Workout Your Creative Muscle

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day ❤

As you might already know through my previous posts that it’s been a while since I wrote or edited any fiction word. Only in the Writer’s Log series while I worked hard on my blog, my own mental health and working on decluttering our home to simplify our lives… Only then the fiction words started to flow again. As if something was clogging my creative mood or creative flow, and when it happened I suddenly stopped being creative. When we started to declutter and figure out what we really want, I knew that the creative flow will arrive and it did.

Doing that may help to bring back my creativity but it also didn’t do much good. I should have workout my creative muscle, even if I didn’t feel much like writing or didn’t trust my words.

However, in this Writer’s Log, I learned that writing is just like any other muscle we try to workout on, and I should treat it that way. So I started showing up for my work and try to workout that creative muscle I’ve neglected for far too long, every day.

I may not publish a book until I’m 50 (which isn’t that far away, hehe), but I am sure that if I will keep this up and keep working out this writing muscle I may publish soon enough.

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” ― Jane Yolen

So how to workout that creative muscle?

Show up for yourself

As I said in my previous post: How To Show Up For Yourself, just by showing up will do more wonder than thinking or beating yourself up for it. I started showing up for my work. I opened my laptop and stared at the words (which I hated to the bone) and then I stared some more and after half an hour of not feeling it and not writing a single word, I closed my laptop until the next day and the day after that. Sooner or later words came out (good and bad, but they came out) and soon enough I started to love what was coming out and my creative muscle grew a bit 😉

Have a realistic plan

I used to plan my writing day, even when I had a busy and extremely exhausting day with my mom and from doing things around the house, which only led me to feel more disappointed and more aggravated about the entire thing.

But I’m the real blame here, I should have never plan to write 10K, 5K or even 1K in days like yesterday or days like we used to have. In days like these, all I need to plan is how I will rest, eat and heal myself (body and soul) but not write. Now for some writing can be a great escape of life so they can write even when life is stressful but for me it’s just like any other muscle in your body, if you overstress the entire body nothing will work right and more so my writing will be just shit (sorry for the language, hehe).

So having a realistic view of your life and a realistic plan of your writing day/hour is very important and will help you a lot out on exercising that writing muscle.

Nourish your creativity

Like on any workout you need to nourish your body so you can actually do that workout. Creativity is the same. You need to nourish your mind in order to make your creativity flow. All you need to do is what makes you relax and fill up that creativity well.

For me, what works is Reading, blogging, decluttering and organizing my desk, drawing, planning, looking at some pictures, and just walking around.

Enjoy that workout, make it fun 😉

By doing all these little things that each helps a lot, your creative well will feel up again and you will be ready to do some creative writing.

What works great for me is doing some writing sprints by myself or with others, journaling, free writing, doing some cool challenges (like I’m about to do over on my Patreon, go check it out). Doing things that will bring the fun back to my writing process and fill that creative well for a long while.

All these little things help so much with exercising that writing/creative muscle so much but I think the most important and will keep saying it as that is my new lesson this year, lol and that is: Show up for yourself and for your work – never give up.

How do you workout your creative muscle?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Last Minute NanoWrimo Prep

Hey all, I hope you are all having a good day and if you are participating in NaNoWriMo then here are some quick and easy steps you can do to ensure you will have a better start to your NaNoWriMo experience 😀

If you want to see me last year’s Last Minute Nanowrimo Prep, check it out as I am sure you will find a tip or two help you relax and feel prepared.

This year I am looking at things in a different way and I hope this will help you too 🙂

Last minute organization

If you haven’t done you outline like I’ve suggested in my Nanowrimo prep, you can use this last day to do a fast outline and have a quick know of what you gonna write about. Research only the key things you’ll need in order to keep on writing. you can always go back and do more research.

Put everything you need to do this month in your calendar/planner/bullet journal, that way you will have a better understanding when you can write.

Organize your space where are mostly going to write and if it’s your bed, try to make it nice and tidy every day so that you will have an amazing feeling sitting there and write.

