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Welcome back to my blog and to another installment where I answer questions and provide insight into how I write. Today I'm talking about those who support a writer.
Having someone who you can discuss ideas and provide feedback is invaluable for any writer. Many have what is called a critique partner -- someone who reads your story before anyone else. My critique partner is amazing. She often reads along as I write and provides corrections and feedback which improves the quality of the story. A critique partner is a fellow author who knows the ins and outs of the genre you write and the readers you are targeting for your story. Therefore, they can provide a level of feedback unlike beta readers, family, or friends.
It just so happens that my critique partner and I also write stories together. I was very lucky to meet her a few years ago. We hit it off pretty quickly and wrote our first story together purely by accident. We needed a story written quickly for an anthology. We decided to write it together so neither of us had to write the entire unplanned manuscript. Luckily, we work extremely well together.
My critique partner writes under the name S.E. Isaac and is not only one of my favorite people, my nonbiological sister, but also one of my favorite authors.
As I also mentioned, many authors also have beta readers who read their stories. A beta reader can provide a variety of levels of feedback. Some are simply readers who love the work of the author. Some may be other authors, editors, or other professional level person who can provide a much higher level of edit. Critique partners are typically the first to read a story where as beta readers are some of the last to read a story before it is published. In between these two sounding boards, an author will have various editors who also provide feedback. Family and friends can also fall within any of these levels of support.
My personal assistant (PA), Jennifer, is typically one of my first readers. She is part of what I call my alpha team. Her and S.E. both function as a sounding board for ideas, inspiration when I'm stuck, and provide editing services as well. They have both even made suggestions that turned into story ideas. Jennifer has actually helped me get past writer's block several times.
Writing is a creative-based career and as such can have many stumbling blocks. Having those who can help motivate and support you is vital to keep you refreshed and inspired. I am extremely thankful to everyone on my team.
As an author, I hear a lot about Kindle Unlimited. There are a lot of readers who only read a book if they can grab it on KU. Sadly, as an author, there is a lot of give and take when making the decision to list in KU. Mainly because you have to be exclusive to Amazon while it's listed on KU. In the past, I always worried about alienating some of my readers who used the other vendors, so I published wide. However, the one thing I've discovered is that to stay viable you have to be willing to change and adjust. So, all of my solo offered books are now available exclusively on Amazon. You can purchase any of my stories in ebook or print.
** Please leave a comment or contact me directly with your thoughts on books listed on KU.
Hardest Part About Writing a Story...
For me, the worst part about writing a story, with the goal of publishing, is the promotion part of the process. For someone like me, promoting my own work is extremely stressful. Between the time it takes, the cost, and the fact that social media -- which is the easiest way to promote -- is constantly changing, what was effective a week ago won't necessarily work now.
Writing is a process that can be different for each person. I am a creative, descriptive, and perfectionistic type of personality. I come up with ideas on a daily basis. However, to actually work on my word count, I have to be in a certain frame of mind. Which brings me to the second most difficult part of writing -- fighting my own demons.
Between my mental and physical health, dealing with the world at large, and dealing with a lack of confidence in my own abilities I often find myself dealing with writers block. My critique partner is a tremendous help in pushing me and bolstering me so that I continue working on what I love to do... telling amazing romance stories.
Time and Effort of Writing...
If you are someone thinking of becoming an author (as a hobby or as a profession), an important fact to remember is that each person has to find their own process. What works for one, doesn't necessarily work for others. Some authors are diehard planners and others are pantsers. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle.
Some authors can write several thousand words in a matter of an hour while others might take all day to get a few hundred. Personally, I have to be in a certain frame of mind. If my flow is interrupted, its as if I have to start all over at the beginning. A few authors I know can work on several stories at once, while some can only focus on one at a time. What this means is that each author will finish their story in their own time. While some release anywhere from a weekly to a monthly basis, others may only be able to finish one release a year. In some cases, an author may need several years to work through their novel.
Seems like I'm talking in circles...
It might seem like I'm blowing smoke or talking in circles but what it comes down to is finding your own process and working within your own boundaries. Pressuring yourself or allowing others to pressure you will only harm the story you share to the world. So, allow yourself to test the waters and find what works for you.
As for me, I struggle on a daily basis with my motivation and finding that headspace I need to write. However, when I find it, I find writing extremely freeing. The words flow and I enjoy what I do.
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Every aspect of creating a book is important. Even the name can me the difference between a reader deciding to purchase your book or passing it over. When it comes to selecting a title, you want something catchy, unique, and easy to remember.
When I am working on my stories, one of the first things I do is determine the basic storyline. This includes creating the cover and writing the blurb. Once I have the basic idea of what the story is going to be about, I work on creating a title.
I believe in every aspect of my books connecting to create an overall idea of what the book is about. My titles are often even used within the story itself.
My guidelines for creating a title:
As you can see in mine and S.E. Isaac's series "Captured Hearts," we used two words connected by an ampersand (&). The titles are a play on classic story titles such as "Pride and Prejudice." Plus, the words connect somehow with the storyline. For instance, a flock of flamingos -- which is one of the types of shifters in the book -- is called a Flamboyance and the other shifter type is a lion which is found in a pride. In the story we also use the other meanings of "Pride" and "Flamboyance" to create the personalities of the two main characters.
In general, we play around with the titles we select until they feel right. The original working title of a story often changes by the time it is published. However, having a title allows me to focus on what I plan to write and stick to the storyline I've chosen.
Many years ago on a cold Monday morning, Josette came into the world. She is a woman of fire, of creativity, and magic. And on this day, she, her family, and her friends would like to send wishes out to everyone. Wishes for happiness, good health, and wisdom.
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