June 17, 2018- Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their manuscript for consideration! I am overwhelmed and so grateful for each of the 172 submissions that I received this month, and I sincerely thank you for your interest in becoming an author at Pandamonium Publishing House. Submissions are currently closed, but I can say that I’ll be accepting manuscripts again in September 2018. Thank you!
June 15, 2018- Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my editor. I also pray that she’s not reading this! Check out this really cool infographic about writers vs editors…why can’t we all just get along?
June 13, 2018- This is a fun, yet valuable infographic about how to create relatable and lovable protagonists. This is most suitable for middle-grade novels. Happy Writing!
June 11, 2018– Are you making any of these mistakes while storytelling? If so, STOP! Your writing and sales depend on it.
- You’re not telling the story that you want to tell. This means that you care too much about what’s trendy, what’s popular, and what other people are currently reading. This may sound harmless, but what happens is that if you’re writing for trends, you’ve probably already missed the boat and the concept has been done to death. Write what YOU want to read, and you’ll never go wrong!
- A weak opening. The first couple of sentences of your novel are CRUCIAL. Why? Because people will stop reading if they get bored. Start where the action is!
- Terrible narrative. Terrible narrative makes me mental. Seriously. If you’re not going to sit your reader beside the main character then what’s the point? Your readers need to care about the character, and one of the best ways to do this is to ensure that they FEEL and EXPERIENCE everything your protagonist does. Your novel is an escape for your reader, you want to take them away to another place and you can’t do this if you have horrible narrative. Pick a point of view and stick to it.
These are just three tips in a myriad of thousands, but I think they’re very important! Here’s to your success!
June 8, 2018-Just remember this any time you fail! Keep failing forward-that’s the key:)
June 8, 2018- Well, this is pretty cool. I’ve never done this, myself, but it does look like something that could help start the creative process. I think that I’ll give it a whirl and see what I come up with! Here’s how it works:
Now I know that a lot of my other writers out there are screaming, “STOP THE MADNESS,” at their laptops because they already know step 1…which is to RIP A PAGE OUT OF A BOOK. I know. It’s crazy and mean and even slightly sacrilegious. But, sometimes art hurts. In fact, the BEST art hurts.
Step 2 is to black out all of the words you don’t want to use and create a new poem.
This is really the only way to turn someone else’s words into your own, some of you may be down with that concept and some of you may not. Do whatever works for you.
Here is a sample of blackout poetry ripped and recreated from my most fave Shakespeare work of all time, Macbeth. I love the blood and gore and fortune telling and the moving forest and and and…
Love this poem, “I care about you. Join me in hell.” Whoa, that’s pretty powerful. I wonder how many hidden messages were contained in this work? Feel free to make your own and let your imagination run wild! Happy Writing!
June 6, 2018- I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks in writing and I don’t particularly practice them in my own writing, but there can be a time and a place for them when used properly. Here’s a quick infographic to help you decide when, where, and if you should use flashbacks. Do you use flashbacks in your writing? Why? Comment below.
June 4, 2018-I LOVE writing in First Person narrative! Why? Because it allows my reader to sit beside the main character and feel everything that he feels and experience everything that she experiences first hand. Check out this handy infographic on ways to start a first-person story! Brought to you by our friends at NowNovel.com
June 1, 2018- Where is your favourite place to write? What place inspires you? Do you enjoy writing outside? In different countries? At home on your dining room table?
As an author, I most definitely have my preferred places to write. I enjoy writing in these spots because they inspire me and I’m able to get fresh ideas and conversations for my books.
- Different Countries: I’ve been fortunate enough to write in many places around the world. Some of my favourites include, Jamaica, London, and Tampa Bay. I also really loved writing in Havana and was very lucky to have visited the bar Floridita where Ernest Hemingway frequented. This was SUPER inspiring, not only because one of the greats visited it, but because the atmosphere and the energy it has.
- Outside: One of my favourite places to write is on my back deck. I love being outside with my laptop while listening to nature and the sounds of birds bickering back and forth and occasionally the odd neighbour! There’s something to be said about escaping the same four walls every once in a while to reconnect with your characters. Another place I love to write is the beach. The sand, surf, and salty air will be featured in my upcoming beach novel that is set to debut in late 2019.
- On Planes: I do a ton of editing while flying, but I also do a ton of writing. I’m a huge believer of writing during the spaces in between and not wasting minutes. What better time to write than during a seven or eight hour international flight? I get super inspired on flights because we all know the many characters that are on board! Sometimes we can find the perfect character inspiration sitting in the seat next to us.
- In Bed: “I only love my bed and my mama, I’m sorry”…wait, didn’t Drake say that? I know that experts say that the bedroom should only be reserved for sleep and sex, but there is something magical about writing in bed. The fluffy, white covers, two sleeping cats, a snoring husband, and if I’m really lucky, there will be a thunderstorm! This is by far my most favourite place to write and when I look around at who I’m surrounded by, I feel like the luckiest person on the planet, because I have everything I’ll ever need right there.
Where do you like to write and why? Let me know in the comments below.
June 1, 2018- We’ve all been there; we’re on our sixth cup of coffee, it’s two o’clock in the afternoon, and we’ve been staring at our blinking cursor on a blank page for almost an hour. The sound of our head thudding off our desk is the only sound except for the voice in our head that screams, “You’re a failure! You’re a no talent hack who can’t write!” And this is on a good day! Ok, maybe that’s just me. Nonetheless, we’ve all been stuck at one time or another while trying to write the next New York Times Best Seller. I want to arm you with some tools for your toolbox the next time you get stuck, so I’ll share with you my dirty little secrets for getting inspired!
- I change ANYTHING. Seriously. When I’m stuck creatively, I change anything that I possibly can. There were two weeks where I switched sides of the bed with my husband to see if I could get out of my creative writing rut and guess what? It worked! Why? Because any time you change up your perception, creativity happens! It’s true, sometimes the simplest switch in your routine is just the kick in the ass that you need. Also, try switching up your location, go to the mall, go for coffee, sit in nature for a while, do whatever it takes to get inspired.
- Read outside of your genre. If you’re writing non-fiction, read anything fiction based. If you are writing a thriller, read a romance, if you’re writing a romance, read a biography. Reading outside of your genre does two things to help your creativity, it expands your imagination, and it lets you take a much needed mental break. I write books that are psych thrillers, and sometimes I need a break from the genre so what do I do? I pick up the total opposite to read during my leisure. My choices have ranged from The Unauthorized Biography of Axl Rose to cozy romances, and everything in between. It works and lets me escape from the murders and dismemberments that I have created.
- Use writing prompts. The internet is full of writing prompts and my advice to you, if you’re stuck is to start writing ANYTHING. Scour the headlines for something that you can expand into a storyline, go on Pinterest and type in writing prompts and I can assure you that you’ll come up with something. Re-write one of your favourite fairytales or movies to have a completely different ending! The important thing is to write and keep writing.
What tips do you have for other aspiring authors? What’s the best advice that you can offer them to get unstuck? Sound off in the comments below!