Don’t start at midnight

There are a lot of Nanowrimo addicts that will start as soon as the clock hits 12, don’t! Go to sleep and when you wake up you are fresh and ready to start your writing.

Twitter

Twitter is your friend here (I know… it sounds weird), during Nanowrimo, you will find a lot of people on twitter doing words sprints and this is your time to follow a few of these sprints and a few nice people to connect with. As I wrote in my 4 Nanowrimo Tips last year, using the sprints will help you write faster and more words.

Google Drive

As Twitter, google drive is your best friend, lol. If you put your work on google drive you are automatically synced to everywhere and so you can write from everywhere, even from your phone.

The “Nanowrimo” app

There is a Nanowrimo companion you can find in the app store. You can see in the widgets your daily word count and your overall word count, this keeps you motivated and always thinking about your novel 😀

Be zen about it, hehe

Try journaling while before the madness starts to clear your mind of all the things that are bothering you throughout your day, I will highly recommend to do it even while you are doing Nanowrimo (it helps a lot).

Meditate to calm your inner self. I know how it sounds, lol, but calming yourself down will keep you focused on what you want and even let you figure things out when you’re in a bit of a rut, so keep doing even a 2 minutes meditation every night before sleep, will help you a lot during all this craziness 😀

Stock up

find some yummy healthy and not so healthy, hehe food to stock up when the time will come and lots of coffee/tea, that way you will always have some good crunchy food to each while fighting to write a scene or just in a mini-blackout.

Take a deep breath and embrace the madness and have fun, after all that’s why we are doing it the passion for writing ❤

Are you participating in Nanowrimo this year?

 

As always, thank you so much for reading and don’t forget to add me as a NaNo buddy ❤

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Using October to start writing again

Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing okay ❤

NaNoWriMo is less than a month away and October is the month to start writing again or just give yourself a boost of motivation to continue your on-going project. I am (still) in my editing phase so I will continue on with my own writing project in hopes to finally put a serious dent in my edits.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, then let me explain it to you… Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month that comes every year on November. In this nano month, you will try to write 50K in one month 😀 If you’re gasping of shock right now and thinking that it’s way too hard, then let me tell you that it is hard and it is madness, but that’s the entire fun of this. The point is to write and not think of what your novel will look like (that’s editing for).

Last year and a few years back I wrote a few NaNoWriMo Prep Posts that might spark your creativity and prepare you for what is coming, especially if you are new to Nanowrimo and not so familiar with what is Nanowrimo 😉

Here is my checklist, that helps me stay on track with my writing through Nanowrimo and preparing for it

Know what you gonna write about

Use this month to know what you’re going to write about. Try imagining your world, your characters, the theme of the entire plot. At first, it’s okay to write just a name, a place or a sentence of the plot. The more you write whatever comes to your mind the more good ideas will flow out and spark your Imagination and let it run wild.

Outline

I said this a lot but it’s true, outlining your novel truly helps, especially after the midpoint of your novel. So… Outline your nano novel as much as you can. My outline is about 40 pages and in many times more than 60 pages long (lol, wow… I need help). So do as much outlining as you can this month until you know all the characters, places, plots, and even some subplots 😉

Research

Don’t be lazy and do the work. Research about places, or people.
Listen to some conversation near you, hehe (I know it sounds weird and intrusive but it helps a lot) then, write down some key notes about what stood out in your eyes.
If your book is more on the sci/fi or Fantasy research about that subject, and try to create as many details as you can because when Nanowrimo arrive you will not have any time to do all this and you will have a much easier time writing down almost 2K a day, every day.

Connect

Go now to nano site and connect with other writers. you can find groups in your local area or just add writing buddies to help you be more motivated throughout the month, and do some sprints with them.

Take a break

In the week before nano or even just a couple of days before, take a break and enjoy your freedom, it will be your last chance for some free time for 30 days, hehe 😀

Embrace the madness

Don’t think of how it will turn out, no one has to see it. Enjoy the community and the madness of writing sprints with other writers and race towards your goal of writing 50,000 words a month. Ready to have some fun? 

