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NaNoWriMo 2017 | Day 1

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Roald Dahl On Readers | Quote of the Day 10/30/17

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Honing Your Horror Workshop: Part 3

 


Honing Your Horror Workshop: Part 1

Here’s the video from my first writing workshop hosted at The Creative Kitchen in Bay Minette! HUGE shout-out to the owner, Lacey Collier, for working with me and hosting my events!


Are You Called To Write?

Have you ever had a thought like this? Man, I’d really love to write a book someday, but I have no idea where to start.

I used to have similar thoughts, but I worked my butt off over the past 11 years, and I’ve been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Noir Nation No. 3, as well as having self-published A Collection of Reflections (poetry) and Frost: An Otherworld Tale (my debut novel).

If you love a good story, that love is all you need to become a writer. I’ve invested a lifetime of passion and thousands of dollars in learning about writing craft and the publishing industry, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with those of you who have an inner storyteller begging to get out.

If you’d like to learn more, you can reserve your seat at my upcoming writing workshop dates HERE. The workshops will be held at The Creative Kitchen in my aweome hometown of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Here’s a fun exercise for those of you considering attending the workshop (or anyone who wants to join in, for that matter):

Describe your worst fear in a single paragraph, but there’s a catch; you cannot name your fear in the paragraph. Post your answers in the comments and we’ll try to guess your fear!


Hosting My First Workshop!

I’m SUPER EXCITED to be sharing this news with you all: I’m hosting my first ever writing workshop series at The Creative Kitchen in Bay Minette! I’m also TCK’s new resident writer, so I’ve got a lot to be excited about right now.

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Honing Your Horror is a 3-week Creative Writing Workshop series that meets once a week. This series will meet each Saturday at 11:30 starting Sept. 23rd with its last meeting being Oct 7th. Seats are $60 for the entire workshop ($20/week) with complimentary food & drink being served.

You will meet with me as I lead our group in a series of group exercises and discussions drawn from the many writing craft resources I’ve invested in over the years, as well as my personal experiences in the writing and publishing industry. You will receive personal feedback from me on the pieces you craft in the workshop, as well as positive, constructive critiques from the group as a whole.

TCK’s Lacey Garner had this to say about the workshop: Chelsea wrote within her imagination as a young girl and has made her dream come true through her hard work and determination that has lead to the production of Frost: An Otherworld Tale, a collection of poetry called A Collection of Reflections, as well as many publications within Magazines and Blogs.

By reserving your seat in this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Tap into your subconscious for good suspense.
  • Draw inspiration from your everyday life and fictionalize it.
  • Paint a compelling story.
  • Shape & mold your phrasing.
  • Decide on your best conclusion.Surround yourself with fellow writers in a like-minded, workshop setting for strong content. Learn from a local published Author as you listen to her advice and gain from her experience. To reserve your seat simply call TCK at 251-753-9210 or book on Eventbrite.

I really hope to see you there, guys!


Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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PSA for Readers

Do you love an author who hasn’t hit the bestseller lists yet? Want them to be successful? YOU CAN HELP.

I know you’re sitting in your chair at home, frowning at me, wondering what you can possibly do to help out that author you love. Whether they’re traditionally published or independently published, authors need reviews to survive in this business, much less succeed. If you’re going to take the time to read their work, why not take a couple of minutes to let them know what you thought about it?

Honest, constructive reviews are necessary for authors’ survival these days. Ratings determine your author ranking, and ultimately how many people have the opportunity to discover your book. People who haven’t “hit it big” in the writing business can’t really afford to put ads for their books in front of millions of people the way bigger publishing houses and bestseller list authors can. If they’re anything like me, they can’t afford to pay for ads at all. So, your reviews are extremely important for authors, but especially those who haven’t “hit the big time” yet.

Your voice matters, and you can be the voice that helps amazing new authors get discovered by a broader audience than they could ever hope to reach without you. If you love to read, I implore you to review the books you read because the authors need your voice to be heard for theirs to be heard. Readers completely dictate the writing industry. We do what we do FOR YOU.

So, if you love a new, as yet undiscovered author, please review their work everywhere you possibly can. Tell the industry what you want to see more of. Not only do you get to see more of what you want when you take the time to write reviews, when that undiscovered author you love hits the bestseller list, you can tell everyone around you, “I TOLD YOU SO! I loved them before they were big. Don’t believe me? Check the dates on my reviews. I told the entire world this would how awesome this author is. Nice of the rest of you to catch up with me!”


Is Busy Best?

I’ve been doing a little prep for Camp NaNoWriMo the past few days, and by prep I mean reading No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty. In it, Baty states that there’s no better time to work on your novel than when you’re already busy. Part of me has a hard time believing that, but that’s probably just because I have ADD and I’m easily overwhelmed due to my personal organization challenges. One thing I can say for myself, however, is that I do seem to do better and work harder when I have impending deadlines hanging over my head.

I’ve got a very busy July ahead of me. So, I guess we’ll see if busy really is better!


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*


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.


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!


Voltaire on Work – Quote of the Day – 9/6/2016

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I can’t even express how many levels this is true on. I’ve been unemployed since January and it’s starting to slowly drive me insane. I feel like such a bum, not contributing anything to my marriage. I’ve been trying to fix Frost: An Otherworld Tale and also trying hard to get back into Jamberry and running that business while I wait to find out if I got the job I applied for back in July. All I’m accomplishing is spinning my wheels, or that’s what it feels like. A real job would make me feel tons better, I know. And the structure also helps me succeed in other areas of my life. It’s difficult for me to heed my calling when I feel like I’m a complete dead weight in my marriage/personal life.


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