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🍂Guys, this is my first #preptober. Really. I’ve been doing #NaNoWriMo since 2014 and I have never prepped. I probably said I did a few times, but to my recollection it was probably something half-assed. 😂
I’m so excited about all of the brainstorming I’ve done so far - for not only this November’s projects, but also for the world of #EmberDragonDaughter. If prepping a story bible is part of the process for you, take a look at my author freebie library for a chapter planner and my shop for the #HappyStoryBible. I need charts like these to help organize the worlds in my brain! Interested? Send me a DM for a coupon.
What are your plans for this October and November? Are you like me, finally taking novel planning to the next level?
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My 2018 word of the year was Pursuit - boy did I do that. Now that we are in quarter 4, I’m switching my mindset to Pursue Stories. I’ll be finishing this draft of #EmberDragonDaughter in October so that I can “take a break” to let the story breathe. I’m looking forward to writing totally different genre for #NaNoWriMo! Are you looking forward to the break in your routine too? I cannot wait 🤗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
During my chat (now available for replay) this @ponderingwritingretreat I discussed the different personalities and benefits that come from both self publishing and traditional publishing. It was a really honest talk about rooting for yourself and what makes the most sense for you, despite fear and convention. Summary of the chat coming next week to my blog for easy reference. Finding confidence is a journey that has changed my perspectives on everything. It was a struggle for awhile, something that I know will evolve with time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
{The article I mentioned in the chat was called “Reject the tyranny of being picked: pick yourself” on Seth’s Blog (seths.blog is the url). The life coach I mentioned was @thechampagnediet. I highly recommend checking both the article and Cara’s feed. Cara is such an inspiration to me and it’s great to find those gurus in your life.}⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Side note - so many of us are Hufflepuffs! That was a fun discovery. 💛 #Hufflepuffpride⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Remember that you are amazing. There are exceptions to every rule. Find the authentic path that suits YOU. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#ponderingwritingretreat #indieauthor #wordboss #amwriting #selfpub
It started in elementary school when I was gifted markers and sketch pads for Christmas, when I joined photography clubs, and was told I had “an eye” for patterns. It kept going when I began to express my teen turmoil through very emo poems (if only I still had a copy of my poem The Hillbilly Ex-Boyfriend 🙃) and recording my fantastical dreams about zombies and flying unicorns.

Now it’s focused to a unique world called Ashkadance, the kingdom in which Ember discovers she is actually Embrence Dragon Daughter - the initially unwilling protagonist raised in secret, fearful of her deformity (🐲 scales). Creating a happy, creative, and growth/challenge-focused life is a driving force in my psyche. How can I spread joy today? How can I be a better person today? Is that a good font choice? (lmao)

Life is what you make it. I’m creating an epic one. It’s all up to me. What is up to you? Can you claim it by taking one step in that direction today? 2018 is my year of Pursuit. Watch me grow. 📸@rhapsodyreads #HappyStoryBible

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For #BAWritingLife Day 2 & 3 - My WIP and a behind the scenes look.

I am dabbling in a few writing projects, but my main squeeze is #EmberDragonDaughter - the YA epic fantasy where your heart is Fated but your destiny is your own. I’m currently revising chapter 15 for beta reading.

And for behind the scenes, here is a corner of my new office. There is still so much I want to do (like paint and get a new desk), but it’s coming along. In this tiny space there are three salt lamps, not sure how I acclimated three but I love them. Tonight I’m working on a newsletter blast and the reveal of my online course, keep an eye out for that tomorrow ☺️ Thinking on all that has happened and all I’ve brought into my life this past year... I can’t believe it. The way I think about my life and what I am capable of has completely shifted. A lot of that I owe to my interactions with the writing community and the changes I’ve put in my life regarding mindset. It really all comes together. Sharing those ups and downs with you guys means a lot to me. Thank you for listening! + Thank you for the get well wishes! I’m feeling much better and can’t wait to jump back into bed and approach tomorrow with a fresh face.

