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February 14, 2019 at 8:47 pm #78579
HI, everyone!! I’m trying to keep up work on a new project as well. I am aiming for 10-20 pages a week.
@maddiejay I am in the same boat! I write during naptime for my 2 year old : ) It’s easy to get distracted!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 26, 2019 at 8:57 pm #74195
oh, wow. Then you definitely space, too lol.
I’m trying to learn that same thing!!
Oh, wow! That would be a challenging story to tell. I can give advice on the Mom aspect, though I am not a teen, so that would be different. I was nearly 30 when I had my first child. Let just say that not sleeping well, waking every couple of hours etc., is THE hardest part of being of new mom. : )
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm #72797
Ah! Thanks for the link. I’ve queried different books over the years, the normal/slow route and NEVER heard of a service like that before. Very few publishers accept unsolicited submission, so I don’t tend to look at publishers anyway.
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm #72721January 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm #72684
@H-jones Aw… thank you soo much! I really appreciate that! It is definitely a challenge to find the time to write with the kiddos, but it’s a great hobby that is sort Me Time.
Everyone starts somewhere with a story! I have been one of those huge plotting types, but am learning that sometimes it’s good to have super basic ideas and WRITE. Even if it’s non-sense.
What are you working on?
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 10:11 pm #71823
I don’t know much about Kindle Direct either. Only that that is considered self-publishing and not a vanity press. The good news is that you don’t HAVE to decide immediately. Have you looked into querying agents or at publishers that accept unsolicited, aka unagented, manuscripts? There are lots of smaller, independent publishers, too.
Oh wow, that sounds like a challenging and interesting story! I think every book is rewrite and revise…and repeat…and repeat hahaha : )
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 10:08 pm #71820
@the-fledgling-artist Oh wow! A graphic novel sounds fun and definitely challenging!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:22 pm #71787
The beach is lovely in summer! I’m enjoying the mountains and snow the past few years though.
I have tried acrylics and I’m awful lol. I usually watercolor flowers.
All VERY fun hobbies : )
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm #71786
@MaddieJay That’s essentially what I do as well! Getting to the THE END of any draft feels so great that I can actually see who and what I want to work with and become excited about revisions. Usually the next draft is a blank page.
Draft 0 is great idea! My first draft usually changes voice styles…first person or third person or whatever. Even names! It’s a hot mess.
I found that using beat sheets or loose plot styles, say one of the Seven Basic Plots, really helps to write any version of a plot and know when to add which conflict, even by page number, so that keeps the creative juices flowing. Or jump ahead to a scene you really want to write. If you’re bored as the writer, the reader might be as well.
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:10 pm #71782
@the-fledgling-artist What are you working on btw? Sorry! I had to reply and run : )
I’ve been working on it off and since last year, but I am really to try to make time and make a goal to finish the first draft and a couple of months.
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm #71778
@mariposa Hello!! Where are you from? I’m a couple of hours from the beach, way over in the mountains, but I used to live near the beach : ).
I try to get outdoors as much as I can with my husband and kiddos. I also watercolor! I think I have too many hobbies lol : ) How about you?!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:02 pm #71775
@bama-rose Vanity Presses are little different from self-publishing, say on Kindle Direct, because they charge the author to do things editing or making cover or digital files for ebooks or printing the book. They don’t, as far as I’m aware, make money from selling the actual book, so what is their incentive for the author to sell copies? I have heard of people spending thousands of dollars not realizing the “publisher” was a vanity press and was not actually selling the book.
Thank you very much! What about you? Is there a forum to ask that? Still new here!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 1:37 pm #71685
I’m going to chime in here because I have thought about this A LOT lately. Basically, I’m looking into the following things myself:
1) WHERE does the magic come from? You can name God anything you like in your world. If there is dark and light magic, I’d say be sure there is a little bit of gray area. How does your system/world tie into…
2) THEME. The whole point of fiction is to make us FEEL something, to experience something, and that is usually through the characters and themes that stick with us. What do you want readers to experience or feel? What do you want characters to learn and, by the end, what we readers learn about ourselves along the way? I’d say that the magic or “distractions” are what draw readers to the speculative genre in the first place. Perhaps they are not distractions so much as tools to show us something that you the author want to show us.
3) Is your system biblically sound? By that I mean looking at the many verses where the bible discusses sorcery, divination, and sorcery etc.
Is your story or theme the display of a particular bible verse? I find that helps! I also find a list of three general themes to help with world building and plot.
Perhaps going through this list might help! https://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm #71672
Depends which one I’m working on : ) Which is my issue at the moment.
The newest WIP, I’m about 100 pages into the MS, is a historical fantasy. My premise is NOT tight on this project, but it is about two magician sisters living in 1911 San Francisco. At their graduation ball, one is attacked and her magic is stolen. When she fails to get into the medical apprenticeship (perhaps a a nurse), she becomes to desperate to find out what happened to her and how to get it back. The other is drawn into friendships and temptation to increase her magic so she can outshine her seemingly perfect older sister. One will risk everything to save both of them from being dragged into the darker sides of magic.
The other is my YA science fiction project I queried a couple of years ago. I got requests and great feedback, so I’m debating if I should revise and try again or leave it. I’ve left it for a while but I still keep coming back to it. It’s a fun time travel project.!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm #71627
I am not published, but that’s my goal! I think it’s great if you are taking a serious look at writing. It really is a lot of fun and hard work : )
Well, I would say that it really is a personal choice to go self-published or traditional. I want to be traditionally published because I hope, (okay, dream!) of having a career. Both have plus and minus aspects. I’d just really love to go into a bookstore and see my work.
My only warnings would be:
1) Once you self-publish a book, as in anywhere on the internet, traditional publishers won’t take it.
2) Avoid vanity presses that charge thousands of dollars and don’t offer much else.
My absolute favorite is Jane Austen. Going classic!
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