This what I do every year, and it helps me get on track when I feel stuck or just have fun and write with other writers out there, so I hope it will help you too.

After all, as writers we mostly tend to do our craft alone and once in a year it’s so much fun to just embrace the madness of Nano and enjoy the wonderful community ❤ Btw, I’ve made this for NaNoWriMo last year, to put on my phone and on my Instagram and other social media, feel free to download it and use it 😀

Link to download this cute nano picture here: Nanowrimo Pic 😀 Have fun downloading it and, I hope you’ll enjoy using it.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Guest Post: Unexpected, Exciting Developments By M. J. Mallon

I am thrilled to say that I have outlined the major events in Book Two in the series – The Curse of Time. So, if you haven’t read The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone now’s the time to do so!

During this process, I stumbled upon a plot development idea that shocked me. I’d started writing the bare bones of the ending of book two and then POW it hit me. I can’t divulge what my idea is for fear of spoiling it for you, but I can say that it will take the story on an unexpected pathway into a potential book three.

This Kapow aspect of writing excites, empowers and intrigues me.

During the creative process of writing The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone, I didn’t plot much at all. I wrote from a reservoir of my imagination. I had to restructure a lot, but this meant that TCOT is a highly imaginative concept.

My reviewers have been saying lots of wonderful things about TCOT.

Here are just a couple of review quote snippets:

‘This is a brilliant book for young adults interested in magic, supernatural, paranormal, fantasy and myth. I found it highly readable and the author’s imagination is phenomenal, as is the fluency of her language and the dazzling way she describes the curious events and characters in her story. I loved the idea of Esme, the girl trapped in the mirror.’

S C Skillman, author

‘The curse of time is a beautifully written book. I really enjoyed M.J. Mallon’s style of writing and the beautiful characters she created. Even though aimed at the YA audience I enjoyed it and found myself totally engrossed.

The story is almost dreamlike, very addictive and quirky. I loved all the references to crystals and the magical element. I was keen to find out the mystery linked to Amelina’s Dad’s disappearance and eventual reappearance. This is such a mixing pot of delights, you have gorgeous poetry scattered throughout, a girl stuck in a mirror and a magically enchanted paint set and this is the tip of the iceberg!’ Lisa, Book Addiction UK.

One of my subsidiary characters became far more important. In fact, she became one of my favourite characters.

Let me introduce you to Esme.

Portrait of Esme – Copyright artist Carolina Russo – https://yesterdayafter.com/

Imaginative Developments: Mental Health and Entrapment

  • I had an idea to write about a girl trapped in a mirror and Esme became that girl. I realized she needed to be more interesting and defined. I struggled with this for some time. Then, during the writing process, I had a Eureka moment – I decided to link the mirror girl Esme’s imprisonment to mental health.

Mental Health is a form of entrapment. A person who is suffering from mental health problems isn’t free. They are unable to live life to the full as fear anxiety, depression and mental health issues hold them back. Esme is that person. She is a prisoner in the mirrors of Amelina’s house and she is also imprisoned by her mental health issues. Esme is a victim of a curse but prior to her imprisonment, she had also been stuck in a vicious circle of self-harm.

Esme became the character I longed for – a character with huge potential for truth, hope, and discussion. I now have so many ways to portray her and…

The reader will be able to see her journey throughout the series.

Will Esme recover from her self-harm?

Will she escape the imprisonment of the curse?

Will I be able to help Esme feel good about herself?

Esme’s character will allow an open and frank discussion on the crucially important topic of mental health/self-harm/depression/anxiety which matters so much to me.

Esme also features in book two, with an emphasis on recovery and hope along with all the original cast of book one.

