Story Tracking Worksheets for the Non-Planner

Story Tracking Worksheets for the Non-Planner

I shall keep this post nice and short today in honor of the first day of NaNoWriMo so we can all get back to writing fast. You can grab your copy of the story-progress-worksheet right back there. Again this worksheet isn’t really for planning, but for post-writing. It’s a place to jot down important developments, ideas, or just notes of what you’ve already written. I keep mine right next to my computer at writing time. While it isn’t necessarily too difficult to go back through what I’ve written to find a name or “check” something when writing a later scene that needs previous scene information, I find once I start looking back, I keep looking back and eventually, I’m not moving forward. But when I only allow myself to use these worksheets to flip through to find that information, I’m not seeing exactly what I wrote, I’m only seeing the important … Read more…

Tips for Writing that First Draft in 1 Month

Tips for Writing that First Draft in 1 Month

For those of you who had decided early on that you would be participating in NaNoWriMo this year, the month of October might have seemed just as busy and stressful as you anticipate November to be. I’m not much of a planner when it comes to plotting out a story. But, this year, I’ve talked to and read how others have been working hard to plot everything out. Many have explained they hope this allows them the opportunity to just write in November. No need to figure things out on the fly and limit “writer’s block”. Everything is right there on the outline. I’ve mentioned it before, I discovered NaNoWriMo in 2014 during the last week of October. I had no time to really plan anything out. I was still deciding if it was something I wanted to try. We host Thanksgiving at our house (We also host Christmas Eve … Read more…

A Letter to My Friends, and NaNo is Coming.

A Letter to My Friends, and NaNo is Coming.

A Letter to My Friends   I haven’t done a thing lately but observe. I’ve found myself, a mental nomad, a wandering thinker, lost yet stuck. I’ve found myself stuck in a trap of writing and working on the same things others are discussing. I know, we all have our own voices, our own perspectives, and maybe different opinions and information based on our own experiences and expertise. But the sameness and repetition is bringing me down to a point of having too much information, too many suggestions and advice to really be able to move forward. How many articles, blog posts, and social media posts can one read on the same topic before it begins to confuse us? How many before what we set out to do, seems impossible to do, because instead of not having enough information, we have too much? Should we, those that write and talk … Read more…

Books, Free Course, Cool Stuff and More Coming Soon!

Books, Free Course, Cool Stuff and More Coming Soon!

Sooo, how’ve ya been? Good I hope. The first thing I’d like to mention is that I’ve decided to separate Infinite Reverie’s social media from my own. If you currently follow me on any of the platforms, and would like to follow Infinite Reverie, hit the follow button again. They are now linked to Infinite Reverie’s instead of mine, those, I’ll continue to use as an author. It’s been crazy around here, a good crazy though. Here’s what we’ve been up to. Books First, and what I’m most excited about, my first published book will be available very, very soon! It’s a science fiction (with a little bit of the supernatural) novella, and will be available in e-book and paperback. Salvation: Winter’s Night follows Ella Kane and her friends as they find themselves unwilling participants in the ultimate destruction of the human race. With time running out, can the unnatural … Read more…

Spring Cleaning for Your Writing?

Spring Cleaning for Your Writing?

Here in Illinois, it’s a real back and forth between being Winter out or being Spring out. One day it’s a whole 40 degrees out and the next 70, and then of course, back to 40. I mean, it could rain and snow in the same day, and it does. But we’re used to that here, it means Spring has begun. Each Spring many of us start the process of spring cleaning our homes. This year I’ve come across a few articles about this process in our homes, as well as business cleanses. I’ve decided Infinite Reverie could benefit from going through a business cleanse this year. All this talk about cleanses though got me thinking. Yes, it will be hard work but fairly easy to give my business a good cleaning, but what about my fiction writing? I don’t really classify it as a part of Infinite Reverie, those … Read more…

The Importance of Names: Naming People, Places, and Things

The Importance of Names: Naming People, Places, and Things

Names are important. When we were naming our fifth child we had toyed with the idea of Kiera. We both really like the name itself. Only problem was so far the last four all exhibited traits of their name’s meaning. The most common meaning of Kiera I found was: The dark one. Enough said. Instead we chose another path, Olivia: olive branch; peace keeper. Even at the age of six she does have the ability to defuse a situation between her older siblings, not that she doesn’t instigate a few of those situations herself to begin with. How that all works I have no idea, maybe it’s us parents that treat them as such and they adopt that mentality. Okay, so I know not everyone fits into that example. But at least consider last names, they do give us a person’s ancestry, even if it may only be a small portion of it. … Read more…

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Introducing The Ultimate Author’s Editorial Calendar and Writing Planner

About a week ago I finally received my first ever proof for my first ever physical creation. I was so nervous and excited to open that package to see what it actually looked like. Surprisingly, I didn’t open the package for at least an hour after holding that box in my hands for the first time. Were the margins off? Is the type too small? Too big? Is there enough space to write on the lines? Is it too thick? And so on. I finally did open it up. The margins were fine, the type is a good size, there is plenty of space to write on, and while it is thick, it’s easy to use. Here it is. I created it with Createspace, and it is available for sale here on Amazon.com. Check it out and let me know what you think. But what exactly is the Ultimate Author’s Editorial Calendar and … Read more…

What is a Writing Plan and How to Use It

What is a Writing Plan and How to Use It

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’ve been spending quite a bit of my time planning and organizing things out for next year. I have multiple projects in various stages of the process. I was considering, for a very, very short time, to limit myself to one big project at a time. Just go full steam with it and keep going until it’s done, or at least technically out of my hands for the time being before moving on to something else. It sounded great, at first. Projects should be completed faster, ready for whatever they were meant for. I’d only have to really focus on one thing at a time. In theory, this was perfect. Until I realized I can have daily burn out. I tried this for just over a week. By day 2, I wanted to throw everything on that project out. I quit for the day … Read more…

3 Ways to Fit Writing into Your Day

3 Ways to Fit Writing into Your Day

Writing seems to have the same therapeutic effect as reading, am I right? It isn’t too difficult to squeeze in a few minutes here and there throughout the day to read an article or blog post on a topic that relates to a situation in our lives or even just something interesting, whether fun or informational. Finding that time to sit down with a hot cup of our favorite hot drink, with our comfy clothing on, and that book: fiction, non-fiction, comic book, whatever, seems so much more eluding. As does that writing time. Between work, family, kids, errands, and other adultish responisbilities, just thinking about thinking when there could be enough time to grab out that notebook or open that document (or software program), seems somewhat insane. I like insane. Not the, lock me up insane, but productive-imaginative-there-is-absolutely-no-limits-insanity. Something happens in those moments, mind racing, ideas just pouring out, … Read more…

2016 Goal Setting: Choosing and Prioritizing Those Long-term Goals

2016 Goal Setting: Choosing and Prioritizing Those Long-term Goals

The list of goals, or Reveries, I have compiled for the coming year is extensive. I’ve officially transitioned to running Infinite Reverie full-time, and along with the expanded amount of time I can dedicate to it is giving me the opportunity to honestly achieve those reveries on a realistic level. I’ve always been a lister and a planner, but having such a long list of both short-term and long-term goals (even though I’m only considering those for this coming year), having them laid out in front of me in their crude form is extremely overwhelming. There is just SO MUCH to do! Does any of this sound familiar? It doesn’t even have to be your whole life that is changing. It can be that one novel you’d like to finish, or maybe just even complete the first draft of. Well, as a part of this month’s 2016 Goal Planning Session, … Read more…

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