How to move from real life to make believe

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I haven’t written on my WIP in two weeks and barely managed to keep my blog going.

So, if I’ve been too slow to respond, I apologize.

Here at Jean’s Writing, I rarely write about my personal life. This is a place to share about my writing experience. To write what I’m learning as I struggle with stories, books, and articles. I like to keep the real world and my make-believe world separate. Let’s face it, make-believe is so much more fun.

However, too often the reality of life raises an ugly head and we must deal. What happens then?  What happens when we realize there are more important things in life than characters in a story? Like real life, real people with real life and death problems.Today I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and write about something very real and personal.

My 9-year-old grandson, Dylan.

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8 Reasons why Scrivener is my writing tool of choice #amwriting #writing #writingtools #Scrivener

G.L. Cromarty

I have been writing for a long time now, over twenty years in fact. When I first started, there wasn’t even the basics such as Microsoft Word. I was pretty excited when Word came out!

But in 2011 I moved from a Windows PC to an Apple Mac, and I have been using Scrivener ever since. It was originally only available on the Mac, but you can now get a windows version.

So, I have been using Scrivener for quite a while.  I can honestly say that I am more productive with Scrivener than I ever was with Word or those even worse writing applications that came before. And I thought I would share a few highlights as to why I love Scrivener so much.

  1. It lets you chop up your book. If you are anything like me, the order of chapters at the start is not the order at…

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How To Handle Attention Seeking Minor Characters #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

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If you have never rolled your eyes at a minor character, who has ideas above their station, and then found yourself shouting, through your laptop screen,“will you stop being such an attention grabbing minor character!” - you haven’t lived!

Some minor characters are born into your story knowing they are never going to be centre stage and make it their fictional life ambition to change this. So frustrating!

If you let things get out of hand with one of these minor characters, before long, you will be changing the direction of your entire book to suit THEM! Just watch out for those filthy looks and death stares from your main characters.

There’s nothing worse than trying to write a scene and being distracted by some diva of a minor character who believes you made a big mistake when main character roles were handed out.

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I feel so strongly about…

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Amazon KDP Unveils Kindle Create Word Doc Conversion Tool

A Writer's Path

by Mercy Pilkington at Good e-Reader

If you’re a self-published author, writing your book is only half the battle. Some might even argue that it’s the easy part of being an author. Indies have been beaten over the head for years now about the need to hire professionals to take the manuscript and turn it into a book, with costs associated with editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and marketing.

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Book Review: Jem by Michelle Abbott @MichelleAbbott4

About The AuthorMICHELLE

Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person.

She loves to write new adult romance about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl.

She’s an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits 🙂 She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral 🙂

Visit her website: http://www.michelleabbott.com
Visit her blog: http://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/
Find her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MichelleAbbott4
Find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichelleAbbottRomanceAuthor
Find her on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/michelleddiane/

About The Book

MICHELLE.ABBOTT-JEMTwo injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father’s fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.
She listened.
She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he’ll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

This is a standalone, new adult contemporary romance. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

My Review

Two tortured souls reunite

Jem was born into a world of abuse while Devon has a charmed childhood with loving parents. Devon’s abuse came later at the hands of a boyfriend.

Enjoyable romantic story about two childhood friends who reunite as adults and become much more. The story is well-written with flawed but lovable characters. Jem is definitely a tortured alpha male with a tendency toward violence to protect those he loves. Devon is running from a violent relationship. She doesn’t recognize Jem but he recognizes her as his Angel who tried to protect him before they were separated by circumstances. When she first sees him, she’s attracted to him but immediately fears his violent tendencies. One thing that I had trouble with is that she waits so long to ask him his name, even agrees to go out on a date with him without asking his name.

I enjoyed this excellent story and would recommend it to all who love a good romantic read.

Purchase your copy of Jem today!

Coming up Next –  Scheduled books and short stories for my Review List are: (may change at any time)
Everything to Lose – Gavin Shawlens Thriller #2 by Gordon Bickerstaff (36% read)
Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks
Captured Lies by Maggie Thom
My GRL by John Howell
The One Enlightened by Yvette Calleiro
Nikki Magee by Peter Wendt
She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1) by A. M. Manay
Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules
Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D’Chae
Love’s Child by Lizzie Chantree
Home at Last by Jan Sikes
Passion & Struggle (The Genesis Saga Book 1) by John Fioravanti
Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke
Glade by Harmony Kent
A Highland Ruby (Highland Treasures Book 2) by Brenda B. Taylor
Stealing Time (Book 1) by K.J. Waters
I Kissed A Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan
The Black Fox by Gordon Bickerstaff
Bound by the Summer Prince by Mistral Dawn
Our Justice by John Howell
She Lights Up the Dark
(November Snow Book 2) by A. M. Manay
A Thousand Yesteryears (Point Pleasant) by Mae Clair
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women  by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Treachery & Triumph (The Genesis Saga Book 2) by John Fioravanti

Toxic Minds by Gordon Bickersaff

Where Are You on The Writing Growth Curve?

