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!

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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~

“JESSICA DUECK” STARSCOLDNIGHT

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 90$ · You explain your story, I create the world you see unless you have a concept in mind. email jessicadueck@msn.com http://www.bookcoversrealm.com

**CD Covers**

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 jessicadueck@msn.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!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this blog – Please join the mailing list to receive more connections and announcements!

Jessica Dueck

MERMAID INCOGNITO

Book Covers Realm

 

Blog Feature!

Hey!

So some news to share and a fun little feature I want you guys to have fun with!

In the next few weeks I will be venturing out from Amazon (I still will remain selling through Amazon..) but I will be distributing “The Devils Curse Novels” through Barnes & Noble online with hopes to make it into some local stores 🙂 so fingers crossed and more to come on that soon!

Now, the feature! This week “Devils Fall” is available on Amazon in Paperback for just $7.99! When you purchase your copy, take a snap of you with your copy or make it something fun and creative then send it to me with a link to your Instagram page to be featured on here aswell as on The Cursed Author Facebook Page!

You can get your copy here.. “Devils Fall” and you can also like The Cursed Author on Facebook!

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!