A Long Month

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the radio silence. August has been a long month, one that brought with it a few changes. One of which I will be talking about at a later date, but it’s a good one 🙂 The others that have taken place have made me look at the bigger picture and I believe that is a good thing. So, I’m refocusing on my writing and what I want to achieve. My new plan is taking shape, and this time I’m going to ensure I keep to it 🙂

To those of you who are fans of my Vampires of Rose City series, the third book will be released next month. I’ll be announcing the release date soon.

Never let anyone tell you to give up on your dreams. Pursue them, fight for them, achieve them.

Raven

Down The Rabbit Hole I Go

Hi everyone, sorry for not posting sooner but I have been down the proverbial rabbit hole. My latest book – Ghosts of the Past has just been released so I have been promoting that. Add into the mix I am working on the second Blood Prince novel, the third book in the Vampires of Rose City series, and a secret project, you can see I’m uber busy, and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sure I have days when my shoulder demon tries to throw a spanner in the works, but promising him a story of his own usually gets him on side, though he is pretty vocal about when he wants it done. Looks like I will be working on another story soon 🙂

Fingers crossed I will climb out of the rabbit hole soon. But if I don’t, I wonder if I will bump into Alice?

Until next time

Raven

Ch…Ch…Changes

Hi everyone,

Sorry for not putting up a post sooner. Life, and a particularly nasty virus combined to knock me on my proverbial rear. I’m currently playing catch up on a lot of things, but during my illness something strange happened.

As a writer my books usually take between two to three months to complete and that’s from the first idea to publishing. With my current wip that has changed. I anticipated on getting Ghosts of the Past out around the start of April, but it didn’t happen. At some point prior to that date my viewpoint regarding my writing changed.

I’m now spending more time over what I put down on paper. I’m stepping out of my own way to listen to what the characters want, not what I think they want. After all it is their story I’m telling and I want it to be the best it can be. More hours are being spent on editing, proofreading, checking research, and if needed, rewriting chunks of it.

Does all this mean I’ve grown as a writer? Yes. As creators of worlds I think we all reach a point in our journey where we are ready to take the next step. My step increased my confidence in my ability as a writer, it also made me less afraid to change a release date if I believe changes need to be made. New adventures await us all, so let’s keep moving forward to embrace them and share them with our readers

Raven

Research?

Hi everyone,

As can be seen from the one word title, today is about research. I admit this was something that at the start of my writing journey I didn’t think much about, but as time and my writing has progressed I’ve realized it is important. It can take many forms from using Google to delving into books or talking to people knowledgeable in a particular field. It sounds daunting and if you are not careful it can be. What I’ve found works for me is when I’m getting the bare bones of a story down, I try to make side notes on things I need to research so I’m not scrambling around later.

Of late that research has bounced from the layout of gothic mansions to the structure of a police force, but everything gathered creates in a way your own encyclopedia. It becomes a point of reference for you to access when working on other stories. I already have a folder full of written notes and printouts, all of which are there should I need them. Yes, research can be disposable, but it can also be as precious as gold because what we uncover can provide that added layer to a story which helps bring it to life.

Raven

Surroundings, Surroundings

Hi everyone,

Well, editing has me well and truly in its grasp which means coffee has become my closest friend again. While dealing with all the words I realized something – where I work and the atmosphere around me has an impact on what I do. Now I will be honest and say that when I started out I occasionally sniggered at those authors who said they had to have certain things in place, or had to write in a certain area. But guess what? I’ve become a convert.

Whilst I’m not locked into ensuring the smallest detail is met, there are certain things I ensure are set like having a vanilla scented candle alight when I’m writing, having a playlist I created for my wip playing, being in my office with the no phone to avoid distractions. I know that other writers love to be in coffee shops or libraries and that’s fine because we all work in different ways. What motivates one won’t necessarily motivate someone else. We all march to the beat of our own drum and that’s one of the things that helps make us, us.

With that said, editing calls so it’s time for me to light the candle, fire up my playlist, and get back to it. Keep writing, keep dreaming, and keep marching to the beat of your drum.

Until next time,

Raven.

Time to…oooh shiny!

Hi everyone, welcome to my latest blog post. Today I’m going to talk about something which does tend to drive me crazy at times — distraction. Now sometimes this is caused by a new voice chirpiing up or a new story idea making its presence felt while I’m writing. While I’m happy for both to visit, I do sometimes wish their timing was better. Other times my mind will just drift, locking onto whatever takes its fancy, dragging me away from what I should be doing.

Now I’m not saying that all distraction is bad. Sometimes its our minds way of telling us to take a short break, maybe step outside and get some fresh air, and that’s okay. We all need to take a break occasionally. For me though I tend to find many of my distractions are caused by my annoying demons of doubt trying to drag me away from what I love. Yes, there are times they’ve won, but of late I’ve learned to acknowledge them because it takes away some of their power.

I think many writers have these pests sitting on their shoulders, whispering in their ear that they are not good enough, that their writing sucks. Don’t you believe them for a second. At those times when they shout the loudest it usually means you are close to succeeding. As long as you carry a love and a passion for what you do, you will silence them. They are a distraction you can beat,

Raven.

Chatter, Chatter, Chatter.

Hi everyone,

I’m currently knee deep in edits and found myself feeling as if I was trying to anticipate what my characters would say. Never a good move as it can derail the story, leaving you confused. So, I decided to step back this afternoon, give my brain a break before diving back in and one of my characters spoke up. The moment they did, everything fell into place and I realized where my story needed to go.

The lesson I learned from this is never assume you always know better than your characters. After all it is their story you are writing, so who would know it better?

Until next time,

Raven.