Hiatus over!

Hello all. Today I did something. It felt great.

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After losing my baby girl I really didn’t give myself a goal to return to writing. I knew I would eventually. I was nervous I got to admit. But it felt so good to create again. To smile and giggle at the scenes I wrote. So good to have this feeling back. Now that I am back I’ve got a couple of goals in mind when I want my novel done and ready to submit.

Every day I still feel her loss, feel a piece of me missing. I’ve accepted that I may always feel this way but I will continue on. I will continue to dream and strive for a better future.

Episode 2: Getting to Know Me – Part 2

 

I’m back for a second week! In this episode I finish up answering questions my family and friends submitted to me regarding the cozy mystery I am working on.

I did pretty good this week on meeting my 1,000 words a day. I am so close to finishing y’all! At least I hope so. Think there’s really only two major sections/scenes to write and then on to the next step! Finding beta readers! Nervous and excitement for the next part.

Please take a listen and let me know what you think. I’m all about improving, changing to make my content better. Also let me know where you are at with your novel in the comments below. Thanks! 🙂

Music by: Talking to Sophie

Episode 1: Getting to Know Me – Part 1

 

Hi! Well I’ve dun done it haha. My first podcast. Not sure what I am thinking. Hoping this helps me connect to other authors, people who love discovering new authors and supporting them.

In this episode I asked family and friends to submit questions about the current novel I am working on. Thank y’all so much for those! I had fun making this and learned I need to work on my breathing! haha.

I’ve been trying to add my podcast to different apps but I am having no luck today/tonight. I will update when I am up and running on those apps.

So for right now please take a listen below and let me know what you think. If you have a podcast or if you recommend a podcast that I should follow let me know in the comments below!

 

Music by: Talking to Sophie

Vacations Ruin Everything

Maybe not. But my last one didn’t help me in regards to my writing! Before my vacation a couple months back I was writing at least 1,000 words each day. Now? No where near that.

I’ve been brainstorming on other ways to connect, network with the writing/reader world. I’m going to dip my toe into podcasting. Probably will start with a weekly podcast and see where it goes. It will take a lot of time and commitment that I hope reaches people and lets them see…well I guess hear another side to me. 🙂 I think it’s a different way I can relay my passion for writing, talk about what I’m working on, the struggles I face and hopefully all my future accomplishments.

I started writing for myself. To entertain myself. With the encouragement from family and friends I’ve stepped out into the light and want to share my words, my stories with you all. I’m hoping a podcast can be just another way to entertain you all.

What podcasts do you follow? What makes them work?

 

Planning a Novel: Setting

One of my favorite and most challenging parts of planning a novel is the setting.

So far I’ve created towns based/influenced by a real location. The current location I am basing my town off of is the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. I was reading an article…think it was listing the beautiful places you’ve never heard of type of article…and instantly I knew I wanted to base my new novel in this area.

Along with choosing different names and body types I want my settings to be different, in a town that is not used a lot. I’m not sure what it is but lately I’ve been drawn to small town mysteries. Another reason I chose to base my town, Lander, in the Northeast Kingdom is because of the somewhat isolation of the area.

How do you chose your setting? Do you use real life influences or make up your own town?

Planning a Novel: Characters

Once I have a good meaty outline and have conducted some or most of my research I move on to defining my characters. The ones I focus on first are the: protagonist, antagonist, supporting characters and minor characters.

After figuring out the name of any character I focus on their physical descriptions. Along with wanting the names in my novel to be unique/not commonly used, I try to do that with using different physical features.

Protagonist

For the main character I need to create a back story. What has brought them to this moment? What key elements of their life do I need to share?

Antagonist

Simply put…why is this person the villain? Are they just evil? What has caused them to do harm to others? Do they hide under the radar? Treat others differently after the crime has been committed? So many possibilities! So many questions!

Supporting Characters

How do these people become friends of the main character? I like the term support. That is their main purpose in my novel. To support the MC and help them navigate through the story. I firmly believe they are just as important as the MC. Without them telling the story would just not be fun. Like in real life we need family and friends to make life worth living and enjoying.

Minor Characters

These are the people that provide a moment of relief, comfort, or simply a distraction. I love using them in that way. Let’s say the MC is grieving…insert a minor character with a weird flaw that the MC finds funny and can clear their mind and enjoy the simple human interaction.

With any character I try to make them relevant to the story I am telling. I want the reader to care and believe in my characters. I want them to compare or hopefully relate their family/friends to the ones I have created.

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What do you think about when creating your characters? What do you struggle with when creating them?

Planning a Novel : Research

After outlining for my mystery novel I start my research. There are four areas where I mostly conduct my research: Names, Job, Setting and Similar Stories.

Names

I always start with character names when researching. Part of me feels like if I know their names before I start creating them I will know more about them very quickly. I like to pick somewhat different, unique names. I also like to look at their meaning, hoping it will describe the character somehow.

Below are a couple of websites I use for names:
Nameberry
Babynames.com
Sheknows

Job

Then I move onto what my characters do for work. If I don’t know too much about their jobs then I will look up a brief description of their duties. If their job is important to the story then I will dig deeper so I have plenty of references to use.

Right now the main characters are hairstylists, a teacher and of course law enforcement.

Setting

Next I decide where the story will take place. Either in a real city or one I create. So far I’ve only created the cities for my stories. Mostly because I can create every aspect of the town instead of learning every minuscule detail of a real town.

The town where my novel takes place is in the fictional town of Lander, VT located in the Northeast Kingdom. Personally I’ve never been but the pictures are absolutely beautiful. I’m excited at using this location.

Similar Stories

Since this is a mystery novel I’ve been reading more crime novels and researching similar cases. I like to see how other authors set up their characters and how the investigation unfolds. It helps me gauge if my story is flowing smoothly and makes sense.

Do you research? How does it help you? What websites do you use?