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How to Write a Sequel

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! April is here at last and I'm so glad for it.

As I hit published on Cursed and decided to use this week to focus on Emerald Phantom, I realized that I've been drowning in sequels all March. Revising a sequel and writing one. Yesterday I published my second sequel.

Let me just tell you something, not to be a discouragement, but sequels are hard. I don't know about you, but I have a rough time with them. And though Emerald Phantom is going way smoother than Cursed did... it's still a trickier one to write than Golden Touch.

The thing is... I'm good at beginnings. I'm good at writing the beginnings of books and I fly through the beginning of a series, in other words, the first book in the series. But middles? Those are super hard for me, like they are for many writers. So writing the middle of a series A.K.A. the sequel? That's just as hard, if not harder because its not just the beginning of a book - it's a whole book! Wha…

//Book Release//

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I just wanted to pop on here and say that Cursed is officially out today! 😆 This book took me a lot longer than I thought it would to write and revise and publish. It went through a lot of different phases. This is my second sequel I've ever hit publish on and it feels amazing. Project Hellion was a hard book to write. It took me almost two years. This one? Took way less time, but was just as difficult. The fact that Wayward did well enough to warrant a sequel and that I'm confident that Cursed will do as well as Wayward? It's pretty cool and something I wasn't sure I would ever get to have.

So, if you're interested, check out Cursed HERE! Wayward is also up for sale to celebrate the release of Cursed. You can get that for 1.99 or on Kindle Unlimited HERE.

When Mia Avery moved to the small, seemingly sleepy town of St. Croix Falls with her mother and meets Rhett, she was thrown headfirst into the dangerous and dark world of the Fae. She disc…

March Monthly Wrap Up

Happy Wednesday everyone!
We're officially on a stay at home or shelter in place or whatever you want to call it order. So, no going out somewhere unless its for food or medical reasons. Really, the whole order didn't really change much of how we've been doing things at my house the last week. The only stores we go to, and by we I mean one person leaves the house and comes back with groceries, are grocery stores. I can understand why they're doing that though. So many people are going to Lowes and Hobby Lobby and all these non-essential places. Hopefully this will deter them, and I think those stores might actually be closing for the time being.

March Writing: This month has been an interesting one writing-wise. I've been getting in a little bit of writing the sequel to Golden Touch here and there. I'm writing at least a page in it every week or so, which is progress. Actually, it's been really nice to have a WIP that I can work on at my own pace. There'…

How to Write A Survivalist Character During The Apocalypse

Hello friends!

It's been a while... The last two weeks have been kind of nuts. The entire world is freaking out, everything's been turned upside down. Last week was rough... I had wanted to write out a birthday blog post and do something special on here for turning 22, but then everything happened and I was too stressed and I forgot to write anything, so that's kind of a bummer. I guess I could do it this week, but I feel like something else is needed for this week. I was thinking I should write some meaningful, hope-filled blog post. Write about what's going on in the world... but then I realized, everyone is already doing that. Social media is saturated with hope-filled positivity. And don't get me wrong, that's great! It's needed right now. To be honest though, Sunday night and into Monday I was getting pretty fed up with all the positivity. I think I was just overwhelmed and stressed, but I got pretty bitter and told my mom I was sick of hearing all thi…

Friday Musings #7

Happy Friday all!

I am super grateful for this week, that this week has gone so well and I'm very thankful that I get to close out February better than I started. March is going to be a good month. I'm thankful I get to start March out feeling good too.

I talked about how the beginning of February was rough. Lots of anxiety and depression and honestly near the end of January and the start of this month I kind of felt like a mess. Hence the reason I'm so glad I feel better. My third college class starts March 9th (my birthday!) and at the beginning of this month I wasn't sure if I would be able to handle it. I told myself I could and told my mom I could when she asked if I should drop the class because it might be too much, but deep down I was really worried it would push me over the edge. I'm glad I waited to make that decision though because now I feel more clear headed, more in control and like I can handle adding a third class to my schedule.

Not to say there h…

February Monthly Wrap Up

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I totally spaced last week and didn't get any blog posts up! :( It turned out to be a pretty busy week and to be honest, I wasn't feeling very inspired to get any sort of blog post writing done. My motivation and inspiration well for the blog is starting to run on empty. I'm going to try and refill it during March though, so I can stay consistent.

February Writing: February was less of a writing month and more of a revising/editing month. I revised and edited Golden Touch (I've said it to several people and on several social media platforms, but that was the cleanest first draft I've ever written in my life!). I'm beyond happy with how it's turned out. Everything about that book makes me so, so happy and I can't wait to start writing book 2! I don't know when Golden Touch will be published... It's the kind of book that I wrote one hundred percent for myself and for the pure enjoyment of writing. I'm not sure I'm …

Friday Musings #6

Happy Friday and happy Valentine's Day!

I had this whole Valentine's post planned for Wednesday and then... the week got away from me and I ended up not finishing it. :( I was pretty excited about it though, so I think I'll finish writing it over the weekend and post it next week.

This week has been a bit of a rough one. My anxiety's felt a little out of control lately and this week has just felt like one thing after another. It's been tough, but I am glad I still had the energy to get my classwork done for the week. I even got some editing done on Cursed and Golden Touch too.

I started Chosen by Kirsten White this week! I'm only on like chapter two, but I'm loving it so far! I love the protagonist, Nina. Most other slayers are tough and strong, independent female protagonists. And if they aren't before they become a slayer, they become one pretty quickly. They give into their slayer instincts. I love that Nina started out a healer, a girl who doesn…

Friday Musings #5

Happy Friday! The first week of February is coming to a close!

