It has been a little too long between posts, and I must confess the most I have been doing is getting too big for my pants. So a couple updates on my life.
1. I got my wisdom teeth out last Thursday. Only two and no pain but as far as productivity goes I did no writing at all. I did not even blog stalk as much as normal. While I never got loopy I had no desire to do more than play online games and watch SVU marathons. Also Percecet is the worst ever, only take it before bed with the nausea stuff.
2. Tomorrow I am posting the last part of my Tell Me A Story since there has been no response. Don’t worry, there will be more to come, but this one will possibly be entered into a contest. It is the right length, just needs to be modified and molded. Maybe then I can be a real author and step up my game! Anyway, feel free to comment on part 4 all day today.
3. If you work out well for about 2 weeks, it only takes about 3 to 4 days to undo it all. So the getting in shape plan will be back on track later today. I find that once you get over the pain of running, you can push yourself far more than you expected you would. And that applies to everything. Pain is a good thing. When it goes away, push yourself until you hurt just a little more.
4. Only three days left before my main squeeze heads to Guam for work. Not sure if I had said anything before but Glenn is going to be on this teeny tiny island for a month doing Air Force stuff. I am excited and nervous all at once, so here is hoping I can really learn to channel that into my writing. Too many manuscripts need to be finished already!
5. My writer friend Shawn (also from a million years ago) is having a baby! If anyone has come across her blog please give Shawn Kirsten Maravel a congrats and check out her four (yes, four) self published books. She is a very talented author and who does not like some traffic now and then?
That is all for today, happy writing everyone!
What to blog?
Part of me wants to go on a rant against Paranormal being more on the meh side.
Another part is pretty content to just blog stalk others and comment.
Not to mention I have not been getting much feedback. That is to be expected now and then plus everyone of my blogging buddies has been super busy with success which is great. You know who you are 😉
There are tons of ideas for books that I want to spend time on but they demand time away from blogging.
So what to do? *Ponders*
After a week and a half with no updates it was time to resurrect my sorry behind onto the blogosphere. Then back to novel writing.
Last week I was off for 3 days and ended up taking Friday Saturday and Sunday to go to DC with the boyfriend. Had a blast and managed to get 2k words on the way home. Woot! That being said I am still about 6k words behind of the minimum goal. Today I happened to have caught a stomach bug from my coworker which means uber speed write time! Though I could do without the queasy =(
To all my fellow Nano buddies, great work all! See you on the other side.
My name is Jennifer and I am addicted to writing. It is my crack. So is breaking down Twilight but that is more of a sadistic need. Check out this blog for a chapter by chapter
Any way. I do not know if you are aware, but there is a fantastic site online called Cracked.com and it is amazing. It is funny, witty and very intelligent. Also it is a little sociopathic and sadistic. One of the authors wrote a book called John Dies in the End which basically gives away the ending. Why does it do this? Read here for a better explanation.
All done? I hope you enjoyed that. Ok now stop hopping around on the site; I know how addicting it is. Better to go cold turkey.
People buy BS. We do it a lot. It is how a lot of companies make money. They market in a way that convinces us to buy that product. It is why we are convinced we have to buy bottled water. I need to have 500+ channels of OnDemand to make me happy. I need a Big Mac instead of a cheeseburger. I need this label because it is better than that label.
When we write, what are we writing about? This is a continuation of my earlier blog post of getting from point A to point B. In a lot of stories the audience is already at point B. They know how the story ends. They know John dies. In Twilight Bella must become a vampmeyer. In HP Harry is destined to kill Voldemort. In every romance the couple has to kiss in the end. Every video game has a final boss that you fight and you finish the game. Blah blah blah.
Wait a minute. I know how this ends already. How do we beat that? What is the point? Well we have some people to thank. Anyone who ever said “It is not where you go but how you get there” deserves a round of applause. People want to know how Bella became a Vampmeyer. People want to know how many stops you took between A and B. They want conflict and drama and a reason to live.
My book Hellawes is based on the story of Camelot. Everyone knows about the Sword in the Stone. We all know about Arthur and Merlin and Lancelot. No matter what else happens I have to write about Guinevere and Lancelot having an affair. Mordred kills Arthur and the Lady of the Lake gets the sword. Almost everyone dies. What I have to do is tell the story in a new way. I have to add a new POV and change some personalities. No one was there so I get to use my creative license to put a spin on the classic story.
After that I get to convince people they need to buy my book. I need to make people love me so much that it is an addiction. I must fill that empty void in your life you never knew you had. Ok, so maybe this is all theoretical, but you have to start somewhere. If your audience knows the ending, why should they buy the book? Because they need to that is why. It is a totally better reason than because I said so.
So to recap it all:
Step one: Write the book.
Step 2: Create need???
Step 3: Profit!
I suppose now you want to know how to make that profit. Well when I finally develop my process I will tell you all about it so you can sell your books too… but it comes at a price. Just kidding. Honestly I think that part depends on the writer and his/her story. 8% talent, 50% networking and 42% luck. Not everyone can make it big but I will remember the little guys from my mansion.
I will tell you this. Find people who want to read your book and not just the fellow writers you begged. Find people with a genuine interest in your topic.
Do you have a technique? How do you market yourself? If you are super rich already please adopt me.
Happy writing everyone.
Short and sweet.
In the next 80 days I plan to
1. Outline for NaNoWriMo and continue writing at least 1000 words per day
2. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write a 50k novel about my Camelot adventures
3. Edit said Novel and finish Fish ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!
Mostly in that order.
Please comment if you are also doing ROW80 so I can throw support your way =)
This is a test to get to fb
To post blogs on FB you need an author page. Setting that up is pretty easy, you just create the page and use the url from there to set up the FB widget.
To post the blog on FB you need to go to Manage My Blog in top right drop down under your picture.
Follow the links to get permission from FB and WordPress to post.
Return to WordPress to approve.
Do a test and I will comment on it if it works and looks good.