I failed at recording a video every third day…well, not as much failed, as just failed to publish…I get nervous when people can actually see me, which was something I was trying to overcome, but I drown in self doubt.
Now that the first draft of Tides of Darkness is FINALLY done, I’m working my way into the editing stage. In April, I’m planning a travel period/potential move to New Zealand, because I really think that country is going to influence me more than I could ever imagine. A lot of people ask me why, and apart from “It’s beautiful” and “It’s the least corrupt country in the world,” it’s sometimes hard for me to fully explain why it is I think this country is going to be the source for all of my dreams to come true.
NaNo is still in full swing, and I’ve somehow managed to hit 24,000 words within this last week. It’s been a crazy one, but here were some things I’ve learned.
Enjoy, and happy NaNo! I’m going to be looking for beta readers once I get done with this draft, then re-read it for a revise. If you’re interested, let me know, and if you still need my first book it’ll be on sale at Amazon all month for only $0.99, and it’s free on Goodreads all month, too. At some point it will also be on iBooks.
Please, stop the typing, please let us rest, and for GOD’S SAKE STOP THE SINGIIIING.
Am I too excited for Christmas?
In light of keeping my fingers reserved for typing out my NaNo manuscript for this month, I have uploaded another podcast for your viewing pleasure. I’m shooting for 84,000 words this month, but I also don’t want to just forget about the blog. So, if you’re participating in NaNo, take a few minutes to get some extra advice and inspiration, and keeping plugging along!
Good luck to those of you doing NaNo this year, and seriously — try that root beer trick.
With NaNo just around the corner, and my sequel hot in the works (and hopefully finished by the end of next month — we’ll see how that goes), I’m going to be looking for some beta readers pretty soon.
With that in mind, I can’t have beta readers if you haven’t read the first book!
It’s on sale in the Kindle store for $0.99 — I wanted to set it to free, but I didn’t want to submit exclusively for the Kindle. Because of that, it’s available for a free download in Goodreads. I’m going to run this all through November, so if you’d like to grab yourself a copy, now’s your chance! And if you’d like to beta read (because you liked the first book), then feel free to contact me directly.
Some of you may be scared. Some of you may be wondering what you’re going to do, still. Some of you (hopefully most of you) are excited, ready to embark on this adventure. A lot of you are first timers, and a lot of you are seasoned professionals.
If you’re stuck in the scared boat, especially if you don’t know what you’re going to do, don’t stress. You can get a lot done in 8 days…if this was NaNo, you’d have already (theoretically) produced 13,336 words.
One of the most important and essential things you can do for yourself is to create an outline. That seems like a relatively “duh” kind of idea, but I know a lot of people who ignore it. When I wrote my first book, and when I went through my first round of NaNo, I did. I just wrote from my head, let the story flow through me, and only wrote whenever the inspiration hit.