Happy Sunday! A couple weeks ago I started to think about what books I wanted to write next and what books I enjoy writing. If I’m being completely honest I wrote two books this year that I decided not to publish. At least not yet because my heart wasn’t in it. It was also was a little bit outside the roam of what I usually write. If you have read my other books then you know Giovanni’s Book is in the works. I’ve been wanting to write Giovanni’s story for about 9 months or so and I kept pushing it off. So as I’ve been writing Giovanni’s story I came up with my world. My plan right now is to write a book for each Capo in New York. The Capo is in charge of a crew in a certain area of New York. Cassandra is the boss of bosses and her book is already out (Ruthless Queen). https://amzn.to/2UQMErd
I am currently working on Giovanni’s book which, fingers crossed, will be out later this year. Below I inserted a chart of the world I have built so you guys can follow along. I can’t wait to get these books out to you guys!
Hi all! Today I thought it would be a good idea to take you a behind the scene of my writing space. If you have listened to my podcast or read some other blog post than you know I talk about this a lot. Having a dedicated writing space is a great way to train your mind to get into the writing mode. If you write in the same spot everyday than it can become easy to start writing once you sit down. This is also mentions in Chris Fox’s book 5,000 words per hour. https://amzn.to/2OjPItz If you are trying to increase your writing speed and build good habits I highly recommend this book.
So what does my writing space look like? Well its my kitchen table. I am what some people consider a minimalist and I choose not to buy a desk and decided to just use the furniture that I already have. If I’m being honest I can probably count on one hand how many times we’ve ate at the kitchen so I decided to put it to use. If you don’t have a spare bedroom or just don’t want to invest your money on buying a desk just pick a part of your house and make it your own. On my “desk” I have a white board that I fill out each week with my weekly goals. Usually I have on there my word count goal for the week as well as any marketing I need to get done.
You will see in the picture there is a big green ball on the floor next to my “desk” that is my chair. I sit on a yoga ball most of the time to write because it helps with posture and is better than sitting in the chair. It’s also kind of fun.
Behind my “desk” is something new I’ve been working on. One day when I came home for work I had a crazy idea for my series and I immediately bought some poster board and note cards and created a sort of brainstorm map. This world I am building already has two books done in it (Apprehension & Ruthless Queen) and I am currently writing the next part. This is a new part of my process so I will keep you all updated on how it is going.
The poster board next to the one with all the note cards is also something new. When I am done writing at the end of the day I usually write down what I want to happen in the next scene. It usually only a couple words to trigger my memory. What I decided to start doing is writing scene ideas on sticky notes and putting them on this poster board. Once I write the scene I rip the sticky note off and throw it in the trash. Its a good way for me to physically see my progress.
That is pretty much it for my work space. Its nothing fancy and maybe one day I’ll have a extra bedroom that I can convert to a fancy office but for now this is what I’m working with and it works for me.
Camp NaNoWriMo is right around the corner which means its time to get ready to write a novel! Camp NaNoWriMo is where you spend 30 days writing a 50,00 word novel. It the same thing as NaNoWriMo except that it takes place in April and July instead of November. If you think about it you could write three books a year if you participate in November, April and July. Anyways, I participated in the July Camp NaNoWriMo in 2018. That is when I wrote the first draft of Apprehension(Jayce & Sabrina book 1). With Camp NaNoWriMo coming up I came up with some tips to get started.
I can not stress this enough you need to plan ahead of time. Writing 50,000 words in a month is going to take some time out of your day. So its a good idea to be prepared. What time are you going to write? How long do you have to write? Are there any days during the month that you can’t write and how are you going to make those words up? A lot of things can happen and go wrong through out the month the best thing you can do is have a plan in place.
This can also mean planning your novel. I am mostly a pantser but I do plan somethings. I plan out my characters and I have a bit of an idea where I want the story to start. If you are a hardcore planner than use the month of March to get started. Whatever your stratgey is for planning out your novel get started. If you are a romance author and your not sure how to start planning I will be creating a blog post with some tips.
Find your writing space
I think having a dedicated writing space if a great way to promote productivity and get your brain in the right mindset. Pick a spot. This could be a place in your home, the library, a table in the cafeteria at lunch, etc. If possible make that space unique to do. Then write there as much as possible. When you sit down at that spot it will trigger your brain to know that it is time to write.
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. This is a month of high productivity but that doesn’t mean you have to pulling your hair out. Join the communities on twitter and Instagram. Ask to be a part of a cabin. Make this a fun experience for yourself and maybe then you can repeat it in a few short months.
I have more tips on writing on my podcast at : The Creative Author.
The Goodreads giveaway for Apprehension is live right now on Good reads! I am giving away 100 copies of Apprehension and you will receive it two days before the actual release date of the book! Follow the link to enter.
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 duffle bag.
There was something dangerous about him and part of her wanted to figure out what it was.
He should keep his distance.
She was innocent and he was nothing but trouble.
So why couldn’t he leave her alone?
Sabrina has moved back to the neighborhood she lived in as a child. The kid next door has become 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.