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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday | Writing Quotes

Hey guys, the last Top Ten Tuesday I did was a big hit. I wrote my favorite quotes about reading. Since I've been writing so much about important topics and such, I figured this week I'd do a fun Tuesday Post. Soooo.. Here are my top ten quotes about writing!

Which is your favorite?!

10. "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." --Ben Franklin

9. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” --Maya Angelou

8. “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  --Stephen King

7. “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” --Toni Morrison

6. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” --Lloyd Alexander

5. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” --Ray Bradbury

4. "So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matter; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say" Virginia Woolf

3. "Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon." EL Doctorow

2. "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter- and bleed." Ernest Hemingway

1. "Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works" --Virginia Woolf

Did I get your favorites? If you say no, comment so I can include it in my next post or just so I can read it. I love quotes. I think they're fun and say a lot about people. What do you think? Enjoy guys!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Day 29

Camp NaNoWriMo
Day 29 7/29/13

Hey guys! I have some pretty darn fabulous news. I finished!!!!!! Not only did I reach my 50,000 goal for one month but I also finished my book. Although towards the end, I got eager and wanted to get the timeline set up so I just wrote scenes. Either way I've got the entire second book in the Curse Series penned.

I thought since this is the last week to Camp I would write my word counts out. I don't know- it might be helpful to someone seeing patterns. Here we go... My writing journey counted out!

(Just so you guys know, I made sure to write in my word count whenever I wrote, meaning there aren't any days that I forgot and just added onto another. It's all as I wrote it.)

7/1- 2,325
7/2- 4,015
7/3- 6,284
7/4- 8,175
7/9- 13,527
7/10- 16,349
7/11- 17,632
7/12- 22,544
7/13- 23,870
7/16- 26,407
7/17- 29,224
7/22- 40,759
7/23- 43,048
7/24- 44,463
7/25- 45,319
7/26- 47,338
7/28- 50,116

You can kind of tell that I got off to a slow start, towards the middle I had a major peak and then towards the end was slow again. I don't know what that means but it's pretty cool to see how I write in word count.

Consensus on Camp NaNoWriMo

I loved it. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. I didn't think that I would be able to write that much in one month. I didn't think that I would feel motivated to finish my book even though prior to camp, I had been stuck in a rut with the novel.

I was amazed by the community within Camp. My cabin mates changed a few times as some people left and new people came in. I have to admit that next time, I would find other people through google+ who were taking camp and cabin up with them.

The only reason because some people in my cabin were pretty inactive and didn't really talk much. I had a few in camp who never said a single word or updated their word count. I don't know why they'd go to the camp if they weren't going to participate but that's just me.

I loved the fact that it showed your stats throughout the weeks. You had a stats page where it showed your average words per day, how many you write a day, your total words, your target words, your words remaining, what day it was and how many were left and if you stayed at the pace you were, what day you would finish on.

I thought that was great because I would try to stay on track as much as possible. I liked seeing what day it said and trying to make my finish date sooner. It was really helpful to see how I was doing as I was going along. When I was ahead I felt accomplished and wanted to write more and when I was behind, I knew I had to kick my butt and start writing.

Overall, if you're a writer, you should give it a try. I'm definitely one of those people who lack motivation if I'm really not feeling it. Camp NaNoWriMo is an awesome way to get a book written fast and well. I'm so happy with my work and am ready to move into the editing phase.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Late Friday Teaser

Hey guys! Sorry I'm logging on so late. It seems like on Friday I can't get it together and get a teaser ready early enough. This one is pretty cool and as the book is getting ready to be published some fun stuff is happening.

So today, you'll get to see the paperback's fonts and set up. I have to admit- I'm obsessed. Here's the first speak peak which also shows where this teaser is from...

new kid
How cool is that font?!?!?! I love the way to two go together as well. It wraps into the covers too. Let me know what you guys think!

Here is what the diaries look like... This one is from the same chapter. Another teaser in itself but I've cut some of it out so you're not getting it all...hehe

Sept 17
I thought I was getting better. Something has changed again. 
Last night I snapped the handle off my bathroom door. 
I haven’t had a dream but I can feel them trying to come. 

