Road Trips = Great Ideas

Every time my husband and I take a road trip, story ideas start pouring from us. I think it’s because we’re forced to take a break from social media and video games. We’re forced to sit in the car as we drive toward our destination looking at scenery. This is where a lot of our ideas come from. This is where we fine tune some of our future projects. Most of the time, we don’t write them down either until we stop. If it’s something super important we’ll text the other person little reminders so we can write them down when we stop.

The magic doesn’t really start happening until about an hour into the trip though. It’s about the time we get tired of listening to music and turn it off for a bit. I love road trips for this reason and many more. Road trips help take the mind off of everything. You’re going somewhere new or different and it’s exciting. It’s almost the same feeling as when we create a new world with new characters. Excitement. Thrill. Eagerness.

So after the first hour that’s when we start talking about our stories or we’ll see something that reminds us of something we’re working on. Most of our road trips are spent talking to one another, coming up with ideas, talking about our current projects and why we might be stuck on them. It’s sad we cannot take more road trips, but the job that pays the bills gets in the way. Silly job don’t you know we have important things to write? Why must you take up so much time?

For us, whenever we talk about a road trip we know we’re going to come away with some kind of fantastic idea or new story creation. So, I say, bring on the road trips.

Updating our Blog

With the penn name change my husband and I decided to go through, I realized we only half updated our blog! Ooops. Lol. Well, it’s all updated now with the newly edited chapters for the Trilogy of the Wolf (Full Moon Rising, The Curse, Prophecy’s End), as well as corrected links to the books. As Hartland goes through another edit before being released again, we’ll be updating this as well. Baby steps, eh? It seems to be taking forever to go through them, but it hasn’t even been a year yet. That’s pretty good since we uprooted ourselves a few months ago and have had to adjust to several new things. It turns out I’m not as receptive to change as I once was. Who knew?

Anyway, as I was going through some of our old posts, I realized our writing perspective has changed/evolved. Call it what you will. It also seems to change from month to month. Good thing, it’s only an opinion, right? There are many, many ways to write and achieve your goals. This website is just our way of doing things and they change as does life. It was refreshing going back through and reading some of our older posts and realizing how we’ve changed as writers. The only thing that has never changed is we’ve never given up. I doubt that will ever change though certainly we do think about it sometimes, usually when we’re experiencing writer’s block.

I hope you all enjoy the upcoming weekend. I know we will. We have lots of writing planned and maybe a trip to the beach. We’ll see. Failing the beach, we’ll at the very least go out to a movie. Enjoy!!!!!

Feeling Overwhelmed While Writing

This feeling doesn’t happen to us often, but when it does it happens in a big way, sometimes stalling our writing process altogether. We wonder what could happen, what will happen. The what if’s are endless during these moments. It’s also during these moments we sometimes doubt our writing, a fairly common trait for writers. We often wonder if we’re good enough. Will people like our work? What will happen if someone doesn’t? How are we going to get our books reviewed? When will we finish said book?

All these questions float through our thoughts, and at times, sadly, makes us hesitate in writing. But somewhere within ourselves, we always find the courage to move forward, to keep going. Writers are unique in this way. A career in writing is difficult, yet, most of us continue to try and try. If something isn’t successful, we move onto something different. We try new things. We even try new writing styles which improve our writing technique even if what we were working on didn’t work out. Writing is a profession where we’re constantly improving. We find ways of doing things better.

All this can be quite overwhelming. We can feel as if the world is against us, if you will. Sometimes it feels like no matter what we do, what we write, we’re just not doing enough. Even if you have people gushing about your books, you know you can do better. The biggest struggle and obstacle in the way of a writer is the writer. It takes a long time to learn to overcome these fears and continue forward. Each day and each time it happens, it gets a little bit easier.

There is one thing for certain, if you don’t love to write, this profession isn’t for you. As a writer we pour ourselves into this work. We live for it. We breathe it. (Even if we’re never successful or as successful as we want to be.) We’ll keep on writing. It’s what writers do, even if they don’t write every day.

Cover Reveal for Demons and Kings

I’ve been working on the cover for Demons and Kings most of today. I’m glad to say it’s finished. I was going to wait to present it tomorrow, but I just couldn’t wait. While doing this one, I also learned a bit about Photoshop. It might have been a little frustrating at first, but it was a nice learning experience and I’m more confident in using Photoshop now.

Now that this is finished, I can get back to editing and formatting! However, I think I’m going to go out and reward myself with a Raspberry Cheesecake Blizzard first, and then too editing.

For the first book in the series, Servants of the Old Gods, here is the link:http://www.amazon.com/Servants-Old-Gods-Hartla…/…/1523684151

The Protagonist

Last week, we did a short post about the antagonist, the “bad” guy. Yes, bad guys are fun to write, they can do things the writer only dreams of doing and will never do in real life. At least, hopefully.

The protagonist is also fun to write as well. He can be the knight in shining armor you’ve always dreamed about or something else. However, when writing the protagonist, it is important to not make him or her too perfect. A too perfect character gives nothing for the reader to relate to, or sympathize with should something horrible happen to him or her.

For the protagonist, it is important to make them seem as life like as possible. We’re all flawed. It’s called being human. Our characters, good guy or bad guy, should also seem human. Even the most despicable person you can think of has some kind of good quality and the same hold trues for the good guy. The good guy should have some quality that isn’t quite so good.

So, when you’re writing your good guy keep in mind no one wants to read about someone who’s perfect. We, as readers, like some kind of flaw. It helps us connect.

Writing for the WRONG Reasons

Here are our thoughts about the reasons to write. You should write the stories you want, not the stories others think you should write. It’s part of staying true to yourself. Once you start writing to what other people, or society, thinks you should be writing, you lose a little part of yourself. You lose the reason you love to write.

We have tried to write romance as it seems to be a popular genre in today’s society and we have failed. The stories never turn out as good as the stories we want to write. In fact, there are several romance stories, we haven’t finished. Why? Simply because it’s not us. It’s not what we like. We’re more of the fantasy and sometimes science fiction writer. It’s what we enjoy. Certainly, we can throw romance elements into these genres though, and we do.

The other reason you shouldn’t write is in the hopes of making lots of money. It’s extremely hard to do. There are so many books out there now, it can be difficult to get yours noticed or even accepted through a traditional publisher. It’s one of the reasons, we continue to write the way we like and offer our books at very reasonable price compared to other indie authors. We’re not in it to make lots of money. Would it be nice to live off of our writing? Of course! We just don’t expect it. We write because we love to write, and there are people out there who absolutely adore our books. From time to time, we even buy our own books and give them out to people freely. We want people to enjoy the story as much as we do.

I think the moment we start writing for the wrong reasons, is the moment we lose who we are. We write because we enjoy to. There are certain aspects of writing, we don’t like. For example, all of the edits each of our stories go through. Sometimes, it’s a little overwhelming, and sometimes, we get tired of reading our own stories over and over. But when it’s all finished, it was well worth the time and effort, especially when readers get back to us and tell us how much they enjoyed our books. That in itself is an awesome reward.

As a writer, we feel it is important to stay true to what and who you are.