Imaginative Developments: Crystals

  • Wow, I just love them. I have a lovely collection at home. So it’s no surprise that there’s a magical crystal cottage in The Curse of Time. But, this haven of beauty, light, and magic isn’t open to everyone. No way! It’s strictly by invitation only. My main protagonist, fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott is allowed to visit but will Ryder creep in? Wait and see… There will be some amazing developments with regard to the cottage in Book Two. Expect twin doors…

Imaginative Developments: Tattoos and Art

  • Tattoos. This is hysterical. What can you do with tattoos in a fantasy novel? Perhaps you can cover your villain with them. Hey, maybe you can bring those tattoos alive, and link those black tattoos to shadows. Perhaps you can take this further and make them smoking hot! Interesting… Now, how cool is that?

Just imagine what fun I can have with tattoos in future books… Oh my!

(I have a thing about bringing art alive and this is also portrayed in the Creature of The Cottage.)

Portrait of The Creature – copyright artist Carolina Russo – https://yesterdayafter.com/

Imaginative Developments: Clocks and Rollercoasters

There are three wonderful Chronopage clock creations invented by Dr. John C Taylor, OBE http://www.johnctaylor.com/who I had the pleasure of meeting in September 2017.

The magnificent grasshopper lives in King’s Parade in Cambridge, and features in Book One. The midsummer Chronopage showcases a mythological fly and the dragon Chronopage is, of course, a dragon. Look at that pearl on the dragon’s tongue! I can’t wait to write about the mythological fly and the dragon in the next two books in the series.

In the meantime, I have plans for the grasshopper to come alive and get up to a bunch of mischief in Book Two.

Aren’t they stunning?

http://johnctaylor.com

And … there will be an epic rollercoaster in Book Two and some riddles…

If you like fantasy, adore Dr. Who (like I do,) I hope you will give The Curse of Time a try.

Don’t forget to check out Marjorie’s Interview and Book review 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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5 Tips On How To Start Over

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a nice Wednesday ❤

Today was a very busy day for both me and my mom, she moved to a new room so we had to clean and organize and declutter her stuff and by the end of the day, I felt exhausted. Yesterday was a nice day at home. I cleaned, wrote about 3.2K (yay me), edited, and read a book I am reviewing next month.

Today I wanted to talk about (or more so to share) about my writing progress. In EllE (working title) I am still editing. My editing is going at a slower pace than I wished it to be, but anything is better than nothing and slow is definitely a progress, so that’s good 😉

I have another project that I am working on. I almost finished writing it a while back (like 2.5 years ago). While I was starting to edit it, I’ve realized that there were too many huge blocks of writing that needed to be changed and rewritten, so I printed it and started working on it.

Writing, Coffee n' Notes

Sometimes in editing, you just need to start over and that’s okay.

Now that I am started over, I felt scared but also very excited, lol. It’s like visiting an old dream that you have forgotten, but suddenly remember bits of it. I was so scared to start over from scratch, but now that I am 35K words in, I realize that I’ve made a good choice. The plot runs smoother, the characters feel real and complicated, and the story itself keeps growing.

I wanted to share with you my 5 best tips on how to start over (if you have to start over), without banging your head on the wall or your table, lol. These 5 tips will make you work faster and better.

Btw, these tips work great with every new project as well, the only thing you’ll need to change is brainstorm ideas and then outline.

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Print. Read. Highlight. Outline.

I printed my old novel (75K) and read it very slowly. I highlighted the parts that I thought were important and saved those parts in a new document, in a new order I thought they need to go.

Brainstorming, Coffee n' Notes

Outline or Re-Outline the novel, only this time add every little detail you can think of and put all those highlighted parts in the outline. My new outline is now about 45 pages, lol (while the old one was 5). It’s like a big summery of your novel 😀

Start writing. Work in bursts.

What helped me the most is to make the outline in a new document and start my writing on that, lol. This way, I am not working with a blank page (so no fear of writing or writer’s block) and I will always have a good idea where my characters and plot needs to go, so writing came easier.

Writing, Coffee n' Notes

Writing in small bursts helped me a lot so far. I worked in 20-30 minutes of writing sessions (a few times a day) and it didn’t make me feel overwhelmed or overworked.

After each writing session, take a break with some yummy coffee or tea and some fruit. Enjoy the feeling that you were writing 🙂 After the break, get back to your writing session.