Something is coming.

Oohh, Ahh. It's all leading up to the main teaser of the day, so without further wait, here you all go!

Mr. Gartner waltzes in calling attention to everyone. “Class please welcome our new student. He likes to be called Ari. He transferred here just today. Please all say hello.” I am only half paying attention not caring about some new student. I may have gained a friend this year but I am still a loser. I start to doodle in my notebook not bothering to look up. 
“Does anyone want to show him around today?” Gartner asks the class after the riveting introduction. A gargle of groans comes from the classroom and I try to hide my head even lower. 
“Ryder, how about you?” Mr Gartner says and I freeze in my seat. “It’d be nice for you to meet someone new.” He says like he knows me.
“Sure Mr. Gartner.” I drawl out. I obviously sound less than pleased and a couple students laugh in the back of the class. 

So there you have it. I'm getting my final cover sent to me on Wednesday, so Friday I think I'm going to do the cover reveal if everything goes smoothly. Looking forward to chatting with you all next week. Comment and leave me some love. You guys are the best!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back to Square One

I have some huge crazy good news. I finished The Curse of Betrayal yesterday. I wrote the book during Camp NaNoWriMo and although it is nowhere near done I'm ecstatic. I wrote this novel differently than I did the first one-the main reason being the outline was set and I didn't have much leeway. 

What changed?

My first book I was able to write just based of my stream of consciousness. What I thought I wrote and I didn't care plot holes or if the story went in different directions because it was the first book and all the others could follow.

This novel, I had to start at a certain point and end at a certain point since it's the middle child in the series. I faced some problems when I really wasn't feeling a scene but couldn't skip or change it. It was frustrating at times because I wanted to write and write and write like I did with the first one.

I had to change up my style, my pace and basically everything. Instead of writing on one document and splitting it up later, I wrote by scenes. I kept my writing short yet long enough to get my point across. The finished novel is around 55,000 words but my target word count is about 80,000-90,000 like my first book. 

Where to now?

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. Chapter one, word one, sentence one and all of that. I have to go back in, read through, make the scenes cohesive and blend it all together. I also want to add in some fun scenes and character building parts. 

I'm dreading doing this all over again but at the same time, I've learned a lot from my first mistakes. I've learned the best editing techniques, I have a great editor that I already know is a match for me. I really hope this is a breeze. 

News update: Avery Hutchings, my designer and I sat down on Thursday to work on my cover and we've decided to go a completely different route for the books. She's drawing them instead of using pictures. To be honest, I'm tired of looking at books with a guy's abs or a beautiful girl. I want my book to stand out and our cover is definitely going to ROCK!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Day 22

Camp NaNoWriMo
Day 22 7/22

Last week didn't end as I had planned it. I wrote a ton last Tuesday but then sizzled out throughout the week. I'm only up to about 31,000 words. It was a major let down. I've noticed a pattern with myself though. I tend to write in big increments. I don't like writing towards the end of the week. Once I start, I hate being interrupted.

So what do these patterns mean?

Writing a lot in one sitting. This is both a good and a bad trait. One reason it's been bad for me is that if I don't have a couple hours, I won't bother trying to write a little. I know that once I get on a tangent or in my groove, little can stop me. My mind travels with it's thoughts and when I stop to take a break it breaks up the writing. It's good because my thoughts are together. Therefore my writing is cohesive and follows a line.

Beginning of the week writer. I haven't really found any evidence to why this happens to me but I can kind of figure it out in my head. I think in the beginning of the week I have so many good ideas and it's a new week so I want to start it off strong. As the week goes on, I get tired and bored and think I've done enough for the week. It's a lazy mans thought process but hey, it's me.

Interruptions. I'm super weird about interruptions. I don't mind some things but then other things really tick me off. For example, when I'm writing I don't mind having the tv on in the background. So I can write while my boyfriend watches tv. I hate when music is playing in the background. I hate when some people are around. This morning, I was writing in my living room and my grandma was in the kitchen making food, using a blender, opening doors etc. It was so annoying that I had to stop writing and wait for her to leave. Somethings really bother me!

