Monday, January 24, 2011

Answers to aspiring writers

This week I was asked for advice from an aspiring writer, mostly in relation to topics like getting started and the research involved. I get these questions from time-to-time, so I decided to dedicate today's blog post entirely to it.


Although I have several tips that I can give, please keep in mind that what works for one author may not work for others. At the end, you will need to figure out what works best for you.


Where to start?


If you want to write a book, chances are that you have a general idea about the story that you want to write. Take those ideas and put them on paper. Any other ideas, write them down right when it comes to you. I have literally done things like stop mowing the lawn or pull into a parking lot, just so I could write something down. Many times, I ended up typing it on my phone because the time was just so inconvenient that I did not have anything to write with. Also, keep something that you can write on by your bed. You will be surprised on how many times you may wake up in the morning and forget that you wrote things down at night. Ideas… you just never know when you will get them…


Write what you feel like writing at the moment. You don’t need to start writing at the beginning. With Imprinted Souls, as instance, I started by writing one of the final chapters. This is where outlines can be helpful…. It helps you combining everything when you do not write in a specific order. I learned that the hard way...


Right now, my outlines consist of a few main chapters in which major events occur, and even then, I usually deviate from the outline, and often surprise myself by how things turn out.


Research


There is always research involved, although the amount of research will depend on the content of the story.


Minor details such as locations and names always require research. With the names, I usually look for the popular names during a specific year and country (depending on where the character is from).


Writer’s block


I absolutely do not believe in writer’s block, but there is such a thing as not being in the right mood to write… There may be times when something as simple as listening to a song will fix that problem. If that is not the case, the best thing you can do is to just step away, take a break and go back to it later.


Advices that should work for everyone:


My main advice is to not worry about the getting published part, until your manuscript is done; otherwise, you will get the focus away from the story and you will drive yourself nuts thinking about whether your story is marketable, word count, etc…


Another advice is to write everyday, even if it is only for a couple of minutes each day. Eventually, you will sit in front of the computer and ideas will just come to you.


Finally, just dive into the story, the characters, and just have fun writing!


Today's quote will be posted tonight on Twitter and Facebook. v--v

Monday, January 17, 2011

Must vampires be blamed for all evil?

A friend texted me the other day to say that she was watching the news and they were saying that thanks to TV series and books like True Blood and Twilight, they are seeing an increase in occult-related crimes… REALLY?!


Honestly, at first I was trying to imagine how they got to that conclusion, I couldn’t help but to image them interviewing people who got arrested lately and asking, “So, what books or movies have you been into lately?” or “Hey, weren’t you wearing a coat like Edward Cullen’s when you were picked up?” * shakes head *


Just for how long should one blame video games, TV shows, and now, novels, before getting to the bottom line of the problem... parents needing to be parents!


As far as the news go... I wish they would devote a couple of minutes everyday to focus on good news, and there are plenty of those coming from some of our favorite vampires, and vampire related books and movies. Many authors and actors have been helping on blood drives, charities, etc. Look at Ian Somerhalder, Damon from Vampire Diaries, he even started the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, true that it is a great cause and I have no doubts that starting this project has nothing to do with him playing a vampire; yet, I’m sure that his character on Vampire Diaries, Damon (HOT vampire), had and still has a significant impact on exposure and donations in relation to IS Foundation.


Okay, guess I'm done venting. lol


Here today's quote:


"There are humans who are monsters and humans who are not; just like there are vampires who are monsters and ones who aren’t.” Imprinted Souls

Monday, January 10, 2011

Teaser Monday

Hi everyone!

Keeping things short today, so I can get back to writing. :)


I read this interesting blog post today, and if you have time to check it out, I would love to hear your opinion… “My rant regarding parents screening YA books in a bad way.” I added my thoughts to the comments.


Seems like quite a few people were reading Imprinted Souls and Bloodlust this weekend. I enjoyed reading the emails and I’m almost all caught up on the replies.


Quick updates: Imprinted Souls is now available on ibooks. Also, the two chapter preview of Bloodlust went up on my website this past couple of days in case you have not read it yet.


Now, on to the teaser quote for the week… and this one is from Divine Ashes!!!


What he didn’t know was how to beg for her forgiveness, and at that moment, her forgiveness was what he craved the most…even more than he craved her blood.” (Divine Ashes - Imprinted Souls Series)

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Updates, resolutions, and teasers!

First, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and thank my readers for making 2010 such a special year. 2010 was a busy year, with the release of my first two novels, and 2011 is looking even more promising!


Here is what I’ve been up to lately…


I met my personal deadline, finishing the first draft of Divine Ashes, the third installment of the Imprinted Souls Series, before the end of the year, and I’m now working on revisions. I just wish those second, third, fourth… drafts were as fun as the first and the final drafts, but still… I enjoy the time I get to spend working on these characters who I keep getting more and more attached to, especially one very sarcastic character ;)


The Synopsis for Divine Ashes will be posted sometime next month, and the cover concept is awesome! I cannot wait to share it with you guys! Updates about the release date will be coming soon, as well as updates about Wide Awake, a new YA paranormal novel to be released in 2011 (two chapter sneak preview of Wide Awake was included at the end of Bloodlust (ISS #2).


Also, Imprinted Souls Series is now available in a number of ereaders, including Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and will be coming soon to Apple’s ibookstore, Sony, and Kobo.


Other than that, I promised myself to dedicate more time to blogging, so I have nominated Mondays 'Teaser Mondays', and will be posting quotes from my novels. If you have a favorite quote, just send me an email and I will add it on Mondays. Every once in a while you may just run across a quote from Divine Ashes or Wide Awake.


If you have any suggestions for this blog, or even if you would like to post a guest blog about anything paranormal related (other authors welcome), just send me an email.


And here is the quote for the week. This one is from Bloodlust, even though I’m dying to post one from Divine Ashes… Maybe next week ;)


“Around you, he will always be going back and forth on this helpless battle to keep his humanity…you will just never know when it will be safe.” - Bloodlust