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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Workshop Free

Happy Friday to you and welcome to the last month of 2017. I’m now workshop free. It’s the first year I’ve taught every month and last month rounded things off with three workshops. I’ll let you into a secret, no matter how much I love teaching, I’m glad for a rest.

Rest did I say?

My December to do list includes, republishing a back title, working on getting my web site overhauled, working on my upcoming Skillshare classes, and brainstorming about an online writing event I’ll be hosting in (probably) May. I do plan to take a break Dec 21st through Jan 2nd to recharge ready for the New Year but I’ll still be posting some Ramblings during that time.

This week I republished one of my older Christmas titles, here’s the cover, and yes, made this one myself.

naughty noelle

Besides that it’s been finishing up with the workshops and working on the new classes so I haven’t done much fiction writing and probably won’t until 2018 when I have a ton of ideas to refine.

And how did NaNoWriMo go for you this year? Did you reach 50,000 words?  My tip is to let whatever you wrote sit for awhile before you tackle the second draft.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-A Lazy Black Friday

Found any great Black Friday bargains today? I have to admit I’ve spent a lazy afternoon looking for a good buy or two.  I’ve been tempted by a few items but so far I’ve been good.

I thought I deserved some time off as I’ve spent most of the week working on two new classes, well actually they’ll be 24 classes in all that I’ll be launching over at Skillshare next year. One will focus on freelance writing and the other writing a novel. I’m excited about them and hope they’re going to be as popular as I think.

I also got a back title loaded to most of the sites. Here’s a look and yes, it’s another cover I made myself-

Baby it's cold outside

I have two more Christmas stories that I’ll be releasing in the coming weeks. Next up (fiction wise), is a full make over of a story that I published about five years ago. It was my first attempt at a western romance and I’m now thinking it might fit into one of my ongoing series.

A couple of you asked about the pilot I’m working on. I haven’t forgotten about it, it’s written and once I get these projects out of the way, I’ll be working on its second draft.

Not sure if that’s going to be this year but it’s on the to do list for 2018.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-NaNoWriMo Mid-Point

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Another week has flown by and it’s now two days past the mid-point of NaNoWriMo. While I haven’t been writing fiction for this year’s challenge, I’m doing well with the two non-fiction titles I’m working on. I know it’s supposed to be write a novel month but I say anytime any sort of writing gets done that’s a good thing.

As well as writing the two books, I’m also putting together some new classes on the same subjects. One set of classes I’ll be offering on my own site and the other set will be on Skillshare. I’ve decided I’ll release two new classes a month there throughout 2018. Now I’ve announced it here, you guys need to hold me to it!

I got my three Christmas stories revamped. I say revamped because that’s what I’ve been doing to all the back titles, but strangely enough I liked these three so much I only need to tweak them here and there. I wrote them at the end of 2012 and I’m not sure if it’s at the point my writing improved (compared to the other stories) or what. I guess I’ll see when I work on the next back title.

Two of the November workshops are now completed and the other Nov class ends on the 30th and then I’ll have six weeks until the start of first one for 2018. I’m hoping with some extra time I’ll get some serious work down on my other projects.

For those in the US, Thursday is Thanksgiving, Friday is Black Friday so I hope you have a happy holiday and grab some great deals.

To everyone, have a fun week and happy writing to all.

 

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Setting New Year Goals

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If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo, how are things going? I intended to write some posts about it this week but got too busy but I’ll try and write something inspiring next week.

This week has focused on setting goals for 2018. I’ve decided writing classes will feature heavily.  I want to put together something for both freelance writers and aspiring novel writers.  I get lots of questions about freelance writing and I’ve never written about it or written many posts on the topic.

I also want to expand this site. I know I keep saying I want it to be a great writing community but I’ve promised myself that in 2018, I’m going to make it happen.

How about you? Have you made any plans for 2018? Do they include writing a novel or taking a chance on becoming a full time freelance writer? I’d love to hear what you’ll focus on.

I have three Christmas stories I’m currently revamping and hope to have them done by this time next week. I’m way behind with my reading list but now that the nights are getting longer and it’s stay inside cold, I should gradually get caught up.

What are you planning to read this coming winter? Any books you’d love to receive this holiday season?

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-NaNoWriMo Begins

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I was going to say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…well at least it does when I look out of my window but alas it’s only the beginning of November.  I have a feeling this winter’s going to be a nasty one. It’s that’s true, probably sometime in January you’ll hear me ranting and raving and longing for a warmer climate.

NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Are you taking part and if so, how are things going so far?

If there’s anything I can help you with, tips to keep you motivated etc. Just leave a comment or drop me an e-mail …always happy to help. And I do have a class over on Skillshare on the topic if you need some easy to use tips.

I had every good intention of posting a couple of articles here this week, but three workshops kicked off on Wednesday and I got started on two writing projects and now it’s already Friday. Can I hear some people cheering about that!

I’m planning out new classes to teach and some fun ideas for my writing/coaching business…I’ll share more about all this with you very soon.

I’ll keep this Ramblings brief because I need to get a student’s critique back to her.

Wishing you happy writing and a successful weekend of NaNoWriMo. Remember to have a fun week too.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-The Countdown to NaNoWriMo Begins

Oh no, it’s snowing, breezy and cold. I always try to find an upside to everything and today I’m telling myself it means I’ll spend more time inside writing!