What patterns have you noticed when you write?

Here I am in my Camp Tshirt I bought. I love it! Extra Karma babbbbbyyy :)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Hades Teaser

Hey guys! Sorry I'm posting so late. I didn't have work today so I took it easy and slept in- for like the first time ever! I'm really excited as the days get closer and closer to the book launch. Right now I'm setting up reviews, author interviews and other fun stuff for the release week.

If anyone runs a blog and would like to feature me, please email me! I want as much exposure that week as possible!

This weeks teaser is a good one and I haven't teased about this part of the book yet. This is towards the end of Ryder's journey when the pieces start falling in place. Enjoy!

I walk through the doors to the big room and am disappointed when it’s empty except for a small fire crackling in the fireplace. There is a long table in the middle. The floors are wooden and the walls are dark. There are candles against the walls that are dimmed down creating an eery atmosphere to the room. 
“Who are you?” A voice booms out towards me. I glance around but I can’t see anything in the dimly lit room. I keep moving around the dining room searching for the voice.
“What do you want?” The same deep voice calls out again. The noise right behind my ear. I jump back in fear, searching for the owner of the voice.
“Get out!” The voice screams out making me bend down as it sounds as if it’s directly above me. I start to turn around and run when I collide straight into a body. I push off thinking it must be Ollie or Ari but it is neither. It is him. The man I have been looking for.
“Hades.” I whisper in disbelief. 

Next week I should have the actual cover for you. My designer, Avery changed a lot and we came up with a crazy new concept! I'm obsessed to say the least. Talk to you all next week and have a fabulous weekend. If you're anywhere near where I live stay cool :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I've got another award and this is my first Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I was given it by +Teagan Kearney from my first novel no working title yet. She blogs about her writing but adds her own touches to her posts. I love reading her blog and you should all check it out!

Where I get my inspiration?
I get my inspiration from many different places. I think firstly I get inspiration from what I see and the people around me. I have to admit, I'm a big people watcher and think it helps with creating realistic characters.

I also get inspiration from other books I read. I focus on how other authors write scenes and what works for them. I would never copy another author but I definitely take notice to what works.

From doing weekly writing prompts and exercises, I've practiced creative writing which helps a ton. I find that I delve into my imagination and new ideas keep popping up more and more. I love doing prompts, warm ups and even making up my own prompts. It gets the juices flowing.

How my blog inspires others?
The whole reason I started writing my blog was to help others who are in my situation start the writing process and finish it. I started with a half written book and hopes to rise above and get a published book. I've blogged about my ups and downs and I think I've accomplished what I came for.

I love helping people and teaching people my own lessons. I can only hope that I inspire others to write about what they love and give them confidence they need to do the same.

My nominations.....

Check out these guys blogs and show them some love! Also if you don't follow me on google connect or subscribe via email do so now! I need some support and soon when my book comes out I'll be doing some give aways and free stuff! Thanks again for all of the support. I truly love you guys.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Liebster Award #3

Hey guys! It's happening again! I've got another Liebster Award on my hands and this time it's from +Jenna Christopherson over at Everyone go visit her and give her a shout. She's got a great site.
Here's the rules
1. List eleven random facts about yourself.
2. Nominate five bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award.
3. Notify the bloggers.
4. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the nomination.
5. Answer the eleven question you were asked.
6. Link back to the person who nominated you!

My Questions to Answer
1./ 2. Do you want to be rich and famous? Why?
I definitely don't want to be famous. I like my easy, quiet lifestyle and I think being famous would bring too much drama and too fast a pace of life. I like laying in bed and watching netflix- going to fancy restaurants, not so much. I don't know if I'd want to be rich but having a nice cushion would be welcomed right now. 

3. What is the most important day of the week for you?
The most important day of the week is Monday probably because I get most of my stuff done. I hate Mondays because I do all my crap then but it's definitely the most productive. My favorite day is Sunday. 

