Author Truths

I took a class from Caitlyn McFarland at the LDStorymakers Conference last year and I really respect what she has to say. This advice about writing is awesome so I thought I would share it.

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I posted a medium-sized writing rant on Facebook and my friend asked me to post it here, so I did. I tweaked it. And I added gifs. Because that’s what I do. Enjoy!

I get asked writing and publishing advice on a pretty regular basis. I love to help where I can. Really. Helping other writers is one of my favorite things. But I can’t count the number of times someone has asked for advice and then shrugged it off. I write books for money (not a lot, but I’m working on it). I have a literary agent. I’m traditionally published. If you ask for my advice, listen!

But because they won’t, the burden falls, my hapless readers, on you. Here are a few truths about writing and publishing people don’t love to hear:

1) Most authors don’t make enough money to quit their day jobs.

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2) You aren’t just going to…

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On Track

So last week I mentioned how I was doing on my goal for the month. Even though I didn’t accomplish the goal that I set at the beginning of February, I wrote enough so I’ve averaged over 10K words each month so far :). I’m fine with that.

I finally have a glimpse of what I’m working towards with the final meet up with the antagonist at the end of Sapphyre. I’m looking forward to getting there but it’ll probably be a while haha.

Here’s to making March another great month!

Falling Behind & Catching Up

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the late post today. I’ve been busy.

So it’s looking like I won’t make my goal of getting to 15K words for the month. I’ve had some major busyness but I did have a great writing day yesterday where I wrote over 2,200 words.

Sometimes we fall behind on our goals but if we put in the effort, we can get further than we would have if we hadn’t set the goal.

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I have a family project that I’m nearly finished with so that’s helping move me towards my goal as well.

I’ll let you all know next week how close I got 🙂

Making it Work

I was looking at my outline the other day and I realized that three of the chapters I had coming next do nothing to move the plot along.

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I cut them out and the midpoint of the book is now coming sooner. I’m writing it today.

Sometimes we have to cut things that may seem important if they don’t further the plot. It always makes the book better.

Shoving through the Middles

There are many authors who agree that the middles are the worst.

As you may remember, I was so excited at the end of December that I’d finished Act I of my WIP. I felt confident that I could work hard and finish the book within a few months.

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I went through what I had plotted out, then my mind went into frustration mode. I knew that I was working towards my midpoint but had absolutely no idea what my protagonist was going to deal with in the space in between. I had a general idea but nothing concrete. I felt like I was stuck in thick mud.

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Guybrush Threepwood’s attempts to get out of quicksand in The Curse of Monkey Island felt similar to what I was dealing with

To add to the struggle, I had no idea what would be going on in the chapters that were in the POV of my second MC.

The middles are hard because there’s excitement for the beginning and then the ending is something you (usually) know and are working towards. The middles are where lots of crap happens to the protagonist. It’s the struggle of writing what will lead you to the ending you’re planning on.

I’ve been shoving through these middles and even though it’s been slower moving, I finally have an idea for what’s going to happen in the chapters leading up towards my important midpoint. I’m back in my chapter by chapter outline and I know what things I’m going to put in each chapter for the most part.

So if you’re feeling stuck, you can push through the mud and end up with something awesome 🙂

Bring it on February!

So last week I mentioned that I was super close to meeting my goal for January. I’m happy to report that I met it and succeeded in writing more than 2,000 words over it! I beat the word count for my best month in 2016!

This month I’m shooting for 15,000 words. It’s not going to be easy but I know that it’s possible. Here’s to another great month!

I’m Almost There

At the beginning of the month, I set a goal to have 10,000 words written by the end of the month.

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I have 522 words to go to get there 🙂

The plan is get there today and I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.

I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can get before the end of the month!

I hope your goals are working out too!