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text 2018-09-19 11:30
Facts About Me: No Writer Trackers for This Author

That's right. You read it correctly. While there are millions of authors out there who provide you with a nifty little tracker on their sidebar or Facebook page or whatever platform they use, to tell you how far they are into their 50, 70, 90k novel, you'll never find me using them.

Why?

Well, because they would be pointless. I don't write to a word count. I don't sit down and write a plot idea, then come back and say "Yes, this one will be 90k words and no more!" I can't do that. I can sit and look at a one line story prompt and write almost 100k for it. Or, I can have 20 pages of notes for a story and only write a 20-30k novella. It all depends on what the characters tell me. One time, I wrote a book that was 60k, but when I came back to it months later for a round of simple edits, I began picking it to pieces because I didn't like it. It ended up at 105k, because I added so much new content and the characters had more to tell me.

I will never be able to sit down and say "I'll write 2000 words today" because that's not how I work. I'm a pantser. A fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer, who sits down and can write one sentence in a week, or I can churn out nearly 30k in just 7 days. And I've done both.

Though I know the other process works for some people, it's not for me. I can't constrict my story or my characters by fitting them into a predefined word count. I can't force myself to sit and write X amount of words a day/week, when I know that's not possible.

I'm sick. There's a truth for you. My immune system has been compromised for 15 years now, and that's never going to change. I have too many medical conditions, including chronic fatigue. So, why would I add more stress and pressure onto my life - when I already have quite enough, thank you - just to meet some predetermined word count that might not even end up being any good? Why force myself to write say 5000 words a week, if I have to come back in a month's time and rewrite them all because I wrote them when I wasn't connected to the story or when I was feeling to sick to make any sense?

No. For me, I need to write when I'm *into* the story. When it's all new and exciting and I'm not quite sure what's going to happen next. Because, the minute I know what's coming, I lose interest in the plot and the story and I drag my heels, looking for any excuse not to finish. Or, sometimes I'll get to the end of a story and just...stop! Stop before the ending, because I don't want it to end and because once it's done I'll have to move on to do something else.

It's not easy being a writer. It's not easy to always hope and pray that your next idea is the golden ticket. The one that will be *it*. The story that makes your career, makes you a household name, makes you the big bucks, while also being a story that speaks to you and your readers. That's A LOT of pressure! And we put it on ourselves. But we also have readers desperately waiting on the sidelines with grabby hands for the next book. We have parents, spouses, family, friends, kids, colleagues, asking when the next one is coming out, what we're writing now, when we're going to hit the jackpot. So we have outside pressure too.

With all of that, why do we seek out a million other ways to add pressure onto our already sagging shoulders? Why confine ourselves to a timetable, a timeline, a word count, when writing is meant to be FUN! Writing is meant to be a release of the voices inside our heads. It's meant to be that one selfish thing we're allowed to immerse ourselves in - to create new worlds, to create the ideal versions of ourselves, to give our imaginary selves the perfect everything that we never had because life isn't really like that.

I'm all for accomplishing a goal I've set myself, and they're not always easy, but to me, finishing a book is accomplishment enough. Why should I celebrate every thousand words written? Can't I just be happy that I. Did. That. instead of pushing myself to do it 9.5 seconds?

Writing is meant to be a passion.

When did we turn it into work?

 

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review 2018-09-18 18:22
How to Tempt a Rogue Without Really Trying: Heart of an Heiress (Regency Hearts Book 4) by Ava Stone
How to Tempt a Rogue Without Really Trying: Heart of an Heiress (Regency Hearts Book 4) - Ava Stone

Sweet, cute story with plenty of light moments and interesting characters. 
Cait is a strong-willed woman but not to the point of being annoying, and that is something I like in heroines. She has trust issues when it comes to men, mainly because one broke her heart not long ago but also because she’s tired of being treated like a witless person just for being a woman. I liked the way Daniel treated her from the beginning. He had an easygoing personality that didn’t clash with Cait’s strong one. If anything, I think they brought out the best in each other and complemented each other flawlessly. The one thing I didn’t like about Daniel, and as usual this is a personal preference, is that I like my rogues to be more roguish in action and not so much in description. He spent too much time smiling wolfishly and winking wickedly but other than that he wasn’t much of a rogue. That being said, I liked how they took their time to know each other and how the pace of the relationship felt real. I was glad that even though there was an instant attraction, neither one of them rushed into anything. As a side note, there are no graphic intimate scenes in case you were wondering. Just a peck here and there and some harmless flirtation, nothing more. 

Other characters helped moved the story along but to be honest, there were times there was too much going on and I felt I needed to read the other books (which I haven’t read yet) to understand better what was going on. Thankfully, that was later remedied when all knots were tied, so I think I can safely say this can be read as a standalone. 

I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher

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text 2018-09-18 11:30
Teaser Tuesday: The Reunion

#teasertuesday

The Reunion, book 5 in the Decadent Series, by Elaine White

http://smarturl.it/Decadent.TheReunion

This reunion could be one to remember...for the wrong reasons.

#Decadent #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance #authorsofig

 

 

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Source: smarturl.it/Decadent.TheReunion
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photo 2018-09-13 18:46

Today's #quotable from #saimariejohnson #limitations #letnobodydefineyou#defineyourlimits #breaktheboundaries #believeachieve #inspireaspire #justdoit#standupforwhatyoubelievein #bethechangeyouwanttosee #authorsaimarie#positivemantras #influentialdecisions #selfmade #builtforsuccess

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text 2018-09-12 11:30
Facts About Me: All Time Favourite Reads

MM has become my favourite genre in recent years. I happen to read it more than MF fiction, but I started with MF fiction, so this edition is all about the MF favourites that kickstarted my love of reading.

 

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Awakened By Blood, Marie Treanor

No. of Books: 3

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

 

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Dark/Carpathian, Christine Feehan

No. of Books: 29

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

 

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Cornelius Quaint Chronicles, Darren Craske

No. of Books: 5

Genre: Historical, Crime, Mystery

 

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Amelia Peabody, author

No. of Books: 19

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Crime

 

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Ramses, the Damned, Anne Rice

No. of Books: 2

Genre: Historical, Paranormal

 

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The Colorado Kid, Stephen King

Genre: Historical, Crime, Mystery

 

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Tremontaine, Ellen Kushner

No. of Seasons: 3

Genre: Historical, Steampunk-ish, Mystery, Family-Saga

 

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The Caster Chronicles, Kami Garcia

No. of Books: 4

Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Paranormal

 

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Elders and Welders Chronicles, Margaret Foxe

No. of Books: 3

Genre: Historical, Steampunk, Mystery

 

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Chadash Chronicles, David G. Johnson

No. of Books: 4

Genre: Historical, Alt. World, Magic

 

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Vinyl Tiger, Dave Di Vito

Genre: Contemporary, Saga, Autobiographical

 

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Mythos Christos, Edwin Herbert

No. of Books: 1 (so far)

Genre: Historical/Contemporary, Split-Time, Mystery, Adventure

 

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The Devil's Prayer, Luke Gracias

Genre: Historical/Contemporary, Mystery, Split-Time

 

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