From Writer’s Digest–Day 26 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Make a Task List

Ooh, continuing on in the challenge past the month!  I get to create a list for the month of November, with tasks for platform building to continue.  Then, in there, include a day to create the plan for December…  I’m creating this in calendar form and putting here.

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

From Writer’s Digest–Day 20 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Search for Yourself

Okay, using google, bing, yahoo and maybe others, I’m going to search.  Starting now…

Bing first: second result is of my facebook page under this name.  Followed by second+ images of my books, my blog, etc., my LinkedIn page, then my profile on Amazon, then my Goodreads page, others on spokeo pages (“possible matches”), then my book on Amazon, then a blog entry…  Not “perfect” but not bad.

Google next: images–two of which are me; white pages (not me); my Amazon profile; my facebook profile; my LinkedIn profile; two other people on twitter; my Goodreads profile; that same spokeo page; my wordpress blog.

Yahoo last: some random search listing for someone else; my facebook page; images (all but one of which are mine); my LinkedIn profile; my Amazon profile; my Goodreads profile; same spokeo search; my book on Amazon; a blogpost from my Project “DDD” Publication series; my facebook profile a second time; someone else on twitter, and two other random searches for Juanita Millhouse’s  address.

Bing Logo

Bing Logo

Google Logo

Google Logo

Yahoo Logo

Yahoo Logo

Time to Hunker Down

Liger

Hercules – Largest Liger
Guinness World Records 2012
Photo Credit: Jamers Ellerker/GuinnessWorld Records
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

People ask how I’ve written, edited and published books/projects in short time-spans in the past.  The answer is: focus.

How each of us focuses is going to be different.  For some, that focus comes through forcing oneself to sit down everyday with a goal, not “allowing” themselves to get up until that goal is reached.  For others, that focus comes through getting alone in a quiet atmosphere with nothing but a computer, warm yellow lamp, scented candles and a goal.  Yet others must sit with earphones, a cup of tea and an hourly goal before getting up for a break.

I’m a mixed writing animal.  Kind of like a liger, I guess.  I take elements from visual learners, linear thinkers and caffeine amped-up college students, and fitness freaks.  Combined with my own special breed of…me.

And it’s time to hunker down and get focused.  For me, that means the following:

  • Stop watching t.v./movies
  • Focus the playlist to the type of music my fictional band would produce
  • Light up the Christmas lights and candles (ambiance makes all the difference for me)
  • Heat up the teapot
  • Pull out the dumbbells
  • Stay off of Facebook
  • Take breaks from writing with music books
  • Take breaks from writing with my guitar
  • Re-read the prior 3 chapters to the current one
  • Daily re-read the song list of my fictional band
  • Regularly review the “to do” list for the book (things to add or change as the book is revised)

Many of these things have exceptions (such t.v./movies–if they are in the right era or mood of the book I’m writing, that’s a perfectly relaxation activity for a break between writing stints), but for the most part, I have to stick to this list if I want to finish my book completely by my May 17 publication date.

How do you focus for your writing projects?

Manuscript for "Nobody's Girl"

Manuscript for “Nobody’s Girl”

 

Since I have finished NaNoWriMo, it’s time to get to back to the book I’m still intending to be ready for publication this year…  Thought I’d share my basic steps for it now.  I’ll expand on the stages as I go through them with the book I’m editing now.  It’s the process I used to edit my book last year, and it worked well.  So, here we go!

  1. Rough draft
  2. Initial read-through
  3. Highlight modifiers and dialogue
  4. Cut out as many modifiers as necessary
  5. Break up into scenes
  6. Read each scene independently–asking “does this move the story forward”?, “is this scene complete as is?”, “is this scene well written,” etc.
  7. Remove unnecessary scenes
  8. Add missing information/scenes
  9. Second read through
  10. Build dialogue/internalization from narrated stuff
  11. Third read through
  12. Fourth read through
  13. Submit to proof-readers
  14. Fifth read through
  15. Take comments from readers and edit as needed
  16. My own proof-reading
  17. Final read through aloud with corrections

 

Just Jade Inspired–NaNoWriMo 2013

Dublin

Dublin

Using music to allow for inspiration is only one of the components for writing.  At least when you’re me.  I also love to create book covers, edit photos and just look at places, faces and other images that reflect the heart of the story I’m writing.  And since most of “Just Jade” is taking place in Europe, I’m wandering back in time through my own adventures in Europe, looking at photos, and letting those images evoke memories and emotions.

Venice

Venice

If you’ve got some images from your story’s location as you work on your NaNoWriMo novel for 2013, I recommend looking through them.  Or go to Wikipedia and look some up.  Or google images search.  Or Pinterest.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

I experienced many adventures during the various times I have gone to Europe, and I have loved all of those memories, even the sad or scary ones.  So, here are a few of the edited images from the journeys I’ve taken through Europe, as Jade is inspired to take life.

Paris

Paris

Final Steps in NaNoWriMo Prep

Image courtesy of Pixomar / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Pixomar / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The book is chosen.

The characters are named.

The location is set.

The story is roughly outlined.

The calendar is mapped out.

The writing space is ready.

I have a lovely scented candle to get me started.

Yummy green and white tea awaits the mug.

And my friends know that I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year.

Now, it’s time to finish up preparations.  Today, that means making the writer’s playlist.  And since I’m going with another “For the Love of Music” series book, I get to choose music that reminds me of the artists/bands in the book.  Real life artists list their influences.  My fictional ones get to as well.  And while they may not influence the actual style of the music in the books themselves, the artists inspire the characters, lyrics and storyline as we go along the NaNoWriMo road.

So, it’s time to sort through the artists/bands I’ve got on deck, and choose their best works.  After that, I create three playlists.

  1. Nostalgic/Emotional
  2. Upbeat and/or happy
  3. Chill/relaxed

Now, here are the bands/artists in the NaNoWriMo 2013 playlists: