Well guys… I know I haven’t updated lately with a new short story or writing of any kind. I’ve been a bit busy. It seems when ideas come they just flood in!!! ANYWAY my amazingly wonderful friend who is helping me edit made me aware of a contest out there that The Nerdist is hosting partnered with Inkshares. So I decided “Ok what the heck let’s put Dangerous Beauty out there”
Now Dangerous Beauty is the project I’ve spent blood (literally), sweat (thankfully figuratively), and tears (sadly literally as well) in to for eight years!!! EIGHT YEARS of going over words and words and thoughts and letting them all churn so long there were times I thought I’d just scrap it. FINALLY I’ve made peace with my own project and brought some life in to it. So I’m on here tonight to urge you to take a look…. NOT just at Dangerous Beauty (although you know it’s my ultimate goal) but at all these books being crowd funded on Inkshares. There are some AMAZING works out there!!!
My fellow authors can attest to this, creating the project seems to be the easy part. You get it finished and find you’re looking at it going YAY!!! *fist pump* and then come down and think…. Ok so now what. I’m at the And now what part. I want nothing more than to see this book put to print!!!!! Sooooooo I’m asking you readers/writers/lovers of books out there. Check it out. It’s worth the look, if nothing more than for your PURE entertainment!!!
Check it out, drop me a line, preorder a book or two and for the love of everything and anything out there share and spread the word!!!!!
Check out J.M. White’s new book, Dangerous Beauty: https://www.inkshares.com/projects/dangerous-beauty-9777?referral_code=fd76c85a
And yes I promise you a new short story next week!!! *scouts honor* 😉
Sometimes I feel like I hit a brick wall when it comes to my writing. I know I am my WORST and HARSHEST critic…. but I’m wondering if I’m taking it to the extreme.
EXAMPLE: I wrote my first book over 8 years ago. I’m still editing and re-editing and re-writing because it’s just not “perfect” So what now? When I’ve worked on this for so long I finally gave it to someone else to edit and I feel like I gave away my first born child!!!
I have written other things since then. My second book seemed a bit easier to hand over to someone to edit. I figured it would get easier with each book regardless of the fact the first one hasn’t been finished or published yet. So again I ask, What now?!
What do you do when you are in between projects? Do you start more? How many things should be on the back burner at one time?!
Slowly I’m learning that the hard part wasn’t coming up with the story and developing it. NOPE not even close. Now I have to market a book that doesn’t even fully exist yet. It’s all kind of funny in a way. BUT I do what I do to get these ideas out of my head. NOW I should get back to work right?!
I’m still in the process of reading Wonderbook. 🙂 Seriously if you’re in ANY creative work, not even just writing, you should give this a read. Today’s post isn’t going to be about my thoughts on that book though. Today I’m going to talk about backing up your data!!!
yes I said backing up your data. I’ve found out the hard way that you should have your stuff backed up in a minimum of 3 places. I had an online backup, an external hard drive backup, and that was it….. BIG MISTAKE!!!! My hard drive backup failed somehow and my online backup decided to delete itself getting rid of all of my files on my computer…. Loss? 3 full novels; one in it’s final editing stages before publishing, one ready for editing, and one fresh out of the thought process. tears? Oh yeah…. totally cried. Frustration? beyond words!! Anger? Honestly I was too shocked to be mad. Now I’m more ready to face the fact that I messed up and didn’t back up right. LUCKILY I had sent out a copy of my finished work to a friend so the finished novel I have back. The others will have to be rewritten from scratch if the data can’t be recovered. (fingers crossed)
Now that my back up your data talk is done……. Let’s talk about something else (steps off soap box)
I have been concentrating on character development lately. What should a character look like? How much is too much description? When should I bring them in? Should they be dynamic? I’ve learned that I rely heavily on my descriptions of my characters and I don’t gradually develop them. I give my readers everything up front. I guess this isn’t bad necessarily…. but as I was reading I was thinking to myself I can predict everything this character is going to do without even thinking much about it. I know what you’re all thinking, well you did write it. Yes I did write it. I am able to read as if I were reading it for the first time (which actually I was) and I made my main characters way too predictable. I told you their personalities, looks, acts, likes, and dislikes as soon as I introduced them. I didn’t give the chance for you to grow to like the characters. By the end of my own book I ended up thinking the main character was weak, the love interest wasn’t there, and none of the relationships were believable. Well this is a problem. Soooooo while I go back to my proverbial drawing board… I leave you with this thought…..
How much is too much too soon?
😉 Answer that for me and hopefully next post will be my FIRST writing prompt from Wonderbook!!!
As I breath a sigh of relief, I look over the book I’ve been working on for about seven years now; edits are finally done!!!
I’m in the process of formatting it and getting the cover done, when I realize this is just the beginning. I finished the easy part (shocked myself on that one too) and now I have to figure out how to publish it and get it out to readers.
Building an audience isn’t really easy at all. I’m still working on a 300 word pitch….. It’s not easy to describe a work you’ve done for years in just a few words to make people understand what it’s really about.
Am I throwing in the towel now that I’m faced with a huge challenge?! Oh hell no!!! If nothing else I’m more determined than ever to figure things out. I’ve been reading blogs, talking to other authors, looking at dos and donts, and looking at what I want to do myself. It is easy to do the research, it’s hard to put into practice. I’m sure I’ll stumble here and there and I’m expecting a face plant as well. BUT just like mom always said, “Sweetie, it’s ok dust yourself off and get back to it.”
So am I finally finished? Far from it! But I take heart that I’m not the first, last, or even the only one out there doing it. And like any good writer who is self publishing, I’ll blog all about it!!!
Next up a peak at the cover!!!!! I know you guys can’t wait!!!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if your life was just like a movie? And I mean the picture perfect movies where everything ends perfectly and everyone cries or cheers and we all go away with warm fuzzy feelings……
I’ve written many things over a period of time. When I started writing I wrote with the “If you build it they will come” philosophy…. I mean I wrote something… .everyone wants to read it right? Huh…. well evidently not. I moved from poetry into writing a novel and now I’m a bit more realistic. So why did I do it?
Well I still have a bit of the if you write it they will read going on. I mean SOMEONE has to read it…. As long as I have even ONE reader out there…. I will continue to write. 🙂
So today’s topic? Well…. I’m still working on editing my first novel. I think I’m dragging my feet so much because I honestly don’t know what my next steps are. Yes I know, publish and then the real work begins. I have to edit the second book, finish writing the third book, develop the fourth and then outline an idea for a fifth. Those are still the easy parts. Now I have to advertise, host events, look for opportunities, social media, websites, blogsites….. it’s never ending. Honestly I thought the hard part was writing the thing……
So now I’m a one-woman business….. Ok I get that. I just wasn’t prepared for that. However, like anything it’s something I just need to do if I want to actually get this done and put it anywhere. Like any good writer…..
I’ll just blog about it as I continue to go through the process. WHY? Well that answer is simple…. I’m frustrated with all of it and my outlet is writing…. so for all you readers out there….. Here is my question to you….. (because this is where I’m stuck)
What do you look for in a dynamic couple/pairing/love interest when you read a book? What grabs your attention and keeps you reading and rooting for the couple?
Curious minds (or just my mind) want to know!!!