4. What is your favorite dessert?
For sure, pecan pie. I love that sweet stuff. I also love peach wave fro yo but that's more like dinner than dessert. :)

5. How long did it take you to feel good about writing?
Feel good as in confident? I think I just started being confident in my writing after I got some edits back from my editor. She started by saying how much she loved the book and my writing and she really gave me some great ego boosters that gave me confidence. 

6. What is your favorite time of day?
Hmm. That's tough. I'm definitely a morning person but I hate waking up so I would say between nine and eleven in the morning. 

7. Who do you depend upon?
I rely a ton on my boyfriend, Chris. He gives me a ton of strength and motivation during the day. And of course gives me a field trip when I need a break. Seriously though, without him I would have a tough time. 

8. Has anyone ever let you down?
I think everyone has been let down at some point in their life. The important thing is how we deal with it. I've definitely learned by having my trust broken but it's only helped to shape the person I am today. Take the punches and move on. 

9. Where on Earth do you think is closest to heaven?
I think home is your heaven and you can interpret that however you want, whether it be religiously or not. I love MY space at home. I love having a place I call home. It's safe, comfortable, serene and most importantly it's mine- my heaven. 

10. What is the most valuable advice anyone ever gave you?
My dad always used to tell me to be the best me possible and that's all that matters. I really took that to heart because people should feel comfortable in their skin and be proud. 

11. What is the most indulgent gift you ever received or given?
I have to admit, I'm a freaking awesome gift giver. A couple years ago, I gave Chris two tickets to a Miami Heat game versus the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. They were quite extravagant, near the court and I got to go with him. It was sick. 

11 Random Facts About Me
1. I can snowboard.
2. I love owls and had a 'pet' owl in college aka he lived outside my dorm.
3. I DESPISE shopping at stores- online shopping all the way.
4. The first movie I ever saw was Lion King in theaters.
5. My whole family lives in the same town as me- minus a few who've moved away.
6. My favorite color is orange.
7. I want at least three children. 
8. I am obsessed with MTV's the challenge and love Big Brother.
9. My favorite outfit is yoga pants and a tank top. 
10. I love playing carnival games.
11. I'm addicted to the sims, the sims 2 and the sims 3. Yikes. 

My nominees...
1. @dan rix at
3. @Brenda Franklin at

My 11 Questions To The Nominees
1. Do you believe in love at first sight? Why?
2. What animal most resembles you?
3. If you were rich, what would be the first thing you splurged on?
4. What is your favorite genre of books?
5. What inspires you to pick up a pen and write every day?
6. What is your favorite fairy tale creature? 
7. What color resembles your mood right now?
8. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
9. What's your favorite tv show?
10. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, which would it be?
11. Who is the person closest to your heart?

It's getting harder and harder to make up these questions! I want to thank Jenna again for nominating me and it's a big deal to me. I appreciate it so much. Please visit my nominee's blogs and don't forget to join my subscription list and follow me! :) I love you guys.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 15

Camp NaNoWriMo
Day 15 7/15

I have some extraordinary news! Last week I had this crazy spurt of knowledge and kicked the camps ass. I am officially on schedule to finishing my 50,000 words and I have momentum on my side.

I am now up to 23,870 words and I haven't even written yet today. I have to admit that it was more the part in my book that I've gotten into than me but still. I'm so proud of myself and happy to be getting far in the writing process. Hopefully I will finish the book in the 17 days left!

However, the members in my group have not been doing so well. There's this one girl who has been very active in the chat room and she's on schedule like me... everyone else has fallen behind. I think the key is the chatting because it makes you write.

I like talking on the chat because people give you inspiration. For example, I chose my cabin mates based on age and genre they're writing in. I did this mostly so we would have more in common and might be in similar boats. I definitely am happy I did this because it worked.

This girl who's been active like myself makes me want to write. For example, I explained that I was stuck on a scene and she talked me through it. We talked about where I want to go and she gave me an outsiders opinion. I ended up writing over 5,000 words that day.

