Tuesday, 26 January 2021



Finding out about the empath ability is one thing, dealing with triggers is another...

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How did you find out? R x.
Gray, take it away! J x.
Jessie was seeing things in my life when I was going through some stuff. The first time it was my grandfather dying. She knew about it but she also saw scenes that I didn't know about. When it happened the second time, well I didn't tell her I just waited to see if she'd know. And she did. That's when we worked out it was people she cared about. G x.
So before now it's just been Gray? R x.
Yeah, and my parents. My mum gets migraines and those always lay me out. J x.
Then why Meera? R x.
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Monday, 25 January 2021

Outlining While Revising - The After Process


I've not done many pieces on my revision process, and since I found a lot of the tips from other writers helpful when approaching my own revisions, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about that today. I generally revise two books a year, as well as go through the professional editing process for those two. I've been doing revisions for a number of years, and my process has switched and changed a lot since I first started, but today I wanted to talk about a trick I found useful when it comes to being a plantser drafting wise, and that is to outline as you revise.

Now the planners reading this will be like: duh, of course you do, but for me as a minimal planner and mostly discovery writer during drafting, it didn't seem obvious. I forget who I found this tip from, but it has helped me so much. I basically recommend it to anyone who is struggling to keep track of what needs to be changed and when and how. I don't re-write my whole book for a second draft, but will go through and leave notes both in the document and on an outline as I read through it for the first time since it was finished. This allows me to refresh the story in my head, but also see things that I'd like to change in the next draft.

From there I will construct my outline. I write down a summary of what happens in every chapter and add any tweaks and changes that I'd like to work into it. As I go through the revision process, I will tackle first the big picture stuff, like plot points that don't work, or things that need to be added into it, before I go onto a line by line or grammar and spelling process. For me it doesn't make sense to be worried about the sentence flow when you're not even sure that sentence will make the cut. Of course everyone approaches it differently, but that's the way I see it.

Within my outline I have a colour-coded system for each plot point, arc and other big picture things that need to be woven through the chapters. Red is usually something that needs to get cut or changed massively so will be a lot of rewriting, green is for smaller plot/arc changes that will have to be threaded through the book, yellow is something that I'm not completely sure if it works or not (and sometimes they will stay like that as I move though drafts), and purple are plot points that can't be changed without having a massive effect on the rest of the book, or series as a whole.

Now I've talked about before that I am lucky enough to both write fast and have a backlog of books to publish so that I can, usually, finish a series completely before I start publishing. And because of this, that means when book one is revised, I can tackle things that needed to be in the story from the start that I didn't really know about until I was deeper into the series as a whole. This is a huge plus for me because a lot of the series I'm writing, or have written, all fall into a pattern of there being a huge overarching plot and sometimes I don't know the ending until I get there.

This is relevant because when revising, I can include things on my outline, like where plot points have to be added because of changes in book one. For example, last year I released the first book in the Cramping Chronicles series. I'm now revising the second one, there were things that changed drastically in book one, that now need to lead into and be touched upon in book two, and on and on it goes. Because I have this outline that I'm following, it makes for a much smoother revision process. I can also start a document that will be for book three, and so on, if there are more changes that I know will need to carry over. It just makes my life, and my revision process all the more easier.

So basically, I feel like if you're a pantser or a plantser, then maybe think about doing an outline when it comes to revision. There are numerous ways to do it, and it might take a bit of back and forth to find the way that works for you, but it can be an amazing tool to use.

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Friday, 22 January 2021

Review of The Lost Coven by Bekah Harris


 Felicity Hawthorne has never been superstitious.

Coming from a long line of Appalachian healers, she’s helped Nan cast grounding spells and left gifts of candy and moonshine for the fair folk, but was any of it real? Not likely.

But when Felicity spots a mysterious boy at school that no one else can see, she begins to question the true origins of her family’s beliefs, as well as her place within it. Could magic really exist? Were all of Nan’s stories true? Were her parents really who they seemed to be? Desperate for answers, Felicity follows the boy deep into the forest to discover a secret world lost to time itself.

Too late, Felicity realizes the truth has consequences, that her search may come with a price she is unwilling to pay.

Lured into a deadly world where blood is more valuable than precious stones, Felicity must call upon the hidden magic inside her if she has any hope of surviving in this dangerous new realm where the supernatural reigns.


 My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up because the cover and blurb intrigued me. I’ve never been one for fae stories and yet as this one dragged me in, I couldn’t help but find myself enjoying and loving the world, the story and everything that went with it. I adored the build up, the pacing, the characters and the story itself engaged me from the first words. The intrigue of the coven, of what that means for all present, and the world building were stunning. I adored the book, and will be looking forward to more in this series. Overall, an amazing read and one I would recommend!

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021



Jessie sees things that maybe no one should see...

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“Sai, they're threatening our daughter! You’ve no choice. If you don't do this, then Meera will pay the price,” the woman pleaded. “You can't go to the police, but you can't risk our child, Sai! Listen to reason please!”
“And what happens to Meera when her father is arrested? What happens to you? What happens to us?” Sai said.
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Monday, 18 January 2021

Pantsing A Series - The Creative Process



Last week I talked about planning a series (piece found here) and this week I decided to do the other side of the coin, talking about pantsing one. For those who don't know the terms, planners will plan an outline their stories before they start writing and pantsers (or discovery writers) will make it up as the go along with no outline. Those who fall in the middle are called plantsers, of which I am one.