NaNoWriMo begins on Wednesday. Who’s taking part? I might try and finish my mystery and also I have a brand new project. Someone asked me to recommend some novel writing books and yes, I’m going to list my favorite ones here very soon but it got me thinking. When I think it usually turns into a new project. I’m going to write my own how to write a novel book. I’ve already written how to write a romance but I know not everyone wants to write on of those so hopefully this one will be for the rest of the aspiring authors out there. I’ve sat down and outlined it and I want it to be the go to book for people who want to write a book. A tall order I know but I hope to make it the sort of book people will still read for years to come. So possibly that might be my other NaNoWriMo challenge. I know it’s non-fiction but the idea is to write and write and write.

I’m also teaching three workshops beginning on Wednesday… the last of the year

Here’s the line up if anyone’s interested-

If you’re thinking about writing a romance novel or just want to refresher course then this class if for you. A two week, how to write a romance novel offered through the Outreach Chapter of RWA.

http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV

Maybe you’d like to finish off the year with some new synopsis writing skills, if so then my Synopsis Boot Camp is perfect for you. It’s a two week course offered through Low Country Romance Writers

http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/2017-online-courses/#NOV

And finally if you’re thinking about becoming a short story writer in 2018 then learn the tricks of the trade with this month long workshop offered through Yosemite Romance writers-

https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2017-class-descriptions

 

And I even got another story revamped and added a new chapter and just in time for Halloween, here’s the cover-

 

I am Jane

 

 

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Blog a Day?

 

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The end of another work week. I say that but I write on weekends too. How about you? Are you a seven day a week author?

I’ve been thinking about writing related topics to post on this site and whether or not I should do my own version of NaNoWriMo and post a blog every day. Maybe not every day but weekdays. Any topic or question you’d like to see me tackle?

I got started on a project that I’ve been thinking about for a few months. I’ve had students ask me about freelance writing so I’ve decided to create a class and write a book on the topic. This week’s been spent making notes and outlines and I hope to have both the book and class finished by mid November. Stay tuned.

Besides that, it’s been revamping stuff and setting goals for next year using 2018 planner I ordered.  Anyone else write down goals for the year?  It often helps me stay focused although most of the time only a half get achieved but as I always say aim high.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Productive Week

Happy Friday. It’s looking a lot like fall outside.  One of my favorite times of the year…well if you don’t mind having to rake those pretty leaves.

I’ve had a busy but productive week. I got rights back to lots of stories and I’m slowly playing catch up trying to revamp them and get them re-released. So far I have two done and here are the covers…yes, made those myself too.

confession of love

 

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My other news and drum roll please…I finished the first draft of my TV pilot.  It was a struggle because it was all new to me but I sat in the armchair in my office, watched episodes of Lost on Netflix and wrote and wrote until it was done.

I say done because it’s far from finished. Let’s just say it’s in its very raw stage right now but as I always say to my students, don’t worry about the first draft because the main thing is to get the story written. I’m now letting it ‘sit’ for a few days and before taking another look at it.

In other creative news, I signed up for a year long art class which I’m really looking forward to and hoping my theory about doing other creative things besides writing will make me a better author. What are some of your other creative pursuits?

Have a good week and happy writing to all.

 

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Back to Paper and Pen

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Another rainy day and yes, days are getting shorter. I sometimes feel more productive because there are less distractions when darkness falls earlier. How about you? Do you get more done in summer or winter?

Speaking of getting things done, my October post for The Writer’s Room is now live over at Coffeetime Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com and it focuses on ways to get ready for NaNoWriMo so I hope you’ll check it out.

When I first began writing I used a typewriter…yes, back in the days of the dinosaurs.  I was a horrible typist and would sometimes resort to paper and pen because I could write faster than I could type…yep, told you I was an awful typist. When I finally earned enough money to buy myself a computer I thought the days of paper and pen were over for me. Afraid to say they’re back!

I’ve been struggling with my screenplay software. I don’t think it’s the fault of the software but I’m learning to write in a different way and it’s a bit like walking and chewing gum at the same time.  I got so frustrated at not making any progress that I’ve decided to write the pilot by hand and type it up later.

The thing I’m struggling with is coming up with the dialogue. Dialogue is my strength so why is this happening I asked myself. Then I figured it out. When I’m writing novels, I’m in the character’s head, and I know this character so well that I don’t ever have to second guess what words will spill off their tongue. My new approach is to sit and write a few pages of inner thoughts for each character in my TV pilot and I think it’s helping.

Bottom line is it got me thinking how no matter what you write,  it’s important in be in your character’s head a lot and get to know them like your best friend… I guess that’s my tip of the week.

Have a good week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Busy Month Draws to a Close

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It’s hard to believe it’s October on Sunday. I always think once Halloween is over the end of the year rushes at you at a frightening pace.

I get rights back to three books next month so I’ve been busy making covers for them and slowly working on their revamp.

One other priority has been my TV pilot. I have all the scenes set out on index cards which is making me look at plotting in a whole new way. I’ve had students tell me they plot their novels using cards but I’ve never tried it but now I think I will.

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and October is the time to get those writing muscles in shape. Who’s taking the challenge this year? I’m still undecided. A lot will depend on if my other projects are completed. I might end up finishing one of my mysteries which I didn’t realize I’d already written 46,000 words…why I never finished it I don’t know.

As always during November, I’ll be posting tips and advice for those taking the challenge.  So if you have any questions, anything you’d specifically like me to address leave a comment or contact me directly.

My weekend’s going to consist of raking leaves and cleaning up the vegetable garden…yes, winter’s coming soon!

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.