The community aspect is the most important for so many different reasons. I truly believe that without my cabin and the chat box, I wouldn't be as far as I am. It's simple fact. I like someone motivating me to write and helping me along the way.

It's similar to a critique group just before you've even finished your manuscript. Anywayssss, I'm just procrastinating now when I really should be writing. I will check in with you all next week on my progress. New post tomorrow, about my next award I've been nominated for. Be on the lookout around 11:00 am :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cover Poll

Hey all. So here's the deal for today. I'm crunched for time and really, really, really want to get The Thousand Year Curse published as soon as possible. I'm very eager to hear what everyone has to say. So... I have three cover choices that I'm struggling with and would LOVE your feedback and to vote for the best!

Here is number one...

Number Two...

Number three...

So... tell me what you think. Which is the best cover? Why do you like that one more? I could really use the honest feedback so lay it on me! I need the them! Vote below :)

P.S. If anyone does reviews and wants an ARC or author interviews or would like to spotlight my book or I during the launch week contact me. I want to get everything lined up and have a great time with it! Talk to you all soon. Thanks for the support. 

(Drag them in the order from favorite to least favorite!) Thanks!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Liebster Award #2

I've been nominated again! Thanks to the lovely +Britney Compton at color me pretty run me beautiful! If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you should definitely get on it! Without further wait here's how it goes....

Here's the rules...
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you
2. Nominate 5 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees
6. Contact your nominees and let them know that you nominated them

My 11 Questions to Answer
1. What is the most daring you have ever been?

The most daring I have been is probably right now as I'm getting ready to publish my book. It's a scary thing putting yourself out there and being vulnerable but it's rewarding at the same time. I've never been so scared. The second most daring thing is definitely going on roller coasters, I hate them but people made me do it! :(

2. If you were to change your given name, what name would you choose?
Ooh. That's a hard one. Honestly, I really love my name. However, my last name was changed when I was younger. I used to be Taylor Jane Lavatori but my parents changed it to be shorter to Lavati. But I like Taylor Jane.

3. What has been your happiest moment, to date?

Wow. I think my happiest moment was the day I graduated high school in 2009. I think more than just getting my diploma it opened the next chapter of my life- which I'm still in and loving it. I've changed a lot the past couple years and I've been the happiest of my life. 

4.  What are your top three publications/book you like to read?

This is a little cheesy but I can read Twilight over and over again and never tire of it. However, the book holds meaning for me so I'll always have a soft spot for it. I can also read Jodi Picoult all the time. I love her writing style and voice. Lastly I would have to say some good Nicholas Sparks books. 

5.  If you could switch places with a fairy-tale character, who would you switch with and why?

I would totally be a fairy. Specifically tinker bell. Can you say BAD. ASS. 

6. What does the perfect meal contain?

Perfect meal would be a hamburger, curly fries-only the really curly ones and pecan pie for dessert with ice cream. 

7. What is your favorite feature about yourself?

My favorite feature is my hair. I swear I die it, style it and beat it up but it always turns out so good. Just a few months ago I had it pink and loved it. Now, it's blondish again. I love my hair. 

8. Who is your favorite president/leader and why?

I'm not a big history buff but I love Abe Lincoln. What he did for our country and how he was able to keep everything together was superb. Plus his speeches were insanely inspirational. 

9. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I have too many thoughts in my head. I wanted a platform to talk through my writing, editing, publishing experience. I wanted to help other new authors who were going through similar struggles as me. 

10. What do you look for/like about the blogs you follow?

I look for a professional blog with new ideas. I like someone who updates their posts regularly and really puts their all in it. You can tell when people care about their blog or they don't. I put so much time in mine so if I'm reading someone else's blog, I want to know they do too. 

11. What is your biggest pet-peeve?

God, I have so many pet peeves to be honest. I hate when people talk over each other. Instead of just listening and then speaking your piece some people over power conversations or talk over another person and that infuriates me! 

