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!

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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Ascension..

Hi Again!

I totally fail with blogging at this point! I have been busy writing letters for Letters Against Depression, advertising as ambassador for Creations for a Cause and Sand Cloud, and recently started speaking to the manager of Recovery Academy to write an article for their newsletter.. I have no complaints,I love this! Any chance I have to write-I am there..or here..cause its usually a home based job.
Anyway, I have had a horrible case of Writers block for almost 3 weeks.. I can seem to write anything and everything but what i’m dying inside to write..my fourth novel, Devils Ascension!
I FINALLY wrote my demon Asmodeus’ chapter, yes, he gets his own chapter in this one and it is wicked! 😉 BUT, now i’m stuck staring into a too bright of an abyss that is the screen of my laptop that taunts me with “Chapter Eleven” and “Lucys POV” on the screen. 
It will come to me but until then feel free to catch up on the three Devils Curse Novels that have been published in ebook, paperback and Kindle Unlimited on Amazon! 

Let’s Play a Game..

I haven’t had Writer’s Block in quite some time, I usually have characters, plots and notes on every little detail of how a book is going to happen and I always start at the End..

Lately, I have been in a slump and have not wrote anything in about 2 weeks. This is something I NEED, I need to write or I feel like I am going crazy.. 

I figured out a little game to play to get your brain rebooted and thought I would share!

Grab a pen and paper or your laptop, something to write or type on.. 

Start blasting a list of names.. It doesn’t matter if these names have meaning yet just write them, maybe change their spellings even..

Once you have your list of names and your brain has run empty, start from the first name and think of who this person would be.. Then the second, third, etc.. If you get to a name and can’t think of ANYTHING that gives this name a life, cross it off.

Once you get to the end of your list, you now have a small (or large) character roster to choose your main character out of..

Take their stories and their names, now do the same with “Titles” except these are what genre, then write a plot based on the genre you chose and use the names from your roster. 

Once you have all of these you have all the essentials to write atleast a short story to kick start your brain! 

The whole issue with writers block is our brain cannot think of “words” which unfortunately in this case is our lives.. but once you force it  to “create” like you’re the BOSS, you will get back at it!

Have Fun!