Thursday, August 25, 2016

Struggles With Writing and Reading

Well, summer is slowly coming to a close. Only a few more weeks and we will have the official first day of fall. I don't know about you, but I'm ready. These last few months have been chaotic. 

I look forward to curling up on cold days and delving deeper into my book and getting it finished asap. I don't believe this one will take as long as I anticipated, but things creep up as we all know. I'm on chapter 13 now, moving right along. Once I get to chapter 20 I will be meeting with my cover-artist, Karla, to do some brainstorming for Tale. If you have any cool ideas I'm open to suggestions.

And I've been reading several of my friend's books. I touched on this a few posts ago, but I loved their stories! I just started a trilogy by an author I don't know, that could be a great story, but the writer needs to work on a lot of creative writing issues. I'm not sure if I will be able to finish even the first book because of all them. But alas, I've said it before, you need strong critique partners and editors. 

It's not that she makes a lot of mistakes, it's her putting forth the story - in other words - it's dull and has a lot of telling as apposed to showing. Her main plot has a lot of holes too. 

What amazes me is she has over 242 reviews and they're all 4 + stars. I guess it must be young people because anyone who reads a lot would probably feel the same as me. I would think anyway.

But her friends and fans write reviews, and what a difference they make. The amount of reviews with Amazon can make you or break you so if you have read my books and liked them, but haven't left a review, I'm asking you PLEASE and THANK YOU! 

Not to mention, I would really appreciate it, not only hearing from you, but it gives me motivation. 

When you have 50 + reviews you fall into another category with Amazon. They advertise your books more. So when someone is looking for a new adult fantasy my book will be further up on the list. Amazon is my only source, other than my website, where I sell books so if you have a minute I would love it if you would jump on my page on Amazon and leave a review. Fable on Amazon

Now, onto other business. 

Recently, I was having a hard time with how the direction of Tale would go so I had a brainstorming session with Robin my critique partner. With this book in particular I didn't know how I wanted to end it. As most author's know, if you know the ending, you can figure out the direction you need to reach that goal. 

I told her what I was thinking and she agreed it would be a great place to end it, not the entire story, just this piece of the series. We also brainstormed a scene I had started and she thought it was a good route too. So needless to say, I'm feeling much better about moving on in the story.

It's amazing how talking about your story with someone you can trust can help you in your struggle to make the story come to life. Not only is having great critique partners help in catching mistakes, but they know your story as well as you do and their insight is invaluable. 

So those of you that write, take it from me, it can make all the difference in the world. It doesn't mean they will take over your story, only enhance it. 

Have any of you gone through some of these struggles? What helped you to get passed them?

Until next week, have a great weekend and keep in touch!

Love, Lisa 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Do You Got Those Few Fans? The One's That Keep You Going?

Well, looky there - it's Friday! Another busy week in the Fender household. I finished painting my office yesterday, which by the way, was crazy! I have an all oak, executive desk that I picked up at a sale at my daughter's job a few years ago. It's a monster. Try painting a small room with a desk parked in the middle of it the size of a twin bed - good thing I was a gymnast when I was young. Even overweight I managed to finagle around it, but it took longer than normal. 

But it's done! Now I can write again!

As I was reminded by my newest, and very awesome fan,Stephanie. 

It feels good to have those fans that can't wait for your next book. The one's that reach out to you and leave you a message about how much they love your story. People like her make what I'm doing well worth the sacrifice. 

I have a few fans/friends like that. And I appreciate them with all my heart. If it weren't for them I don't know if I would be pushing myself to get Tale published as soon as possible. I would, however, love for them to leave me reviews on Amazon. Reviews make or break an author. Even if you leave a two line comment makes all the difference in the world.

So While I'm trying to get Tale written for them, I'm pushing for my fans/friends to get their reviews done for me. 

Now back to my fans. I have to say there's nothing like showing up to a conference that you sell books at every year, and have people run to your table to purchase your next book, or email you and tell you how great your books are. The fans that sign up to your newsletter, or fanpage. The one's that keep you on track.

They really are what keeps me writing. And Stevie loves them too! She told me so! ;-)

Until next Friday, if you haven't read Fable, here's a chance to download it for free. Free Fable 

And If you wish to join my email list, you can sign up for it on my website too. I try to keep everyone up to date without bombarding them with announcements in their email so you don't have to worry about that.

One more thing you can do - sign up for this blog!

Take care and thanks for being my cheerleaders! I need all of you!

Love, Lisa