10 Ways to Survive the Pre-Writing Process!

I sat down last night and tried to think of the 10 things I do to help me survive and stay dedicated to the grueling process of plotting and outlining my stories. I plot out all main details of every chapter in my novels, the only one I did not do this with was “Sleepwalker” but I guarantee if I would have, you would be reading Sleepwalker by now! 

It is good to keep a journal of your plots, characters and their characteristic info, story info like title, a list of Chapters names if you’re like me and love naming every chapter. When you successfully complete your pre-writing/outlining process with these tips, I guarantee your writing process will become much less stressful and hectic!

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20 Writing Prompts

Need to fight writer’s block? Use one of these 20 writing prompts to create a short story!

One-Day Free “Devils Fall” Download.

December 18th is my birthday so I’m giving YOU a present!

Dec. 18th only you can download the first novel in The Devils Curse Novels, “Devils Fall” absolutely FREE!

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Using your 5 senses to descriptively write your story!

Our five senses are so important to our everyday lives but most of the time we take them for granted. We expect they will always work when we need them to.

When we write, we do this aswell. We forget about our characters using their 5 senses to describe a scenario or situation. Sometimes we don’t treat our characters as beings.

They are just characters we made in our minds, right? They aren’t breathing, living beings.. 

This is our job as writers – To give breath to a character so they can come alive.

Writing a short story or novel is much different than filming a movie or acting out a play. You have to create the visual world inside of the readers mind, without drawing it for them or creating a movie with actors and animations.

You have to build a world for your character to exist in but you need your character to “live” in this world. Describe their world to create a loophole inside of the mind of the reader, pull them out of reality.

Are you using your 5 senses when you’re writing?

Something major with writing your novel that can help set the entire mood of your novel is remembering that your character has 5 senses.

(Unless your character is blind, deaf or cannot smell) but your characters will always be able to use atleast one of these senses.

You can change your wording whether in first person or third person.

Examples:

Instead of not using your senses:

“When I walk into the abyss, it is very dark.”

Use your senses to create a much darker and suspenseful scenario:

“When I enter into the dark abyss, I can smell the horrid odor of burnt flesh. The distant sound of a blood curdling scream causes my stomach to turn.”

Or, In third person:

“Chloe enters the dark abyss, she smells the horrid odor of burnt flesh. The distant sound of a blood curdling scream causes her stomach to turn.”

It tells the reader that your character is entering an abyss that is dark, so you assume she cannot see her surroundings. The smell she is sensing is a warning sign that something awful has happened in the darkness and lastly, the blood curdling scream tells the reader the character is not alone and this is causing her stomach to feel ill.

Something as simple as using your 5 senses can create a world your reader will not want to put down!

~The Cursed Author~

Huge News in 2018!

Huge news for 2018!

I am over the moon excited to announce that you are looking at the new Grand Rapids Ambassador for Women who Write – Grand Rapids Chapter, (Women who Write GR) Presented by Hook a Sista Up (HASU) a platform for women entrepreneurs!

More information coming soon!

My bio will be added to the members list soon!

“Sarah A. Kenney is the author of YA fantasy series, “The Devils Curse Novels.” and Adult Psychological thriller, “Sleepwalker.”

Sarah is also Co-Owner of the online craft shop, “Saribears Designs” and volunteers her time raising awareness for Mental Health and the charity Letters Against Depression.”

Please visit Hook a Sista Up!

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HASU Women who Write 2017 Author Showcase!

On Nov. 18th, Thanks to the invitation from Hook a Sista Up (HASU) president Linda Otterbridge, I had the pleasure of attending the Women who Write Author Showcase in Grand Rapids, MI.

Women who Write is based in Grand Rapids, MI and is a group created by HASU to support Women writers and create events for entrepreneurs and writers to connect and promote their written works with Authors, Editors and Publishers all in one building at the same event. A fantastic and rare networking opportunity in Grand Rapids, MI!

This year the Women who Write Author Showcase was located in the Donnelly Center at Aquinas College. The admission was FREE and workshops were $15 each.

Author workshops were available from Author of “Writing is a Jealous Lover” Randy Otterbridge, Author of “Rise Higher” Nicole Zaagman and House Capacity Publishing Co. CEO, Kierra Jones.

There was a brief seating for guests to be introduced and learn more about  each writer, editor and publisher.

Authors also had the chance to be interviewed by Radio Host Toresa Blakely of MAGIC 1049!

Sponsors for this event were:

Schuler Books & Music

Baker book House

Barnes & Noble

Aquinas College

Festival of Faith & Writing

Eastern Floral

MANA(Marketing new Authors)

Van til editing Service

Dr. Cheria Lane

 Lane-Mackey

Media Sponsors.

Fox 17 news

97.3 Urban radio

West Michigan Women Magazine

In Life Now Radio

You can become a member of Hook a Sista Up by visiting HASU or connect with the Women who Write group on Facebook!

Linda Otterbridge has some big plans for the New Year so keep an eye on HASU!

Sleepwalker Update!

I am VERY excited to announce that the final edit of “Sleepwalker” is FINISHED!

I am nervous, excited, terrified, ecstatic.. Any emotion you can think of I am feeling it! Creating Sleepwalker has been so different than writing Lucy’s story has been, I know Lucy like the back of my hand and I’ve plotted and planned out every moment of Lucys story. Ashley Niallsons story has thrown me for a loop! I did very little plotting throughout, my original plan was to create a short story – tops of 20,000 words and release it on Halloween just as a horror story but instead I was in the hospital fighting sepsis while I wrote this story, I ran past my deadline and decided her story needed to be explained. I knew I wouldnt be happy with it unless I dug deep into her backstory and took it the full length.

Sleepwalker is now a full length Adult Psychological Thriller novel of 50,000 words!

I will be having one more read through before converting this story into an eBook, I will be releasing the paperback version only 2 weeks later!

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