Oh The Holidays…

Christmas is almost here and I haven’t started shopping yet. Typically, I’m on top of my game but not this year. Writing has been put off to the side but I try to squeeze it in. Although, I feel like it’s not going anywhere right now.

It’s hard to get on the roller coaster of writing everyday. Even getting a thousand words seems like a dire chore that I’d rather set aside. Instead, I’ve been editing and going over some new stories in the works. There’s a novella I’d like to submit to a publisher and another novel I’m about half way finished with.

Aside from my writing world, we’re finally getting settled in the house and put up a Christmas tree! My future in laws didn’t want their big tree anymore, so I gladly took it. The holiday season is hectic and stressful, but I do like the beauty from the lights.

This year has had it’s challenges, but a lot of good has come from it. I’m very happy to be in my own place starting new memories. I hope to make many more.

I hope everyone is having a good holiday season! I better start my shopping now. 🙂

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Story Ideas

I may not get to write everyday, but I’m always thinking of new ideas. Currently, there’s a list on my phone of just story concepts, some of them I implement and some never see the light of day.

I try to look at everything as a possible idea. Some people I come across inspire a new character trait and life events can make a great chapter. I’m always open to possibilities.

When I’m experiencing writers block, I take it one idea at a time. This has helped me get out of a rut and write something rather than leave an empty page.

I’m trying to  keep this in mind as I get through a dry spell right now. How is everyone else’s WIP going?

My NEW Writing Space

So much has changed the last few months, including buying my first house. Along with other excitement with owning a home, I finally have an office. I’ve never had a desk and most of my material has been written at a breakfast bar. Wow, things have changed.

There’s not much to it yet, just a desk and a chair. I hope to add a small bookshelf or some artwork. I really want to make this space mine.

I also hope this will enhance my writing and lead to less distractions. Writing in the kitchen was difficult, because I couldn’t tune out everything else I had to do. Once I’m in my office, I focus and get down to business.

I know my posts have been lacking lately. Since I’m finally settled I hope to add more content. Thanks for all the support! It doesn’t go unnoticed and it means a lot.

Let me know what’s in your office and helps you achieve your goals. If you have any decorating tips, let me know because I’m an oaf when it comes to that.

 

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New desk! Cat not included

WIP Update

A lot’s been happening in my writing life which makes me nervous but excited all at once. My manuscript has been sent to an editor for her to copy edit. I’m not expecting to get my novel back until the end of September. I understand that won’t be the end of the editing process. I’m sure changes will follow and then a final proofread.

On a fun note, I hired a cover artist whose work I’m in love with and can’t wait to see what the outcome is. I’m not artistic whatsoever, drawing a stick figure is the extent of my artistic ability.  Trying to picture what kind of cover I want is difficult but I have an idea in mind. I’m hoping once it’s done it’ll give me some extra motivation!

There’s so much to self publishing it’s overwhelming, but I’m trying to take it one step at a time. I hear formatting the paperback is a pain and there’s no way around it.

I don’t have a specific date when my book will be available. With this being my debut novel, I need to make sure it’s the best it can be. This consists of a lot of time, effort and money. Self publishing isn’t cheap but I hope it’ll be worth it. Holding my own book in my hands is the end goal and I want to be proud of it.

For now I’m going to celebrate the small victories and see how far I’ve come. A glass of wine is in my future.

If anyone has tips or advice feel free to share!

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Pen Name or No?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for months, do I choose a pen name? So far this has been a tough subject for a few reasons.

  • My first and last name are another authors name
  • My first and middle name are taken from another author
  • I don’t hate my last name, but it doesn’t excite me either
  • I’ve had a few different ideas for pen names and been told they don’t fit
  • When I get married next June, I will be officially changing my last name anyway

So you can see my dilemma! For now, I’m using the name JR Wallace but it doesn’t excite me. I personally don’t like the way it sounds but maybe I’m being too harsh. Since I have nothing published, this isn’t official and I could change it.

From what I’ve read, pen names aren’t copyrighted but obviously it’s a poor choice to chose a name someone else has. The last thing I’d want is to be accused of ripping off another author.

I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this and your experiences. Do you use a pen name or your real name? How did you come up with your pen name? Any thoughts for creating one?

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Reading Bad Reviews

This post doesn’t relate to bad reviews based off anything I’ve written, I don’t have anything published yet. This is about reviews from other readers that I’ve found on Goodreads or Amazon.

Sometimes if there is a book I’m interested in, I’ll look at the overall rating but typically don’t read reviews. I’d rather see something for myself and make my own judgement. I also don’t want spoilers. I’ve read several books that had a poor rating but I enjoyed it.

Most people talk about what they hate and sometimes dwell on that only. We often forget to write about something because we enjoyed it. I’ve read book reviews because the reader didn’t agree with who the main character chose for a love interest in the end. Another reader left a poor review because they didn’t agree with actions a character did because it wasn’t realistic. It’s fiction! It’s not supposed to be realistic! That’s a joy of being a writer, it’s your ball court and anything can happen.

I rate a book on the overall story, even if I don’t like the ending. Here are a few items I consider.

  • Did the book entertain me?
  • Could I not put the book down?
  • Did I enjoy the characters?
  • Did the story compel me?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and your experiences.

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Writing Diary – July

For the first time in months, it’s been good in my writing life. I also finished a rough draft for a book that takes place in New Orleans. I started it before my trip there, but purposely held off because I knew I’d have more material when I got home. Researching a place and seeing it are two different things. I was able to add small details in the book I wouldn’t have known unless I visited. Especially when it comes to the food. 🙂

It’s a romance novel, which is something new to me. I don’t want to be stuck with one genre because I enjoy them all. There’s several new books I’m reading and may do another Books I’m Reading post soon.

I’m staying positive and know the process doesn’t happen overnight. I can only focus on my journey and improve my craft.

Hope everyone else is having a good month! Let me know what projects you’re working on. writer