man.

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I thought Snape was a dick in the other books (forgive my language), but he brought it to a whole other level in this installment. So much so that I can’t see much redemption for him. Bullying is one of the worst things you can do to a person, but being an ADULT and terrorizing CHILDREN is unacceptable. No way in today’s world would this kind of behavior from a teacher be tolerated. It was terrible, and my heart went out to Neville, Harry, Hermione, and Ron when they were yelled at or given unfair punishment from this jerk. And because of that, I’m knocking a star off the rating. Sorry, but it upset me that much.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling = 4 stars

 

 

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One Lovely Blog Award

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So, I was nominated by my sister from the same mister (Julia of The Romance Bibliophile blog) for this very nice award, and I decided I would share it all with you! Thanks, sis!

Here are the rules should you choose to accept the award… (P.S. I shamelessly stole this format from my sister. Sorry, Julia!)

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog (pingback to this post!)
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max. 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

Okay, so I’ll get to the seven things about me. This should be interesting lol.

1. My real name is Melinda. ‘Inda’ is the nickname I chose instead of ‘Mel’, ‘Mindy,’ or ‘M’.

2. Along with writing, reading, and art, I absolutely adore animals. I always have, and always seem to get along with them better than people, because, hello, if you haven’t figured it out yet, your girl is introverted. Hence my career choice of sitting behind a computer all day in a quiet room. 😉

3. This August was my four year anniversary of being a writer.

4. I wrote and published my first book when I was seventeen, and have written eight books since then and published three.

5. I have the greatest sister in the world, and if you plan to disagree, I will fight you and you will lose. I am convinced we are twins just born seventeen months apart, and she along with my parents are my biggest supporters. She’s also my editor, beta reader, and the one I go to to ping my ideas off of.

6. In my spare time, meaning twelve to two a.m. in the morning, I’m a graphic designer and have an art shop on Redbubble.com. I have designed every cover for every one of my books, and it’s something I’d love to go to school for one day.

7. I always put a character that loves to read into every one of my books, and also use names with secret and or personal meanings behind them. Just Google one to see 🙂

Alright, so this is where I’m slightly breaking the rules. I don’t have a very big list of blogs to nominate since I’m terrible with following many. And the ones I do follow I’m not really sure how to contact since they’re bigger blogs and probably get hundreds of comments a day. But if I did, it would be Kookie Krysp (who is currently taking a break from her YA blog right now) and The Clockwork Reader, whom you can find on Tumblr and Youtube.

I want to thank my sister again for nominating me for this fun award, and I challenge you to do the same with a blog you know!