Tag: writing fiction

Psst…I Want to Touch You

Text placeholder (2)Now before you go and insert some kind of subtext into that, let me explain. As a writer, my whole goal is to reach inside your mind, your heart, your soul…and touch you.

I want to make you love and hate. I want you to be afraid and escape with your life. Nothing makes me happier than for your heart to race, wondering what’s coming next, and then take you to places you might not go on your own.

Trust me! I don’t want to hurt you…I only want to make you afraid that I will break your heart into little bitty bits and walk away, leaving you breathless and alone. But, I wouldn’t do that. Would I?

Fear Can Suck the Life Out of You

Text placeholder (1)I would recommend writing to anybody and everybody. It provides a way to deal with things that we sometimes don’t like to think about as being directly related to ourselves. I have found that if you write about it, you can remove yourself from it and look at it in a more objective way.

Sometimes, in order to be able to deal with things, we just need to see them in a different light. You don’t have to write a novel, unless you want to. Journaling or keeping a note app on your phone for thoughts that come to you when you’re doing other things can work great. I derive some kind of inner strength from this exercise.

It’s like you can create your own personal dragon in the story world and then slay it, even if you can’t necessarily do that in the real world yet. And that can sometimes give you that little ounce of courage to try it for real.

Book Review

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The Prairies Book Review

A speedy, dark romantic thriller with a suitably chilling ending…

Wren Bouchard arrives in scenic mountain town of Valley Spring, Colorado after fleeing a life of abuse and torture and found herself instantly drawn to mysterious and handsome, Croy Parker. As she starts to envision a life full of love and safety, her past returns to haunt her. From the very first page, the tension subtly rises as Wren’s life with notorious hitman, Aidan Luciano unravels, revealing an abusive relationship rooted in deeply sadistic practices. Bloodworth takes a fresh outlook on an old, tried formula and successfully pens down an emotionally resonant story of love, loss, grief, and renewal.

 

Weird S**t I Do As A Writer

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  1. Constantly clear search history so no one will think you’re a psychopath.
  2. Don’t wear real clothes.
  3. Coffee is life.
  4. Get depressed because of what’s happening or going to happen to the characters in my book.
  5. Listen to the secrets of the characters in my head.
  6. Feel bad for telling the secrets of the characters in my head.
  7. Mourn the company of the characters once a book is finished.
  8. God complex. (In denial.)
  9. Insomniatic god, though. Refer to #3.
  10. Food? What’s food?

The Power of the Playlist: Creepy Cool

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Spotify Creepy Cool Playlist
  1. Cry Little Sister (L.A. Guns)
  2. Don’t Close Your Eyes (Kix)
  3. Ballad of Jayne (L.A. Guns)
  4. Nobody’s Fool (Cinderella)
  5. Fly to the Angels (Slaughter)
  6. Edie (Ciao Baby)
  7. House of Pain (Faster Pussycat)

Do You Tell?

woman working girl sittingI’ve only recently come out of the writing closet. For years, I have written secretly, under cover of darkness. I’m not sure if I was more afraid of what readers would think of my work or what my family would say.

Most of my family don’t know I write steamy romance novels.  I daresay that their disapproval of my genre choice would be detrimental to my writing and my progress as a person. Therefore, I keep my author self separate from them because at the end of the day, I must write.

So many times we are held back because of the fear of judgement. Why do we do that? Let’s build each other up, instead! The things we could do (for each other and the world)!

Writing Dangerously: At Night

text placeholder (3)My whole mindset is different at night. I have the “get things done” state of mind going on during the daylight hours, but when nighttime rolls around and things get quiet, my mind shifts gears.

NaNoWriMo even has a night of writing dangerously. Maybe it’s ingrained into us to behave and think differently at night. Maybe it’s all the spooky things that lurk in the dark corners of our consciousness. Everything is mystical and poetic through the lens of sunless silence.

Sometimes, you sip coffee, scribble in your notebook, and something magical happens. You wake up, read what you wrote the night before and think, “Holy hell, where did that come from?” and feel like an insomniatic god.

Pretty awesome.

Maybe try it at night, in the dark, or by moonlight.

Don’t Let Negativity Stop You

 

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About ten years ago, I finished my first book. I was so proud and excited, I immediately started sending out query letters only to be rejected multiple times just like all authors before me. Enter Amazon self-publishing. Okay, self, new plan. I could go with it. I designed a cover, uploaded it, and was off to the races. People downloaded. Some people even liked it! I was thrilled. And then came the one terrible review. The one that brought all my momentum to a screeching halt. She didn’t like my work at all and was not shy in telling the world about it.

I stopped writing. I don’t generally give up easily, but in my mind, if one person hated it so much, then surely there would be others. I pulled the book from Amazon and went on with the rest of my life. I gave up.

My work is not above reproach. No one’s work is perfect. I just want to tell you, don’t let negativity stop you from doing what you want to do. Instead, let it drive you to be better, to work harder, to obtain that goal you have set for yourself. I have finally learned to accept criticism and use it as positive redirection and that has made all the difference.

The only person that can stop you, is you.

The Power of the Playlist: Don’t Bring Me Down

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Spotify Don’t Bring Me Down Playlist

  1. Don’t Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchestra)
  2. Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
  3. Give A Little Bit (Supertramp)
  4. Jet Airliner (Steve Miller)
  5. Listen to the Music (The Doobie Brothers)
  6. Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh)
  7. You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
  8. China Grove (Doobie Brothers)
  9. Stuck in the Middle with You (Jim Hornsby)
  10. Burnin for You (Blue Oyster Cult)
  11. Crazy on You (Heart)
  12. Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
  13. Sunshine Superman (Donovan)

Must Haves

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Here’s a list of the apps and programs I’ve been using lately to help me write and market my writing. Some of these have been awesome time savers and I just thought I’d pass them along to those interested.

  1. Scrivener. I love this software. I still use Word primarily for writing, but this program has helped me to organize my thoughts, pre-writing, first drafts, plot outlines, and character and scene details in one place.
  2. Pinterest. Pinterest gets the ideas flowing and allows me to get visual cues for the world and characters I’m trying to create.
  3. Canva. This has been the easiest to use stock photography and graphic program I’ve tried. Love the photo editor.
  4. Coffitivity. This site lets you listen to different coffee shop backgrounds if you are more productive with a static noise rather than music.
  5. Book Report. This is an add-on for Chrome that lets me see exactly how much money I’ve made from Amazon.
  6. Kindlepreneur. Great website with a ton of information about Amazon, keywords, ad strategies, and more.
  7. Upwork. This site lets you find independent editors, ghost writers, proofreaders, book cover designers, and more. Maybe even offer services to make an extra buck or two.