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BACK IN ACTION ~ Except already behind in my beta schedule. Sorry guys! Working on getting you chapter 14 ASAP.
I took two weeks off of writing fiction (Though I did write some nonfiction... sneak peeks soon? Let me know if you are excited in the comments!) because the process of building a world from scratch can be pretty draining! I took those two weeks to work on my other projects and refocus on some of the needed #selfcare that I was avoiding. The burnout was intense and this time helped me refocus.
Now I feel excited again about the kingdom of Ashkadance and my protagonist #EmberDragonDaughter. The problem is, I already want to go back to the beginning again. Stop Rebecca! Make it to the epilogue first. I see so much potential in this story and with each draft, I get closer to the vision in my head.
Thank you to my betas for all your input so far and to my CPs @emiliasmorrow and @katenweiler for listening to all my crazy ideas. The support means the world to me!
The latest episode of the #HappyWriteNow podcast discusses #writersblock so if you had a similar burnout period like me - listen in and let me know if it helps!
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Sometimes I just need to sit, by myself, next to books. Does anyone else do that? Lately, I've felt burnt out over my fiction book, #EmberDragonDaughter. I still love it and am committed to its success, but every once in a while I go through a season where I'm just "over it" and would rather jump into the business side of things and my future projects. Do any of you get like that? After a year and a half writing this epic fantasy I just needed a break.
I've started working on the draft again this week, and to help me get back in the mood I spent some time working on my #storybible with you all. You can watch it on my Instagram Live! It's up for a few more hours. I have more to work on tonight and then I'm back to writing and getting it ready for beta readers again. After some time away, I feel a lot clearer.
#amwriting #amwritingfantasy #amwritingromance #amediting #amrevising #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writersofinsta #authorpreneur #entrepreneurlifestyle #miamilife #writingsprints #barnesandnoble
The first half week somewhat filled. Started beta reading this week and I’m super excited! I can’t wait until @rebeccaksampson book comes out! #planneraddict #planner #emberdragondaughter
I have trouble staying on target with my own projects. When my CP @rebeccaksampson needs help with a project?  I’m there right away, enthusiastically working on her project. To be fair #emberdragondaughter is really awesome, but I should feel the same about my own novel too right? I guess I’m just tired. Anyway, going to try to do two chapters today to get back on schedule. Hopefully this funk doesn’t seep into my writing. Ugh. ...
Photograph is a sweet moth in my collection, died from natural causes in front of my house, on top of a particularly interesting page of House of Leaves.
#houseofleaves #amwriting #amediting #amwritingfantasy #indieauthor
Writing update - Almost done with chapter 8 on draft 3.5 of #EmberDragonDaughter! There were a few false starts for this revision (hence the 3.5) but I’ve learned so much along the way. I’d like to do a livestream next week talking about revisions. Do you have any questions? What draft are you on? Let me know any of your concerns or thoughts in the comments below so I can have an answer prepared when I go live. I want to share with you everything that has worked (and hasn’t worked) for me on this journey. ✨ #amwriting #amrevising #amwritingfantasy #authorlife
1. Complete @manifestationbabe's Unleash Your Inner Money Babe course book. Can't wait for her 5-day challenge starting next Monday!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Begin draft 3 again of #EmberDragonDaughter (if I got up to chapter 12 and then decided to start over, does that mean I'm still in draft 3 or in 3.5 or just in draft 4? I DON'T KNOW)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Re-write/format my introduction to my new monthly newsletter. I finally settled on a name for the newsletter, it's called #HappyWriteNow! I LOVE IT. Let me know if you are excited for all the new values I'll be sharing with you over the next few months. Happy Write Now drops its first issue on May 28th so make sure you click the link in my bio to subscribe ahead of time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What are your goals for this week? Share them with me in the comments and we'll keep each other accountable.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Discovery tags 🤜🤜🤜 #youareabadass #girlboss #bossbabe #bosslady #manifestation #manifesting #manifest #lawofattraction  #writersofinstagram #amrevising #amediting #writersofinsta #writersofig #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #yawriters #yaauthors #yalit #amwritingya #spiritualbosslady #wordboss #wordcount #bookish #authorlife #writerslife
#BAWritingLife Day 3 - My WIP is the third draft of #EmberDragonDaughter. It’s a YA high fantasy following a kidnapped princess who discovers she is the long lost heir of the dragon throne. Can she accept she is part of the family she has always been raised to fear? Can she stop the plague of madness that has been sweeping her kingdom? You’ll have to wait to find out! 🤪 I started the first draft March 2017 and have logged over 200 hours on this book. So excited with the changes I’ve put into the doc today. It’s my book baby and I love seeing it grow! What are you working on?
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This time last year I was doing the first version of @emberdragondaughter’s outline. ITS CHANGED A LOT. 😂 I had felt so prepared when really I had a year of learning and growing to do. While sometimes I feel down on myself for not writing enough (like today), I still celebrate how much my work has improved since this photo was taken. I’m grateful to have the resources and support to spend up to ten hours a week writing (without people yelling at me for being annoying) and I’m proud of myself for taking it on. I’m a creator of worlds! That is my domain. I am an author.
#amwriting #amrevising #amediting #manifesting #manifest #manifestation #yourvibeattractsyourtribe #highvibe #emberdragondaughter