Scheduling Myself

Hey folks!

When it comes to moving forward on a manuscript, I often get stuck because I keep going back to change things in the beginning.

At the start of the new year I made a goal to finish a manuscript draft by the end of 2016. I hope to do more but we’ll see.

If I want to do that, I know that I need to move forward and not keep getting caught in the unending spiral of fixing the beginning.

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I need to remember this

Sometimes it’s difficult to balance moving forward and revision.

When I was in the class, Writing for Children and Adolescents, I asked my professor how we were supposed to constantly move forward when we also needed to fix things that she and the class had pointed out in critiques.

Her advice was to take 2 days out of the week for revision and use the rest for moving forward.

That advice is now the foundation of the writing schedule that I’ve given myself.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, I fix scenes or conversations that aren’t working and on all the other days of the week, I move forward with the manuscript.

I’ve only been at it for a couple weeks but it’s been so helpful. I’m not driven mad by the things that need fixing and I’m still moving.

What are ways that help you to keep going in your manuscripts?

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Plotting Along

I think I’ve turned into a full-blown plotter haha.

I spent this whole weekend plotting for Sapphyre again.

The model I used last time was too sparse and I, once again, got stuck. I want to move forward with my novels but that’s difficult when I’m not sure what should come next.

I saw a post on Tumblr with the Three Act Structure and it’s been so helpful for me. I’ve gone through Sapphyre, seeing where events would fit and other than the Climactic Moment and the Resolution, I have it all planned out.

I don’t know if I’ll always be a plotter from now on but for my current projects, I’m glad I can be.

Blog Update

Hey Everyone!

For those of you who look at the blog on the site, you’ll notice that it now has a new look and layout. I decided to add pages to the top so if you want to see a little bit about what my books are about, you can.

At the moment, there’s nothing in either of the Elemental sections other than the Fire & Ice picture that Anna did.

When I come up with a blurb for each of them, I’ll put them up.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Introduction to My Characters

Second post for the day!

My friend Anna is an incredible artist and I’ve commissioned her to do pictures of some of my main characters. Since she has finished something for each of my books, it’s time for you all to see them.

Topaas

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From left to right: Rosalyn, Malloria, and Garrett Cameron. Malloria is Topaas’s main character

Sapphyre

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Marcus & Liana, Sapphyre’s two POV characters

Emryld

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Emmeline Rawlins, the main character of Emryld

Elemental – Ice & Elemental – Fire

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Kayna & Elaira Matinsky, the two main characters of the Elemental novels that I’ll work on more once I finish the others

Anna and I have been friends for 13 years and I’ve always loved her art, so I’ve gotten excited when she opened up commissions and I was able to get these done a little at a time.

If you would like to check out more of Anna’s art, visit her blog at

http://artofannastansfield.blogspot.com/

You can also follow her on Tumblr at

http://annasketches.tumblr.com/

I hope you all enjoyed a look at some of my characters!

Fortress Conquered!

So the fortress of my writer’s block has been conquered!

When in doubt about writing a character type in the Regency era, I find it helpful to use Jane Austen as a source.

I decided to watch a film adaptation of Mansfield Park to do an observation of a particular character, Henry Crawford, that might have similarities to this character of mine.

Watching the film helped to get my mind going and I now have plans for the upcoming chapter.

Yay for moving forward!

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Whenever you’re in a funk, look for ways to move forward like studying an author that you admire.

It helps a lot!

Defeat the Writer’s Block Fortress

Anyone who thinks writing is an easy job needs to spend a day in the life of a writer.

Yesterday after some advice from my friend Andrea, I looked at a character of mine that I know little about and realized that I need to flesh him out before I move forward.

She gave me some questions to think about and I set to work trying to figure this character out so I could do him justice.

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I kept mulling over the questions in my mind for an hour and couldn’t even think of an idea for the answers to those questions.

Sometimes writing is like trying to break through a fortress like Masada in Israel.

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Situated high in the hills of the Judean wilderness, Masada remained unconquered for three years after the fall of Jerusalem. The Romans had to build a ramp up to it to use battering rams

Sometimes when you’re writing, you feel like the Romans trying to break into Masada. It feels impossible to get through the current struggle.

You can push through it!

It will be difficult but the trick is to never give up.

Find your own battering ram and keep working until you push through the fortress of writer’s block or whatever your problem may be.

You can do it!

And so can I.