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Tweaking My Process

As a writer, I’ve struggled with my personal process for quite some time now. Those who know me well enough to be privy to my process can attest to the fact that I have plagued by perfectionism and over-planning for my entire writing career up to this point.

So, since I’ve been working on streamlining and minimizing in my home life, I decided to go for it in my writing life, too! It’s simultaneously freeing and terrifying, but I think it’s going to make me a much more productive and effective writer once I implement everything I intend to.

Depending on how well you know me and/or how long you’ve been following my blog, you may know that it took me almost 12 years to plan and execute Frost. Why? I’ll be honest with you, it had a lot to do with over-planning, perfectionism, and major story changes that took a long time to implement. Instead of just going with my gut and using only the tools I needed to plan and execute my story, I put it through every possible planning process I could get my hands on. In short, I did a lot of unnecessary work on the front end that kept me from really getting down to my writing.

If I’m being honest, the only way I finished the novel was that I ended up locking myself into a deadline I couldn’t avoid, and I had to get the actual writing done by then. Sure, my novel came out with some imperfections as a result of that, but I finally FINISHED it. I can’t even tell you what a relief it was to finally let go and move on. So, I’m taking a new approach to my writing life. I’m doing only what I absolutely need to planning-wise to get a solid overview of my story before I start writing.

I planned a 16-chapter romance novel with two scenes per chapter in the space of a single day, and very few people will realize what a feat that was for me. When I finish writing it, I plan on submitting it to a traditional publisher of romance, but I will probably be publishing it under a pen name. Why? I feel like publishing it under another name that people don’t associate with me can open me up to more of a creative flow, and make it easier for me to work without the fear of poor judgment from others.

So, to sum up the entire point of this post, I’m just celebrating the fact that I’ve finally learned to take only what I need from all the writing guides I’ve got. To top that off, I’m making the process work for me, thus significantly speeding up turnaround on my work!

*throws celebratory confetti and pats self on back*


Frost: An Otherworld Tale Book Signing

As you guys know, I haven’t been doing a lot of marketing and promotion for Frost so far because I’m in the middle of the crazy process of getting my house baby-ready. I do, however, have a tidbit of super-exciting news for you.

I’m doing a book signing for Frost at the Bay Minette Public Library on August 31, 2017, at 6:00 P.M.!

One of the reasons I’m so excited about this signing is that it’s the first event I’ve EVER been able to add to my Amazon Author Page! I’m also running it as a Facebook event so I can share updates about the signing with you as I get them.


Surreal

I’m sitting at my desk, staring at a print copy of my first published novel, and it somehow just does not feel real. I’m holding it in my hands, and I keep waiting to wake up and realize that I still haven’t accomplished anything with my writing. Frost is out in the world. People are buying copies, and I’m tracking sales and downloads on a daily basis. For some crazy reason, though, I keep waking up and wondering if this is real, or if I just dreamed it all and I’m still a failure as a writer. I’m not really sure how to shake this feeling of things being surreal.

Will it feel more real when I get my first royalty check? Will it feel more real when I start signing copies for friends and family? Would it feel more real if I had a launch party? Any thoughts or advice are welcome.


Is Resistance Futile?

I tend to obsess about things pretty regularly. I fixate, and when I do I fixate HARD. Right now, I’m trying to resist the urge to check my sales stats for Frost. Should I be resisting? Probably so. If I don’t resist the compulsion to constantly check for updates, I’m probably going to end up driving myself insane.

How could I drive myself insane with that information? There’s the list, as it currently stands.

  • I’m not doing an official book launch right now, so I can’t expect the sales to be spectacular in the first place.
  • I’m not doing any official marketing at the moment, which also won’t help my sales.
  • Professional envy. I’m not going to lie, I’ve got it bad, but it’s something I’m working on because I know that comparison breeds misery. Better to work on staying in my own lane and keeping positive.
  • I’m already too impatient, and checking sales compulsively only makes me more impatient.

