Monthly Archives:: July 2011

WIP update: July 25-29

WIP update: July 25-29

  This week was a good week, but not as good as I hoped it would be. As usual, Monday is a little hard, since I don’t write Saturday and Sunday. I have to read the last chapter or more, before start writing. And this Monday had a little other things stressing me … nothing to worry about. Thursday was also frustrating. I decided to star a link list of very useful links for writers to add as a page on my website. I worked on it for over 2 hours and I’ve gotten only half the links down! My list is way too long! Which is good, but then I got frustrated I wasn’t writing and dropped it to… Read more »

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E-book pricing poll

My question is: How much are you willing to pay for an e-book? WRITERS, this is not a question of how much will you price your books. I want you to answer the question as readers. READERS, how much would/will you pay for an e-book? At the right sidebar, you’ll find the poll ——————–>   Seeing as I love to over explain everything, here I go … Nathan Bransford had a poll on his blog about the price of e-book based on the hardcover price. Here are the results. My poll is different because I don’t want you to consider hardcover price. Lately, many small presses and indie authors don’t have hardcovers out there, only e-books and POD paperback. For those who… Read more »

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WIP update: July 18-22

WIP update: July 18-22

  Here I am, to fulfill what I promised: to update the status of my WIP every Friday. Let’s see. I’m working on two manuscripts right now.   DESTINY GIFT, a 80,000 words New Adult paranormal romance, is almost, almost done. Right now, it is with my editor being copy-edited.   G.H. #1, a New Adult Urban Fantasy, is being written. It doesn’t have a name yet. So far, I’m calling it G.H. #1. Don’t ask me what G.H. means, I’m not gonna tell. Not yet. Last Friday = 4.5k words Monday = 2007 words Tuesday = 3223 words Wednesday = 3320 words Thursday = 1019 words Friday =2522 words Note 01: Monday is always hard to start over since I… Read more »

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Staying Focused

Staying Focused

  I’ve found out about Focus Booster on Amanda Hocking’s blog back in March. On the post where she talks about Focus Booster, Amanda Hocking said it helped her … and it is helping me. Focus Booster is an application that counts time. Yes, like a timer. It stays over your doc file, or whatever other window you have open on your computer, and counts time. You can set it for how long you want and you can pause if needed. Why it helps? Normally, I start writing, and after every scene or chapter or, sometimes even in between paragraphs, I check the internet … emails, twitter, Facebook, my website, GoodReads, whatever … and that steals my writing time and… Read more »

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Challenges and goals

Challenges and goals

  I know. It’s pretty late into 2011, but so what? Like that common saying, better late than never. Well, the ones of you who read my last post, know there are days that I simply can’t concentrate. Then, what better than a challenge to spicy things up? Everyone feels more compelled with a challenge, right? I have two CHALLENGES up right now: the 1000 words a day challenge and the reading challenge from goodreads. The first one was created by writer and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Sometimes I think 1000 words a day is too few, but, seeing as there are there days I write 5k and others I write none, it seems like a good challenge. In her website, Debbie… Read more »

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Can’t concentrate!

Can’t concentrate!

  With everything that is going on in my life, I think I’m doing a good job with my writing and reading schedule. At  least I hope I am. What bothers me is that I know I can do much better than this … but how can I concentrate and totally immerse on my books when so much is going on around me? Other thing that bothers me: those “events” that disturb my concentration are out of my control and still I wish I could do something … Let me explain a little of what I’m talking about: I moved from US to Brasil in May 2009. In November 2009, my husband had been promised to go back to US… Read more »

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The Terrifying First Blank Page

The Terrifying First Blank Page

    I started a new story last week. Each time I start a new story, with that first blank page staring at me with its terrifying brightness (laptop screen!), I feel like I can’t do it. I can’t write anymore. How do I start? What if my story is lame? What if my first pages are trash? What if my characters are not intriguing and relatable? And the possibilities? Gosh, it’s endless. You can right ANYTHING about ANYTHING! For example, you could write about a polar bear who lives in a suburban house in the middle of humans–and that would be normal in your story. And he has a porcupine girlfriend who is a socialite and hate animals. The… Read more »

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