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Taking Time to Refill the Creative Well

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April 30th, 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I blogged about my writing journey. I didn’t write a lot in April. I did, however, spend time planting flowers, walking on the beach, and reading books.

In April, I noticed I was starting to feel stressed out about my novels. The words weren’t coming. I felt like I was scribbling empty words. I would write a chapter and go back and delete it. I know some people suggest you have to write something down so you can revise it. This time felt different.

I needed a creative break.

I took time off from my seafaring project, THE LOST SAGES, and dabbled in another story world for a bit. I wrote snippets of dialogue and explored the setting. I heard back from my wonderful critique partners who read TLS. I have a pile of notes πŸ™‚

Now that we’re on the cusp of May, I’m working on a plan for revisions. I don’t feel burned out but instead excited to dive back in.Β What do you do when you’re feeling drained?

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Hopewell Rocks, NB (little Maggie May in the corner, haha)

I enjoy going to the beach and walking. I especially love finding sea glass.

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Happy writing, friends ❀

Until next time,

Loie xo

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#WriteMentor: A Mentee’s Experience

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Hey everyone πŸ™‚ How are you all making out? Did some of you participate in Camp National Novel Writing Month? I started to, but then I got busy with a new job (I’m happy as a clam!) and settled into a new routine.

Also, can you believe it is August 1st? The countdown is on for the Agent Showcase.

Today I want to share my experience with the mentorship program, #WriteMentor. I am beyond blessed to be part of this fantastic group of writers. There is an excellent mix of published authors and aspiring authors.

Without further ado, here is my experience of being part of a mentorship πŸ™‚

1. Writing Community Broadens

I have met so many wonderful writers during #WriteMentor. I am part of the mentees Facebook group. We share how we are doing during revisions or ask writing craft questions.

My Twitterverse has grown as well. It is so fun to login and see what everyone is up to. Sometimes we post silly GIFS about how revisions AREN’T going smoothly, haha, or we just tag each other in fun little writing questionnaires.

I love meeting new writers, and #WriteMentor has brought new writing friends into my life for which I will be forever grateful.

2. Learn More About Writing as a Craft

As a writer, working with two brilliant and funny authors has been amazing. Their level of insight is really awesome. I received my final round of edits around ten days ago. I took a deep breath and cleared my desk, then sat down to read through their notes.

My jaw dropped many times. They were so spot on! They picked up on things that I didn’t even notice. Bringing some of these things to my attention has already shifted something in my writing brain. I find I am looking out for those problematic areas in my writing or noticing passive and filter words more.

I am so grateful for Amber and MB. They are the best. Thank you both for the time you put in this manuscript ❀

3. Grow More Confident as a Writer

My confidence has grown. I think every time you learn something new, you feel more sure of yourself. The ambiguity clears up.

For example, filter words are the worst, HAHA! Also, make sure the weather doesn’t drastically change in a scene without explaining why. Good ol’ continuity πŸ˜‰

We will always grow and learn more. We can only get better! That is an encouraging thought. Even if I don’t get an agent or a book published in the next year or so, I know I am learning and growing. All of this is important on the journey.

We will get there.

Final Thoughts

A big shout out to Stuart White, who is an awesome, kind, and great encourager in the writing community! He is brilliant. You can tell he has a genuinely good heart and wants to help others. He is the mastermind behind this program.

Also, a big thank you to the rest of the mentors who are giving up their precious time to work with us. You are all amazing ❀

I hope someday if I get enough experience I can give back similarly and mentor a new writer. If you are thinking about applying for a mentorship program, I highly recommend it.

How has your summer been? What are you all working on? Let me know in the comments below πŸ™‚

Loie xo

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Revisions and networking

December 27th, 2017 – 3:06 pm

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you had a nice Christmas season. It’s hard to believe it has already passed. Christmas always seems to pass by in a flurry of presents, food, family, and lack of sleep, haha.

Update on Jaden – he is still hanging in there. Please keep praying for the restoration of his health and for his family.

Revisions

I completed my second draft of Evren about a week ago now. I have been letting it sit and have turned my attention to watching movies (Arrival, Silence, The Pianist, Christmas Vacation – to name a few) and reading books (Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, On Writing by Stephen King, and The Young Elites by Marie Lu). I have spent time with my family and my boyfriend and went for walks. It has been a time of recharging my creative batteries and letting my mind rest.

Now, back at it πŸ˜‰

My plan for revisions are as follows:

  1. Re-read Evren in one sitting

-Make an updated scene list (a two-three sentence summary of every scene in the book).

-Make a list of big and small changes that I will need to make in draft three.

-Make notes on characterization additions and plot holes that need to be fixed.

Β Β 2.Β Create a daily to-do list for revisions

-Decide what scenes need to be scrapped, re-written, or revised.

-Begin to implement big and small changes in scenes and make notes in scene list of where the changes happen.

-Do the same with characterization and plot holes in the scene list.

As you can tell, a scene list is a powerful tool. It allows – at a glance –Β Β you toΒ see where your story is going. I can usually fit all my scenes on two pages. I then cut the pageΒ up so I can spread the individual scenesΒ out on the floor and move them around if I need to.

Networking

For Christmas, my Mum bought me a membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

This is a society where I can meet other writers, post up chapters or query letters to get critiqued, learn about future conferences to attend, and more. I think it will be quite helpful in my journey as a writer. I’ve already posted on some of the forums πŸ™‚

Writing is a solitary occupation. It is fun to reach out to other young adult writers and make connections with them. You can also grow as a writer if you join a critique group or look for a beta reader.

I have finally sent out the first chapter of Evren to two critique partners of mine. Eep! It’s the only way to improve.

That’s it for now, friends.

Until next time,

Loie xo