Progress!!!

Hi guys! 

Hurrah! Some good news at last! 

The progress is tiny, but progress is progress. 

I’ve heard it said that sometimes when you’re struggling to figure something out its best to make it last priority. 

Well, over the last couple of weeks or so I did just that with my revising and on Thursday I had the breakthrough I’d been hoping for. 

I was busy doing housework when an idea struck me. Bam! Just. Like. That. 

What if I was to start with Pandora’s creation and receiving the gifts that the Gods and Goddesses gave her? 

The idea brought back that fizzle that had been missing. 

I took some time to think logically. I know as writers we’re supposed to go with it, but I’d done that so many times and had got lost. Would it be too obvious opening with Pandora and naming the book Pandora’s Kiss? 

The story world itself wouldn’t be the way without her (or Lamia, my minitagonist to be precise), so I guess it’s only right to open with her. 

I’ve started revising, putting it right at the front to see how it comes across and if it would work. 

Hopefully this might be the start of good things to come. 

Can a book title be too obvious? If so, is that ever a bad thing? 

Hope you all have a great week. 

Until next time, 

Blaze

With thanks to Anthony Delanoix  for the image via Unsplash.com 

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Thinking It Over – Receiving Feedback

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Hi guys!

Let’s imagine this situation.

You’ve sent your work in progress to a beta reader or editor. You’ve put it to the back of your mind until you get the dreaded notification. Your work’s back.

Yikes!

Instead of opening it right away you avoid it like the plague, imagining all sorts of hideous things. You distract yourself as best you can when a voice starts to nag you to look at it.

‘It might not be so bad.’

‘It could be really positive.’

With a cup of coffee (or tea, whichever you prefer) you sit down to open the email.

I still do this now, even though I’ve been asking for feedback for years. I’ve only had a couple of really bad critiques of which I’m thankful for.

But how do you handle receiving feedback?

Here are a few tips:

1. Say Thanks.

Whether the outcome is positive or negative say thank you. This person has taken the time to read your work. That’s what I always remember. Even if I disagree I find it’s common courtesy.

2. Don’t Argue.

This can make you come across as unapproachable. You don’t need to defend your work to said person because you know where you’re coming from. Explain if there’s confusion, but don’t tell them that their wrong or stupid for not seeing what you see.

3. Take Time To Evaluate Each Point.

There’s no denying that feedback can make a book better. However, it’s important to remember that a person’s feedback is just an opinion. You can agree or disagree. If the person says that they found the pacing slow re read it and check. If a comment is repeated, then it’s important to pay attention to that as well.

4. Ask What They Would Change Or Do Differently

It’s always good to have a second opinion. Sometimes the person giving you feedback will come up with an idea that intrigues you to experiment. It can also draw attention to an area that you never thought about doing differently.

5. Update The Person Giving You Feedback.

This is only an option. I do this if someone asks me to or if I find that a part of their criticism was integral to my story improving.

These are just some of the things I go by when I receive feedback.

I hope they are of use to you.

Until next week,

Blaze

Thanks to Dariusz Sankowski for the image via Unsplash.com.

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty Three

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Pages: One Hundred and Fifty Five
Word Count: 51,898

Hi guys!

Not much progress since yesterday but little progress is better than nothing. 

I’m currently running two chapters behind so I’m working as fast as I can to get up to date. It’s probably to do with how foggy and blank my brain has been due to my depression but I will get it done.

You may remember me introducing my rabbit, Rodger back in August. He was neutered on Thursday and is on antibiotics until this Thursday when we take him back to the vets for his check up. Giving a rabbit meds by a syringe is no easy feat. He’s taking it a lot better than he has been, though. He’s resting up nicely.

I don’t know what else to say today. Brain fog.

Hope you are all meeting your word goals.

Happy Writing!

Until tomorrow,

Blaze

NaNoWriMo: Day Eight.

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Pages: Fifty Three
Word Count: 18,883

Hi guys!

