Why I Like Writing 2 Stories At Once

Hello, Readers!

I’m one of those writers who find it a good idea to work on more than one story at a time. Others would disagree with me and think you should just stick to one project. They’re definitely not wrong, but I’ve found that method doesn’t work for me.

For me, writing a story can take anywhere from a few months to a year (depending on how much I procrastinate), so naturally during that process I am going to have new ideas for other stories. I try to ignore them, but there always seems to be that one idea that is just begging me to develop it more. It’s always in the back of my head pleading to be explored and yearning to be brought to life. I try to ignore it as much as possible, but then finally those pleas grow so loud that I have to set my project aside and give this new story seed some water, sunlight, and a little tender care. By the time I’m done, I’ve got a fully blossomed book idea and I have to write it.

But oh, what about my other project? I’ve already neglected it this whole time and it’s withered quite a bit. How am I supposed to work on both?

If you’re like me, here’s a few reasons why you should have two stories going at once:

First of all, it’s important to know which of the two stories is going to be your main project and which will be your side project. If they’re both thought of as a main project, you’re going to find it difficult to switch off between them. But having that one project which you spend most of your time on is important as a writer.
Your side project will be the one that probably isn’t outlined quite as much – the one that you just work on once in a while to give yourself a break.

You know how when you’re working on a single story for a long time, pouring all your creativity and mental energy into it… you just really start to burn out? Maybe even get a little bored? And let’s not even mention the stress…

Having another project to bounce to makes it so much easier to prevent burnout and it keeps your creativity flowing. You get to dig into your well of inspiration and pour it into something different for a bit – which I love having the freedom to do! It’s nice being able to work on something entirely different without the stress and just…let your characters lead. 😉

Now, if you bounce to your side project and find it hard to work on that, too – don’t worry! You may really just need a break. Writing is tough work, after all and it’s natural to need a break from time to time. (I’ll probably address this in another post soon.)

Obviously this won’t work for every writer because not every writer is the same. We’re all on the same pursuit, but we have different ways of reaching our destination.

So if this sounds like it will work for you, give it a try! Don’t be afraid to try something different, just make sure you do what works best for you. 🙂 

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Heart of a Pirate – All About My New WIP

Hello, Readers!

Some of you may already know about Heart of a Pirate.

Some of you may be completely confused.

Well, don’t worry because this post is going to answer your questions…

What is Heart of a Pirate?

Adrian isn’t sure where his loyalty lies anymore…

The pirate’s life is all he has ever known – pillaging and plundering, drinking and gambling – but the longer he goes on living this way, the stronger his guilt grows. He’s sure this is all wrong, but he’s been in this lifestyle for 20 years – how can he give it all up?

Still he begins to slack in his duties and distance himself from the others, but the behavior does not go unnoticed by Cael who is not so forgiving a captain.

Matters only get more complicated when Adrian happens upon Heather, a young woman from his past who is everything he’s ever needed.

Torn in two, he struggles to conceal Heather’s identity from his merciless brother and the truth of his own identity from the woman he loves.

What would Cael do if he knew the reason Adrian was always disappearing? And how would Heather react if she knew who Adrian really was?

Why am I writing this?

You’re probably wondering why I’m writing Heart of a Pirate when I already have True Colors I’m working on. 

But have I ever told you that I started out writing pirate stories? For at least 2 years they were my favorite thing to write and I think really kicked off my love for writing. 

I’ve been wanting to write another pirate romance for a while now and during my long break from True Colors, I started to develop this story. 

I was planning to put it aside once I picked up True Colors again, but I’ve actually found that it’s refreshing to have a brand new story in the works at the same time. I mean, let’s face it – I’m writing True Colors for the third time – I know it like the back of my hand.
Heart of a Pirate, however, is uncharted waters (pun intended) and it’s so amazing being able to create something new while at the same time developing something old. <3

Snippets

(it is not guaranteed that what is posted below will make it into the final draft)

“I apologize, brother. I should not have betrayed you.” It was almost as if he had no control of the words that came out of his mouth because when he said them, he felt his stomach tie up in knots. Everything about that sentence felt wrong and he tried to shake it away. His loyalty was to his brother – his captain.
Cael scratched his beard and then gave a curt nod. “Don’t let it happen again.” He moved close to his ear and said in a dark tone, “Next time I may not be so forgiving.”

