Words are Power

We’ve all heard it before that words carry power with them. They can tear someone down or they can build someone up. Words can destroy someone. They can also encourage someone. Words are powerful and should be respected both in the written form and the spoken form.

When writing a fictional piece, whether it’s poetry, a short story, or a novel, words create images in the reader’s mind. They bring both the world and the characters to life. For me, when reading (or writing) a movie plays through my mind. Imagination is a wonderful thing and sparked by, you guessed it, words. If there is magic in this world, I say it is in the power of words.

And now that I’ve mentioned the word word so often, it seems like a strange word…


Writing Update

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done one of these. The original goal was to do a weekly update on our progress. Whereas that is a good goal to maintain, sometimes, for whatever reason, it’s a bit difficult to do so. And sometimes, we don’t make much progress in a week.

It seems that progress on book 2 in the Magna Luctus series has ground to a halt. I’m not sure why. I guess I’ll have to ask the hubby as he’s the main on this series. Maybe I can get it going again by adding to what he already has and making suggestions on where it should go. Though, it does seem like he’s been working on something else. Something he hasn’t told me about yet. Hmmm…. It seems like we need to catch each other up on some things.

As for the Ordinaries series, I have started book 4. This book is going slower than the other 3, mainly because I have Strep and have been miserable and also focused on getting better. I am about 18k into the book though. I refuse to allow illness to make me stop working on a series that I’ve fallen absolutely in love with.

The last book in the Hartland series called New Beginnings has come back from the beta readers and they loved it. It was mentioned that the ending is powerful. We’re looking on editing it a few more times to address a couple issues brought up by the amazing beta readers. We’re looking on a release date for this book March 23rd.

Well, now that I’ve written the post and schedule tweets for all of next month (such a drag at times), I am ready to take a nap and then dive back into book 4 of the Ordinaries series.

Inspiration and Its Wild Ride

I don’t know how I’ve done it, but in less than 2 months I’ve finished two novels and am already partway through the third novel, a little over 22k. When inspiration hit, I decided to push forward and see how much I could get done. Editing the first drafts of these books and polishing them can come after I’ve gotten the story out of my system. (I almost regret pausing to write this out. Almost.)

It is probably what I should have done with the Hartland series. I paused to edit and polish each book, when I really should have just finished the story while the ideas were flowing. By pausing, some of the ideas kind of fluttered away, leaving me stuck in places that shouldn’t have been so difficult to write. But because I lost the inspiration for the story, they were extremely difficult. Eventually, I found it again, but not after months and months of struggling to write a few words.

Because of the learning lesson I had with the Hartland series, it’s the way I have decided to start writing. Finish the story. Let inspiration take you on its wild ride.

Cover Reveal: New Beginnings

Front Cover


As we’ve kept all the covers for this series simple, this follows the same “template”, if you will, as the others. There will probably be a few touch ups before it goes live, but we finally have a cover for it. Now, we just have to work on the dreaded back cover. At least, with practice of the other novels we’ve published, it has become easier to come up with a description. (Our first ones for Full Moon Rising were atrocious.) After that, the book will go through one more edit and then out to some beta readers. We are pleased with the progress we’re making, especially with how difficult this book was to finish. I’m hoping in a couple of days, we’ll be able to share the front and back cover with everyone.

Weekly Writing Update

I know this is coming really late in the week, but we’ve been busy. There are only 68 pages left of New Beginnings, book 5 of the Hartland series, left to edit. It’ll go through a few more edits but this is the major edit where things tend to change. It’s also the edit where we discover whether someone’s appearance keeps changing, such as hair color or eye color. It’s happened to us before. So far, in this book it hasn’t. I think we’ve gotten better about this.

For the first book in the Ordinaries series, we’re 33k into it and I decided to redo the first part of it as I want the story done in first person instead of 3rd. I was playing around with it a few days ago and realized it worked better in first person. So there’s that huge change. It’ll set me back a little bit but I think redoing it in the first person perspective will actually help advance the story as I’ve been stuck on it for a few days now.

And for book 2 in the Magna Luctus series, we’re still hovering over 30k. Haven’t made too much progress on this one, but more story ideas have been coming to us and we’ve had to hammer out a basic story plot for each of them lest our scatterbrains forget about the story. This has happened far too many times to be comfortable with which is why we’ve deemed it necessary to sometimes pause our progress on stories to get these out of our heads and in a workable condition for the future.

I’d also like to report that my back is doing better as long as I don’t overdo it. The horrible pain incident reminded me that since we’ve moved to Savannah, GA I haven’t exactly been keeping up with my daily routine of stretches and going on walks. I’ve been attempting to do this more often in an attempt to eliminate most of the pain. It’s definitely been reducing it.

And yesterday, it snowed here in Pooler, GA. I was so excited to see snow again. I really missed it from when we lived in Casper, WY. It made me more eager to leave this town behind. I can’t wait to get back to where it snows occasionally. Watching the heavy snowflakes fall was so peaceful. I smiled most of yesterday because of it. I probably could have written more had I not been watching the snow so much, but I wouldn’t change it. it’s the little things in life that you tend to enjoy more, and for me, it was the snow yesterday.

Everyone have a great rest of the week and enjoy the weekend. We’ll be continuing to work on our stories.

Just DO IT!!!!

Generally, when writing a story an author knows where the story is going. Generally…  We typically know how the story is going to start and how it’s going to end. It’s filling in the middle part that’s the real fun area of writing. But what happens when you have no idea where the story is going and you just keeping writing? Sometimes we get stuck. Other times we keep writing to see where the story takes us. When we do this, the ending we had in mind often changes as well.

This isn’t a bad way of writing. In fact, this is the way we usually write. We sometimes have a specific ending that needs to happen, like in Full Moon Rising, our first published novel. Otherwise, most things are up in the air and the story forms as we go. Unfortunately, when we edit, sometimes we find huge gaping plot holes!

But as I said, that’s the fun part of writing. We never really know where the story is going to take us. What started as an awesome idea can change, evolve and become something even greater than we thought possible.  So, just remember that there is no real way to write. Whatever is comfortable for the author is the way you should be writing. If having a set schedule works for you, DO IT. If having a routine, drinking a cup of coffee or whatever, having snacks, doing a little dance, DO IT! As a writer, you’re the only one who knows what works best for you. We’re not saying not to try to experiment with something different. Who knows that might work even better for you. What we’re saying is you know yourself better than any one person out there.

If you need an outline for the story, DO IT. However, we have read plenty of novels where writers write to an outline and the writing does turn to a sort of formula, and as a reader it tends to become boring. Whatever you need, just DO IT. No excuses. Get out there and write these amazing ideas you’ve had. No one else will do it for you.

Hartland Book 5: New Beginnings

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I FINALLY finished the first draft of Hartland Book 5: New Beginnings! It’s been such a struggle to write this one, but it’s finished. It didn’t give me a feeling of elation like the other books we’ve finished. This one is making me sit here and look at the 69,440 words of the first draft (before edits and rewrites) going “I can’t believe it’s done.”

I am going to let this one sit for a few weeks before starting on the rewrite/edits. All I know is I’m relieved I finished book 5. This is by far the most difficult book I’ve written. I’m also eager to go onto some of my other book ideas I received while struggling through this one. It’s almost as if I’ve gained my freedom….  HA HA