Can you believe it’s been a week already since we started this? How crazy is that? How are we doing?  I know some people who are struggling to put words to a page. They feel like they’re failing. To any one reading this who is a part of that you are NOT failing. Period. Remember, even if you just manage a few hundred or thousand than those words are are still an accomplishment.  Be proud.

I haven’t put down any words today as I’ve been under the weather. Things have been happening and getting out of whack. It’s always good to take a step back now and again.  It’s even more essential when you suffer from mental health problems. I have depression and anxiety and it sucks. 

I was a little hesitant with writing a blog post everyday in favour of NaNoWriMo but I have to say I’m proud of myself. Yes, I’m struggling even now as I write this but I am still present. I haven’t said to myself ‘oh I can’t do it’ or ‘I’m so tired that I can’t string a word together. ‘ I’m still fighting even though I am weary.

It’s hard and it’s something that I wish none of us had to do. I’m taking a big, long break from Facebook.  I don’t find it helps me when I’m struggling so much. It’s nice to walk away from it sometimes.

I hope you are doing well with your word counts and progress. I’m behind you 100%.

Until tomorrow,

Blaze

NaNoWriMo – Day Five

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Pages: Thirty Nine
Word Count: 13,176

Hi guys,

First off I’d just like to say a big thank you to all of you that like and follow my blog. I really do appreciate it. You’re all awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

A big hello to new followers. I hope my  yabbering doesn’t bore you to the point of sleep.

And Happy 5th of November!

Today has been a refreshing change. It’s the first day since starting NaNoWriMo that I’ve found it easier to get my words down on the page. It’s only took four days! Thank heavens for that!

My main characters are both facing their fears at this point in time. Daniel is trying to live his life without succumbing to peer pressure again and Adria is facing up to the prospect of selling her soul to help him.

I don’t want to talk too much about my character’s and their situations but it is going to turn rather gritty pretty soon.

I think I’ve been inspired by Martina Cole and Val McDermid to write this story and while I’m uncomfortable with the themes it strikes up I’m really interested to see where all of this ends up.

Enjoy the fireworks. If only for a while.

Keep writing. With each word you put down you are ever closer to finishing.

Keep on keeping on.

Until tomorrow,

Blaze

Progress Report

Hi gals and guys,

I’ve just finished the first few chapters of my rewrite of my novel, Pandora’s Kiss this weekend. They are now with beta readers as I want to know whether it’s going in the right direction or whether it’s failing at the first hurdle. As they say in construction, if the foundations aren’t right the building will collapse. Same can be said for this.

The word count is a bit of a problem, however as it’s currently sitting at just over 21k and that’s probably going to topple over the 100,000 mark before it’s even finished. I’ve never had a problem with word count before, it’s really weird.

I’ve been pondering with the idea of my POV’s as I have three of them in my WIP. For the past couple of weeks I’ve found myself thinking about using only the Protagonist and the Antagonist as main characters. That way you see both sides of the story and not just one. I’m aware that this would be tricky to do but not at all difficult.

I’m currently experimenting with this idea and will probably ask my betas to read through and compare them to see which one is best.

There’s a lot of things I don’t know about this novel but I quite like that. I’m going to be making plans for the series as well in between writing. That’ll be fun.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t forget you can head over to Facebook and like my page https://m.facebook.com/blazemckenna22 for more progress updates and fun factors.

Toodles!

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Hello lovelies!ย 

I’ve been a bit of a busy bee just lately, hence my absence of late.

Last week I celebrated my 24th birthday. I spent it with my lovely Nanna and my two gorgeous siblings, Owen who is seven and Laura who is six. It’s no secret that I spent most of the day trying to deter them from messing around in public toilets and hogging the stalls. Little buggers! ๐Ÿ˜›

Thank heavens it’s nearly term time!

Putting all that to one side though I finally managed to finish Lady of the Kryptonites which is sat in the cupboard, cooped up in a folder for viewing at a later date. I am currently looking for reviewers to give feedback. If you are interested in reading a YA fantasy novel then feel free to volunteer your services ๐Ÿ™‚

As for today though, I am off out in the sunshine to work on the sequel.

Hope you enjoyed the update,

Blaze