Pin of the Day June 15, 2015

     

The last month I’ve been doing a lot more of the above (pictured) versus writing. Don’t get me wrong…I do jot down ideas for my current WIP whenever they come to me, but my brain is on relaxation mode (Who am I kidding?? I have a one yr old!). I’ve been enjoying a glass of wine, living for days spent playing with my little girl and swimming in the pool, and living out the full definition of summer. I’m on a mental vacation. ūüėä

I’ve hit a bit of a road block…I don’t think the ideas have stopped flowing, but my productivity and motivation to write has decreased somewhat. I’ve gotten a little lazy.

I find myself wondering how others get over these humps. How long does this last? Advice appreciated! 

By the way…my top writing priority still revolves around finishing my current WIP…goal was to finish by June…now I’m hoping for a complete rough draft by December. Prayers for writing motivation much appreciated! 

Happy writing and CARPE DIEM! 

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Lazy Blogger…

I’m a school counselor, and last Friday was our last day of school/work. I’m definitely getting into the School’s Out for Summer state of mind. 

Ever since the school doors shut, my mind has been on relaxation mode. This is good for obvious reasons…one must take time to shut off and let loose when the chance arises. 

On the other hand, my productivity has been at a standstill. I haven’t written much at all. ūüė≥ A few ideas have been scribbled on note pads, and a few words typed, but my mental capacity has been on vacation.

What do writers do when they are working on a novel and their brain shuts down? Does this happen to all writers? 

I’m interested to know how you handle mental strikes when your brain holds its hand up in resistance…

Please let me know. I’m still a newbie in the adult fiction genre, and I’d love to be encouraged by writers that have overcome the adversity…

Oh…by the way…my baby completely weaned two weeks ago, so this momma bear has been indulging in the joys of a glass of wine on hot summer nights…ūüė≥ūüė≥ūüė≥ I’m chalking it up to life experience…one cannot write without life experiences, right?!! 

Here’s to you and your writing…May your word count grow! 

HAPPY SUMMER & CARPE DIEM! 

Pin of the Day May 19, 2015

Yay! I have three days left of school (I’m a school counselor). I can’t wait for summer days filled with the ones I love, the freedom to do whatever, and a whole lot of writing!

SUMMER IS IN THE AIR!

Happy writing…CARPE DIEM

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If You Can Think It…You Can Write It

Today I find myself doing some research for my unfinished book and the direction that I want it to go in. I started by looking on Pinterest (follow me on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/bnicolebs/) for the location where my book takes place. I have done this before for this story, but I need to get a better grasp of the setting.

Then, I found myself searching for books that make the reader feel like they’re on vacation, because I want my book to feel like that (a vacation in a book). Now my Amazon wish list is a little longer, and I’ve managed to do some research while getting a little side tracked (I swear they should make pills for writer’s ADD!).

As I write this book, I find that there are many phases, steps, and procedures¬†that take place over the course of writing a fiction novel. I’m learning all of these as I go, and I’m more intrigued than ever to learn about how the writing process goes for my peers.

Thank God for Pinterest, because it has allowed me to learn more about the story I want to write and to learn more about myself today. My husband has always said that I’m a dreamer. I’m desperately¬†hoping that he is¬†right and that it pays off one day. My thoughts are wide open, and I’m learning more and more how to reign them back in to focus on this one project.

I guess what it all boils down to¬†today, folks, is that I’m trying to keep my thoughts as big as my dreams, and I hope that I can condense these large scale ideas down into one concise and beautifully written novel. As always…prayers welcomed, and I hope this day ends with a bigger word count for you!

CARPE DIEM…

Distracted Writer…

This past weekend I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. It was a wonderful weekend and a busy one at that. Life has been happening, and I have been living it. I’ve also found that I’m consuming myself with interests versus writing over the last four or so days.

I decided that I would not be anywhere near done with my first draft until around August. That is my new goal–80,000 words or bust! I had a big day of writing on Friday, but I’ve gotten a little lazy and consumed over the weekend. I’ve found myself wondering how long it takes authors to write a full novel.

If you have any words of wisdom for keeping your focus when distraction sets in, please send them my way. I cannot wait to finish my work in progress, and I love my story, but some days I need to detach. Does this happen to everyone when they work on such large projects? This first time adult fiction author is curious how the process goes or has went for others.

