The Lion Tamer is 99c for the next few days until Apr 22nd. So grab it while the sale lasts.
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2CXYESA
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2DaBghz
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2CVcw03
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2DbZQ1F
“Dahlia Donovan definitely does a great job capturing and conveying each of the MC’s strengths and flaws. I love seeing both the vulnerable, soft side and the strong side of these men. It certainly makes them all the more endearing. Let’s not forget the chemistry between these two….PHEW!! Gray and Scottie have chemistry and it rolls right off the pages.” 4 Stars, Jennifer’s Book Obsession
One of my goals this year was to watch online education and/or inspirational videos. I got a two-month freebie to Skill Share and wound up watching “How To Start (And Finish!) Your Very Own 365 Day Project” which inspired my challenge and this post. Also, (This link takes you to the videos and also offers a Skillshare Premium free for 2 months. https://skl.sh/2Udq0rI)
I was drawn to this lesson on Skill Share because I recognized the teacher from a sticker shop I love on Esty. After watching, I decided maybe I could get over my spring writing hump with a challenge. And I chose to get really specific.
100 Days of writing 30 minutes a day in 10-minute increments. I can write on a WIP, a blog post, a personal journal, a newsletter, or a letter to a penpal. The goal is simply to show up and put words on paper in some form or another.
Ten-minute increments work well for me because I’m less likely to get completely distracted.
I also set specific times for writing. One after breakfast, one before lunch, and the third can be any time in the afternoon but before dinner.
One other critical aspect is I’m bringing along others for the ride. I shared my challenge on social media, and several author friends are taking part. I’m less likely to fail if I have others joining me.
I am keeping track two ways. One in a bullet journal (see photo below) and two by posting an Instagram photo daily.
Since blogging is one of the acceptable forms of writing, I’ll likely update on my progress and lessons I’ve learned along the way.
How about you?
Have you done a 100 days or 365 days challenge before? Were you successful? Feel free to hop onto my 100-day challenge if you’re a writer.
I used to be a straight pantser. (Someone who writes by the seat of their pants instead of plotting with an outline, etc.)
Never did anything, not even writing down character notes, before starting a novel. My mind liked it, but my manuscripts became a bit of a nightmare to edit. It’s hard to keep track of characters, plots, and timelines when NOTHING is written down.
And your memory is a bit shit.
Now, I do better.
I plot a little. I’ll never be a true plotter. Outlines bore me to tears. So, I’ve found a compromise that works.
Stage One: Faces, Names and Places
Three things I usually do before anything else is to pick the location of a story, the novel title, and visual references for the characters.
I’m not a very visual person, so I definitely need an actual image to picture while I’m writing.
Stage Two: Build out a Book Bible.
I use thin A5 Muji notebooks and fill out little character questionnaires for the main characters along with notes about family/friends. I also jot down a loose timeline. I find this helps keep the novel on track, but also with writing newsletters and blog posts once I’m done with the book.
Stage Three: Media.
Before writing, I build two essential lists. A musical playlist, my current WIP has a mostly country music playlist. I also create a TV/movie list. I find watching shows or movies based around the theme of what I’m writing can really help me get in the mood.
For The Royal Marine, for example, I watched a lot of Bake Off. For the Grasmere trilogy, it watched Poirot, of course.
Stage Four: Let’s Play Pretend
This is the stage where I’m usually supposed to be giving myself a writing break, but I’m chomping at the bit to write.
Stage Five: Write
Self-explanatory that involves a lot of coffee, sobbing, and hitting my head against the keyboard.
If you’re a writer, are you a pantser or a plotter?
~ A brief excerpt from After the Scrum ~
“No, Sherlock, stop it. You uncivilized mongrel!” Francis Keen, interior decorator extraordinaire, tripped over his own feet and his dog’s leash. He landed in a heap on the walk outside his home. “Damnation, you obstinate creature, heel. Do you even know what the word means?”
“Having trouble, love?”
“No, Gran.” Francis straightened himself up, running his fingers through his now thoroughly mussed-up mass of light brown hair. He ignored his beloved grandmother’s tittering giggles while attempting to glare balefully at his Shetland sheepdog, Sherlock, his beloved and the bane of his existence. “Have a good day, Gran.”
“Try to stay on your feet, love.” She waved at him with another laugh then headed up the walk to their shared home.
Oh, the humiliation.
He’d gotten a smaller dog to go with his own more slender frame. He didn’t fancy being dragged off by a monster of a mutt. Sherlock didn’t appear to understand his purpose in life. Even for a smaller dog, he managed to yank his owner off his feet quite frequently.
The sheltie served other purposes, besides companion and best friend. Francis simply didn’t advertise what Sherlock’s training actually entailed. He didn’t want the sympathetic stares.
“One morning, Sherlock, just one would be nice. I’d give you the largest beef bone in the world if you could allow me to preserve my dignity once.” Francis fumbled with the keys to his only prized possession—a turquoise Fiat 500 from the seventies that had been painstakingly and lovingly refurbished. He patted the dashboard reverently once he’d situated himself and his insane canine. “Well, Watson, time to take the world by storm. Are you ready?”
My latest release is currently on sale ever so briefly for 99c. In celebration, I thought I’d share it…and a bunch of other books that are currently (as of today when I checked) 99c.
All other links: books2read.com/at-war
Twisted Pain by MariaLisa deMora – https://books2read.com/TwistedPain
Unbreak Me by Maria Vickers – https://books2read.com/b/bOZ1JE (Pre-Order)
The Bunny and The Billionaire by Louisa Masters – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0758ZXCMM
Assassin By Day by Tessa Robertson – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074F1L6L7/
As I’m working on my current WIP, Pure Dumb Luck, I’m thinking a lot about travel. Growing up, we travelled a lot. I’ve lived in five countries and visited well over twenty. But, I still have a bucket list of places I’d loved to visit–or revisit in some cases.
What’s on your travel bucket list?