A Day In My Life

Moving On

I think every man or woman goes through something with someone, and gets to the point I’m at right now. May it be once or multiple times, I know I’m not the only one here. 

I’m not the girl that wants to go out on the weekends, and party. I like to sit at home, and read with candles lit. That being said, even though I’m only 17, I want to find someone to settle down with in the next 5 years. Someone I can build a life with, and grow with. Simply put, I thought I’d found him. 

I’ve seen all types of guys. Talked to them and dated them. There was just something about this one. We’ve been friends for a good 3-4 years, and I know he’s someone I can always turn to. He had been in the friend zone for most of the time I’ve known him, mostly because I knew I had some growing to do. 

Recently we’ve spent more time with each other, and, being the possessive person I am, I asked him out. We’d been talking about how he’s finally ready for a relationship, and I was proving my interest. He’s been single for 5 yrs, and he’s very difficult to deal with. 

I love him to death but I feel like he’s pushing me away but still wanting to keep me there. It’s hard to explain. He moves slow and I get that. At the same time, though, I feel like I’m treading water. So I’m to the point where I’m wondering if I should move on or not. I don’t want to, I don’t want to miss out on what could be amazing. I’m so torn, and I think I’m gonna give it more time for now. If things don’t change I’m gonna have to move on and that kills me. 

I’m sorry for putting this out there like that, but I needed to get it off my chest somehow. I can’t really talk to any of my friends about it because they just don’t get it. But I have to get back to editing the chapter I just wrote. I’ll talk to you guys later. 

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On Writing | 4 Tips To Help Productivity

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Be productive. That means put your butt in that chair, and get writing. Whether it’s pen and paper, on the laptop, or your phone. Just do it.

I know being productive is something we all struggle with sometimes. For me it’s more often then not. So I’m gonna let you in on some of the ways I find I’m most productive. A few tips and tricks if you will.

1. Have Background Noise 

I don’t know about you, but I have to have some kind of something making noise. The quiet eats away at my brain and makes me wanna scream. The sound helps me focus. Plus, if I happen to put on music, depending on the genre, helps me get in the mood.

2. Turn Off That Phone!

I’m most productive when I turn my phone off and don’t even look at it. Cell phones can be huge distractions.

3. Have A Outline

Now this is a must have. Your outline is your road map telling you where you’re going. So this is something you’ll need to maximize productivity. If you’d like to know more about my opinion on outlining, or ways to outline, Click Here

4. Coffee & Snacks

These are a must have too. Seriously. You need to be well caffeinated and not hungry – at least I do. Helps me focus better. Without caffeine I can get severe headaches.
Well there you go, some of my own personal tips and tricks. What are some of yours?

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Everything Happens For A Reason

I tell you guys a lot of personal stuff on here, so this really won’t be much different. A year ago today my mom was in the hospital. I had to drive like a bat out of hell to get her there, and after that it was all down hill. She almost died, and was put in a rehab center after that. 

So while all that was going on I had to get all of my stuff out of the house so I could go stay at my cousins. That was all good with me. I had to do what I had to do. I packed up bags of my stuff, and took two bags over to my aunts. Those bags had all my binders with print outs of my writing that I was working on. Also two spiral notebooks that I’d been doing rewrites in. 

If I didn’t have OCD as bad as I do I would’ve lost everything. I say that because I never saw those binders again. My aunt burned them all. I was lucky I had everything on flash drives. I was even luckier that my OCD compelled me to put the little tin they were in directly in my pocket. 

So basically if I hadn’t been “blessed” with OCD I wouldn’t be here telling you guys this. God has a funny way of working things out. 

I believe that since I’ve had to do all the rewrites again, that my writing is a lot better. I’m partly greatful, but at the same time I stil get that itch. The itch that makes me wish I could just have them back in my possession. Either way everything happens for a reason, and I just have to see the positive side of all this. 

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On Writing | Tip #2 Outline 

When I first started writing Vendetta I wish I had an outline. I’m a true pantser at heart, but damn does an outline help. 

When you outline you basically have the story laid out in front of you. I like to use index cards. I have a shit ton of extra poster board, so I cut it down into sections. Then I glue or tape all the scenes for one chapter in the piece of poster board. I find that works best for me, because I can see it physically and I can touch it. I’ve tried using scrivener, but it just doesn’t feel the same. 

Having that done allows me to be way more productive, depending on the project of course. I still enjoy pantsing, and for some projects I feel that works best for me. You could feel the exact same way too. 

