Blog Novel & Future Plans: What’s Going on in March #AmWriting #Writinglife #Novel

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There’s a way to do it better-find it.” Thomas A. Edison

For over a year now I’ve been coming up with plans to reinvent this creative platform in a way that makes my soul sing like it did from the very first moment that I gave birth to it.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post regarding this topic, my creative needs have changed and so have the ebbs and flows of my musings. What was once just a space to journal my creative growth, has morphed into something different and it continues to change even as my vision for my writing future becomes clearer.

With the recent launching of my author site: www.candicecoates.wordpress.com, and the promotion of my Battle of the Books, my time is divided as is my creative focus, all for good reasons.

This blog was created to harness reawakened creativity and it has certainly met its goal and continues to.

That being said, I am trying a new thing here…again…with how I manage this blog space.

FIRST: SCHEDULE

I have visited this topic several times and have come back to the same place.

  • 3 posts a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

…That seemed easy enough.

The more difficult part of this was/is determining what to continue here on this platform.

SECOND: BLOGGING TOPICS

  • Creative Writing
  • Blog Novel (MORE ON THIS BELOW)
  • Musings and Creative Inspirations
  • Faith
  • Art

If you have been following this blog for a while, you are probably wondering what happened to Wisdom From the Writer’s Journal, where I give writing tips, encouragements, and host interviews or guest posts? If not, then you should be, but I digress.

What I have decided to do, after mulling it over for the last three months, is move WFTWJ to my Author Site. Because this is where I will be highlighting more of my indie Publishing journey and focusing solely on the craft of creative writing, it only makes sense for me to move WFTWJ to that platform.

So if you were digging Wisdom From the Writer’s Journal, FOLLOW MY AUTHOR SITE!

I will still continue to share writing inspirations and encouragements in more of a conversational way, hence the bullet for musings and creative inspirations.

THIRD: THE INFAMOUS BLOG NOVEL,  ASCENSION GRAVEYARD

Our greates weakness lies in giving up. The most certian way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas A. Edison

For going on four years this June, I have been writing and rewriting Ascension Graveyard. I have made it to a good, 90k words, only to turn around and rework the peace. I have shared chapters here three times going all the way up to over 30 chapters at a time.

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I have worked hard…and I have found that though my labors have not been in vain, they haven’t yielded the desired fruit.

That being said, a fourth rewrite is in order. By this, I don’t mean just another round of editing and weeding currently existing chapters, but completely rewriting the book at least 85% from scratch.

I will be honest, I have had this idea for over a year and the thought of actually giving it a shot makes me a bit skittish, but I have to trust my creative flow and give it a go.

When will new and hopefully improved chapters of the paranormal science fiction suspense thriller be available? I don’t quite know yet.

I hesitate to make a time commitment as I have done so several times already only to have to push it back.

SO JUST A RECAP:

  1. Blogging Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  2. Creative Writing, Art, Faith, and Encouragements for topics
  3. Rewriting Ascension Graveyard to share soon!
  4. BONUS: Follow my author site and partake in the Battle of the Books!

Thanks for sticking with me this long and continuing on this road with me. Creative is indeed a winding road of its own and the scenery it lends often changes!

See you Wednesday.

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

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What are you up to Today?: Why not attend a Party!

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WHAT: The Official Author page of your’s truly, goes live TODAY! Stop by, browse around, find out what’s happening in my indie publishing world, bring your favorite quote, and sign my guestbook blog post!

WHEN: Today and every day!

WHERE: http://www.candicecoates.wordpress.com

WHAT ELSE: Take a read of the full First 3 Chapters of my 365-WIP also read the BOOK FLAP teasers to the novels competing to be published first in 2017.

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Be sure to spread the love by spreading the word! Follow my Author page and get connected. You will be in the know for all things that I’ve got planned for my literary future.

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

7 Ways to Cultivate A Happy Blogging Life: Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal

Happy Blog LifeEach year I go through moments of blogging introspection. I ask myself why I continue on this path of blogging and why I started in the first place. What has been the benefit?

Over the past few years, I’ve faced the challenge of number crunching, statistics, likes and all the other heavy downers that any newbie will face. You know, the things that make you want to power down your computer and never create another blog post again.

With these things in mind, I’ve decided to take my  4 Personal Rules for cultivating a happy blogging life and transform them into 7 Ways to Cultivate A Happy Blogging Life, ways that any Blogger can glean from.

Here’s some ways to do so:

1. Keep to the path. Blogging is about discovering your creative world. For many of us, starting a blog had more to do with stepping out of our comfort zones and growing than it did about how many likes we received.

Keeping growth as your first point of focus will help you stay contented as you continue to blog.

2. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Expression is a form of playtime. Playtime is fun and adventurous. Yes, you can talk about weightier issues without dragging yourself down and others along with you.

Lighten up even if you tighten up. You can create sharp content without being a pretentious bore.

 3. Give what you have at the moment and spruce it up later. The first thing you must do is to create something to share. You can always go back and fix grammar or add jazzy images later.

Don’t allow ‘perfection,’ or lack thereof, to hold you back from sharing.

For encouragement on how to just create a post, check out this article called “The Almighty Quarter.”

Concerned about your poor grammar? Take a look at the free computer app called Grammarly. It goes above and beyond the built-in grammar checks on our word processors and can be used on and offline.

 4. This is not a 9 to 5, this is “Creative Therapy”. If your blog is not monetized then don’t allow it to stress you out as if your light bill depended on it.

Jobs can be hard, but don’t let blogging be. It’s supposed to be a joy. As long as you think of it as a treat to do then it will remain cathartic and not become a chore even if you create a weekly blogging schedule.

5. Blogging is about developing your craft first and the numbers second…should numbers ever become relevant.

No matter how many followers you have, always give them your very best. Show loyalty and consistency with your blog and if you plan on changing things up, give them a heads up.

6. Give your creative quality consistently.  Yeshua Jesus put it best when He said, that a person who is faithful over little will be master over much. Luke 16:10

People are drawn by authenticity. They stick around because of consistency. If you are looking for a larger audience to share with, gain it by growing a rapport built on trust with the audience you have now, no matter how small or large.

You do that by…being consistent with your creative quality. As Joann Rosario put it, “Sing your song for two as you would for 1000.”

And last, but not least, but definitely my favorite way of cultivating a happy blogging life:

7.  Nurture your writing/blogging community: You’re not going to be BSWF (Best Supportive Writing Friends)  with every blogger, but when you do start seeing saplings of friendship-promise growing, be sure to nurture them.

All relationships are like houseplants, one waters, and the other brings the sunshine. Both you and your BSWF’s need to be consistent with each other.

Writing communities stretch beyond the blogsphere. These are the folks you share your new storyline with. The ones who honestly tell you about what your writing needs in order to be it’s very best. They are also the people who support you when a troll comes calling.

When you nurture your writing/blogging relationships you know that there will be someone just as passionate about your creative growth as you are waiting to give you a thumbs up, and let’s face it, we all need that.

Happy blogging!

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!