The beginning of the week started out kind of rocky for me. For some reason, I kept thinking all of Monday that next week was this week. My brother's birthday is next Saturday, Valentine's Day is next Friday, and I have a dentist appointment on Thursday. I thought all that was happening this week. I did have a dentist appointment this week, yesterday actually. Anyways, Monday was a weird day haha!

I got a lot of my work done at the beginning of the week, like I did last week, which is kind of nice. I only have one other thing for class to worry about over the weekend.

This week I also started revisions on Golden Touch! Honestly, that was the easiest book I've ever revised! There were a few small things that needed fixing, I deleted a few scenes, added like two scenes and that's it. I've downloaded it onto my Kindle app and am now reading through it. I'm thinking I might do a post on it at some poin…

How to Write a First Draft like a Pantser (As Told by Transformer Gifs)

Happy Wednesday (and February)!

I loved starting the new year off with a three part series on my writing journey. It was fun not just for me to recap and to see how far I've come, but also to share a little of what I've learned over the years and to get to interact with others about what they've learned and their writing journey too.

For February though, I wanted to start out with something fun. I realized, I've written quite a few posts about my revision process. I guess, probably because revision is always the hardest and longest part for me. Drafting, for me anyways, is the relatively easy part. But I wanted an excuse to use lots of Transformers gifs because I love those movies so much and I think there are some pretty hilarious gifs to be found in those movies, so here is my drafting process (as told by Transformer gifs cus why not?).

Get the Idea Start writing said Idea without any planning at all. Beginnings are always super easy for me, so I just fly through the…

Friday Musings #4

Happy Friday!

What even happened this week...? I'm drawing a major blank on most of what happened at the beginning of this week haha.

There was lots of classwork on Monday and Wednesday. Some stress was involved haha. There's been some figuring out class stuff for the Summer, even though Spring semester just started! But that's college for you I guess... Or more college for me, who's an over-planner and over-achiever and likes to have class stuff nailed down as soon as possible.

Oh, yes, the dentist happened on Monday. Considerable stress and anxiety was also involved in that. Turns out, I may have an infection in one of my teeth, I have three cavities and a wisdom tooth that is starting to grow into the tooth next to it. So that was fun...

There's been quite a bit of anxiety this week. I don't know if it's really been over anything in particular. I think it's just been an accumulation of stuff going on and stuff I've been thinking about. Also... I…

January Monthly Wrap Up

Wow! The first month of the year is coming to a close already.

This has been a pretty interesting month for me. I feel like January is a month of transition and figuring stuff out for a lot of people. It's the start of a new year and everyone's making new goals and implementing new schedules and plans. There have been lots of ups and downs, lots of introspection and figuring things out and lots of work that got done.

January Writing: I did a lot of writing in Golden Touch this month! I love this book so much... It's probably the most "me" book I've ever written as Victoria Schwab would say. She was talking on her Instagram a few days ago about The Invincible Life of Addie Larue (her adult book coming out this year) and how this book has the most of her in it than any of her other books. And as I read Golden Touch I really feel that. This book has the most me, the most of myself in it than any of the other books I've written. It's both scary and amazin…

Friday Musings #3

Woo another week is almost over!

Last week felt kind of weird... Like there were some awesome parts, but then there were just a lot of stressful parts too. I feel like the first week of classes is always weird, trying to figure out a new schedule and what how these classes are laid out and everything.

This week felt a little more stable on that front. I have a better understanding of how the classes are planned. The Harry Potter one has been hard to figure out cus it's very involved - more so than most of my other classes have been - and the teacher is a first time online professor so she's figuring out how online class works and everything. Plus, there wasn't a lot of homework to do this week, which I a grateful for. It was nice to have a more relaxed week with all that.

One of the biggest things I did this week though: I finally started my read through of Cursed! That has been looming over my head all January. I kept putting it off, kept procrastinating and stressing ab…

My Writing Journey Part 3: Social Media and Marketing

Happy Wednesday!

If you haven't been around here in a little while, I'm doing a three part series on my writing journey and what I learned throughout each part of my journey. If you need to catch up check out Part One and Part Two. Part one is all about building a strong foundation for future years of writing and part two is all about self-publishing.

One of the things I messed up when I published Weapon Icean was the thought that once I hit publish that's it. That's all I have to do. No other work involved. Well... that's completely not true. I think a lot of authors would agree that the real work starts after you publish your book. Now you have to market. You have to get people to buy your book. And social media can be a huge part of that. When I published Weapon Icean I was barely on Instagram. I didn't have a real following, I didn't have any following on this blog and I didn't have a Facebook page or Twitter account. I was pretty much a ghost on so…

Friday Musings #2

Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a great week!

This week... has been good... There's been some ups and downs, but overall it's been a good week.

Classes started this week. This semester I'm taking a Harry Potter class, an anthropology class on African cultures and a film studies class that starts in March. On Monday I got up and before I had even finished breakfast was calling several different offices at the college I go to to figure out why my anthropology class didn't show up yet on the modules. Then I had to email the teacher of the class and he told me it would be up in a few hours. So I felt like I had a late start to that class, especially since I was missing two of the books we needed to do a discussion board by the end of the week.

On Tuesday I got to spend like five or six hours with my best friend which was fantastic. I had the best time hanging out and talking about a lot of different things. Plus, we went to Barnes and Nobles and I got Chosen by Kier…