Lunch Time Rambles and Brain Scrambles – I Know I Know I Know

I know I started a new page today but as always, there are a lot of irons in the fire and I’m doing my best to keep up.

I advertised a contest the other night but I’m going to share it again because I seem to have this knack for posting blogs at all of the WRONG times of the day. So much for my amazing marketing training and experience. Sometimes I still fly by the seat of my pants with a great idea when I should be more strategic in my choices and times to share.

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As of right now, NanoWrimo is a bust. I’ve tried so hard to stay on track but with so much of my free time (what little of it there is after my other obligations) spent on marketing my current novel, The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge, I can’t for the life of me remember why I even agreed to do this damn writing contest. Every time I sit down to write it’s a contest to be able to put words in a row without something distracting me or someone entering the room to tell me something that just can’t wait–like “Hey, what’s for dinner?”

So like, now I have to feed you?! Didn’t you eat yesterday?!

Speaking of yesterday…

Since yesterday I’ve been having an all out battle with these new book ideas when I’m currently ALREADY writing three. This pushy beast won’t leave me alone. I already have the title, a few of the characters and even the damn synopsis in my head and get this…IT’S A CONTEMPORARY, THRILLER, SUSPENSE ROMANCE! 

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Just between us, I may need some serious help or at the very least, an intervention before I just run away somewhere and hide for a year and write all of this out of my head. 80 words a minute just isn’t going to cut it–3 hours a night or not. This just cannot be done because well, the whole “I have a real life too,” thing.

However, The book I have been working on for NanoWrimo is shaping up nicely and I do believe I can finish it by January. This one is a stand alone novel…for now. No promises of any future installments. This all depends of course on how much I love the characters and want them to live on…oh who the hell am I kidding? 

Next, I’d like to congratulate the winner of the Tome Tender – The Blue Diamond $10.00 Amazon gift card give-awayFelicia S. I’ve already sent Felicia her gift card and may she enjoy it!

Next Subject…are you still with me?

Last week I tried several different book marketing sites and the results were pretty okay. No, I couldn’t get past 23K on Amazon and I didn’t sell a boat load of books but for my investment, it didn’t suck.

Here is a link to one of the sites I used and so far, I really do like this one. It’s called AskDavid.

I swear I’m almost done…

I was totally out of my mind this past weekend but I had to carry on and keep on trucking, although I wasted quite a bit of time and energy on self doubt, confusion and anxiety. However, a very dear friend of mine reminded me why I am a writer and that I’m not some hack…I may actually be really good and the time is just around the corner when I can finally live out my dream full time. Sometimes I have to look at this and I feel a little better about my talent and abilities.

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Please do not judge those things by some of my blog posts. Here is where I blow off steam and just let everything hang out and what not.

Oh forget I said that. No matter what I write I WROTE IT. So there!

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your day!

Are You Ready to #Write Your Novel?

Well my friends, tomorrow is the big day.

So far today I’ve seen AD after AD for tools, tricks, manuals and aids to assist you with your NanoWrimo process.

Here’s the thing though…there is no process. You don’t need guides, manuals or instructions.

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You just need to write.

Time and time again I see so much hype and angst over doing this and believe me when I say to you, all you need to do is write. You are writing a first draft. This isn’t supposed to be about writing some best seller or the novel of the century.

Could your fifty thousand words end up as such? I bloody hope so! 🙂 BUT…this is an exercise. This is a cerebral and creative work out. This is a month long daily trip to the brain gymnasium, not a final exam or the end all be all of your writing career.

This will be my first official NanoWrimo. There are no nerves, fears or night terrors over whether or not I can make it to fifty thousand words. YOU should not be afraid either, unless you suddenly have absolutely no time to write at all or your computer crashes in the middle of everything–in which case you should be backing up your work anyway.

Here is my personal list of advice for you for NanoWrimo:

  • Eat
  • Drink
  • Sleep
  • Write
  • Repeat daily for one month
  • Back up your work
  • Take bathroom breaks
  • Have fun and let your imagination run wild
  • Don’t ignore your family and friends but advise them of what you’re doing so they don’t get worried

Whether you’re doing this to actually write a book or for the community aspect, buddy system or commiserating…just sit down and WRITE!

Love you all…good luck!