You Know You Are a Writer When…

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  • You keep your phone next to you when you fall asleep, just incase you get a great idea to write down in the middle of the night.
  • You plan on writing all night, but decide once you get home from work to watch TV. fail.
  • Your search history could scare someone or bring the FBI to your door.
  • Your dreams are so vivid and you find yourself thinking mid-dream “Wow, that would make a great story!”
  • You have certain pens you work with and certain ones you hate.
  • Teachers told you “You daydream too much.” as a child.
  • You love writing, but hate it in the same breath.
  • You fight the urge to sit down and write.
  • You constantly think about stories. You breath, sleep, and eat stories. They are your air.
  • Your go to writing clothes are either your PJs or your workout clothes!
  • You don’t get enough time to read ALL the books you want to read.
  • You’ve heard one of these questions (or all of them) before, “Are you done with your book yet?” or “When are you going to be published?”
  • You either HATE editing or revising or you love it. I hate it. How about you?
  • Your overactive imagination scares you when you are home alone.

Add some of your own “You know you are a writer, when…” scenarios in the comments.

Devin’s Massive Editing Boot Camp Tips

Are you currently editing your novel?

I just finished editing my novel (the 6th time around)! Here are some hearty tips that’ll definitely help you get through this edit. If you are just beginning your editing journey, be sure to also check out this link.

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Do you have a manuscript that you need to edit? Do you have a deadline coming up?

This month I’ve been doing my 6th edit of my manuscript. I am almost done. Only have 10 chapters left.

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I started this edit on January 29th and if everything goes as planned I should be done tonight. (February 16th).  That means that this edit will have taken 18 days to finish. Continue reading “Devin’s Massive Editing Boot Camp Tips”

How Revising Your Novel is Like Gardening

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 You wouldn’t think it… but actually revising your novel

is a WHOLE LOT like gardening!

Thought I’d peek out of the novel revision prison to post on my blog. I am so close to being done with this revision. Can’t wait.

 1. Maintain it! If you don’t pull the weeds, you’ll NEVER see the fruit

The weeds will choke out the life in your garden. It is the same with your writing – if you don’t clean the ‘cruddy’ words (being words that make your story hard to read, typos, plot holes, and more.) out, then it will make it hard for the TRUE story to come out and SHINE!

 2. Hard work pays off!

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Yesterday I spent a large chunk of my day in the garden. It was intense as I had to pick a lot of peas and beans. Thank goodness there weren’t any mosquitos or biting flies.  But, because I worked hard and picked those. Now I have some delicious veggies to eat.

This is the same for when we are writing. If you put in the hard work – you will see the results. Sitting down and working hard on your revision for a few hours will help you get some major headway on your manuscript.

 3. Say no to the biting flies.

Sit down with your schedule and figure out your plan of attack. If you need to be done with the edit by a certain time make sure you schedule your days and nights so that you get your work done. Don’t procrastinate. I decided to stay off of Facebook until I finished my edit. Which, let me tell you HAS been hard. What can you give up in order to give you more time on your manuscript?

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4. Celebrate!

Once you are done with your edit. Celebrate! Once I finish mine, I will be sending them off to my Beta Readers, but not only that… I will also do a The Mason of Hearts themed art piece. I am also thinking of some other ways to celebrate.

 Have any cool ideas on how I could celebrate?

Write your ideas in the comments below. I would love to know what you think I should do to celebrate.

My Writing Process

What are you working on?

I am so excited to share with you all my writing process.

I am currently working on editing my novel “The Mason of Hearts” which will be the first of a Trilogy titled “The Created Ones Trilogy”

I am super excited about this book. I am currently doing edit number 4. Here are some pictures of my crazy-editing-revision-rewriting process.

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So many things to change and fix… but it’s fun! 🙂

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3 Ways Writers Misuse Repetition

I’ve just come out of the Revision Prison for a break to connect with you all. It’s been a crazy few weeks on the editing/revising side. In the editing/revising stages you find all the ways your novel isn’t working and the ways it is working. And I want to talk to you all today about one thing that puts a damper on our stories. It’s “repetition”.

3 Ways Writers Misuse Repetition

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During edits many writers feel like “everything is awesome!” isn’t what their book is. Remember your book is awesome. But after the edits and revisions it will be “AWESOME AWESOME!”

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If You Could Accomplish One Thing In The New Year… What Would It Be?

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In the year of 2014, if I could accomplish only one thing it would be to find an agent/publisher for The Mason of Hearts. Maybe you could count that as two things, but yes, that is what I would accomplish if I could choose to accomplish anything.

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What Are You Thankful For?

It’s been awhile since I last posted, so I thought I’d post about Thanksgiving. I will be away for a few days in the next week as I will be going to NYC and Washington D.C. with Johan.

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I sure know I did! I should be back on the blog after we get back from D.C. and N.Y.C! 🙂

This time of the year there are plenty of things to be thankful for. It all reminds me of these statistics:

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I am thankful for many things. Among the given:

  • Thankful I have a roof over my head
  • That I am not starving
  • Thankful for my family & a wonderful boyfriend
  • Greatly blessed that I am able to travel
  • For my work that I love and enjoy

And you all know, I love showing pictures! So, here are some things I’ve been thankful for this November.

Johan flew in to visit me on November 25th. He is still here and I am enjoying this time abundantly.

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Don’t Rush it…{about indie & self publishing}

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Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden

Since, I just finished indie publishing a short story (and ran an online launch), I thought I would come out with some tips and pointers on what to do and what not to do when you release your baby into the world. This goes for traditional, indie, and self publishing. But I mostly want to point this out to people who are going to Self Publish or Indie Publish. This is going to be a straight forward post on why it is important (to your professionalism as an author) that you don’t RUSH IT.

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The Mason of Hearts Edit is Done! 

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Finally…

 

Yep, I finished the edit for The Mason of Hearts! You got it, I am excited! Very!

Now, I can catch up with NaNoWriMo.

I am so excited about the story I am writing for NaNoWriMo. The world is so much more different than the one in The Mason of Hearts. But, if I must admit it – I miss writing The Mason of Hearts – one of my protagonists tried entering my NaNo Novel. I had to back up and tell him to go back to The Mason of Heart’s land. Tough – it must mean I am used to my characters from The Mason of Hearts and that I don’t want to stop writing about them. Well, I won’t because there will be two more where that came from, so he has plenty of time left. Continue reading “The Mason of Hearts Edit is Done! “