How had he allowed himself to come to this? He’d allowed himself to lose the most important thing a man could have and now… now he was truly nothing.

Images

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Well, that’s about all I have for now. I would share some more snippets, but… I had written 4 chapters and then I realized I wasn’t happy with the way it was going, so I just started rewriting and I don’t have anything new to share. *sheepish grin* You can definitely expect to be hearing more about this story, though as well as more about True Colors (which I just handed over to alpha readers :O )!

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Appreciating Our Mistakes

Hello, Readers!

We all fail sometimes. We all make mistakes. But it’s through these failures and through these mistakes that we learn how to do better.

As a writer I have made many mistakes. From writing all around perfect characters to writing super cheesy scenes where my characters are laughing for no reason (don’t ask), I’ve made a lot. 

I tend to look back at my old stories and just cringe over how horrible they are and wonder how on earth I used to share them with people. Like, honestly – what was I thinking?

But now I’m trying to look back at those cringe-worthy stories and appreciate them. Because the fact is, I loved writing those stories. And if I hadn’t made all those mistakes, I wouldn’t be where I am now in my writing. I wouldn’t have learned how to create good characters or how to write meaningful scenes.

The same goes for anyone. We all make mistakes and while we might beat ourselves up over them, I think it’s important to look back at those mistakes – those failures – and really appreciate them. Because that’s how we learn. 

We never start off doing something perfectly. We have to fall and mess up now and then. And when we press on despite those failures, that’s how we improve. 

It can be frustrating – especially after trying so many times, but the important thing to remember is that you’re learning. And if you give up, you’re never going to know how you can soar.

So dear reader, don’t give up. Don’t waste your time complaining about your mistakes, but rather work to make them right. You have the potential, so keep trying no matter what. <3 

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What are some mistakes you've made? How did you learn from them?

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

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Interviewing Sawyer + Some Quote Images From True Colors

Hello, Readers!

I have had some requests to share more from my novella, True Colors, so today I have a character interview and some quote images at the end of the post. I think you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

Thank you so much for joining me today, Sawyer. Would you mind telling the audience a little about yourself?

W-well, my name is Sawyer and I live in Shano. I’m 19 and I’m really – *spills glass of water all over the floor* – um, clumsy. Sorry about that.

Alright, thank you, Sawyer. Let's get into the questions.
Who is the person you most enjoy on your journey and why?

Well, Alina and Astrid are both nice, but Astrid is kinda quiet and annoyed a lot because of Connor. I’d say Alina. She’s really nice and pretty funny. She radiates happiness and life and she believes in me, which is something I really appreciate. 

Who do you dislike the most?

Uh… *looks around to make sure Connor isn’t nearby* That would be Connor. I don’t know what his problem is. He’s like a volcano. He punched me in the eye for no reason and he yells about everything. I don’t think he likes me, but whatever. I don’t want to be friends with him anyway.

What is your greatest fear?

*sighs* That I’ll always be clumsy and afraid…

How would you like to die?

I’ve never really thought about dying before…but I guess I’d like to die doing something right. I don’t know what, but since I’m always making stupid mistakes and don’t seem to get anything right, I’d like to die having done something right. I don’t know it sounds kinda dumb…

What is something you really love?

Other than gardening? *clears throat awkwardly* I know it sounds dumb, but I really do like gardening… I get teased a lot for that. But I really like hanging out with my family. They’re pretty great.

Thank you for joining us, Sawyer! I'm sure we all look forward to seeing more of you around here.

Now who is ready for a few quote images from True Colors? I had so much fun making these – I think you’ll like them! 😀

This last one looks like a poster to me… I kind of want to print it out… XD

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An Inside Look At What Writers Go Through

Hello, readers!

When I wasn’t a writer, I know I always thought of writers as very inspiring people who were super wise, never had a problem thinking of stories, and thoroughly enjoyed the writing process.

But as I slowly became a writer myself, I soon realized that all of those ideas were so far from the truth

You may think we have it all together, but really…. we’re lost.

You can often find me lying around the house moaning and groaning because things in my story aren’t making sense, laughing like a maniac because my characters aren’t obeying my outline (therefore not heeding my commands), and maybe crying because the story feels like such a mess and I don’t know how to fix it.

We’re writers, right? Don’t we always want to write? Isn’t that all writers do, anyway?