All advice welcomed. May your ideas flow and your word counts grow!

CARPE DIEM

By the way…my baby turns one this week. Maybe I’m a tad hormonal and sad. I’m happy my baby is healthy and growing, but that’s one year of parenting that has come and gone. Okay…drying up my tears…have a great day!

This is My Dream…

Have you ever been on cloud nine? Well I¬†have been¬†today. My morning started off normal, but I opened my email, and I had a critique waiting on me. My critique partner read my rewrite, and her words were “Wow. Just wow!”

This has made my writing day awesome! It is wonderful when someone confirms that you are not crazy, and your story really is worth telling. I have finished rewriting my first eight chapters, changing from third person to first person point of view, and today I was able to start writing a fresh new chapter. The words¬†have been flowing, and I love what I’m working on. My ego is glowing (I’m soaking it up while it lasts…I will have to query this novel one day, and we know how traumatic that can be!), and I am going to roll with it. Heck, I will even let my imagination dream big and go with the idea that my novel could be a bestseller one day! IT IS MY DREAM!

I hope my writer’s high doesn’t wear off. I have never experienced this kind of excitement over a story before. It is amazing to go through this journey and watch my words come to life. I’m going to own my confidence, but I won’t get conceited. I still have at least 60-70K words to go!!

This is my first adult novel, and I’m so impressed by the critique partners I have made and the hard work all of the authors I meet put into their craft. Writing a novel is demanding, and it takes commitment.

Thank you for all of your words of encouragement. I hope your books are thriving and your word counts are growing.

CARPE DIEM

Pin of the Day, May 2, 2015

 
Here’s a positive note to encourage you today. I am still rewriting and editing, and the ideas for finishing my book keep flowing.  It’s a good place to be! 

I’m so excited for the day I finish my book and find it polished enough to query. Until then I’ll let these words build me up. ūüėä I am motivated, and I truly believe my story is one to be told. 

In the meantime…The sun is shining brightly outside, I’ve got a new book, and I bought some movies that I cannot wait to watch. Find inspiration and watch you ideas turn into beautiful words!

Happy writing…

CARPE DIEM

A Writing Mental Breakdown

Okay. So I know I haven’t been on here in a couple of days,¬†and I really hate¬†to miss a day blogging. I started this¬†journey, and I am committed.

There is just one thing…I’m losing my mind a bit! As a fellow writer I know you can relate. You are on to something, and you think this is it. Then you get feedback from your critique partners, and doubt sets in, and you think that maybe this is not it.

Well, that is where I find myself now. I am STILL¬†writing my first adult fiction novel. It’s leaning towards mainstream/women’s fiction which thrills me (mainstream fiction seems to be “the thing” right now). I’m nowhere near finished, yet, but I have written the first 12,000ish words…that’s the most words I’ve¬†ever written (not related to work or school)!Yay! ¬†I’m very excited to be on this new adventure, but it is a bit nerve-wracking!

I started writing in 3rd person, past tense, with no dialogue. A story with no dialogue can seem strange, but it can be done (usually more literary in genre). Well, apparently it’s too big of a challenge for me to take on for my first novel. There has been a consensus among my critique partners that dialogue is a must. So, I’ve added dialogue!

My goal now is to finish rewriting in first person. That’s the only way I’ll be able to mentally move on and finish the story. Please say a prayer or send well wishes to this writer if you get a chance. I need it!

Please know that my absence, if any, is for a good cause…my writing or my family. I’ll try to keep updating as I go. If this doesn’t help anyone that is okay. It will be therapy for me as I work to maintain my sanity!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day of writing. May your word count grow and bring you less stress than mine has brought me!

CARPE DIEM

Pin of the Day, April 23, 2015

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I have skipped blogging the last couple of days. My mind has been preoccupied with rewrites and revisions. I am not going to lie…it has been stressful!

It is safe to assume that my absence on the blog is due to trying to edit in an effort to maintain my sanity. I cannot move forward with completing my novel until the initial shape feels right…my writing OCD has come out!

Please bear with me as I try to hold onto my story’s good stuff and rid it of the bad. I hope you’re writing is working for you.

Send some positive vibes my way if you’re in the hot spot!

CARPE DIEM