My 11 Random Facts
1. I'm a serious gamer on xbox... (gamer tag- e clippzz) hit me up peeps!
2. I love the ocean.
3. I hate the heat especially this 90 degree weather I'm living in right now.
4. I love organizing things- my furniture, my books, my thoughts- all of it.
5. I am seriously obsessed with headbands right now.
6. I like to scrapbook with my mom.
7. I avoid going to town at normal hours so I don't run into kids from my high school.
8. I hate roller coasters with a passion.
9. My dog is my homeboy and my bestest friend. 
10. My favorite season is fall.
11. I have hundreds of book boyfriends!

My Nominees
4. lauren Johnson at
5. Frankie at

My Questions To The Nominees
1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
2. What is your favorite animal and why?
3. What's your sign and does it reflect on your personality?
4. What's your biggest dream in life?
5. Top three authors and why you love them!
6. If you could donate to one charity, which would you pick?
7. Who do you get your inspiration from?
8. What's your guilty pleasure?
9. If you were on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?
10. What's the last thing you did that was out of your comfort zone?
11. Have you ever been in love?

Thanks for reading and be sure to visit my nominee's blogs, my nominator's blog and of course, continue reading mine! Thanks for all of the support :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Top Ten | Reading Quotes

I decided to make a little twist on the top ten list. Instead of writing the top ten books I plan on reading, today I will do the top ten reading quotes. AKA my favorite quotes about reading. I know, people tend to not like doing quotes but trust me, you learn a lot from what other people say....

Here is my top ten list!

10. "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." --Joyce Carol Oates

9. "There is no friend as loyal as a book." --Ernest Hemingway

8. "We read to know that we are not alone." --C.S. Lewis

7. "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." --Confucius

6. "You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." --Paul Sweeney

5. "Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world." --Jeanette Winterson

4. "When reading, we don't fall in love with the characters' appearance. We fall in love with their words, their thoughts, and their hearts. We fall in love with their souls." --Anonymous

3. "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." --Joseph Brodsky

2. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." --Joseph Addison

1. "Reading is dreaming with open eyes." --Yoyo

I think these quotes would be my favorites. Do you have a favorite reading quote? So many authors have said great things about reading. Personally, I was thinking about getting a tattoo with my number one quote. I just really love how people perceive reading.

Comment with your favorite quote!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Day Eight

Camp Nanowrimo. Day Eight- 7/8/13

Well... to say things have been going well would be a lie. I have not been doing as well as I would have liked and now I'm just getting frustrated. I don't know what it is but I just cannot get it together!

I started off strong- writing every day at least a thousand words and most of the time over that. I think I average 1600 a day. And then towards the end of the week, I just wasn't feeling it. I was unmotivated and frustrated that I was!

I've written a total of 8,175 words. My goal is 50,000. To finish my novel on time I will have to write 1,700 words per day. At the rate I'm going with zero words today I will finish August 18th.


On the plus side, my cabin has been doing very well and we're all helping each other out. There's one person in the group who's going crazy and writing over 5,000 a day. I'm completely envious. BUT, the normal people in the group are also struggling.

I find that the cabin aspect is really helpful. I have to admit I was a tad skeptical at first just because I figured people would be so focused on the writing that people wouldn't check in online that often. I was wrong.

To log your word counts, you have to go online. You get notifications when there's unread messages or if someone has in boxed you. It's really cool actually. I tend to just keep the webpage open in the background when I'm working.

I think the only reason I'm still hopeful on finishing is because of the cabin and my cabin mates. They make me want to finish and do well. They really are a support system!

I really need some help guys! Give me some support and push me to finish. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Update!

Hello all! It has been a long, long, long, long week. I can't express that enough- clearly. I've been doing really well at camp but I'll leave that update until Monday. I've edited 26 chapters of The Thousand Year Curse so only four and the epilogue to go and then it's off to a final beta reader. At this rate, the book may be out by August. FINALLY!

