How I Panster

Hi all! Okay I hate videos’ of myself, but because so many people ask how I write as a panster—no it’s not me putting on pants! This is a quick example of my writing process.

Thanks for watching, toss me a like or a subscribe, you never know what crazy thing I’ll do next.

How to write when you just don’t feel like it.

Set the mood

I cut the last bunch of flowers from my garden to create a pleasing atmosphere and soothing scent.

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Prepare your drinks and snacks

I’m good for a few hours. When the hot drink is gone, it’s on to water. 

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Play the right music

Whatever you like that suites your mood, or your writing.

Dress accordingly

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This is not me – however this outfit portrays my writing attire! 

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Move locations if need be.

I have an old computer running to my TV in the bedroom, this way when I get tired I can prop up with pillows and keep going. 

Record when necessary

Sometimes I get too tired to type anymore, so I’ll grab my phone and talk to my own messenger  – it needs a lot of editing – but that’s okay! 

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What tips do you have when pushing through a nanowrimo session, trying to hit the end, or just need to get’er done?

How do you write?

People are always asking how to write and work full time. Here’s my advice.

 

Give up any thoughts of a social life – at least for the first ten years.

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Use the weather to your advantage.

Too hot = air condition and write.

Too cold = crank the heat and write.

Just right = get technological (or old school) and write outside! street-1209401_640

Forget about sleep!

Nap before you crash. 

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Try not to go insane and put those thoughts to paper! 

 

 

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Happy writing folks!

 

How to write multiple stories at once.

Or, at least, how I do it. Okay, not literally at the same time.

I found that I have done this since I began writing seriously, while I was working on edits with my first novel, I was writing another.

But editing one and writing one are two different things. On many occasions, I am writing two completely separate novels.

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It’s not hard, and it’s not confusing, as people tend to ask when they inquire about what I’m working on.

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Those of you who have followed me since the beginning know I am writing a sports figures biography, (it’s a secret until it drops – summer 2018). This is setting up meetings and talking and note taking. Next, I sit down and write out what we discussed. Draft one is complete, now we’re fine-tuning the details, and draft two will be done shortly. A project as such doesn’t take up much free time, as I can’t sit and write creatively for hours on end, I can only put into what it needs.

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That leaves me plenty of creative time. I wasn’t sure what to write next, and I like to flip through my notebooks and see what idea’s I’ve jotted, or shorts I’ve written that could be expanded. I had written a two-page story entitled Wife N’ Death, which many readers commented they would love to see as a novel. Bingo. I began this novel and it’s in the works.

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Simultaneously, an idea that my dad created for a story keep niggling in the back of my mind. His tale has espionage and intrigue and intelligence and is a challenge for me. One evening I decided to just get the beginning in, the easy part. And it snowballed into a grander idea, with added characters and plot lines.

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I write the bio Sundays after my meetings. I write my creative horror when I’m in the mood for light spooky fun, and I write my dad’s novel when I’m feeling bored and in need of deeper thinking. (There is also flash fiction, articles, and a tv show at all times in progress too.)

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Sat mornings I write this for you 😊

That is the secret to writing multiple books at once – do it with inspiration.

What are you working on? Share in the comments.

 

Bust out of the writing mold

Aren’t you tired of reading, or even seeing, the same old formula? The Hero always wins, the guy gets the girl. Two people met, they fall in love, they have a big fight, they make up and ride off into the sunset.

 

If you read the structures, and plot outlines, and writing for mainstream, they all tell you the same thing. Stick to the formula. Or you’ll hear if you want to make it as a writer, you must do these things, don’t deviate.

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Well, I say screw that!

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Why not have someone else ride in and save the day?

 

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Kill the Hero

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Hero saves the girl – or vise versa-  but they loathe each other. Or feel more like relatives. Or just bff’s for life.

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Two people meet and fall in love meet other people and break up. Shake up the audience.

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Sure, we all want to root for the good guy, but in life, they don’t always come out on top. Why should in they in fiction?

 

So far Game of Thrones has been the best example of all of the above.

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I am loving this formula and trying to keep my books away from the norm. Sure, one of them has two teens in love, and they stay together through thick and thin. But I wrote that one twenty years ago and didn’t know any better.

Now I aim to write, creepy, interesting, or unique stories. Some that haven’t been told before and other’s that may have but with a twist.

How do you bust out of the norm? Share your ideas’ or drop your titles.

 

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Free or Affordable Book Promotions

I created a similar list a few years ago, but times change. New places arrive and old ones shut down. Here are some of the current ones I use, some free, some with variable pricing. Some with special fun features.

