What Are You Reading?: June 17th

I changed up the title a little, mostly because a lot of the nonfiction books that I have lined up to read have titles that are about a mile long, and I could not find a way to list them in the title without truncating said title so much that you could not determine what book I was talking about.  Anywho…

I finished up last week’s books sometime around Wednesday, and I spent the next two days thinking of ways to apply those techniques to my writing process for a week or two to see if they added to my production or subtracted from it.  I will start testing those on Monday, when my writing routine picks back up.  (I rarely write on the weekends.  I use Saturday and Sunday to schedule announcements, format books, make book covers, and so on.)

This week, I will be reading Successful Self-Publishing:  How to Self-Publish and Market your Book in Ebook and Print by Joanna Penn and Fat Girl Hiking by Juniper Shaw.

I chose Joanna Penn’s book because I am beginning to up my game when it comes to publishing, both nonfiction and fiction, and I needed more information on how to make my adventure as successful as possible.  I love her podcast, and I listen to it as often as I can.  Especially when I need the inspiration to get off my behind and get to work.

Fat Girl Hiking is a review request from a brand-new author.  Juniper asked me to read her book and leave an honest review almost a month ago, and due to school getting out, kids in general, and life, well, I haven’t gotten to it yet.  So I am adding that to my reading list for this upcoming week.

What are you planning to read this week?

What Are You Reading?: Outlining Your Novel & 5,000 Words per Hour

This week, I am pulling two more of my nonfiction books off the shelf to read.  I won’t be on-the-go so much this week, so I will probably finish them much more quickly than I finished last week’s books  (which I finished up at 5 AM this morning).

I have had several people recommend that I read Chris Fox’s 5,000 Words Per Hour from his Write Faster, Write Smarter series, since I am such a nut for keeping up for my word count.  Hopefully, once I read this, I will be able to get my daily word count up, and hopefully, that word count will be high on the fiction-side of what I write.  I have been working on too much nonfiction lately.

I grabbed K. M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel simply because I was trying to outline a novel, and it was not going well, so I grabbed one that had good, positive reviews that sounded like it worked with my writing process.  We will see, though.

So, those are the two books on my reading list this week.  If I remember to, I will update my two read books on my Goodreads profile (which I tend to neglect), and I will have reviews for those written as soon as I can.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

What Are You Reading? – Week of June 4

So, I am trying this new thing to get me to read more because, honestly, I haven’t been doing a great job reading books as much as I used to.  Okay, let’s me honest.  I haven’t read a book in almost two months.

That is so not me.

So, every Saturday, I will post what I will be reading in the upcoming week.  I will also be writing reviews for them as soon as I can, but I don’t know when they will be posted on the blog here, yet.  I have a lot of catch-up to do with my reviews.

This week, I will be reading The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer’s Journey by Joanna Penn and Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox.

I purchased both of these in the e-book format simply because it’s easier for me to keep up with one tablet reader than it is for me to keep up with two paperback books, especially with as much as I am on the go with the kids.  And considering how hard I am on paperback books, I really didn’t want to mess up one of them by shoving it in my bag over and over again when I have to get up and walk a child into an appointment or something along those lines.

So, anywho, this is what I am reading this week.  I’m hoping that these two books will get me back on track so that I can get back to writing.  I have let myself be out of the game for far too long.

World-Building Series: Special Item Creation

As my writing year progresses, I am finding that I am utilizing tools in my process that I have not mentioned in my Story Workbook series or anywhere else on my blog, but I use them so often that I have taken the time to template them for ease-of-use.  I have also begun referring to these tools in my prompt collections, and since I had so much trouble finding premade ones on the internet when I first started using them, I have decided to make the ones I created available for you to download and use as often as you wish.

This is an eight-part series.  Every Monday for the next eight weeks, I will share one worksheet and go over a few examples that I use them for.  I will be presenting them to you in the order in which my brain creates a story: Lands, Creatures, Races, Deities, Characters, Buildings, Vehicles, and Special Items.  This is, under no circumstances, the way you have to create a world or a story–this is just how much brain puts the “world pieces” together.  This series will conclude on April 3rd.

Well, this is the final week of my World-building worksheet series. I hope that you have enjoyed it and that the worksheets I have provided have been helping your keep the facts straight.  This week, I am sharing my last worksheet, the Special Item Creation Worksheet.  This is another one of those that I only seem to use when I am writing something in the fantasy genre, occasionally in the science fiction genre.  I use this sheet mainly when I am writing a story where the entire journey revolves around a single magical or mystical item.  Where would Lord of the Rings be without the One Ring?  How about the Hammer of Thor?  How about Raistlin Majere’s staff?  A few of those examples don’t have entire books focusing on them, but they are still important to the story or the series, nonetheless, so it was important that the details about those items stayed the same through all of the stories. And although I do not use this worksheet very often, it is my favorite one to use because I can create anything magical, mystical, or mythical, and I can give that item its own story.

Use these worksheets any way you wish to create your world.  Feel free to share them–just link back to my page when you do!


Story Workbook Series: Series Wrap-Up

If you have been following this series since I began it back in November 2016, then you should have most of a Story Workbook in front of you.  It may not be pretty, but you have gotten the information down.  It’s out of your head, and it is down on paper so it cannot be forgotten.

And that is the point of a story workbook.

Because you will forget it.

So, if you take anything away from this series, let it be this:  WRITE IT DOWN!

It doesn’t have to be organized, but let’s face it, being organized makes it a great deal easier to find those pesky details from book one or paragraph four that you can’t seem to remember off the top of your head in book three or in the final paragraph of your story.  But it does have to be written down and, preferably, in the same notebook or folder.

So, now that you have finished your story workbook, and you know everything there is to know about your world and your characters, let’s go write the book.

I hope you enjoyed this series!  I had a blast writing it.

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