Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Survival Tips for Writers

A lot of you are smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo right there {writing an entire 50,000 word novel first draft in a month for all you nonwriters}.  I've never participated before, but it seems like fun! Depending on what I've got going on, I may jump in next year.

Anyways, as you power through your word counts every day, I thought I'd give you a list of survival tips for writers!

- coffee, lots and lots of coffee {or whatever caffeine beverage your prefer} Writing takes a lot of early mornings or late nights, and that jolt is a must.

- good chair. You don't want to be sitting in something too uncomfortable because you're going to be spending a lot of time in it. {something I need to take my own advice on because my chair is not comfortable} You also need to make sure it's not too comfortable that you'll start to fall asleep!

- chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Or whatever your vice of choice is. Always helps fuel those tough scenes!

- music. Or at least that's what works for me. I can't write with the TV on, I also can't write in silence. I need a good playlist, which varies depending on what novel I'm working on, as well as which scene. Find what works for you!

- support system. This is SO important. You need a group of people surrounding you to encourage you, and help make sure you have time to write. I've also found that you need people you trust that you can bounce ideas off of. I'm lucky that my husband will sit for hours discussing character development and plot points. Getting ideas from others often opens my mind a bit on scenes I'm struggling with.

So that's my list of survival tips. Leave yours in the comments!

Monday, November 7, 2016

What I'm Reading

It's been a while since I did a post about what I'm reading. Sadly, I haven't been reading quite as much as I normally do, and am behind on my goal of 75 books this year. But here are some of the favorites I've finished in the past few months.

I just finished Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks yesterday. I read the whole thing in only two days, though that's not uncommon for me with Sparks books. I've read them all. This was another great book of his, and left my sobbing at the end. Again, not unusual. Definitely one to pick up!

I fell in love with Jane Green books years ago, but somehow fell out of the practice. So I was so excited to jump into her newest book, Falling. And I am happy to report that it didn't disappoint. I loved the characters and the twist towards the end definitely shocked me. Another heart-tugger.

Another author I used to love, but put down somehow, was Sophia Kinsella. So when my best friend mentioned she was reading one of her books, my interest was rekindled. So I picked up Wedding Night and flew through it. It was the same witty, entertaining writing as before. A great, fun read!

My library has an e-reader app to borrow books, and from there, I found the current series I'm reading. The first book is Matched by Ally Condie. It is a Young Adult, Dystopian series, similar to The Hunger Games or Divergent. It's different than the usual romance, or women's fiction I read, but I'm really enjoying it. I'm halfway through the second in the series, and I believe there is at least a third as well.

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So those are just a few of the books I've been reading recently. What are you reading? Leave some suggestions in the comments!