However, I look at it like this, some of the most successful indie authors write at least a book a month. Most of those said authors also use outlining as a technique to become more productive. 

Not only will you become a more productive writer, but you will also produce a story with less mess to clean up later. You would likely end up with a lot less plot holes than you would’ve if you had just pantsed it. That’s the beauty of an outline, that you know where your headed at all times. 

This is something that doesn’t have to be super strict. You can always change things as you go. You also don’t have to write out a super long essay for each chapter or scene, sometimes all you will need are a few sentences. 

When it comes to outlining your book ( or whatever else it is that you are working on) there are various options of how to do so. 

Scrivener is a favorite by many, because you can do your outline and write your book all in the same place. Also it has built in character sketches that you can fill out to keep track of those pesky characters. 

Index cards are another option, and I use this one over scrivener most of the time, but you can’t reuse them. However they are good if you like to be able to physically move scenes or chapters around. 

There is also the Snowflake method. This one I’ve only heard mentioned. I’ve never messed with it, and to be completely honest I don’t really get it. But people use it. 

There you guys go! I hope you enjoyed this post, but I have a question for you guys. How do you outline? Do you use one of the methods I listed, or do you have another way that gets the job done?

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On Writing | Tip #1 Finish What You Start

 
I was sifting through Pinterest and I found this. This quote really hits home with me. I’ve always had a hard time finishing what I start. Whether it be because of fears or just shiny new ideas. 

All in all, finish what you start. It makes you a better and more accountable writer. I believe once you get over the hurdle of your first project it is smooth sailing from there on, or at least that was my experience. 

Finishing what you start is also a good to think about when talking business. I mean if you’re a self published author you can’t exactly write the first book in the series, then start the next but never finish it. As a self pubbed author you have to be prolific in order to make it these days. One hit wonders do happen, but keep in mind that they are a rarity. It’s pretty much the same with traditionally published authors, only with them they’re breaking legal contracts. 

I wish yall some luck in your writing adventures, remember be accountable and finish what you start! 

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A Reason Why I Write

  

Originally when I first sat down to write Vendetta I was writing it because I couldn’t find something like it. I wanted something that wasn’t so mainstream. Meaning a different take on vampires and werewolves and the like. So I put my own spin on it. 

With that being said I’m also a huge crime/mystery/thriller fan, so of course I added some of those elements too. All in all I wanted to be able to write that book I’ve always wanted to read. 

I also just wanted to write. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and creating stories and characters. As of right now I literally have a flash drive full of plot bunnies. More gets added each day. 

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Progress! 

So last night I finally hit 8k on Vendetta. I have to say I’m pretty pleased with myself. I’m hoping to have some more free time here soon, and then I’ll really start working on it heat. 

I’ll also be glad when my car is all together. Then I can grab coffee, and go sit in an empty parking lot. My biggest problem is being able to focus. There is just too much going on around, and I always feel like everyone in the house is watching me. I don’t like that. 

So here’s to getting more accomplished! Even slow progress counts; progress is still progress. 

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Car Buying

This weekend was interesting. I mean hey, I would say getting a new car is interesting. 

 
That’s my baby. 2002 Honda Civic EX. I have to say though the whole process of buying it was way different than I had thought it would be. A lot less hassle, but I may have just gotten lucky. I mean the lady we bought it from have me free windsheild wipers. 

So now my mom has to get the title switched, an get it inspected, get tags, an brakes for the front. I can’t wait to drive it. I’ll have all these little spots where I can go to be alone when doing my writing. Plus I’ll be able to work more since I’ll have my own transportation, so I can finance my writing. Like editing, formatting, and costs of the like. 

So excited! 

How was y’all’s weekend?

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Oh Sweet Music

When writing I have to have some sort of white noise in the background. I’m not picky. It could be the TV on low or something like that. But my favorite thing is to have music playing. 

There’s just something about having music going. It blocks out all the sound around me an I can focus. That’s when I’m the most productive. 

Does music help you guys? Or is there something else that gets you going?

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Slaving Away

Di you guys ever get in a total writing slump where you feel like you’re just slaving away. Trying your best to get the words out, mind you, but it just isn’t quite working so well. Well, that was me today. 

Today so far has been completely uneventful as far as writing goes. Not to mention Babes is out of town. I usually bounce stuff off him, but I don’t wanna bother him. He needs to enjoy himself. However that leaves me at a disadvantage with no one really to chat with about ideas. 

Ugh the struggle is real ladies and gents.