Honestly I can’t be sure, but I think this year will be my fourth attempt at the ever elusive NaNoWriMo crown. My Eleanor. My unicorn. For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicholas Cage, NaNoWriMo is akin to a “mythological creature. Totally unattainable”.
In all fairness, prior years of missed opportunities have had their fair share of complications. Lack of time, means, and yes, even electricity. But they’ve also been justified by empty excuses. Writers write, and that is the underlying message behind National Novel Writing Month. Continue reading
What if the brooding billionaire wore pencil skirts and Louboutins?
What if the impressionable intern was a small-town carpenter with boyish charm?
Cole Jacobson always thought he would take after his father and pursue his dreams. But when the family business falters and he’s forced to accept his uncle’s help, Cole is summoned to the big city for a job he never wanted.
Priorities become obscured when Cole finds himself working for Shaun Wright, the powerful, intimidating, and ruthlessly attractive partner at his uncle’s contracting firm. Forced to either sacrifice his hard-won integrity or leave behind the one thing that brings him true happiness, Cole must make a decision that could cost him both. A decision only complicated by the alluring, inscrutable woman that he can’t stop thinking about. A woman who just might be as intrigued as he is to cross professional boundaries.
AVAILABLE FALL 2015 from Tryst Books
How do you Post-it Plot? The answer is simple. Any way you want.
I first learned about Post-it plotting two years ago at a small, intimate writer/reader conference. Two wonderful authors described how they both used sticky notes on a presentation board, mapping out the twists and turns of their storylines while keeping tabs on all loose ends that needed tying off. Feeling determined on my ride home, I stopped at my local Staples, purchasing a presentation board and a plethora of Post-its. Then I sat down on my comfy, leather couch and looked at both in complete puzzlement, asking myself, what the heck do I do now?
It’s Friday and I’m excited to say I experienced a pretty winning week, both personally and professionally. My greatest accomplishment was finishing the revisions for my first book, releasing October 2015. Needless to say, I promptly channeled my inner Julie Andrews, spinning in circles, with arms outstretched, until I wanted to vomit.
I won’t lie, there were times when I needed my editor and friends to talk me down from the harrowing cliff of self-doubt, the dark abyss at the bottom, threatening to swallow me whole. But with their invaluable help and support, I persevered and am now ready to tackle the next phase in the publication process. Edits! *shivers*
In order to establish yourself as a writer, you must— well, write. Sometimes finding a process that consistently works is a far greater challenge than putting actual words on a page. I have a day job Monday through Friday and often squeeze valuable writing time in between. My brain seems to focus best when my butt is parked in that office chair. Go figure! I don’t have access to my digital manuscript files while at work, therefore I do a good chunk of my writing old school. Translation: pen and paper. (I could do a whole post on favorite writing implements but I will save that for another time.) Continue reading
I had perched myself on a comfortable fence regarding an attempt at NaNoWriMo this year and with good reason. I’m a repeat quitter. I would jump through the gate running and writing, determined to sprint on through the finish line, only to lose momentum and stamina long before I reached anywhere near my goal. After receiving Sara Megibow’s – NaNoWriMo Cheerleader article in my email from Romance University this morning, I decided to give National Novel Writing Month another try, but with a different focus in mind. Consistency. Consistency is one of my greatest opportunities in writing and I believe this will be the perfect venue for me to work on changing that.
I haven’t decided the writing project yet or my personal word count goal, but I do intend on setting up some kind of daily accountability here, and maybe even have one day a week where I’ll share a snippet. I refuse to disillusion myself. This will definitely be a huge challenge, but I’m determined to give this attempt my all.
My first step in the right direction is prep. I printed out my favorite planner pages to jot down a loose outline of my month of consistent writing. Lots of line space and each day includes a motivational quote. Perfection! You can find the planner pages here if you’d like to check them out. Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this year?
It all started with a tweet…
Thanks to the lovely and talented Phoebe Chase, I made a connection that would change my journey as a writer considerably. I’m now in the process of revising my web serial known as Arch Intrigue, in preparation for publication with Tryst Books. I can’t even begin to convey my excitement in words and hope readers will join in on the fun as the date of my debut release draws nearer. Stay tuned for more details regarding pre-orders, teasers and giveaways. Until then, get to know my wonderful publisher and earn a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Click the link below and enter!