I bet you’re wondering why I’m not doing a launch or marketing the novel when I’ve just released it. Honestly, I just don’t have the time or the energy for it right this minute because I feel there are certain personal matters that are a much more pressing need at this point. My son is due to arrive in a little less than four months, and I have to pick up the slack I left in my life when I dropped everything to focus on finishing and releasing my first novel.

I guess I’m just in a really weird, restless place in my professional writing life right now. I don’t really know what to do about it. Any advice you have is welcome.


What Now?

So, after working on my first novel for the past eleven years, I really don’t know what to do with myself now that I’ve finished the first edition and it’s out in the world. I’m having this vague, restless, listless feeling that I don’t really know how to deal with.

I know I have other things I need to be focusing on right now. I have MTE school to finish. I have a house that is in DESPERATE need of a good top-to-bottom reorganization/cleaning. I guess I’m just confused because I thought being done with this novel would feel like more of a relief than it does. I thought I’d feel more celebratory, more ecstatic. Right now, all I feel is deflated.

Maybe I just need to decompress for a while? I know I need to look at what my goals are for the future, now that I’ve accomplished the biggest goal I had set for 2017. I set out for 2017 to be the year I finally let Frost go, and I’m certain I’ve achieved that. So, what do I do now?

If you’re interested in my personal goals, feel free to check out my personal blogs: We’re the Moyes (A Chronicle of My Adventures With My Wonderful Husband, Lake, As We Try To Adult Without A Manual) and Chelsea Moye (Random Commentary & Observations On My Life).

As for my writing goals for 2017, I’m feeling pretty vague on that point right now. Completing and submitting Frost by the deadline I set for myself knocked out three of the biggest goals I had written down in my “Goals” Notebook. (I keep all different kinds of notebooks and journals for various reasons, and I also recently started doing my own, modified not-so-pretty version of bullet journaling.) The only writing goal I currently have is incredibly vague: I want to publish a romance novel before 2017 ends.

I guess it’s a place to start? Anyway, I’m going to make a concerted effort to blog more consistently across all my blogs as a collective. If there’s a day I don’t post here, check the two personal blogs for posts and vice versa.

I love you guys!


As Usual, It's Been a While…

As you guys know, I’m pretty much the most inconsistent blogger ever. I even annoy myself with my own inconsistency. Instead of constantly pimping Frost and Frost-related products to you on a constant basis, I decided to give the self-promotion a rest. I hate doing it, and other people hate reading posts that are purely self-promotion.

So, instead of wasting everybody’s time in that way, I decided to focus on editing/rewriting Frost and getting it ready for release. I’m not going to beg anybody to buy it. I’m not even going to post the preorder link in this blog post. I’m just taking these next few days to finish getting my manuscript ready because it’s time for me to let this novel go and find a new project.

In all likelihood, after Frost releases, I’m going to take a step back from writing for a while. Why would I take a step back from something I’ve been so passionate about for so many years? As you know, I have a baby boy on the way. I need to get my house in order so we’re ready to take care of him in the best possible way when he gets here. I also need to turn my single-minded focus toward finishing MTE school.

While I’m totally nerve-wracked about Frost releasing on January 31, I’m also excited by the possibilities of finally letting go of this story and making improvements in other areas of my life.

Wish me luck!


As Usual, It’s Been a While…

As you guys know, I’m pretty much the most inconsistent blogger ever. I even annoy myself with my own inconsistency. Instead of constantly pimping Frost and Frost-related products to you on a constant basis, I decided to give the self-promotion a rest. I hate doing it, and other people hate reading posts that are purely self-promotion.

So, instead of wasting everybody’s time in that way, I decided to focus on editing/rewriting Frost and getting it ready for release. I’m not going to beg anybody to buy it. I’m not even going to post the preorder link in this blog post. I’m just taking these next few days to finish getting my manuscript ready because it’s time for me to let this novel go and find a new project.