I'm focusing mostly on the second book in the curse books, The Curse of Betrayal. I've written up to 8,000 words and hopefully I can get my act together and write another thousand today. I doubt it though because I'm sitting in my air conditioned house with the netflix ready to go. :)

To be honest, I don't really have a good teaser for you all. I've been too focused on my editing- Friday came so fast. Here's a random little part from the beginning of the story. Ryder's meeting "green eyes" for the first time.

One guy notices me and his eyes shoot up. Oh my god. He’s the green eyed man from my dream. He doesn’t move either as he stares at me, open mouthed. He starts walking towards me his eyes never wavering. I don’t have any idea what to do so I stay put, frozen. He recognizes me—he has to. His look is creepy filled with emotion but I’m not scared.
He stops when he’s about a foot away from me reaching his hand up to touch my face. He simply places his hand to my cheek as if checking to see if I am real. A sense of de ja vu overwhelms me. He leans in like he’s going to kiss me and that knocks me out of my trance. I can’t let this stranger kiss me. 
“I- I’m sorry.” I whisper backing up with both hands up in warning. I do a full turn before bolting down the hall. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How To Improve Writing Style

What even is writing style? A writer's style is how they address the audience. It's the language, attitude and voice an author has. A writer can't have the same style for all of their work mostly because they need to tailor the style to the situations. Therefore, writers need to switch it up.

To simplify- use simple, straightforward language Complicated words makes things, well- complicated. By using simple words you create broader understanding and interpretation. The reader can understand and relate the words to their own life.

Avoid Redundancies- cut it This is what I'm going through right now. Don't repeat ideas or thoughts or dialogue. I saw a great example in readers digest; "Beginner who lacks experience." This is a redundant phrase since a beginner implies that he would lack experience so you're just repeating what you already said.

Avoid self reference There's no need to say 'I feel' 'I think' 'In my opinion'. These, most of the time, are unnecessary and just add words to the story. Cut them out and you have a better sentence that reads smoother.

Shorten your sentences I'm not saying chop all of your sentences because that would just create a bumpy flow but sentences don't always have to be twenty words long. Shorten some into two. It makes the flow faster and you're still getting your point across.

Use verbs not nouns Okay, obviously not all of the time but when you can, use a verb. Make a noun into a verb. Nouns tend to make for longer sentences and weakness. By making them into verbs you're creating a strong action.

Use transitions These are great to link ideas together and create a more smooth paragraph, chapter, book. Be careful not to use them too much because then you're just repeating words over and over and it gets annoying.

EDIT YOUR WORK All of these tips are great but the likelihood of you doing all of them on the first try are nearly impossible. The only way to make sure you aren't repeating but you are using verbs and you're not self referencing but you are shortening your sentences is to go back after writing and edit it. I'm telling you, if you forget everything else please edit. Read it aloud so you know what sounds weird and what's correct. JUST DO IT!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Day One


Hello everyone. I've decided that through my camp journey I'm going to post about my progress and my experience so others can get a feel and understand what I'm going through. I've decided to write The Curse of Betrayal during camp which is the sequel to The Thousand Year Curse.

I set my goal for 75,000 words. Usually people in camp try to get 50,000 words and that's a great goal. The issue I have with it is that I tend to write more than needed and cut through edits. A 50,000 word first draft would be nowhere near what I want for a novel.

Meanwhile... I've also planned to finish my editing of The Thousand Year Curse and hand it off to one possibly two final beta readers. This means the book may be out by the end of the month if everything goes as I have planned.

What I like from camp-

One of my favorite features thus far is the cabins. They're fun because you get to talk with five other people who are in similar situations. There's a chat box in the cabin and you're free to talk about whatever you want. So far I've made a friend (yippee!) and she's given me some motivation to start when she raked in over 2,000 words today.


What I don't like-

I guess I want more. It is the first day so it may get more intense but I want a bunch of people cheering and getting excited to start. I was going crazy and logged on right at 12 and wanted to talk but nobody else was on *tear*.

I heard that fridays are when the company sends out emails and everyone logs on so I'll have to wait and check that out. I hope that as we get more into it more people will talk and bounce off ideas. We'll see...

I'm off to write. Hopefully I get a bunch done!