Planning Writing Goals for 2019

December is nearing the end which means it’s time to start thinking about the new year. Specifically, goal setting. I have created a printable PDF that you can use to help plan all your writing projects for 2019. For writers I think this is super important because the production of a novel can take a while, from writing to editing to marketing and then publishing its a long journey and it’s important to plan ahead of time. Everyone has different methods for how they like to plan out what books they will write for the year but I provided a template that might help you along the way. I like to plan how many books I am going to write, what dates I am going to be doing each step of the process and then plan what my day to day is going to look like. I’m a pantser so I don’t usually have titles for my books so it usually goes something like this:

Book One: Example

Begin Drafting:01/01/2019

Finish Drafting:02/15/2019

Self Edits:03/02/2019-03/06/2019

With my editor: 03/10/2019-03/22/2019

Revisions: 03/22/2019-04/05/2019

Copy-edits: 04/06/2019-04/23/2019

Marketing and publication: 5/8, 5/10, 5/15, 5/23 Publish: 6/1

Then from there I write all those dates out on my calendar. If you are a plotter you might want to add a extra line for plotting and fill in those dates. When book one is with my editor and when I am letting it rest before self- editing that is when I usually start on book two then I repeat this process. I don’t write what time of the day I’m going to be writing or editing because I always work on my books in the morning before work. This way when I get up I can open my planner, clearly see what I need to do today and get to it. That is how I have found the most success with keeping myself organized. Don’t forget you will also need to plan for days off. I try to take a couple days off a month at least. Taking days off is hard for me but I know it’s important. If you work a lot and you have a family you may have more days off or less time you can spend on writing. That is fine even if you only plan to publish one book this year. Its important to schedule time to write, time to edit and time to market that book. I hope this helps when you are planning for the new year. I‘ve created a printable where I give examples and created templates to help you organize your goals. Sign up for my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/dF1a0D . and you will receive it in your email.

Guidelines for Writing Romance

The winter month are upon us and its the perfect weather to cozy up and get some writing done. I read a book recently called Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes and it has completely changed the way I have been writing lately.

I wanted to share some of the things I picked up with other writer and tell you how it has changed my writing process. Every genre has certain elements(also called Beats) that are expected in order for it to fit into that genre. For example in romance there has to be a happy ending, if there is not a happy ending then it is not a romance.

This book really dives into what beats need to be in every romance novel to really be considered a romance. This book is also helpful for anyone writing a love story within other book genre’s. For example a YA fantasy novel with a romantic element. Romance readers, read like crazy. There is a reason why romance is one of the most popular genre. But if you have ever read romance you will find that there is a certain flow to every story. You expect there to be some tension in the middle of the book where you think all hope is lost and then there is a grand gesture where one of the characters comes to their senses and realizes they can’t live without the other one. Readers expect these beats in a romance book and the consistency is what keep them coming back. So how has this book changed how I write?

This book has taught me how to write in Acts. I’ve always been curious to how some writers organize their book while they are writing. I’m a pantser and I just kind of write from beginning to end and fix everything later on in the editing process. This book has made me change my process a little bit. Now I have started to write in four acts and after each act I go back and make sure I am hitting all the necessary beats that are suppose to be in that act. If I miss a beat I’ll write it in. Then I got on to the next act and repeat the process until my entire book is done. This has made my rough draft so much cleaner. I always dread the editing process because I feel like it is such a big mountain to climb. At least this way I feel like I am hitting all my beats and I won’t have to do any big re-writes or story constructions. I believe it will also make my editing process go a lot faster. If you would like to check out the book Romancing the Beat it is on Amazon. Also if you google Romancing the Beat there is a blog where you can print off a template that will help you with your story structure. I’ve been keeping this next to my desk every time I write. Don’t forget for updates on book release and blog post make sure to follow my newsletter http://eepurl.com/dF1a0D .

Apprehension Available For Pre-Order

Apprehension is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Also Ruthless Queen is free on Amazon until December 5th. Following the link to pre-order!

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Sabrina
He didn’t look like the boy she remembered as a child.
He smoked, wore a leather jacket and was always carrying around that black duffel bag.
There was something dangerous about him and part of her wanted to figure out what it was.

Jayce
He should keep his distance.
She was innocent and he was nothing but trouble.
So why couldn’t he leave her alone?

Sabrina moved back to the neighborhood she lived in as a child. The boy next door she had spent hours playing with as a kid has grown up into the infamous town bad boy. She should stay away from him, he warned her of it, but she can’t seem to get him out of her head.

*WARNING*
This work of fiction is intended for mature audiences only. All sexually active characters portrayed in this ebook are eighteen years of age or older.