Passionflix Review!

Depending on the genre of books and movies you enjoy, you may or may not have already heard about Passionflix.  In a nutshell, imagine Netflix + Lifetime for Women, although I don’t think that description really does it justice.  Why, and what do I think about Passionflix?  Read on to find out!

Sub Rosa Writing Phase is DONE!

SubRosaDoneWe’re having a little celebration because tonight, after two years, a lot of doubt, frustration, joy and excitement, I typed the final words of Sub Rosa, the “prequel” to Pistils. 

Now, onto the editing, then the promotion, publishing, and more promotion.  I’m very lucky that I’ve always been a “final draft” kind of writer…I do all my research as I go, I tend to work on parts that are bothering me instead of skipping ahead until later.  When I’m experiencing writer’s block, I go back and work on existing content instead of staring at a blank screen, wishing for new content.  So please cross your fingers for me!

This book has been a long time coming, it was what I worked on during when my NaNoWriMo novel went down in flames (more on that later), and I can’t wait to share it with you!  I don’t want to jinx myself by setting a publication date just yet, but it will be very early in 2018.

In the meantime, I couldn’t ask for a better (early) Christmas present to give myself!  Cheers!

NaNoWriMo Tip #7!

Treasure your most valuable tools!

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a great weekend!  Today’s tip to help you on your path to NaNoWriMo success is one that people unfortunately don’t think of until it’s too late…taking care of the precious tools you’ll be using!

The tools I’m talking about today are the ones we take for granted too often: our hands (a post about dictation software will be coming soon)!  To give you an example of what I’m talking about, let’s compare NaNoWriMo to the recommended number of steps per day.


NaNoWriMo Tip #6!

Give yourself permission to break the rules!

…especially when those rules aren’t working for you!

I know that the people who come out with THE RULES are coming from a good place, they want to help you be the best, most succesful author you can be.  I do sincerely wish, though, that they’d frame it in a way that doesn’t convey such a “You must follow these rules or else YOU SUCK AND YOUR BOOK WILL SUCK (if you finish it) AND YOU WILL NEVER BE A SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR LIKE ME! kind of tone.

Are there some habits, tips and tricks that are generally helpful to most writers?  Of course!  But that doesn’t mean they’re helpful to all, and quite frankly I’m tired of the “otherwise you’re doomed to fail” subtext to many of these lectures.  If you chain yourself to THE RULES when you organically write best by not following them, then you won’t write your best story, and NaNoWriMo may end with tears and frustration.

NaNoWriMo Tip #5!

Indulge yourself in ONE motivational tool or item!

Motivation is one of the biggest parts of NaNoWriMo…writing a novel in a month is HARD!  For that reason, I’m a big advocate of finding new creative ways to motivate yourself.  That’s also a reason why I’ve never tried a boot-camp style of working out…I prefer to find ways to enjoy what I’m doing (even if I have to “fake it ’til you make it” on days when enjoying it is tough).  Treat yourself BEFORE you’ve won, let alone started the race!