 

The Independent Author Network, truly does what they say they are going to do. They have free offers and low priced (ONE-TIME FOR LIFE PAYMENT) plans, that make it worth the few extra bucks.

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/Theresa-Jacobs.html

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Readers Favorite offers free reviews, and fairly quickly I might add. They are professional, in-depth and honest. Your review gets posts on their site, Amazon, and good reads. Plus so much more.

https://readersfavorite.com/book-reviews.htm

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All Author gives you a landing page of your own. They also create fun interactive blurbs and gifs. You can set up auto-tweets too. Check out this cool GIF I made.

https://allauthor.com/

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Book Bub also gives you a landing page and you can follow others. I haven’t seen anything truly interesting about them as of yet. But free is free!  (I can’t tell you how many time I’ve written boob bub – laughing had to share)

https://www.bookbub.com/launch

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The Awesome gang, reviews and gives you a spotlight page. They email every Sat new books and reviews.

 

 

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The Indie Reviewers, once again Free reviews! Which we all need to pimp our books. The one big bonus with finding these reviewers is that most of them have their own blogs and post their reviews on them. This gives you a completely different audience with every single review. The hard part is finding a reviewer who is not so bogged down that they have the time to accept you.

http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/

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The Bold Mom, this is for the Horror Genere only. The site is unique to all the rest and professionally done. SHe advertises, spotlights and reviews, depending on what you need. the prices vary.

http://www.theboldmom.com/

 

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Many new authors don’t know Amazon has its own author promotion site. Author Central. Make sure you sign up…and don’t forget to update your info as you change.

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

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Of course, everyone knows about facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…and on and on – however, don’t underestimate creating your own website, even if it has to be free for a time.

http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

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Write everywhere – Blog on multiple platforms. Connect your blog to your Amazon page. Also submit to magazines, contests, guest blogs. Even simple idea’s like writing reviews or plots on IMDB can gain you new eyes. Don’t think any platform is too small or doesn’t have even viewers. Give it a shot!
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Happy writing folks! See you next week 🙂  Theresa Jacobs

Please add your promotion idea – or even places you own – in the comments.

Not another NaNoWriMo post!

Well, I never thought I’d be one to discuss NaNoWriMo. I’m sorry if you are already sick of hearing it from every blogger in November. 
 
I joined this year because I began writing a sci-fi, out of my comfort zone last year and while I had many projects up I the air at once, this novel was just not getting written. I would add a paragraph here and there and in a year only had 24 pages, that’s sad. 
 
So as my debut novel launched on Oct 13 I decided right then to jump in with both feet as I always do, and signed up to nano to get this book written. I work best under pressure with time constraints looming over me.  
 
Writers have no real time constraints, we make it up as we go along, we can finish when we want or not at all. It’s our prerogative unless you have a publisher breathing down your neck. Well, I have a few other books I’m aching to be working on, so this has to get done so I can start them. 
 
Of course, life gets in the way all the time. I got sick. I have tests and appointments and a day job. While needing to rest and work. As we all do! Yet, I still managed to add more words to the the challenge then I did before I signed up. 
 
I hit 21900 Friday. I may not win it, but I will finish it now. The story is finally building and growing and taking on a life of its own. 
 
And that folks Is the point of joining NaNoWriMo!
 
Get your words in, get your book written. 
Happy writing Nov, Theresa Jacobs
What are your thoughts on NaNoWriMo, I’d love to hear from you.

Chase Your Dreams

You have to believe in yourself and continue to do so in the face of oblivion. There are days where you feel as though your talking to yourself when you share your work. Whether it’s your blog, a video, a new book, whatever it is you’re sending out into the world. There will be days when you are essentially being ignored, people don’t click, don’t like, don’t share and don’t even read. Remeber all times you do the same to others.

We are bombarded daily with posts screaming click me, look at me, read me, and who has that kind of time!

I have a handful of people that I go the extra mile for and when I see their posts. I like, share, and comment. I can’t always read, or watch right that precise moment, but I get back to it. I’m sure we all have this little niche.

Everyone is insanely busy and have their own stuff to create too. Don’t fret about it, or give up. Keep creating, keep sharing, keep speaking to the world. Find new avenues to gather new followers. Try different ways to share, you never know what will peak someone’s interest.  Don’t stop and never stagnate.

This week I made a fun GIF for my book, then I found a new poplar sharing site called Awesome Gang, check it out.

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Plus I created an Amazon Paperback Giveaway – this one is currently USA only but Canada and UK will be next!

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Cataclysm. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/8eadd7869e7904fd NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Oct 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

Just be you, believe in you, and put in the time – it will change and you’d better be ready for it when it does.

Stay tuned for my author signing coming 2018!

Happy writing folks, Theresa Jacobs

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