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Have you voted yet?

As of 11:00 p.m. I’m in FIRST place by only ONE point. If you haven’t voted yet, please consider doing so. The voting ends tomorrow. If you have voted, thank you and please share this with others.

I appreciate all of your support. It means a lot to a debut author.

http://evearroyo.com/contest-entry-c

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My Writing Journey

Posted: January 25, 2016 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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This week’s Writing Journey can be found at:

http://authorsfbenson.com/2016/01/25/my-writing-journey-4/

My First Short Story!

Posted: January 20, 2016 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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Eeeppp!

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My first zombie short story made it to the finals of Eve Arroyo’s Dystopian contest. Please go to her site, read it, and vote!

http://evearroyo.com/contest-entry-c
Thank you!

My Writing Journey

Posted: January 18, 2016 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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http://authorsfbenson.com/2016/01/18/my-writing-journey-3/

My Writing Journey

Posted: January 11, 2016 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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My Writing Journey

Posted: January 4, 2016 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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My Writing Journey

Posted: December 28, 2015 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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I hope all of you had a merry Christmas! The day after Christmas my family recognizes Kwanzaa. It doesn’t replace a holiday. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration, a time of reflection.

Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals.

1) LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:

*Complete changes to Regress. It took a minute (okay… more than a few minutes) but I got it done. There were some obvious things I should have changed, but it didn’t become obvious until someone unattached to the manuscript read it. I thank Jennifer for giving me some great feedback. It made me re-evaluate some things in the manuscript. My goal isn’t to just publish a book. Let’s face it, ALL of us can do that. Just slap together something and hit the publish button on Amazon. But I made the decision, long ago, that I wanted to put out something I could be 1) proud of and 2) other people would enjoy. So, I made the necessary changes and will happily do so again if needed.

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*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue. This slid to the back burner due to revisions on Regress. I will get back to the revision this week. Thanks to the changes I made in Regress, I had to go back and make necessary changes in Rescue for continuity purposes.

*Prepare for changes to this site. Done. I’ve selected a host and a theme on WordPress I want to use. I took a course through Udemy to help me set up my site. I have a list of subscribers and I’ve set up my first newsletter (are you signed up?).

2) THIS WEEK’S GOA LS:

It will be a challenging week with Kwanzaa and New Year’s, but I will do my best.

*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue.

*Set up website.

*Send out newsletter.

3) A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Do your best work always! That was the whole reason why I sat down and worked on my manuscript. It’s why I slashed one particular repeated word over 60%. If I put out C work, then I can’t expect A results.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Impatience. I just wanted to be done with the manuscript. No matter how many times I told myself ‘do your best’, I just wanted it to be over. Every time that demon raised its head, I looked at my deadline and reminded myself of what my overall goal was.

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5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: [Since I didn’t work on my WIP, I’ll mention my manuscript.] The revisions I made tightened my story. I cut paragraphs I didn’t think I would have the guts to cut out. Slashing repetitive words and phrases made me find better ways of writing the narrative. My critique partner has the manuscript now. I’m hoping she’ll agree with my work.

Well, that’s it for this week and this year! I have enjoyed sharing my writing journey with you. The new year will see another transformation on the journey. I’m looking at big things in 2016 and I would love it if you join me.

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Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!

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My Writing Journey

Posted: December 21, 2015 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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How was your weekend? Spent a wonderful Friday night having dinner with friends (Jo, Belle and Tricia, thank you for a great event). Squeezed in a little shopping and a quickie road trip to check out a college for my daughter (she finishes junior college this spring). Whew!

Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals…

1) LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:

*Continue revising the rough draft for RescueAlmost done!

I got the first critique back from a beta reader (thanks Jennifer!). It was very constructive. I did an 180 and revisited Regress. There were a few minor things I needed to address. So I spent the weekend working on those changes. I will go over them later today with my critique partner.

*Meet with my critique partner. Postponed until today. The dinner with my tribe required a postponement. We’ll be meeting today to discuss changes to Regress.

2) THIS WEEK’S GOA LS:

*Complete changes to Regress.

*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue.

*Prepare for changes to this site. Yes, you read correctly. My blog will be a year old this week! 

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This blog will be moving to an author website! Keep an eye out for the announcement. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you’ll know the minute it goes live!