Edit as you go

Don’t wait after you finish writing it all, to edit. Try editing while your mind is still fresh and full of details about the world, characters, and the plot. If you finished writing for that day, take the next day to edit what you wrote so far. Remember this is a simple edit. You will not go into the nitty-gritty of things. Look at the plot and characters, and see if they make sense to you.

Try working in bursts in your editing sessions, it will keep things light and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the entire process.

Write the ending

This is very important, even if it sounds weird. Take a few moments before starting your first writing session and just after you finished with your new and shiny outline. Start thinking about how your story will end and write the end scene of your novel or your last few pages.

This will not only help you see your entire novel in a big picture kinda way, but it will also help you see all the details of the plot and characters. Writing the end truly helped me see my novel and what details I needed to add in the middle (as that is the hardest part for me, lol).

After writing the end, I knew what will come before that and so on… It’s writing your novel from end to start 😉 But it works!

Breath

Last but not least, breath! Take your time and rest in between your writing sessions. Try to find something that inspires you, like a great book or even just enjoying a hot cup of tea (or coffee in my case).

The End, Coffee n' Notes

I really hope these tips will help you with your new or old project, as much as they helped me and if you have your own special tip that you wish to share, feel free to writing down in the comments so will all can learn 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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7 Tip To Survive and Win NaNoWriMo

So… We are a week away from the start of NaNoWriMo and I thought this will be the best time to share with you some of the tips and tricks that really keep me motivated and win (Well… Most of the time anyway, lol, sometimes life must be first and last).

Btw, If you want you a writing buddy, you can add me here and feel free to add me on Twitter as well, and we can do some word sprints 😉 Remember that this is not how you normally go about writing a book, but NaNoWriMo is about the community, quality and fun, and this change of pace helps a lot sometimes… Just remember to have fun ❤

Okay, let’s start with some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years of doing NaNoWriMo 🙂

Plan your time

A planner is your friend here, on those busy days plan some 5 – 15 min of writing. Now on those days that you have a bit more time on your hands, try to plan more writing time an hour or two and you will see that even though you are a bit behind one day, the next day you can be in the lead 😀

You have 50K words to write a month and even though the estimate word count per day is 1667 word, this is not the law – You can write 500 a day and the next day you can write 4K. What matters is the finish line.

Word sprints

These really help to get your brain fluids run smoothly, hehe and twitter NaNo Sprints is a really good place to find many people doing sprints of 5 – 20 minutes of fast writing. It makes you write fast and not think of what are you writing and if it’s the right thing to write or not… You just write.

Writing, NanoWrimo

Planner or Pantser

I am a strong believer in an outline, and I really think that a well-developed outline can keep the darkness of a writer’s block away. So take this week and write your idea – outline it as much as you can and write a sentence or two about your project.

Food and Drinks

Yummy food both healthy and not so healthy is always have been a great part of NaNoWrimos and a great part of my writing process, lol. Pick a few of your favorite food items, but try to put some healthy choices in there as well.

Junk food, NanoWrimo

Books, Movies, and Tv

I really recommend reading a book, see a Tv show or a movie that really inspires you to write and gives you a nudge to go back to your project ❤ I recently saw the great movie Stranger Than Fiction and it was so much fun to watch it, perfect movie to see before NaNo 😉

Kill the inner editor – Kill it!

Never edit as you go. This is not a regular writing session, where you can edit – Editing will only slow you down and even make you doubt yourself. So leave all the errors, red lines and other things that your brain will try to convince you they must be addressed – Don’t listen and keep writing.

Be kind to yourself

If by any chance you are getting behind and starting to feel frustrated, don’t beat yourself up for that. Take a deep breath, go for a walk or do your chores and when you come back, and keep writing. I know the goal is to win but it’s also to have fun with your writing and getting used to writing. So don’t be harsh on yourself – You can always write more words in those other days when you have more time.

That is all for today, I hope you found a tip or more to help you win Nanowrimo. Do you have any writing tips to share with us, that might help everyone be more prepared for Nano?