A Writer's Path

by Allison Maruska

My son has always been above average on the growth curve. Now, having just turned twelve, he’s caught up to his grandmother. He’s tall. And she’s . . . less than tall…The boy is tall, and the mom is short.

And yet, they’re the same height.

The observations are accurate because the boy is still growing. For his age, he is tall. And he’ll continue along the growth curve, leveling out somewhat, until he reaches his full height. His doctor thinks that will be around 6’1″.

How does this apply to writing? I’m so glad you asked!

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Book Review: Beyond the Hidden Sky (Star Trails Tetralogy, #1) by Marcha A. Fox @startrailsIV

About The AuthorMARCHA

Marcha Fox is a prolific writer who has addressed a wide variety of subjects but her favorite is science fiction. It began as a love of astronomy which eventually led to a bachelor of science degree in physics from Utah State University followed by a 21 year career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where she held a variety of positions including technical writer, engineer and eventually manager. Her NASA experiences included trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida, visiting other NASA centers in Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland as well as trips to the European Space Agency in The Netherlands but the most memorable was the sad task of helping to recover space shuttle debris in East Texas following the tragic Columbia accident in 2003.

Her Star Trails Tetralogy Series incorporates her knowledge of physics and space travel within a family saga set on a primitive planet where survival is an ongoing struggle which is further complicated by political intrigue. While some of the science is speculative, her goal is to represent it as accurately as possible so that her readers learn accurate principles in a painless, entertaining manner within the context of the story. More information on the individual novels in this series, the science behind them as well as the status of the fourth and final volume can be found on http://www.kallioperisingpress.com.

Never at a loss for something to do, she enjoys gardening, her two Bengal cats, family history and pursuing her study of the heavens in yet another realm, that of astrology. Her astrology clients span the globe, accessing her through her expansive and informative website at http://www.valkyrieastrology.com. She has authored a variety of books on the subject, taught online for the International Academy of Astrology (IAA), spoken at conferences and individual groups, and published articles in the journal of the International Society of Astrological Research (ISAR).

 

She is the mother of six grown children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and has lived in New York, California and Utah before making her home in Texas.

About The Book

MARCHA.FOX-BTHSMoving to another planet is never easy. It’s even harder when you never arrive…
Laren Brightstar knows he’s a target since refusing to work for Augustus Troy. Accepting the chief terralogist position on the other side of the galaxy seems like the simplest solution. Getting there, however, isn’t. Not with a teenage daughter like Creena.
She’s Intelligent.
She’s a rebel.
And now she’s missing.
In deep space.
Was it an accident? Or abduction?
Either way he has to find her. Before Troy does. And somehow he knows life will never be simple again.

My Review

Enjoyable Sci-Fi Adventure

“Beyond the Hidden Sky” is an enjoyable science fiction adventure. The main character, Creena Brightstar, relies on her wits and gut feelings among a people who apply logic and order. They can’t understand her. Her curiosity gets her into trouble when she’s thrust into an adventure that takes her to unknown worlds where there are dangerous manipulators who want her to do their bidding. Creena has the ability to fool those who believe they know what she will do in the situations set before her but are surprised each time they fail to intercept her.

Ms. Fox’s scientific expertise is immediately apparent in the story. I enjoyed the well-written and  well-plotted story, and the amazing characterization. It’s a wonderful story that I would recommend to readers of all ages, and I look forward to reading the rest of the Star Trails Tetralogy.

Purchase your copy of Beyond the Hidden Sky today!

Coming up Next –  Scheduled books and short stories for my Review List are: (may change at any time)
Jem by Michelle Abbott (100% read, needs my book review)
Everything to Lose – Gavin Shawlens Thriller #2 by Gordon Bickerstaff (36% read)
Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks
Captured Lies by Maggie Thom
My GRL by John Howell
The One Enlightened by Yvette Calleiro
Nikki Magee by Peter Wendt
She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1) by A. M. Manay
Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules
Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D’Chae
Love’s Child by Lizzie Chantree
Home at Last by Jan Sikes
Passion & Struggle (The Genesis Saga Book 1) by John Fioravanti
Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke
Glade by Harmony Kent
A Highland Ruby (Highland Treasures Book 2) by Brenda B. Taylor
The Black Fox by Gordon Bickerstaff
Bound by the Summer Prince by Mistral Dawn
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women  by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Our Justice
by John Howell
She Lights Up the Dark
(November Snow Book 2) by A. M. Manay
A Thousand Yesteryears (Point Pleasant) by Mae Clair
Toxic Minds
by Gordon Bickersaff
Treachery & Triumph (The Genesis Saga Book 2) by John Fioravanti