In the mind of a Writer

Archive for August, 2013

My Goals for the rest of 2013

Writing and Editing Goals For 2013

 

Novels or Stories to finish

  1. Driving Lies
  2. College Guys
  3. He Said She Said
  4. Darken Cake
  5. Blood Bounded
  6. Blood Lust

 

Novels or Stories to edit

  1. Kerrick
  2. The Whispering Path
  3. Driving Lies
  4. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 1 Melzela

 

Novel or Stories to start

  1. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 2
  2. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 3
  3. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 4
  4. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 5
  5. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 6
  6. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 7
  7. Crimson Shadow Collection Book 8
  8. Urban Legends
  9. Book of 13
  10. Book of Karma
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Can’t write. . . use a prompt.

My muses have been on vacation and this writer’s block has just really gotten to me. I know when I have writer’s block, I really do rely on prompts. Well, here are few prompts . . . maybe they can help someone get out of their writing slump.

 

Prompts

 

  1. Worst Birthday ever (can be real or fictional)
  2. You were bit. . . now what? (You must say what you were bit by and what happens next)
  3. Death by boredom
  4. Seeing your favorite band
  5. List 5 things you believe in
  6. Describe how you dance (even if it is just in the kitchen when you cook or in the shower)
  7. Make a soundtrack for your life right now
  8. Describe your favorite season without tell anyone what it is
  9. An average day
  10. What would your ideal world be like?

What I learned from Beta Readers so far. . .

It’s a little over half way through my beta readers to finish their copies of the first book of my vampire Crimson Shadow Collection Melzela.  (September 1, 2013).
I first sent it on June 20th and I have been sending a few here and there. However I have decided that that I am cutting off beta readers as of Sunday (August 4, 2013) at 4pm (EST). (This means that I after the fourth I am not accepting anymore readers, so if you are interested in a vampire novel, please message me by Sunday at 4. RebekahWolveire@yahoo.com. . . use subject beta reader.)

I want to thank those who have read my book. I also want give my appreciation in advance to those who will read my book and send their feedback.

I just want to point out that I was seeking feedback on story flow, characters, and whether the story was interesting or boring. I wanted to know if it was written to straight or did it have enough twists and turns. (I wasn’t really asking for grammar mistakes, but if the beta readers saw something, they were allowed to point it out.)

 

Some things I have learned. . .

Do not take the feedback personally. (Not everyone is going to enjoy your work. I think of a book like a cookie recipe. . .  some people like chocolate chips, some like peanut butter, and your cookie maybe an iced sugar cookie.)

I am just happy when I know that another person read my book. I understand that they may not like a certain part of the book. I understand they many people have different tastes than I do. I am just happy that they turned page after page and read my book.

 

Appreciate any feedback you even if it was something as simple as “I liked the story.” They took the time to read your story.

I really do appreciate those who take their time and really give me feedback. (I especially love when they use page numbers and examples. However not all beta readers will do that and it’s okay.)
I just want the beta readers to know I do take all feedback into consideration. However I may not use all of the feedback. I may not change the character or a twist in the plot.