In all likelihood, after Frost releases, I’m going to take a step back from writing for a while. Why would I take a step back from something I’ve been so passionate about for so many years? As you know, I have a baby boy on the way. I need to get my house in order so we’re ready to take care of him in the best possible way when he gets here. I also need to turn my single-minded focus toward finishing MTE school.

While I’m totally nerve-wracked about Frost releasing on January 31, I’m also excited by the possibilities of finally letting go of this story and making improvements in other areas of my life.

Wish me luck!


Otherworld Tales Merchandise

As you know, ebook copies of Frost are now available for preorder HERE. I bet you’re wondering what other cool news I could possibly have regarding this book today, right?

Well, I’ll tell you. In addition to the ebook being available for preorder, I’ve also made Frost-related merchandise available for you to order in anticipation of the book’s launch on January 1, 2017! You can check it out HERE. Also, be sure to check back often because I’m adding new products every day!


Frost: Now Available for Pre-Order!

That’s right, y’all! The ebook version of Frost: An Otherworld Tale is now available for pre-order through Amazon KDP!

Get your copy HERE.


Frost: An Otherworld Tale – Plans & Progress

So, as many of you know, I’ve been working on this novel for over 10 years now, with little to show for it so far. The truth is, I think I’ve been avoiding writing the latter half of this book for the past 10 years. Fortunately, I finally have some good news for you on that front.

In the month of November, I have completed rough drafts of 12 previously unwritten scenes for this novel. I have 11 scenes left to go in six days. At first, I wasn’t sure I could make it, but now I know I can. I put NaNoWriMo to good use this year producing what I’ve needed to rewrite, and FINALLY finish this novel.

So, what are my plans? I plan to spend December editing and polishing this rough draft into a manuscript. If all goes according to plan, I should be releasing Frost: An Otherworld Tale on January 1.

Wish me luck!


Frost: An Otherworld Tale – Plans & Progress

So, as many of you know, I’ve been working on this novel for over 10 years now, with little to show for it so far. The truth is, I think I’ve been avoiding writing the latter half of this book for the past 10 years. Fortunately, I finally have some good news for you on that front.

In the month of November, I have completed rough drafts of 12 previously unwritten scenes for this novel. I have 11 scenes left to go in six days. At first, I wasn’t sure I could make it, but now I know I can. I put NaNoWriMo to good use this year producing what I’ve needed to rewrite, and FINALLY finish this novel.

So, what are my plans? I plan to spend December editing and polishing this rough draft into a manuscript. If all goes according to plan, I should be releasing Frost: An Otherworld Tale on January 1.

Wish me luck!


Ray Bradbury on Life – Quote of the Day – 8/30/2016

Quote of the Day Box

Well, I’m trying a new way of doing the quote of the day posts to see if it works, guys. If you want just the quote, you can look at the image at the top of the post and go no further. If you want my personal thoughts on the quote as it relates to me pursuing my calling of writing, then you can read what I have to say, too.

I’ve tried the Quote of the Day a lot of different ways, as you can see by scrolling through this blog. I’ve also been inconsistent, and I know that needs to end. I’ve just been struggling with my novel and trying to find a job because I’ve been unemployed since January. Not bringing money into my household is stressing me out badly because I feel like dead weight, even though I’ve been working my butt off on fixing Frost: An Otherworld Tale.

How do I continue to heed my calling if I’m basically a dead weight in my marriage/personal life? I find myself lost and praying a lot lately. Praying for a job. Praying for clarity. Praying for guidance. Praying for help with finishing my novel and getting it published. I’ve been praying on a pretty constant basis. The thing is, I don’t really know if I’ve been paying attention and listening for a response.

Besides, even if I get some sort of spiritual response, how will I know? I guess I’m just going to keep trying things to see if they work, as Ray Bradbury would say.


