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Beautiful books: Writing Edition Tag

Hey guys,

So I’ve had a few requests on instagram to do this. SO I’M DOING IT, and NO ONE CAN STOP ME!

SO I have ten bookish questions that I thought I’d answer for Y’all. So withought further ado let’s begin!

What were your writing achievements last year?

Last year I was just learning the ropes of things, so because I was such a newbie I decided to make 2 goals for myself. Well really one, if you think about it. These goals were to write one draft of a novel in a month. (Nano) and write another draft over the course of a few months. I did that and completed it!

What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?

This year, I decided to add a few more goals to the plate since I realized how much time I had on my hands this past year. First, write two more first draft’s in the year. And second, finish revising, polishing, and editing two drafts. + Maybe start queries if the drafts end up good enough.

Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!

My TOP priority for the two goals I proposed this year is to finish editing and polishing two manuscripts. Hopefully I can have them publishing worthy.

How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?

I see myself with two finished manuscripts. A book deal. And more popular than JK Rowling. JK. I wish tho.

No but really I hope that I can be able to be able to plot better as well as develop more original story lines. At the end of the year, I’d like to see myself as a better storyteller than before.

Describe your general editing process.

I HHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAATTTTTEEE Editing. It’s the bane of my existence. I have to get into this certain mindset before I can even edit effectivly. It’s a HUUGEE drag. I’m not one of those people who’ll go back and edit after they write a chapter, I just cant. I have to edit the whole story all at once so that I can get a better feel of what I’d originally intended for the reader to understand.

On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?

My Nano draft? A seven. I feel like I rushed a lot and have to go back and take out a few scenes. Also, one of my plot points in my story has to be SERIOUSTLY taken out. I had a revelation a few days after I completed my novel and thinking about it now, it fits WAYY better than this other scene was supposed to do.

What aspect of your draft needs the most work?

Setting and Character development.

What do you like most about your draft?

The complexity but the simplicity of the novel. I also LOOOVE the magic that is wrapped up with this as well as all of the weapons.

What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?

My plans for writing this month are to finish my second draft of one of my novels. For the rest of my goals for the next couple months, go here

What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?

Don’t stop. Don’t look back. Thing’s can be fixed. Characters deleted. Descriptions fixed. In order to get a story finished you actually have to finish.

 

Tips for NaNoWriMo

Hey guys,

So today I want to talk about the craziness that NaNoWriMo creates. Recently I’ve found myself constantly day dreaming about my idea for my National Novel Writing Month story and the crazy adventure that is about to occur in 7 days. But then, while dreaming I had a thought. I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for two years now and this will be my third attempt, And as I’ve been writing I’ve figured out what to do, and (unfortunately) learned what not to do. I thought I’d share some with you.

Write Write Write

Nanowrimo is a time to get words paper or screen or whatever you do to write. It is NOT a time to sit around starting to outline. It is not the time to be browsing Instagram daily. It is not the time to sit around editing the work you’ve written the day before (That’s after you write the novel) Trust me I’ve tried every trick in the book and nothing has worked so if you want to get something done the sad and unfortunate way is that THERE IS NOT SHORTCUT!  Instead of complaining just write it!

 Music

One way that I get words on the page is to set up a writing playlist. Personally I use Spotify (Which I love!) and browse through all of the Movie scores. (Background music with no words to it) The reason I do this is because it get’s me in the writing zone faster as well as help’s me set the mood and tone for the scene I will be writing that day. If you’re looking for some suggestions I personally love to listen to the X-Men music as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, and countless other music. If you haven’t tried already I would highly recommend you try to write to music with no words the next time you write.

Support

In order to accomplish anything you need to be able to have someone that is excited for you and will always be their to cheer you on. Thankfully, I have a ton of support from Aunts and Uncles all the way to my Brothers and my parents. Now I know some of you readers out there will be like “Well Jared, I don’t have parent’s who support me or my family isn’t crazy supportive. Never fear, If you feel you have no support YOU ARE WRONG! I support all that you do and write and I know that you can do this!

Outline.

All writers outline whether they realize it or not. An outline can be an idea or can be a crazy 7 paged outline full of wants in a scene as well as sub-plot and other miscellaneous notes.(Me) I highly recommend outlining because it makes me not veer off track or loose my motivation.

Okay, that was a few of my tips and tricks! For more content like this go to dabook.club for more! Also, Make sure to hit the subscribe button if you like this and want to see more NaNo Posts. Plus I’ve been thinking about doing daily updates through instagram, If you like the idea and want to see it happen comment below to let me know!

Thanks everyone!

-Jared

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My Reading Update

Hey Guys,

So I thought I’d let you know all of the reading biz that is going in my life.

  1. Reading

Slowly, I been trickling back into the world of reading. Overall I have read 7 books in the last little while. After having a huge reading slump from Harry Potter I have FINALLY dived back into reading . While I have started I want to try to start slow and work my way up this means something small, AKA a Graphic Novel. For those who don’t know what a graphic novel is basically it’s a long comic book that you have to read in order to get the story, unlike some comic books in which you can just start wherever. Anyway I decided to go with something fantasy and started a Graphic Novel called Amulet.

It’s by Kazu Kibuishi and it’s made me obsessed. I started with book one and thought it was okay. Next, I started book two and it was better, Finally I started book three and was hooked from then on. For those who aren’t aware Amulet is basically about a girl named Emily who gets an amulet, finds another world, oh and did I mention her Mother got kidnapped by a creature in this “new” world? The book is very interesting and I would highly recommend it to people who want to start reading Graphic Novels.

Novel wise I have sucked. I’ve started a few books and I just can’t seem to be able to finish one. I started reading the Iron Trial by Cassandra Clair and Holly Black, It wasn’t bad, in fact it was good. I just couldn’t seem to find the motivation to find it. THOSE WHO HAVE READ HARRY POTTER AND BEEN IN A MAJOR SLUMP  HOW CAN YOU SURVIVE? I NEED BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS AND I NEED THEM FAST. I CAN’T SURVIVE THE SLUMP MUCH LONGER!

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2. NaNoWriMo

In other news National Novel Writing Month is coming this November. For those who don’t know it’s a time when all writers of the world try to write 50K which is essentially a novel, in ONE month. Yes I know it’s crazy, Yes I know it seems impossible. BUT I CAN DO IT! I can’t really tell you a bunch of my plans for it but it’s probably my best idea yet and I think it’s “The One.”

Anyway thanks for reading this post! I will try hard to continue to post now that school is clearing up!

Thanks,

Jared

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NanoWriMo 2015

Hey Guys!

Sorry I haven’t been posting a ton I literally cleared my blogging schedule so that I could do NanoWriMo 2015.

If you are not aware Nanowrimo, also called National Novel Writing Month is a time when all authors and aspiring authors go on a crazy quest to write a 50K word novel during the month of November. I have literally been so stressed to do this but it’s now day 5 and my word count total for today is 5382 words written. Since the end of October I have been outlining like crazy and trying to write like heck! So, just to tell you that I’m not abandoning this blog, because I have the best Subscribers, a guy could ask for! So just to have a heads up you probably won’t be hearing a ton from me this month.

If your interested In my story I’m working on, I planning to call it “Elsewhere.”

It will basically be the founding of America all over again but the genre will be fantasy! I’ll try to give you more info in the near future when this crazy month is over, and I actually have things set in stone.

Thank you for reading this post Just a reminder to keep reading… and have fun.

If you want to tell me what your topic for NanoWriMo this year just feel free to leave a comment on this post; And if you’re not planning to be participating definitly Continue reading NanoWriMo 2015