How I wish it were so! 

There are more days than I’d care to count when I simply do. not. want. to. write. It’s like pulling teeth just to get me sitting at my desk, my laptop turned on, and my document opened. Can’t I just go watch my favorite show? Please? 

It’s not that I hate writing – I love it! But there are days when it’d be easier to get me to wash the car than to sit down and write. And that’s all because writing is hard. 

*screams* 

That’s me going through writer’s block. 

Whenever going through writer’s block you will find me a very different person. I quite literally go insane, become slightly depressed, and honestly have no idea what to do with myself. I feel so lost and like I have no brain. Writers block attacks me often and it is most certainly a form of torture, but as long as no one has any powers to possess poor, unsuspecting writers with writers block, we should be okay…..I think. O_O

It’s crazy just how true this, but I mean – when we’re writing we are becoming our characters. They really are a part of who we are.

If I write a character’s death I can become very depressed and my heart will ache for the rest of the night.

If I’ve been writing a lot of fight scenes, you’ll find me more serious and grumpy afterward.

If I wrote something super awesome and powerful, I will be completely giddy and hyper. You’ll think I just had way too much sugar than should ever be consumed in one sitting.

So the truth is – we writers don’t have it all together. We’re not all-wise and constantly full of inspiration. We often shout and scream and wail and cry, but in the end – wait why am I quoting Downton Abbey?

We also don’t always know what to say and have to use dictionaries, thesauruses, and the like to help us mold our sentences to the best that they can be.

Writing isn’t easy. It takes discipline, patience, and a lot of emotional energy out of you. But even with all the pain and tears of writing it is a beautiful thing that brings a smile to my face and makes my heart soar.
It’s something I love doing and something I will never let go of. <3 

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The Pros and Cons of Switching POV’s

Hello, readers!

I haven’t always been one for switching point of views (POV’s) in my stories, but when writing the second draft of True Colors, I knew that I really needed to do it. I needed to be able to step into Connor and Astrid’s minds and really be able to feel what they were feeling and see what they were seeing. 

It was hard at times because most of the time I wanted to stay in one mind through the book, but I know that overall it was good that I chose this route. Here’s why:

Switching POV’s allowed me to delve deeper into my character’s feelings and helped me understand each of them better. 

In my original draft I only wrote from Connor’s POV because he is the main character, but coming into the second draft made me realize how important it is to understand Astrid’s side, too. This story isn’t just about Connor – it’s also about the relationship he and Astrid share and in order for me to better develop that it just made more sense for me to write from both of their POV’s. That way I’m not only understanding Connor’s perspective and feelings, but Astrid’s as well. 

Without doing this, I didn’t know Astrid’s overall feelings toward him. I had an idea, but I didn’t understand her thoughts and feelings half as well as I did when I wrote from her POV.

Switching up POV’s also aided in adding more to my story. I was not only able to delve into their backstories a little more freely, but I was also able to write scenes that didn’t exist before.

For example, in my first draft there is a scene where Astrid learns a great secret and she won’t share it with Connor and he goes off, angry that she won’t share what she’s learned. This scene is more bent on Astrid’s perspective, so you don’t get to follow Connor and see where he ends up. 

But in my second draft I wrote the scene entirely from Connor’s POV and I felt like it was so much more powerful and beneficial to the story to be able to fully grasp his emotions and follow him when he walks away and see what he does. It’s such a huge part of the story that is the beginning of the end, so seeing Connor’s POV is way more beneficial. 

 

Switching POV’s definitely has it’s downside, though. I found myself (though completely unaware at the time) not switching POV’s enough or maybe even doing it too often because I wanted to see the other’s perspective.

I think in this draft I ended up making Astrid too big of a character because I was having too much fun with her. I don’t want to make Astrid bigger than Connor because overall this is Connor’s story. 

It’s so easy to get caught up in learning more about your characters through this method, so just be careful to keep the POV’s organized – like every other chapter or something like that. This makes it clean and your reader won’t be like – hey, it’s been stuck on __’s POV for four chapters now, what happened to ___?

So it definitely has it’s cons (and obviously I still need to work some things out in my book), but overall I think switching POV’s is great as long as it benefits the story. 

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  • Switching POV's can help you better understand your character



  • Switching POV's can aid in adding more depth and new scenes to your story



  • Switching POV's can assist in telling your character's backstory

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