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.

The Trouble with Originality

The drive to be original is a noble goal. But it is not something a writer should let become a roadblock. I’ve noticed this about myself with a few of my stories. They’ll start out like normal. I come up with an idea I think is awesome at the time. I type out some of the important aspects of the characters, the world or the plot. Then I begin typing it out.

The roadblock comes when I take a step back and look at what I’ve written. I begin to wonder if people will hate it because it’s too much like this story, or because it’s a bit like that movie, or because the plot is similar to some TV show 30 years ago.

Self doubt is a huge thing for writers and is a constant struggle to overcome. Plagiarism is a serious issue, but let’s face it, nothing is original in this age. I’m willing to bet that every story written in the last 20 years is similar in at least 10 aspects to something written before it.

The key is the same as with anything that keeps you from writing: Power through it and just keep writing. Don’t let it bother you that you’ve found another’s work inspirational or influential. That’s what they’re supposed to do.

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.

Challenge Your Writing

One of the best things that I’ve ever done for my writing is write the Hartland series. Those books challenged the way I wrote. Typically, I like to write with standard chapters. In this series, the chapters transferred from a number of characters. There were no actual chapters in the books. Instead, the story was told in parts through characters and the reader had to piece things together as they went along. These books were definitely something I had never written before. For those who have read it and enjoyed the story and the unique way it was told, I appreciate all the lovely comments. If nothing else, the Hartland series helped me grow as a writer.

And now, I’ve taken on another challenge with the Ordinaries series I’m currently working on. I don’t write in the first person. Normally, I don’t like to read it either but recently I stumbled across the fact that this story works better in first person. I wrote more than half the book in third only to realize this. So, as I’m going back through and changing things, I actually feel more connected to the main character now. I was having a hard time with Catherine Winters. I guess it was her trying to tell me that I was doing the story wrong. As an obstinate, know-it-all writer, I simply wasn’t listening. And, as I’ve been reworking it, I figured out how I’m going to end the story and what the next several parts are going to be. I was definitely stuck on the plot after I’d gotten almost 40k into it. The story wasn’t feeling the way it should have, which was what made me stop writing on it temporarily. Incidentally, it’s also what got me to finish the edit for the last book in the Hartland series. That was something I wasn’t looking forward to. It turned out it wasn’t as bad as I had thought it would be.

I write this to reiterate what most writers already know. Writing a challenging piece is actually a good thing and helps us grow as writers. So to all those pieces of work that we dread writing because it’s difficult or because it’s something new we haven’t tried before, do it. Trust me, the personal growth you obtain from it is worth it.

Writing Update

The first major edit to New Beginnings, the final book in the Hartland series is finished. It is now going to the Alpha reader who will let me know if anything needs to be fixed. I sure hope not, but as always will wait to hear what’s said. Of course, it will be with a rapidly beating heart. Any time someone reads something I wrote and tells me about it, there is a mixture of excitement and fear. Will they love the book? Will they hate it? Will they think it’s one of the worst books they have ever read? I hope to find out the opinion in a few weeks. And then of course, there will be probably a few more edits before we send it out to a couple of beta readers.

Since this is done, we’ve resumed work on the first book in the Ordinaries series. I started rewriting it in first person as it works better. As such, I have added over 3000 words from where I was when it was in third person. I am only a quarter of the way caught up to where I had left off on the book, unable to write any more on it. I wasn’t liking the way it had gone. The story was good but I knew something needed to change, so that was when I started fiddling around with the book and discovered that first person worked so much better with it. This book is actually the first real attempt at first person. I have tried in the past a few times and gave up pretty quickly. Apparently, what I needed to do to try out first person was find the right story. I have found it and it is moving along swiftly now. Hopefully, I will be able to keep up the momentum.

Book 2 in the Magna Luctus series, is plucking along slowly but slow progress is still progress. I don’t remember the word count we’re at on at the moment, but I know it’s over 30k. The first book in this series is still in the needs editing stage. There are some major edits that need to take place. We’re waiting to do these edits once the book series is done. So much is happening in this series, we wanted to write the entire thing before changing anything in any of the books.

And a different note, my husband bought be a different laptop over the weekend. The one I was working on had gotten squished under the recliner a few months back. It had cracked the screen and the hard covering of the computer. There was also something rattling around inside of it. I worked with the computer this way for a few months, irritated with it because it would randomly shut itself off. I would end up losing a few pages of work because of this annoying development. Fortunately, we no longer have those recliners. My back hates recliners but when we first moved to Savannah all we had was what could fit into a KIA Soul, which isn’t much, and the recliners were what we could afford. Now, we have a comfy couch which my back likes a lot better and cannot squish my new computer. Yay on both accounts!

With patience, things will improve. Your attitude will improve or worsen depending on how you choose to look at the situation and the world. For the moment, after spending months in a horrible mood and depressed, I have chosen to look at the good things in life. Things are certainly not perfect. They never will be, but I have come to realize that everything does happen for a reason, even if we cannot fathom what that reason is. Sometimes, we’ll never know what it is, but regardless, it changes nothing. Things still happen and we still have to deal with those things. What we do have control over is how we deal with them. We can choose to let them break us or we can choose to let them make us stronger and wiser.

I’d like to leave everyone with that thought for the coming week. Have a great week and remember to let the little things go!