The full InD'tale Magazine review (awarded the crowned heart of excellence, five stars, four kettles) is featured in the September issue.
September 28, 2021
September 27, 2021
September 24, 2021
I let Book 5 of The Magicals Series sit for two weeks. I cleaned my house, baked molasses raison bread, and read. A lot. Funny enough, four of the books I read were the first four books in The Magicals Series.
September 21, 2021
September 20, 2021
September 17, 2021
Writing is both the easiest and hardest thing I've ever done. I've mentioned my box of unfinished stories before... it sits on the floor of my office, gathering dust, while I wonder what to do with it. (Don't tell my husband.) I've come a long way, or at least I think I have, since then. Although, the "Writing" folder on my laptop also contains a few unfinished manuscripts.
Completing the first draft is a feat. The process feels a bit like climbing a mountain... and rolling back down a few times before you reach the top, if you reach the top. Lots of obstacles come between you and your goal. Self-doubt is a major one. Every story I write, I have to get over the "what was I thinking" hurdle before I can finish.
The First Draft is a Rough Draft
It's challenging to not edit while writing. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and constantly have to remind myself that the first draft is a rough draft, telling me the story. I use a few tools to keep me on track - a Save the Cat beat sheet, a plot worksheet (of a roller coaster ride), an editorial style sheet, a novel outline in Excel where I also track word counts (by chapter, act, and novel), and the Evernote app.
September 14, 2021
September 10, 2021
Research is a necessary evil which makes Google a writer's best friend. I recently came across some tips for improving the efficiency of my internet searches. So, instead of falling into the black hole of the amazing invention called the internet, I can find what I'm looking for and get back to writing.
1. Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact word or group of words.
2. Exclude a word by putting a hyphen in front of it quotation -marks to exclude the word marks from your search.
3. Use asterisks to leave a placeholder that the search engine will fill in later quotation *marks*.
4. Use a colon to search a particular site quotation site:www.abc.com.
5. Use a vertical bar | instead of typing OR quotation | marks.
6. Use two periods between numbers to indicate a range 1980..2000.
7. Use location to narrow your search quotation location:Canada.
8. Filter by filetype by using quotation filetype:pdf.
There are many other useful tips out there. Which have you used? What tips can you add to the list?
September 7, 2021
A Fairy Godmother's Redemption, The Magicals Series Book 4 released on July 27. I love this story. It was a bit different from the other books in the series, but it came together so well and felt so right. The reviewers agree. I already have six five-star reviews! #TirgearrTuesday in September will feature some of these amazing reviews. Starting with this one...