Thursday, February 11, 2021

FREE BOOKS!

 This week is a book-o-rama of deals!

In the world of Epic Fantasy- we have  a collection of FREE, yes, FREE, epic fantasy books for your downloading! (Essence of Chaos is in there ;)).

This is brought to you from the IASFA (International Alliance of SFF Authors. Each month member authors (yup, I'm one ;)) post a selection of free books for a specific sub genre.  You can check them out, and take what ones you want! (I grabbed more than a few myself ;)). 


https://storybundle.com/scifi


And in the world of Science Fiction-- SWFA (Science fiction and Fantasy Writers of America--yup- member of them too ;)) has put out another Story Bundle! Not free, but very discounted. For $5 you get the first five titles, go up to $15 or more and get all 18 books!  Support authors and SFWA.



https://storybundle.com/scifi


Happy Book hunting!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

#IWSG Balance and pivoting

 Hello and welcome to another episode in the monthly blog hop for Insecure Writers! Writers from across the land join forces to share our tales of woe!  JOIN US!




 Today marks a bit over one month that I jumped off the regular day job train and moved to full time writer. Ya want insecure? This chick has serious insecurities!

I do have a back list of books (book 16 comes out this month) and a wee pension. But this is scary stuff!

I knew from the start I needed a plan and a schedule that works for me. Right now that means working 5 days a week (I take Wed and Sat off). Starting at a mostly set time, but for this month I am keeping a timesheet to see how much time I am spending (last month was too all over the place ;)).  I have set daily and weekly word counts, plus trying to working in advertising time, newsletters, blogs, etc. Still a major WIP ;).

I'm finding that some folks get it, others don't.

I've had friends who figure that since I retired from my day-job, I'm free to do whatever I or they want. I explain I am working--and they just shrug and again say I can do what I want.

In a way, they are right. I can.

But what I want is to build a stronger writing career. To do that, I need a routine. When I worked at the old day job, I'd get up at 4:30/5 am to write before work. After dinner, I'd write. Weekends--I'd write.
I had a schedule (it was a bit intense, but it worked ;)).

Now, I literally can do what I want. BUT to achieve my goals, I have to have a schedule, a routine to keep me going. I write in set word chunks. Right now, it's 4 chunks of 750 words each (goal at this point is 3,000 a day). When I hit my goal for that section--I stop. 

Yes, I could keep going (and will go a bit over) but it's important for me to know that I hit my goal and now get a 10 min break. If I pushed past that goal, I'd run out of steam. Also, it really helps when the words are coming slowly, to look at my counter and remind myself I can stop in 345 words (or wherever I'm at ;)).

I know many writers say they must write everyday. For me having those two days off is wonderful. Now, I might take part of a day if something pops up and causes a pivot (lost time on Saturday because I was behind on edits). But knowing I have those days to recharge really helps.

I'm still building balance in my schedule-- keep to the daily word count, not cram all the words in a few days. And learning to accept that I will have to pivot. When I get stressed about this whole thing, I cling to the schedule like a life raft. I am learning that as long as it's moving me forward in terms of the over-all goal, pivots are okay.

I'm insecure, but I'm trying to get better :).

What makes you feel insecure?

Happy IWSG day!



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

#IWSG What stops you?

 Happy New Year! And happy monthly blogging with the Insecure Writer's Support Group!  Join us!


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I hope you all had a lovely and safe start to the new year :).  Today's IWSG question is looking on the reader side:

Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

That's a very good question, because understanding what may stop a reader, particularly YOUR reader, can keep you as a writer from making that same mistake.

One caveat though, not all readers are your reader. What will throw me off a book would be absolute gold to another reader--so the connection for us a writers is what does YOUR reader like.

I love characters. If you give me some amazing characters, some humor, a bit of snark, and send them off into trouble- I AM ALL IN. So, if I'm reading a book with flat characters, even if the world building, description, etc. is to make angels weep--I will DNF it (Did Not Finish).   

The older I get, the pickier I become. Just because I DNF a book doesn't mean it's bad, it means I'm not the right reader for it. There are readers out there who LOVE long descriptions that go on for pages and don't really care as much about the characters specifically.

What throws you out of a book?

Happy IWSG day!