3) A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Be open to change. When I planned the date for the release of my first book, I included time to make changes suggested by beta readers. I anticipated there would be changes. I’m glad I thought of it early on in this journey. When I got the critique I wasn’t dismayed. If anything, it encouraged me to fix what needed to be fixed. I don’t just want a book on Amazon. I want a book people enjoy reading. I want the possibility of 5-star reviews. I can’t get that if I’m inflexible and refusing to change anything.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Boredom. I wanted to write something new. So I sat down and wrote out the propaganda pieces for Book Three in the Alliance Chronicles. Each book in the trilogy has propaganda bits heading each chapter. Writing out forty of these bits satisfied my need to write something new.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: It continues speaking to me. I’m tightening up Book One, revising Book Two, and now Book Three is revealing itself to me.

Well, that’s it for this week.

Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!

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My Writing Journey

Posted: December 14, 2015 in #IAmWritingNow
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How was your weekend? Mine was relaxing… I did a marathon of “Supernatural” on Netflix. I’m a little late to the party I know, but I’m half way through Season One. I have seen some episodes on TBS. I’ve never watched the episodes in order from the beginning, though.

Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals…

1) LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:

*Work on revising the rough draft for Rescue: The Alliance Chronicles Book Two. This is going very well! I’m half way finished my first revision. I met with my critique partner on Friday. She gave me a great compliment (my writing has gotten tighter). 

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Overall, I’m very happy with my progress this time around. It took FIVE revisions to get Regress ready for readers. Four of those revisions were done without a critique partner. With Book Two I was more determined to have a ‘closer to ready’ draft. I took note of the things I didn’t do with my very first rough draft and tried hard to do better. So far I think I’m succeeding. Will see after next week’s critique.

2) THIS WEEK’S GOA LS:

*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue.

*Meet with my critique partner.

3) A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: This is the opening line for Rescue… (Zared’s POV) I saved a life, and I took a life all in a matter of minutes. What images come to your mind?

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4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Motivation. This is a new one for me. I don’t have any new writing scheduled until the end of February. I’ll finish revising Rescue this month, and I’ll start revising Demon’s Birthright in January. I’ve been so busy doing new writing that it feels odd not to be writing new stories. In all honesty, I don’t need any new stories at the moment. It just feels weird right now.

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5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: I love how Book Two is all about the emotions with Tru and Zared. These characters are evolving in Rescue. They are having these awesome experiences which are trying every emotion they possess. Tru will discover things about herself (her strengths, her weaknesses). Zared has some demons to face down. Even the support characters are dealing with their emotions.

Well, that’s it for this week.

Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!

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How was your weekend? Mine was okay until pain attacked my sinuses. I spent most of Sunday night curled up in a ball. Even went to bed at a decent time. Today? My face still hurts and the headache hasn’t gone away. Well, enough of that. Let’s see how I did with my writing goals last week.

1) LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:

*Finalize “The RELICs Experiment” … Due Dec. 1st for a short story contest. Submitted.

*Finalize “Cursed Hearts” and finish revision on “Ever After” for The Debut Collective anthologies… due Dec. 15th. Submitted.

*Finalize “Sweetest Bite” for anthology consideration… due Dec. 1 – Jan. 31. Submitted.

*Time permitting…start edits on manuscript. Done.

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2) THIS WEEK’S GOA LS:

*Work on revising the rough draft for Rescue: The Alliance Chronicles Book Two. 

3) A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [from Rescue] (Tru and Zared finally have a moment alone. Tru is reflecting on the emotional kiss with Zared.) Our love was an intertwining of two hearts beating as one. A consecration of souls.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Self-doubt. That moment when you wonder if you’re any good at what you’re doing. The UtopiaCon short story contest was that moment and it colored the rest of my week. It didn’t matter that I only took a day to write it and didn’t show to any of my critique partners for feedback. I basically turned in ‘C’ quality work and expected ‘A’ quality results. I hadn’t planned on doing the contest. I jumped on board when I saw the post. I didn’t even consider the fact that all FOUR of my short stories I submitted were rewritten numerous times and was seen at least four times each by someone else. Lesson learned? Yes. I’ll spend some serious time reworking that short story, put it on a shelf, and bring it out again for another purpose. It won’t be abandoned entirely. But, it will see some major revisions.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: (Rescue)… The characters! I actually missed spending time with Tru and Zared. I suppose that’s something only another writer would understand. Remember, I spent a year with those two in creating Regress. Although I enjoyed the time I spent working on my urban fantasy with some great characters, I missed the two which started my writing journey.

Well, that’s it for this week.

Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!

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Stay tuned… There are some big changes coming to this blog!

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