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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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It’s Release Day for THE SCARS THAT MADE US!

It’s finally here! It’s officially the release day for my newest contemporary romance, THE SCARS THAT MADE US, and I couldn’t be more excited! So much effort has been put into this release, this book, these characters. I really hope those of you who decide to pick it up enjoy it!

Here are the amazon links, as well as Goodreads in case you’d like to add it to your to-read list. It’s also FREE for those of you that have Kindle Unlimited!

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Amazon: AU

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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’m not the only one with scars.

(This is clean contemporary/NA romance)

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Nope, not dead. Just editing…

As the title suggests, I did not drop dead after my week long, day in the life of a writer project. I’ve simply been trying to make digital ARCs of “The Scars That Made US” to send out to readers, but the process has been more than a little stressful. If I had to use one word to sum up my experience so far with converting PDF files to MOBI/EPUB for Kindle ARCs it would be UGH!

Apparently, turning a PDF file into a Kindle ready MOBI file is damn near impossible. After watching a million and one videos on YouTube regarding the subject, and downloading numerous converting software, I’m now down to only one flaw in my file: the chapter number/title is set to the left instead of centered with the rest of the text. Guys, this has been an awful process, and I hate that it has set me back over a month. I promise I’ll continue to try to fix the bugs and bring you a release date soon. Until then, wish me luck!

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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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