Upcoming Twitter Chat Schedule!

The #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat is back on this month! Aren’t you excited? I know I am. I have some exciting projects and things coming up for the #WritingHarvest Peeps. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom and make sure to click on the link and fill in the questions.

First off, our next Twitter Chat will be held on July 25th at 3pm Pacific Time. Be sure to join our #WritingHarvest Facebook Group and our Pinterest board. (Ask to be added as a pinner and I will add you.) Twitter Chat, #WritingHarvest, Devin Berglund, Writer, Writing

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Questions To Ask Your Characters – Free Writing Exercise

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Want to flesh out your characters in a fun way? Ever thought of free writing your characters thoughts? We’ve all at one time or another done that character sketch that they taught in high school. The one that asked a ton of questions like:

•What hair color?
•Eye color?
•Does he/she have any scars?

I promise this isn’t the same kind of free writing exercise. Character sketches never really helped me much. I found them a bit boring. It made them seem like a homework assignment rather than a real person.

This writing exercise will help you grow into a writer that knows their characters on another layer.

When I free write my character’s thoughts in the form of journaling it really gets me into their heads.

They seem like they are REAL. Well, they are… they are inside your head. Get to know your characters better by doing this free writing exercise.

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How to Create Your Novel’s Playlist

Have you ever created a playlist for your novel? A novel playlist will help you if you ever get stuck, while in the moment of working on your manuscript.

Lately I’ve been collecting songs for a future novel I want to write. I will start writing that novel after I’ve finished this current one that I’m working on.

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Sometimes music pokes at my imagination when I’m not writing, because usually I can’t write to music with lyrics, but I can imagine to music with lyrics. So that’s what I do whenever I drive with the radio on.

If I don’t know certain songs I just click open either Siri or Shazam. They both have the ability to tell me what a song is. Then, I usually take a screen shot of it so I can look it up later. Continue reading “How to Create Your Novel’s Playlist”

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.

Running a Half Marathon is a Lot Like Writing a New Novel

I’ve found running a half marathon to be a lot like writing a new novel.

Lately I’ve been in a funk when it comes to writing my new novel. The Mason of Hearts is still away with her Editor and since I’ve been settling into a new job and balancing everything else in life, it seems like I’m running a half marathon with beginning and finishing this story.

I really can’t wait to share more information with you all about my new project, but I’ve been marinating in the world and characters of it. It is quite unlike anything I’ve ever written before. But, until then, I’d like to share with you how I believe running a half marathon is a lot like writing a new novel.

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 Mile 1:

Maybe you just got a new idea for a new novel? Now you just have to write it. But, sometimes this moment is the most important part of starting. Allow yourself time to just marinate in it all. Get to know the land and people inside your mind.

I’ve recently seen a Walt Disney saying.

“The way to get started is to QUIT TALKING and BEGIN DOING.”

I’ve always really struggled with this, because I love sharing my ideas with others to get an idea if they think it’s good.

In the future, I am going to try this out.

Mile 2:

This is the point where you start writing ideas down. Either in your favorite notebook or in the Notes app on your phone. I do both! This is my current notebook.

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Green chevron Moleskine. Love the color and size.

Mile 3:

It happens at the most unlikely moment. Say you are laying in bed, when your eyes shoot open forcing you out of bed to write.

So you sit down  & write.

Mile 4: 

After going strong for up to at least 25,000 – 30,000 words (this is usually where I get stuck) you have a tough moment where you aren’t quite sure where you are anymore. Sometimes I feel like Derp, here.

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How To Get Inspired To Write From A Camera

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Love journaling? Check out my post on journaling, over at the Rural Housewives Blog, today.

I had a sharp imagination when I was a child—I believe I still do today. But when I was young, my imagination seemed so much more real.

I remember my siblings and I would stay out in the woods for hours on end, as the evening slowly set in. I’m still greatly inspired by nature, and am always looking for new ways to capture the feeling I get when I’m in nature, so I can use it in my writing.

As adults, we live busy lives. But if we are constantly busy, we will miss out on all the story ideas around us. And if we don’t write them down, we do forget them.

Some of us also find ourselves stuck for story ideas because, instead of looking to the world we live in for inspiration, we see the rushed, unromantic lives we’re living.

But it all depends on the point of view. Look at your life through the lens of a camera, and then suddenly things will start to look different.

Have you ever gone on a trip and been amazed by the beauty of your surroundings? Do you wish you still had the sharp imagination you had when you were little? Do you wish there was a way you could keep track of the story ideas you get when you’re on trips, or visiting new places?

Here are a few tips to help you dig deep into that child-like imagination to capture story, character, and setting ideas through photography. Continue reading “How To Get Inspired To Write From A Camera”

My Pre Beta book “The Mason of Hearts” is HERE!

 Guess What? My Pre Beta Book Came Today!

I can’t believe it. I actually wrote a whole book and did 5 full massive edits. Totally can’t believe I am about to send out beta book copies to my beta readers.

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Editing with Ksenia Anske

Today, I want to introduce Author, Ksenia Anske to the blog. Today on Writer’s Wednesday, we are chatting editing.

Ksenia Anske1. What is your editing style like?

I just edit. Meaning, I rewrite each sentence until it sounds good to me, and move on. Some sentences I cut out completely. The whole of it is mostly shrinking the manuscript, as I have the tendency to over-write. I write a lot in my 1st draft, because I know that in consecutive drafts I will cut most of the fluff out. And one other thing, I start from the beginning and finish at the end. I don’t jump around the manuscript, but go over it in order, until done, doing a complete rewrite. Oh, I guess there is one more thing. Before starting the edit, I read the previous draft in 1 or 2 days, with as few interruptions as possible, and write down things I need to fix on Post-It notes. Then I stick them up on a white board over my writing desk, so when I edit, I can make the changes and peel off the notes that have been completed.

2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?

I turn off the glorious internets! Seriously, I hole up and work without interruptions for 7 to 9 hours, for as long as I can go. Continue reading “Editing with Ksenia Anske”

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 Editing Style

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1. What is your editing style?

My editing process is filled with rounds of edits – 4 to 5 at least. After finishing the book, I take a few week break (3-4 weeks) from the book and then I print the manuscript and do a read through. While doing my read through, I write notes upon notes upon notes and mark up the edit.

Then, I edit AGAIN.

After that edit, I save it to my Ibooks on my Ipad and do my read through on there. (I try to switch the format up a bit to see it in different ways.) While doing that, I take notes again.

Edit another time.

Send to critique partner.

Print manuscript. Read through. Make notes.

Last edits.

Send to Beta Readers. (Going to send the books to Beta Readers in the next week or so.)  Want to know more about my writing/editing process? Check this out!

2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?

• Work. Work on it. Work.

• Schedule your writing time.

3. About how many chapters do you aim to finish a day?

Lately, I’ve been trying to edit 2-4 chapters a day.

4. How long do edit for?

As long as it takes to finish the edits.

 

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