Making Changes

Maybe it’s because of the new year or maybe it’s because I’ve been reading about others making changes, but I’ve decided to make a few changes on my blog. One thing I wanted to do was to make this blog look like a website. To do that I made two major changes:

  1. Take the comments off on all pages but the blog.
  2. Take the side bar off on all pages but the blog.

I plan to look at other author websites to get a few ideas, but couple of things I’ve added:

  1. A Home Page
  2. Art Work

Few things I still have to do:

  1. Add a picture to my home page and write some type of introduction.
  2. Redo the Author bio section.
  3. Scan some of the art I created to help me with my writing.

Tell me what you think about the changes I’ve made by leaving a comment. Do you have any suggestions? If your a writer, is there anything like art or music that helps you when you write?

Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Having a Plan

There are several blogs that I like to read on a regular basses. To do that I’ve subscribed to them and it’s sent to my email address. It gives me a lot of emails, but it’s easier for me to read them. One of the blogs I read is Michael Hyatt. He is a great source of information for author and want-a-be authors. Lately he has been writing about creating a life plan. Though I didn’t sit down and write out a life plan for every aspect in my life, I did jot down a list of goals for my writing because I felt I wasn’t really getting anywhere. I started with what I needed to get done first and moved from there. Here is what I came up with:

1.  Finish the short story. (I’m at the end now)
2.  Make my final changes to “The Search”
3.  Have a local consulting company proofread the story.
4.  Find a couple bada readers and have them read it.
5.  Make a list of agents to send a query to.
6.  Write a query.
7.  Send out my query
8.  Wait

If you want to learn more about life plans you can go to Michael’s post.

What about you? What do you think about a life plan? Do you think it has some value?

Starting with Now

Hi, friends. It’s been hard to come up with things to post about. I wanted to post things that were related to my book which is set in the early 19th century. Things like clothes people wore, the events people attended, and/or who the king or queen was at the time.

The problem I’m running into is that I did all my research several years ago. You see, I wrote my book, then went back to college hoping to get a better job. In all that time of raising my family, working full-time, and studying for college classes there was no time to write much less think about writing.

Now, I’m trying to build an audience through this blog, twitter, Facebook, goodreads, and I don’t know what else. It’s been such a long time since the research that I don’t have time to go back and research it all again. The stories in my head I want to get down on paper and social networking is just taking so much of my time (along with everyday life).

So, from this time on, I’m going to start posting about what I’m researching on my current book. In reality, it won’t be much different. My second book is about two secondary characters in the first book. The time period is the same and hopefully this will give me a chance to get back to it.

Also, I started writing a short story. It’s set in the medieval time period. It has been so much fun to write, but it’s already close to 15,000 words. I don’t think I can really call it a short story. Plus, there is no spiritual aspect to the story and I would really like to go back and write it in. I have really gotten to know the heroine. I love how she has developed and I want to see what I can do with her in a novel. I haven’t really done any research on this time period, but I could post what I learn. The whole idea of doing that is that my audience can learn with me, so when they read the book they will know what they are reading.

Where do you draw inspiration for your blog?