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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

Writing Plan

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

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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

Planning When to Write

Most of us don’t have the ability to dedicate the vast majority of our day to writing. I know for me, that intense internal nudge to wander over to my computer because my mind is flooding with words that need to be written down can seem to strike at the worst possible time. Then, of course, when I do have some free time, or at least prime writing time, I can’t remember anything that I wanted to write. If writing is your hobby, waiting until both the timing and the ideas are flowing to begin to write, is fine. But for those of us you want to be able to maybe quit our day jobs, or maybe just receive an income from it, we need a plan, some structure. No plan is foolproof. No plan is absolute. I’m both a planner and a pantster. I do create a plan. I … Read more

Now What? Publishing Your Own Work

If you’ve had the chance to read The Future of Infinite Reverie post, you already know that I have been spending a lot of time researching and gathering as much information, tips, advice and beyond on beginning the independent publishing venture. I promised there, that I would share the information that I have found. I’ve decided to start that with these tips. Write a Business Plan Regardless of whether or not you plan to publish one or a thousand of your own titles, or publish for other authors as well, a business plan is an absolute must. They serve more purpose than just a document used for financing. A good business plan lays the foundation of your new venture and is an invaluable source for you to refer back to as things do change rather quickly and sometimes we don’t even realize we are off course. There are multiple sources for … Read more

The Future of Infinite Reverie

Infinite Reverie is growing. Really this site started just as an outlet for me to share information and randomness. As my first real novel is getting closer and closer to being ready to be shared with the world, I began thinking what that meant and what I wanted out it. I’ve never actually considered publishing traditionally. Why? I’m a control freak and a do-it-myselfer. Even if that means occasionally becoming so aggravated at whatever I’m trying to do that I feel compelled to throw myself on the couch, a bed or even the floor kicking and screaming until I feel better. Ok, so maybe that’s just what I wanna do, my kids might be terrified to see their mother throwing a child-like tantrum and possibly call for mental health services if I actually did it. So what have I decided? That I’m going to continue to be a do-it-myselfer. At this point, I’ve … Read more

How to Write That Story Without a Story Outline

For the past few months I have been in the process of “editing” my Nanowrimo novel from last November. Getting 50,000 words on paper or the screen, is a challenge in itself, getting it to make sense is another. Now I am completely happy that I participated, even if it does mean that it seems like I have more work now than I would have, had I taken more time with it. Before I did this, the longest story I had ever managed to get a beginning, middle and an end in were no more than 8,000 words. Thanks to the open competition, more of a motivation based competition, I do actually have a “novel”. It might not make complete sense, has a bajillion notes on the side to add more or better descriptions, better terminology, more suspense, emotion and so on, but it is technically a finished first draft. Before I just … Read more

Who Am I Writing About: Character Questions

If you search for character sketches, questionnaires, worksheets or the like, you are bound to find hundreds of options to chose from. Some are short and to the point, while others go on for page after page. I think in general, as writers or authors, whichever you prefer, we know we need to have certain points about them. Physical description, age or age range, gender, environment, and general background history to name a few. Maybe you have your own set of questions you ask. Maybe it is a combination of questions you found and ones you decided you needed to know in process of writing the actual story. (It happens- sometimes you really don’t know what they would do or say until they are faced with it.) Maybe you have carried those questions on to characters that came after. I think it is always a good idea to ask questions that most likely won’t ever be … Read more

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