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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.
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~
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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The Cover Designer that gave my first novel “Devils Fall” the perfect cover to depict Lucy being pulled between Heaven and Hell was the amazingly talented cover design from Bilbao, Spain – Maialen Alonso!
She has become both someone I look to as a friend and a creative designer. She creates vivid, eye catching covers while also expressing the authors story by creating covers that well, tell a story.
When I first released “Devils Fall” in November 2016, I had a cheesy cover of blue roses falling, this was meaningful to me to have the blue roses on the cover because of a special part of the book between the demon Asmodeus and Lucy. (If you’ve read “Devils Fall” you know what I’m talking about.) but I knew a cover with only blue roses were not going to catch anyone’s interest because as much as I hate to say it, we judge books by their covers and blue roses just weren’t going to bring readers in.
So, I searched for a cover on http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com, I would say that I searched through over 2,000 or more covers for 2 months before I finally came upon Maialen’s “Hell Dance” book cover. I found her cover in February and knew I had to have it. I had plans to officially release the paperback of Devils Fall so I knew this cover on a matte finish would be perfect.
There was no other cover that I had found that made me think, “This is Lucy’s story!” but “Hell Dance” was the perfect depiction.
I purchased the cover and shortly after she contacted me to know what changes would need to be made. It was only a few hours later that I was the new owner of the beautiful “Hell Dance” now “Devils Fall” cover!
I have always had a wonderful experience collaborating with Maialen, she listen to what you need and always gets back to you quickly and not to mention – for me – she is on the other side of the world working to get a cover ready!
She has also helped me reformat paperback covers and helped me understand how to create my own paperback covers. I honestly do not think I would understand half as much about paperback covers if I did not know her!
Not only is Maialen Alonso an amazing cover designer, but she is also an author herself with several published novels, both written in Spanish and translated into English. After she finished her studies, she dedicated herself to writing, which is her chosen profession.
As a cover designer and an author this gives her the mindset and aspect of a writer to help ensure that your cover is perfect for YOU and YOUR story.
You can find her newest pre-made and custom cover designs on: http://maialenalonso.es
Or, find her written works at
Kristyn at Drop Dead Designs is a graphic designer and indie book designer..
Kristyn was the designer I chose to design my cover for “DEVILS DREAM” – I had stared at this cover for almost two months, constantly checking back to see that it was still available. I hadn’t planned to have a face on one of my covers but it was undeniable that this cover was going to give my main character, “Lucy Morningstar” a face!
I got ahold of Kristyn and purchased my cover, within 24 hours she had sent me the cover through my email along with over 4 different advertisements for me to use!
This cover at the time only cost me $70 and looks absolutely beautiful on its Matte finished Paperback! If it wasn’t for Kristyn’s designs, my character would have never been give a face.
Kristyn at DropDeadDesigns Advice:
You NEED a BEAUTIFUL cover!
Your book cover will stand out and be 100% unique!
I will have previews for you within a few days.
I will work hard for you, until we achieve the cover you are wishing for.
Upload Ready Files
You will be all set to upload all the files and start selling your book!
3D Mockups Included
You will be given 3D mockups to use for advertising your books.
Services and pricing by DropDeadDesigns:
**Pre-Designed Covers – $40-$60
**Custom eBooks – $50
**Custom full book wrap – $100
Jessica Dueck is the cover artist and owner of StarsColdNight..
“An Artist making all your dreams & nightmares come to life” ~ Jessica Dueck (StarsColdNight)
Monday starts off my self publishers networking posts!
I’m starting this week with cover designers!
My first cover designer I want to share is JESSICA DUECK, owner and artist of StarsColdNight!
Jessica is based in Paraguay, but takes orders internationally!
I have had an absolute blast working with Jessica Dueck on the cover of my fourth novel in The Devils Curse series, “Devils Ascension”!
You will be seeing her name in the credits in my cover reveal video soon!
She has been very open to changes I have asked for, her response time is speedy and her suggestions are always helpful in helping you notice things you may have not at first with your cover and how it will relate to your story.
You can find her covers on a popular website called http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com but you will find her cover design website below under “Book Covers Realm”.
Some other things about Jessica is she is also a beauty advisor at “Mermaid Incognito” She is always posting her art and hair creations on her personal blog below under “JESSICA DUECK”!
If you’re a hair dye addict like me and want to indulge in your love of hair dye, her suggestions are definitely where you want to go!
Services and Prices offered by STARSCOLDNIGHT:
**Book Covers** – Cubierta de libros
Starting from 60$
**Banners, logos, flyers, advertising**
Depends on the work · For companies, products, websites, etc
**Photomanipulations – Retoques fotográfic**
Starting from 45$ · You explain your story, I create the world you see. I use only HD images, free to inquire about the details to my email email@example.com Retouches starting from 50$ for 50 images.
I know that National Writing Month ends in only a week, so get thinking about your story and the world you’ve created, start thinking of how you want that world to come alive through its cover..
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting some of the information from the Women who Write Author Showcase I attended on Saturday, great connections from editors to publishing companies!
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