Stories take time…

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas – lessons

The last few days, I’ve been participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers program. The most recent challenge was to list some of our failures or disappointments in 2015. For each one, list the big fat judgement, then list the truth. Following on from that, today’s challenge was to turn the truth’s into lessons.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that stories take time.

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Successes for 2015

Successes for 2015

Successes for 2015

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2015. [Read more…]

Take some Christmas photos of your books

Take Christmas Images of your BooksOne of the things I want to do in 2016 is more promotion for my books. This will help me grow my platform as well as help sell more books (obviously).

As life is busy, I want to try and do one little thing each week with the view that they will build on each other, and share what I’m doing and let you know how they went. I was planning to start this in 2016, however I came up with one idea I want to share with you before you take your Christmas tree down!

For a while, I’ve been wanting to promote my books, especially the anthologies, as Christmas gifts. I have also wanted to have Christmas images of my books for a Facebook banner and other social media images.

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Merry Christmas 2015

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I would like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas. This snow globe is one that my younger son gave me a few years ago as a Christmas present and it sits on my shelf all year around, it’s too nice to put away!

I hope you all have a lovely day full of family, fun, laughter, and lots of books!

Carry Me Home – Book Launch

Carry Me Home

Carry Me Home

Last night, I had wonderful time at the book launch for the launch of Dorothy Adamek’s first book, Carry Me Home.

I met Dorothy online through a Facebook writer’s group, and met her face to face for the first time in 2012. She’s such a lovely person and I was so excited to be able to attend her launch (it was an added bonus that I had a child free night and was able to attend without having to rush home for the babysitter!).

At the appointed time, I headed off to Dorothy’s home for her launch. I had some wonderful conversations with some fellow authors as well as Dorothy’s friends and family before the speeches started.

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Writing when you don’t have time! #amwriting

Writing when you don't have time!

Writing when you don’t have time!

I’ve recently been working on a new story. It’s also the end of the school year here in Australia, I have one child graduating from primary school, a 12th birthday tomorrow, Christmas next week, work, doctors appointments, and a long list of other activities that come with the end of the year.

In spite of all of this, I’m getting a lot of writing done! I’ve got further through this novel than I have for a long time. Last night, I finished part 10!

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Grown ups need diverse books too!

Diverse romance...

Diverse romance…

A little while ago, I wrote about kids needing diverse books. I’ve come to realise that grown ups need diverse books too!

As an escape, I enjoy reading romance novels. Most of the novels I read have main characters in their 20s who are looking for love. They are from many walks of life, live in a variety of countries, have varied backgrounds and jobs, and interesting family backgrounds.

I am in my 30s. I’ve been married, divorced, and have two kids. There have been a few books that I’ve read that have characters like that, however, I haven’t read many of them. If you have any that you can recommend, please, let me know in the comments.

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My first draft IS my plan…

First draft IS my plan

First draft IS my plan

After writing my post yesterday, I realised something – my first draft IS my plan! And it has been ever since I was in high school…

Let me explain.

When I start writing, I have a vague idea of where I want the story to go. I usually have a beginning and an ending, but the rest needs filling out. If I try and write a paragraph by paragraph or chapter by chapter synopsis in dot points before I start, I tend to write down anything at all, but it doesn’t necessarily flow. I’ve found that when I start writing, the story doesn’t usually follow the points!

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Changing story directions

Changing directions in your story

Changing directions in your story

Have you ever had one idea for a story, planned it out to go in one direction, only to find that it could go somewhere else?

This is what I’m starting to find in my story… there are a number of ways it could go, depending on the type of town my main character is from. She grew up in regional Victoria and it could either be a large regional center, or a smaller town that is getting smaller as people are moving away. This will be relevant a bit further along in the story.

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Off to a good start… but…

Starting a new story

Starting a new story

My new story was on track, by Saturday, I had the first six chapters written and the story was going well. Over the weekend, I went on camp and came home on Sunday exhausted. Last night, when I went to write the next chapter, the story just didn’t seem to work…

Instead of letting this discourage me, I started playing with a new story! This one is completely different, aimed at adults and based on a flash fiction piece I wrote some time ago. Originally, I thought the flash fiction would be the start of the story, now it looks like it’ll be a few chapters in!

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