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10 Random Facts About Me Tag

Reaches final part of the first draft for Book 4, gets nominated for 6 Blog and Instagram Tags!!!

It always happens when you are really busy and excited about a project. My writing speeds up near the end. The last week I wrote 5 times more than usual, and had to remind myself what sleep was. It really is like reading the final pages of a book, you just want to know how the story ends.

It’s catch up time and I would like to thank Claire @brizzlelassbooks for the nomination. She has a fantastic review blog with books I need to add to my wish list 🙂 So here goes!

10 Random Facts About Me

1. I am fueled by tea. A nice english breakfast tea is the best for cold weather.
2. Biscuits go really well with tea. I especially like dunking them in the cup 🙂
3. I do have a desk, but I prefer writing on my laptop while sitting on the couch.
4. I taught the cat how to use the backspace button and delete words. This was not intentional 😦
5. I listen to a recording of rain while it is raining outside. You never can be too careful with setting ambience.
6. I forget when I am wearing headphones with a cord attached to the laptop. Especially when I have to reach over for the dictionary 😛
7. I buy books to stock up the bookshelf. It also doubles as a library, you never know when a friend wants to borrow one.
8. I read more than one book at a time. It’s like visiting old friends, I pack them in a small carry basket so I know where to find them.
9. I only bend a book partway when reading. It helps to protect the spine.
10. I use random pieces of paper as bookmarks. A ‘to do’ list, receipt or envelope are all useful for finding the right page.

Thank you for the nomination 🙂

Setting Writing Goals, Writer Thoughts, Writing Tips

Deleting Words

The last couple of weeks I have been setting up a new laptop much to the cat’s amusement. It’s a cheap, easy to use replacement for the old secondhand one. That gave a warning before it was about to die. It didn’t take long for the cat to work out that the keyboard is low and comfortable to walk on. The cat’s favourite button is the ‘backspace’. It cannot understand why I have an issue with that. Needless to say it knows I have a habit of deleting the last two words I wrote.

Habits

Two words, and the writing session kicks in. Not what I was expecting to find, apparently I need an unfinished sentence… Hmm, I will have to think about that. Well what do you know, it works. Everyone has their own quirks and it’s taken a while to find mine. There are so many times when the process has had to stop and start. It makes finding the little nuances critical. It’s like finding that all important first step that leads to another, then another.

Keeping Track

There is nothing quite like keeping track and stickers are not for me. I have a highlighter pen, a calender, and jot down how many words I wrote. Gaps are part of the schedule, but it’s easier to acknowledge them than try and do too much. The cat has claimed half my desk and insists on glaring at me. While purring at the same time when I type away on the keyboard. The look says ‘you should be writing’. I continue because I really don’t want any more words deleted. Thank you cat for being so supportive and taking an interest in my keyboard.

Writer Thoughts, Writing Tips

Know Your Genre

Imagine you are making a mad dash because you are running late. You see an old friend who has heard you wrote a novel and wants to know more. You don’t have long and blurt out. ‘It’s a young adult fantasy series with dragons, wizards, and sorcery.’ Then wave goodbye. This is exactly how I describe my book to people when I am unsure if they like the genre. Guess what? Your first goal as a writer is to find out who is not your audience. When you know your genre you can whittle it down to the key bits of information. It is a starting point, like a secret code that is easily understood by your real audience. Key words in a genre can mean so much. It can help find your audience in a short space of time by relying on familiarity.

What Does a Genre Achieve?

So you have spent ages writing and are unsure about the genre of your story. The real issue with this is that you, the writer are your story’s biggest advocate. If you are unsure this can magnify the confusion many times over. A genre helps find an audience by using themes and styles that already exist. Every story may be a little different. The key is finding the familiar threads so you can explain it in a clear manner. It acts as a guide to let your audience know what to expect. More importantly it lets them know what not to expect.

Each Genre has a Style

I was wandering through a shop and saw a book with a cover that said ‘fantasy’. I checked the blurb to make sure and it suggested fantasy. You can imagine what happened next… It was paranormal romance. My point is, you don’t have to get the exact details right just the basics. When you choose a genre your choice is there to help your audience find your story. Your tagline, blurb and book cover all become an important message to your reader. Knowing your genre can add an extra layer of information to help your audience.