Embrace the madness that is NaNoWriMo and have fun ❤

Can’t wait for November to start 😀

Fun, Excited, NanoWrimo

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Weekly Round Up

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Hey everyone, hope you are having a nice day 🙂

My week was hectic and full of doctor appointments, lol, and there much more to come the next few weeks. It’s been hard on my mom as well as on me, but things need to get done and there’s no way to run from it.

Usually, I post my Weekly Round-Up on Sundays but yesterday was beyond exhausting. I came home, ate and fell asleep immediately.

So, I thought why not post it today 😀

Friday Musing

Friday Musing

A little update of my busy week and my only wish is to sleep. Must sleep!

10 Tips For New Writers

Ten Tips For Writers

I love reading about tips for writers and I mostly read the same things. You must write every day, you must read a lot. So, I thought why not compile 10 tips for new writers, that I know worked great for me 😀

I hope you’re having a nice Monday and a start of a great week 🙂 Goodnight Y’all 😉

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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To 10 Tips For New Writers

Hey everyone, welcome back to Coffee n’ Notes, I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday and if you are new to my blog, hi 😀

I got a few questions about this over on Tumblr and in my email, asking me for some tips for new writers. So, I thought I’ll write a post with my top 10 tips for new writers.

I remember how scary it was to start writing and being so overwhelmed about it all, where to start and how. Now we all heard that in order to be a writer you need to read and you need to write every day. Nothing new here, but what can really help a writer that is just starting out with the writing process? Just remember I am in no way an expert on writing, lol, these are just a few things that I’ve learned along the way and that worked well for me.

So, let’s start 🙂

  1. Take a deep Breath Yes, starting a new story (or novel) can be intimidating, but just take a deep breath and relax. Remember that this is what you really want to do. Start by writing whatever pops into your mind and I mean, whatever. It can be a word, a paragraph, anything goes. Tomorrow or a few days later try again. When I was a kid I wrote a 3 paragraphs story (with drawings) of a monster that’s trying to kill a dragon and a little girl saved the dragon. We think we imagine and we dream. Whatever you write is perfect and good and no one has to look at it. You will get better over time, but you must start somewhere.
  2. Ask Questions, For now, let’s go with the story I wrote when I was a kid. You need to ask yourself once you wrote that word or line or even more, is what’s going to happen next? If you don’t know then ask this… How will the little girl be able to kill a monster? What if she could have a magical power? What if she needs someone to help her? Who would that someone be? What if she couldn’t save the dragon? Keep asking and answering slowly as many questions as you can.
  3. Be yourself Don’t write for someone else. Write about the things you would love to read and that genuinely interest you. Readers will know the difference immediately.
  4. Outline as much as you can If you want to have some sort of order in your writings than an outline is the best way to go. There are many people that are writing an entire novel without an outline, but I learned that it makes things much easier and you don’t get much “writer’s block” this way. There are so many ways out there to outline and you should find the best way that works for you. But, to just start the outline with the example I gave, you need to find the keywords that will push your story forward. Like: An evil monster. A little girl hero. A beautiful dragon. Forest. Mountains. Magical powers. A helpful big brother. The girl saves the beautiful dragon. and so on… Until you have some sort of an overall picture of your story.
  5. Don’t be hard on yourself Writing is hard at the beginning, so take your time, practice and try to enjoy the work of imaginary worlds. Always remember that you love this and want to do this. If you don’t love writing, it is best to move to something else 😉 Remember that not everything you write will be amazing and perfect, but it’s your story so keep writing.
  6. Look around with your writer’s hat on I find that looking around me, even when I’m at home can help a lot with my writing. I can always see something that will spark an idea or that perfect name. Everything can be inspiring and if you look and search around you, I promise you will find many good things you can put in your novel. Like: A name. A dialog you heard and changed a bit. A scene in a movie that played out exactly like what you needed, so write it all down and it will help you later with your scenes or plots.
  7. Schedule your writing Don’t say I will write tomorrow. Say I will write at 8am till 10am for example. Use your planner or calendar to set some writing time and let people around you know that this is the time where they can’t reach you.
  8. Set some writing goals This will keep you accountable for your writing but also help you see the things you need to work on. You can set word count goals, scene goals or any way you choose, but don’t set too many goals for a day/week or a month. Know what you can do and be realistic with your goals (trust me on that).
  9. Research the genre you writing Today you can find everything online, you just need to search for it. If you write Science Fiction, search for some pictures that resemble the type of things you want to put in your novel. If you need names or places, research them as well. If you need some science stuff, or weapons (anything), just google it and search. This part can be fun and addictive so don’t forget why are you doing this and don’t procrastinate on that too much 😉
  10. Figure out your ending Try to write the ending of your story, even if at first it is just a word or a single line. This will guide your writing to the point you need in order to reach that ending. If you choose to change the ending along the way that’s okay, but still write some sort of ending. 