I've written a number of series, and I've always been someone who falls, again, in the middle, in that sometimes I will plan and outline the series as a whole and other times I just write and see where the story takes me. Like right now I'm working on two series, one a trilogy, the other an unknown, and both were not planned. I kinda had the idea for a sequel of the trilogy one while writing the first book, and then it snowballed from there. With the other series, I've not planned that either, again I knew it had series potential, but only once I was writing did I start to put the pieces together.

So what are the pros and cons for pantsing a series? How does it help? Does it make it harder for the writer? Glad you asked, because I'm going to give you some answers to those questions with some pros and cons and see where we end up.

This might seem like an obvious one, and it also might seem a little obnoxious, but it's also true. A lot of the writing world kinda sends the message that outlining and planning is the only way to write a book, and that's just not true. While you can go into a story with just the bare bones, the same can be said for series as well. You don't have to sit down and work out each story beat for each book, you can literally have an idea and see where it takes you.

Again, I'm not just going to be talking about the drafting process. The truth is that it's hard to revise not just a book, but a whole series, when you didn't start out with some idea of where the series was going, what was going to happen, and how it would all work out to fit together. While writing one of my trilogies, I was sure that things would happen in a certain way, and yet now, writing the final book, I know there are gonna be a lot of revisions because I've discovered things about my characters and the world, that I didn't know at the start and so they need to be worked through the first and second book.

This might seem like a con for some people, but it's not for me. I've never been one that wants to sit down and write out massive character sheets, or work out the arcs ahead of time. I much prefer having a vague idea of where the ending is, without me needing to know everything about it. I know that my characters will go through arcs, they will change and grow, things will happen in-between that first story and throughout the whole series up to the very end, and I have the chance to learn new things, and find new ways to tell this story.


This is a problem for all writers, especially when it comes to that first or zero draft. No matter how much you plan, there are gonna be some parts of the story where you feel like this thing you just thought of was really important and so you spend a while weaving it in, but in actuality you're info dumping something that has no place in the book at all. Yes, as a writer you should know more than the reader will about the story, the background, the characters and all of that, but that doesn't mean you need to add it in thick chunks of text that add nothing to the story itself. I find this happens to me more when I haven't planned the series, because I end up thinking up cool things, writing them into the characters thoughts and then either never mentioning it again, or taking it out when it comes to revisions.


I found this while writing what I thought was a duo, became a trilogy and finally ended up a quartet. I know that it's going to need extensive revisions, but at the same time, if I'd planned out the story, and the series as a whole, I don't think I'd have discovered the parts of it that came to me while drafting. It's happened to me before as well, with the Lights Out trilogy, where I started writing what I thought was a standalone and ended up with my first trilogy. This can be a great thing to discover and it's one thing I love about pantsing a series!

This is linked to the above pro, in that while you can find more story, you can also end up taking your book and series down a road that leads to nowhere. Yes you can revise and such, but sometimes it can be that you don't realise that plot point doesn't work until books later, and then you're pretty much in a big mess. It's not happened to me, but I do know of other writers where they've pantsed a story and ended up having to cut out whole books.

So there we go, those are my three pros and cons when it comes to pantsing a series. At the end of the day, you have to find what works for you, and go from there. I do a mix of the two, with some series I will plan and outline the series as a whole, with others, I go in with no plans and just the idea that this story might turn into a series. A lot of writing advice is about finding things that add to your writing toolbox and not worrying too much about whether other people do things the same way as you do.

Every writer is different and it's okay if your way of doing things isn't the same as everyone else. It's part of being a writer and it's completely okay to experiment and find a way that works for you.

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Sunday, 17 January 2021

Author Tag: The WIP Tag [CC]

 Doing a tag today where I tell you all about my WIP! #Authortube

1. What is the working title?
2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
3. What genre is your work-in-progress?
4. Choose the actors for your movie rendition.
5. One sentence synopsis of your book.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8. What other books would you compare the story to?
9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?
10. What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

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Friday, 15 January 2021

Review of Everhaven by Elizabeth J. Rekab


 Welcome to EVERHAVEN, with its cobblestone streets, white picket fences… and newly deceased citizens walking the earth. Seventeen-year-old Abigail Walters knows that after a resident dies, they will come to her, just as she knows she will always be an outcast due to her late father’s crimes and her close relationship with the Dead. What's more, she can't leave Everhaven no matter how badly she may want to. No resident can cross beyond the woods at its border or venture into the outside world. It's the way things have always been.

When a string of random deaths and missing corpses plagues the town, Abigail begins to wonder whether her own father’s death was truly accidental, or if he was punished for seeking something he was never meant to find. Unable to trust the authorities, Abigail embarks on a mission to finish what her father started; uncover the truth of a terrifying town conspiracy that threatens a fate far worse than becoming a restless corpse.


My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up because the blurb drew me in, a unique story on its own, and I was hooked from the first page. I ended up trying to read it in one sitting and found that the need for sleep became too much and yet I was so desperate to read more. Abbie is the Rester, the dead come back in Everhaven and yet there’s something about the whole perfect thing, that seems off to her. The characters were well-rounded, the writing beautiful in places, tugging at the heartstrings and also painting a vivid picture of the world and town of Everhaven. It was a terrifying and chilling read in places, and at the same time, one you don’t want to put down. I adored it and will be looking for more from this author. Recommended!

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Tuesday, 12 January 2021



Jessie is regretting trying to tell her friends about her empath abilities...

[ID: A graphic with a red background and the header of Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge and underneath the words: out now in ebook & paperback. The excerpt reads:
This had to be my worst idea ever. Yes, I needed to keep working on a way to solve Meera's family problems, that wasn't the bad idea. The bad idea had been listening to Gray, and not thinking more about how to approach the subject. Now I stood the chance of losing the only two friends I had at this school, along with having to put up with Miss Trigger Point.
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