Inbetween: Chapter Eight

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I’m excited to be sharing this chapter! I’ve been saying that a lot lately and I have to say it is a great feeling. The first draft had a lot of good stuff in it and I just needed to polish it a bit to get it ready to share. I hope you’ll like this week’s chapter as much as I do.

I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters for being here with me every step of the way. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you and it is thanks to you that I can keep moving forward. Check out my Patreon if you want to join the ranks of these extra awesome people. The more support I have, the better I can make the writing I share with you.

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Save Money on Professional Edits—6 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Own Manuscript

Great advice! I’ll definitely be looking at these when I go back to The Dreams later this year.

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Over my career I have literally edited thousands of works, most of them written by emerging writers. My greatest frustration always was (and still is) when I couldn’t even GET to critiquing the deeper story elements because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

Good editors are NOT cheap. There are also many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing oopses you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.

#1 The Brutal Truth about Adverbs, Metaphors and Similes

I have never met an adverb, simile, or metaphor I didn’t LOVE. I totally dig description, but it can present problems.

First of all, adverbs are not ALL evil. Redundant adverbs are evil. If…

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What I Read in January

The first month of the new year is over! Can you believe it’s already February 2017? I can’t.

I set my reading goal for 2017 at 52 books. I’m a little bit behind with 3 books completed so far, but I think I’ll be able to catch up.

Books I finished reading in January:

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Book I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read during January? Are you ahead or behind on your reading goals for 2017?

No Matter What, Don’t Stop Creating

Sometimes the world is a terrible and terrifying place. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the news, trying to make sense of the chaos. Hours or even days can pass by while I hang on to the hope that somehow the world will be made right again.

It’s easy to wonder if writing fantasy novels is a worthwhile way to spend my time these days. My doubts come from feeling like writing fiction is a luxury for times when the world isn’t in upheaval, but that time doesn’t really exist. The world is full of people doing ugly, cruel things to each other. That fact isn’t a recent development, and yet, human beings have been creating art as a form of self-expression pretty much from the beginning.

I’m often mentally and emotionally exhausted these days. The stress of living with constant uncertainty wears me down. I know I need to step away from it all and only come back when I have recovered my strength, but so much has happened lately that stepping away is at least as frightening as trying to keep up to date. Often, the only way I can feel better once it all starts to feel like too much to handle is to step back and read a book for a while.

My goal as a writer is to give people a place to escape. With so much happening it is easy to become overwhelmed by it all. Reading fiction is a chance to briefly step into another world, catch your breath and find equilibrium again. We all need these little escapes. No matter the medium, art offers us all a chance to rest and heal before we jump back into the fray.

The world needs creativity and beauty. Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t important. Don’t let anyone silence you. We’re constantly being reminded of ugliest, darkest side of humanity these days. Let’s keep making art so none of us forget that there is hope, too.

Writing Progress January 23 -29, 2017

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January 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 29,169
  • Today’s word count: 375
  • Thoughts: Well, I managed to write more than yesterday. I just need to keep climbing up until I have a respectable word count again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know I can write more words in a day than I have lately.

January 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 29,246
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: I’m really disappointed in today’s word count. I allowed myself to become afraid of finishing the scene I was working on and it completely derailed my day writing-wise. It’s something I need to work on moving forward.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I managed to push past the part that caused me to be afraid last night, so I’m thinking it should be smooth sailing for a while.

January 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 29,342
  • Today’s word count: 96
  • Thoughts: I’m not sure why I didn’t write more. This week is just weird. I’m stressing out about a lot of things I can’t control and that’s taking energy away from the things I can control. I don’t like it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revisions. Thursday is revision day so I’ll be cleaning up a chapter before I dive back into writing. Maybe the change of pace will do me good.

January 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 29,136
  • Today’s word count: -206
  • Thoughts: Revisions. Whenever I revise a chapter I think it is the hardest thing ever, although I disagree whenever I’m working on writing a first draft. I guess everything is the hardest thing ever in the moment.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revisions! I’m still working on this chapter. It’s not playing nice.

January 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 29,176
  • Today’s word count: 40
  • Thoughts: Revisions are done! I added a few words here and there and I’m feeling pretty good about the work I did.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this week’s chapter! Hopefully write more!

January 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 29,444
  • Today’s word count: 268
  • Thoughts: I got the chapter posted and managed to write a bit! No complaints here!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I think I can manage a good deal of progress if I put my mind to it.

January 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 29,688
  • Today’s word count: 244
  • Thoughts: Well, I guess I didn’t put my mind into writing enough. I’m not too disappointed because I did make some progress, but it isn’t nearly enough to make me feel satisfied.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I need to pick up the pace and get the story out of my brain and onto the screen.

Inbetween: Chapter Seven

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I’m pretty excited about this chapter. I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Things are really starting to happen now and I can’t wait to see where the momentum takes us.

I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters for being here with me every step of the way. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you and it is thanks to you that I can keep moving forward. Check out my Patreon if you want to join the ranks of these extra awesome people.

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Generation Butthurt—How Being Constantly Offended (and Offensive) Costs BIG

This is right on topic for me this week. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want my presence on social media to be a positive thing in my life and the life of others. I want to talk about things I love, not spread hate or pick fights.

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Today we are going to dive back into social media because who we are on-line impacts the odds of our success. Whether we like it or not, engaging on social media and cultivating a following is going to massively impact our professional success (or lack thereof).

In sales we had a saying, Fish where the fish are. Well my darlings, the fish are schooling on social media. When we are online we are not only engaging with the readers of today, we are cultivating future readers. This applies as much to the pre-published newbie as it does the internationally best-selling author.

We are wise to remember that we now have entire generations glued to smart phones and LinkedInInstaSnap, and if we don’t learn how to navigate these waters? Bad juju.

This said. Social media is an extraordinarily powerful tool that is too…

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