These are my top ten tips for new writers! I hope it wasn’t too long (sorry if it was too long) and I hope that it helped you in any way 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Behind The Writer

It’s Wednesday and at Coffee n’ Notes it’s time for ‘Behind The Writer’ 🙂 I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday and a great week.

Before I will start with the post, I just wanted to say that I am sorry I was away for a bit and haven’t answered your lovely comments and visited your wonderful blogs. Too much is going on right now (JunoWriMo, Other writing, Family, Home…).

so I am a bit overwhelmed, but I hope things will get easier – soon 🙂

So… Back to the post, lol. Btw, If you missed my first two posts in this series, you can find them Here and Here.

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So what motivates me to continue writing, if I get stuck?

Well… I usually get a bit stuck in the middle of the story (I write very fast until then, so I think I get a bit burned out) and then I need to be more motivated to write. Mostly because I start to procrastinate a lot (a lot!) and I start doing everything on my lists, but writing 😉

So what motivates me here are some little mind trick, lol, crazy I know (but hey, that works). I say to myself that if I write for a minute or two – on the clock, about a single word I choose or use this site, then… I am done!

In most cases that one word makes a spark and I start writing for a few more minutes about that word and then I have enough push and motivation and I continue on working on my story (usually for a few hours).

Now if that didn’t help I set my alarm for an hour later and until then I do what I need or want. When the alarm starts ringing, I start again 😀 Or do some free writing to get my mind clearer.

Day like these, when I have too much on my plate and writing is just a job, I do little tricks like these and it brings back the excitement and motivation for the writing and my story ❤

Well, that is all for this Wednesday, I managed to keep this short-ish, yey.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Behind The Writer

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful day and week 🙂

It’s Wednesday and here at Coffee n’ Notes it’s time for my new series of “Behind The Writer”. This will be a short post, almost like a mini-post as I like to call it. If you missed my first post or just don’t remember, you can find it here, where I wrote an introduction to this series.

This week I am going to talk about what motivates me to write on those slow or busy days, so let’s start!

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One of my motivation to write a story is when the story creeps into my dreams as sweet dreams and even as nightmares if I don’t put them in writing.

The story wedges itself into every aspect of my thoughts. The characters start screaming and talking, the plot racing in my mind.

Examples:

Watching the same movie, over and over again, lol (24/7 every day). The only way to make this cycle stop is to write it all down. Now I know it sounds crazy, but believe me that when you write the story down and your mind finally clears, it’s a wow moment!

Imagine that you could hear thoughts, everyone’s thoughts, none stop. I woke up one morning (and sometimes in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, lol) and I could hear everything. I could hear my character’s thoughts, conversations and even their hopes, dreams and their struggles until I couldn’t take it anymore.

The only way to stop this madness, of running thoughts of all sort of characters that happened to invade my brain, is to write it down. Now I know it sounds crazier than before, but that’s how my crazy mind works, lol.

This is a great motivation to write a story, a blog post (yep) or even a poem.

I write or I will go insane, lol.

Don’t forget to share your thoughts on what motivates you to do something?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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