Dear [Friend], Your Book Was…

About a week ago I read a post by Damyanti about giving support to indie authors. How? One way is to leave an honest review of their book.

Easy right?

Well, what if that indie author was your friend? Could you still leave an honest review?

When I first responded to Damyanti’s post I said that it would be wrong not to give my honest opinion on a book (regardless if the author was a friend or not). However, I didn’t take into account the power of a review. These days, reviews can be the deciding factor in a customer’s decision to buy something. So my review could hinder or help my friend’s book sells. Yikes!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I wont write an honest review, I’m just saying that I may be hesitant to.

Here’s what Damyanti had to say about the subject:

“I do buy books for fellow authors, read them too.

I share their books on social media and feature both the authors and their books on my blogs. But I’ve stopped short of doing a review. I’m terrified of reviewing author friends–I could write a balanced review and probably not offend any of my excellent blog friends. But then, I could. So I do everything I possibly can, other than a review.”

What’s your opinion? Could you write a honest review of a friend’s book?

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Monthly Wrap Up: I See the April Finish Line

You and I have something in common. Want to know what it is?

We made it to the finish line.

Whether you participated in one of the national events (NaPoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo, or A to Z Challenge) or accomplished something else–you did it! Sure the road was rough. Sure you made a mistake or two…or three? Who cares! You did it!

Give yourself a pat on the back!

Here’s what happened at the Tavern:

Here’s what happened last month.

What’s are your goals for May?

Tell Inspiration You aren’t Waiting Anymore!

It’s hard to commit words to a page when inspiration is so far way. Without it, I’m like a runner at the start line or a horse snorting impatiently behind a derby gate.

Like chocolate to a dieter, inspiration’s aim is to taunt you. It avoids and gives empty promise that it’ll show up tomorrow.

It wont and you don’t have time to wait for it either. You need to write something. So what do you do?

If inspiration wont come to you…then you go to it.

Don’t walk up to it and politely tap it on the shoulder–get in its blindside and TACKLE it! Growl in its face and make it fear you!

A lesson that I’ve learned about writing is that you have to forge a lot of things out of nothing. Inspiration is one of those things.

I saw this quote on Raevenly Writes and it sums up the writer’s relationship with inspiration:

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

― Jack London

 

 

 

My Schedule is in a State of Chaos!!!

There’s a snobby space-elf at table three, dwarves are brawling in the bathrooms, someone set a bonfire in the middle of the Tavern…and an old guy is swinging a shirt over his head screaming “ANARCHY!”

This is the type of stuff gray hairs are made of!

Ok… I am not really dealing with a tavern in the state of anarchy but I do have a lot going on. I’m dealing with a book report, term paper, presentation, research paper, critical analysis, finals, not to mention the four quizzes coming up and a nasty fever. So yeah, I’m a pretty busy gal.

Don’t feel sorry for me, that’s all apart of being in college.

Aside from my studying aka legal torture, I wanted to share a few things about my WIP(s).

First, my Camp NaNoWriMo project is going…okay. I planned on writing 50k this month but it was an utter mistake didn’t work out. However, I am glad with what I did write!

On a brighter note, I’ve been using April to critically read another WIP that I finished in March. I don’t see it being sent off to editors or beta readers any time soon but I am happy with how far I’ve gotten it.

My big goal this week is to see some progression in both projects. Whether that’s writing 20 words a day or critically reading ONE paragraph (or even a sentence).

 

So what’s your big goal this week?

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Camp NaNo Update: Is it Possible to Edit Nothing?

Last week I said to always find the time to write. But how much are you suppose to write? Should you write your entire quota of words? What if you can’t? Is that being lazy?

I mean…everything we do is drizzled with perfection! Every human on Earth had or has straight A’s. We are all star athletes. Heck, I’m next in line to be the President of the United States! Surely we are all flawless people who can always write our entire quota of words.

Pssh!

We aren’t perfect.

There will be those does where you can’t (or just don’t feel like) fulfilling your daily word quota. It just happens. However:

No words means that your story is going nowhere. Some words means that your story is going…somewhere.

Write! Even if it’s just 100 or 50 words. Make your story go somewhere.

 

Where has your story gone this week?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update: Did Time Grow Legs and Run Away?!

There’s sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, and twenty-four hours in a day but is that enough time to write? Pssh, if only.

For me, studying has made time is as expensive as buying a brand new Lamborghini. What about you? Do you work? Do you go to school? Kids? How much time does your responsibilities take away from your writing?

Go ahead, tell me…

…mhmmm….mhmmm…you’re kidding!…mhmmm…

Wow, that sounds bad but guess what: you aren’t ever going to have time to write. Harsh? Well life usually is.

But (like etching a statue with no stone, breathing with no air, or moving with no leg room) you have to make time when there is none.

I don’t mean to get philosophical with you but if you’re serious about writing–or anything–you’ll do what you have to do to make sure that it’s done.

Now. With that said. Lets go write!

 

How do you write when there’s no time to?