Abandon Manuscript!: The Diary of a Quitter

We’ve all been here. Here’s a great post, a confession many of us have often made.

The Crooked Pen

I’m notorious for jumping ship whenever a story becomes complicated. Friends ask me frequently how a story is going and my blood goes cold.

Oh,” I think, “just imagine a sinking boat that suddenly catches fire only to be extinguished by a humpback whale, leaping from the water and crushing it into splinters with its girth. That’s how the story is going.”

I frequently write myself into corners.

I create plots that are too complex to unravel.

I design characters that don’t do what I want them to do.

Then there’s the constant feeling of being adrift at sea, wondering “now what?”

Creating an outline works for about a day. Then, my brain throws something else into the mix that creates a disastrous domino effect.

I reread the manuscript for a novel I’ve been working on since January and made the decision to abandon it. I…

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How to Get Started With Scrivener Right Now (without losing a second of writing time)

I’ve been interested in Scrivener for a while, so I’m happy to have found a great post that explored it for me!

Vivien Reis

Recently I made a post detailing why I thought Scrivener was for everyone. I received a huge response from that video as well as some additional questions.

Today I wanted to answer one of those in particular:

How do I get started in Scrivener?

Watch the video below for a detailed tutorial! I walk you through exactly what to do to start writing today.

Upon opening this program, you may be taken aback by everything that’s going on. You’ve got sectioned off areas with drop-down bars and text and buttons galore. Scrivener is very user friendly, but like any new piece of technology, you have to take the time to get accustomed to it.

Today’s topic will be how to get started using Scrivener without spending too much time learning about it.

Most of us purchase this software to increase our productivity in novel writing. So you probably don’t want…

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My First Novel, The Gods Defense!

A reblog for today, and a book recommendation too! Support fellow authors!

Author Amie Gibbons

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My first novel, The Gods Defense, is new today!

In a world of magic, even gods have something to fear.

When the gods woke and brought magic back to the world, society held it together. Sure, now people suddenly have powers, plants can talk and the laws have to change to accommodate magic, but the world goes on… at least until the reason the gods went to sleep in the first place comes around.

Prosecutor Cassandra Berry isn’t a fan of the gods gathering naïve people into their new religions (cults) and doesn’t like that they won’t tell people why they’ve been asleep for thousands of years, but her latest assault case has hit a wall.

The defendant is claiming the new “Gods Defense,” that Dionysus made him do it, and the judge is actually allowing it! Cassandra knows Dionysus will ignore a subpoena and pulls the only string…

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Today I Learned: April Fools Day Might Have Started with “April Fish” Pranks

A Friday reblog—and an interesting one at that!

The Lonely Tribalist

If you’re like me, you likely don’t treat April 1st much differently from most other days of the year. So let’s do what we usually do and learn us some knowledge about this so called “April Fools Day” – or April Fools’ Day, whichever gets your rocks off.

While the absolute origin of the April Fools tradition is pretty cloudy, a major theory is that it had to do with the shifting of the calendar so that the new year started January 1st, rather than April 1st. Because people can be raging dicks, people would make fun of those who didn’t get the memo and attempted to celebrate new years on the old date of April 1st. A common joke involved attaching a paper fish to the backs of these people, much like a “kick me” sign.

But really, no one knows. Even in the 1700s, people thought it was…

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How Scribophile Can Help Your Manuscript

Thought I was going to take Sunday off from blogging, but I couldn’t resist after reading posts by this WordPress writer!

Looking for Feedback in All the Wrong Places

I have a beta reader who gives me great feedback on the overall scope, characters, plot and pacing of my manuscript.  But it is always a good idea to get as many different points of view as possible.  So I went on a hunt for more beta readers, particularly those who can give me suggestions on the technical side of writing, such as sentence structure and grammar.

On some of the sites that I checked out, the feedback consisted of ‘good book’ or ‘I liked it’.

Ummm… thanks but that’s a little vague.  Are you just here to read books for free?

I need feedback from writers that are better than me, writers that can teach me things.

Hitting the Motherlode

I found Scribophile at the end of December.  It has helped me connect with some really good writers from all over…

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10 Things That Can Happen to a Dull Character #writers #writerslife #amwriting

Imagine this. You are a dull and lifeless fictional character. I can hear you all groaning. Stay with me, I know it is a tough one. Your writer thinks readers will prefer to sit and watch paint dry…

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