Chelsea Clemmons Moye Interview – The Hangin' With Show

Only 27 days remain in the pre-order window for Frost: An Otherworld Tale! Get your copy while you can!


Chelsea Clemmons Moye Interview – The Hangin’ With Show

Only 27 days remain in the pre-order window for Frost: An Otherworld Tale! Get your copy while you can!


Audrey Hepburn on the Impossible – Quote of the Day – 6/8/16

“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE, the word itself says, I’M POSSIBLE.” -Audrey Hepburn

I’ve been doing a lot of wondering lately about whether or not it’s even possible to get 250 pre-orders for Frost on Inkshares. There’s that little doubting voice in my mind that’s whispered to me a million times since I started this campaign. The voice tells me that I’m sure to fail.

I, however, am choosing to disagree. I’m choosing to believe that this thing is possible. I have to believe that I was called to share this novel on Inkshares for a reason. I cannot have come this far only to fail.


John R. Wooden on What You Can Do – Quote of the Day – 6/6/16

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -John R. Wooden

This quote of the day post is coming to you quickly and late at night because I spent the majority of the day taking kitties to the vet to be vaccinated and going over Frost repeatedly to find where my problems are in the story’s structure.

I’ve never been good at organization, but I make up for it in persistence. I’ve invested 10 years of my life in this story. I’ve invested thousands of dollars and a lot of time in producing the best story I possibly can. When I’m having problems, I check out my extensive library of writing aids and use them to help me figure out what’s wrong with the story. I spent all day locating weak points in my story and fixing them.


Louis Nizer on Fortitude – Quote of the Day – 6/5/16

“I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds.”
-Louis Nizer

  I think that my determination to see Frost published exemplifies this quote.


Goethe On What Is Enough – Quote of the Day – 6/3/16

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Well, I can honestly tell you guys that this isn’t just a quote I’m emptily flapping my gums about. I got out there and did things today to promote Frost’s Inkshares Campaign. I’m exhausted and I’ll share some more enlightening thoughts about it with you tomorrow when I update this post.


Orison Swett Marden on Opportunities – Quote of the Day – 6/2/16

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison Swett Marden

With only 53 days to go in Frost’s campaign, I thought it might be pertinent to share a little more about why I’ve chosen to seek publication via Inkshares with you all. Originally, the plan was to publish via JukePop, where I was writing Frost as a serial, but they had some technical difficulties, put their publishing program “on hold,” and will not be publishing Frost as a novel anytime soon.

I am almost done with my first draft of Frost, and Inkshares has the sort of distribution options that I believe Frost needs to bloom. I am in the process of writing the final scenes, and I’ve made note of several changes I’m going to make in the text during the editing/polishing process.

Some of you are probably wondering why I chose to go ahead with an Inkshares campaign if I wasn’t quite finished yet. Well, I didn’t intend to start a campaign so soon, but I’m willing to see it through, and it’s been great motivation to me to go ahead and finish my draft. This is propelling me to heed my calling to complete and publish Frost.

My mom asked me today why I chose to do a 90-day campaign, and I think that’s a good question. Statistically speaking, 90-day campaigns tend to be more successful than either longer or shorter campaigns, so I decided just to roll with it.

So, in all honesty, I didn’t mean to start the campaign as soon as I did, and I probably should have allowed for more time than just 90 days. However, decisions were made, and although they probably weren’t the most well-advised decisions I’ve ever made, I intend to stand by them. As Orison Swett Marden says, “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”

With your help, I believe we can make Frost great.


Dr. Seuss on Thinking – Quote of the Day – 5/10/16

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss

I have often struggled with writer’s block in the past. That is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to finish Frost: An Otherworld Tale. I’ve been working on (and wrestling with) this novel for the past 10 years.

Something to remember when you’re dealing with roadblocks on the way to pursuing your calling: you can think your way out of anything. That’s what I take away from this quote!

Heed your calling, and God bless!


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