Thursday, 13 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And it's that time of the month where I talk about what's been going on in my life and all I've managed in November! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Life Of Joey - December 2018 [CC]


All about my life in the past month and what I've been up to! #Authortube

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara has never been one for school work, except things are changing. 👩‍🏫👩‍🏫👩‍🏫 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFS . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts5 #dyingthoughts #readingcommunity #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost
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Monday, 10 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram


It's a Monday and #MissPenne has decided to watch over me as I write. She's actually just jumped up on my shoulder! On with the chapter! 🤯🤯🤯😺😺😺 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #writinggcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #joeypaul #cat #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #igauthors #igwriters #booksinprogress
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Imposter Syndrome - The Creative Process


IMPOSTER SYNDROME

As someone who's been writing a number of years, has been published for a while too, I wanted to do a piece on imposter syndrome. Because I wanted to make it clear that it happens to everyone. It's not limited to writers either, though of course that will be what I focus on today. In case you've not heard of it, imposter syndrome is that feeling that you're faking it. That everyone around you is a professional and you do not belong. That people are gonna eventually find you out and expose you for what you are. It's common in writers and other creative pursuits, but it happens outside of that too.

So what can you do about it? I wanted to give you some tips to work through it. I've personally had trouble with it for the majority of my writing life, and even before that. It's part of writing life and I think the majority of writers and authors would admit to having it happen at some point in their career. It doesn't make you weird, it's just part of being creative.

So, #1 - FACT CHECK
One of the big things with imposter syndrome is that you're only in the position you are because of a mistake, whether that's a mistake made by readers, or an agent or publisher. Or even your own mistakes at thinking you could do this. The best thing you can do when hit with this kind of feeling is reach out to the people you trust and talk to them. This means fact checking. Did you land that agent by luck? Probably not. Do your readers love you work by some misconception, or is there more to it? Whoever it is you go to and whoever it is that you talk to, I guarantee they will be able to point out solid facts that will help bring you out of that cycle.

#2 - REMIND YOURSELF OF THE TRUTH
If you've fact checked, it might be a good idea to keep some kind of record of the good things people have said. I personally have a random good things folder on my computer that contains screen shots of nice reviews, of letters I've been sent, of fan reactions. I keep it so that when I'm having a moment of imposter syndrome, I'm able to remind myself of what people are saying. These are people who I don't know who have sent me random praise. And it helps so much! It can be the thing to lift you up when you have a bad writing day or even just when you feel like patting yourself on the back - which y'know, is okay to do!

#3 - LOOK BACK AT YOUR JOURNEY
This ties in to both points one and two, in that you'll need facts from friends and colleagues, but you'll also possibly need to do some digging for your own random praise. If you look back at where you started and look at where you are now this can be a big help with imposter syndrome. Because it reminds you that you didn't get here by accident, you worked hard and managed all your achievements because of that work. It can be a nice way to ground yourself and kick that gremlin and imposter syndrome to the kerb.

And finally, #4 - BREATHE AND REMEMBER IT HAPPENS TO US ALL
It can be an isolating journey being a writer. A lot of what we do can be done behind closed doors and in solitude. Some writers thrive better in that environment, but having said that, remember that you are not alone. This isn't some gigantic mistake that happened to you and put you where you are today. You did the hard work and you put in the words, the hours, the struggle of the journey. So give yourself a break, breathe and just remember that you're not alone and you will get there.

Imposter syndrome can be something that pulls you down, and it's never nice to feel like you don't belong. For a long time I didn't have a group of writers that I felt like I could go to with this kind of stuff. It's only been in the last 12 months that I've had that and I can't advocate enough for making the time to connect and find that group for yourself. You are working hard and you deserve to be here. Remind yourself of that and keep writing. Good Luck!


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Friday, 7 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram


This is my 1000th post on Instagram. And what better to share than my wheelchair all decked out for #Christmas! I have firefly lights on both wheels and they look amazing! 🎄🎄🎄 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain
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Review of Pearl's Number by Bethany Atazadeh

Evalene Vandereth’s adventure continues in the fast-paced second installment of the Number Series.

Evalene struggles to adjust to un-Numbered life, along with the rest of Eden. But the moment she learns her mother is still alive, it doesn’t matter anymore.

Discovering Pearl Vandereth was smuggled out of the country during a failed rebellion ten years ago shakes Evalene’s whole reality. There is only one thing she can do: find her.

Hunting down a cold trail, she travels to the Divided States from one territory to the next. But she never expects such an advanced nation to be so uncivilized. Between liars sending her in the wrong direction and hostile citizens, Evalene fears she’ll never locate her mother. And secretly, she’s terrified Pearl may not want to be found…

My review: 5 stars
I read the first book in this series recently and was super excited to be able to pre-order Pearl's Number. I read it almost as soon as it was out, and I was so happy with where the story started. It picked up with Evalene and her friends about six months after the first book ended. With the knowledge that her mother is alive, what can she do but go look for her. The story was a page-turner, bringing you from chapter to chapter, wondering whether she and her friends will survive, if love will bloom, and all that has happened, can it finally come together? Overall, an engaging, fast read, and very much enjoyed! I do recommend it!

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Author Tag: The Winter Tag - Collab w/ Dal Cecil Runo [CC]


A Winter tag by myself and Dal Cecil Runo! #Authortube

DAL'S CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFR5phjFlbMiTpoRiNBMJ2Q

WINTER TAG

RULES
- GIVE A SHORT SYNOPSIS OF YOUR CURRENT WIP
- YOU CAN USE EACH CHARACTER UP TO THREE TIMES

ICE: Which of your characters is likely to slip and slide?
SNOW: Which of your characters would be the first out there to build a snowman?
FIREPLACE: Who likes to snuggle up with a book and a nice warm fire?
HOT CHOCOLATE: Wwho takes charge of what to do on a cold day?
SNOWLFAKES: Who doesn't mind the cold and who would prefer to live on a tropical island away from it?
HOLIDAY SWEATERS: Who would wear the most ridiculous holiday sweater?
PRESENTS: Who buys the most thoughtful presents?
BAH HUMBUG: Who doesn't celebrate or get into the season and why?
YULE: Which two are most alike, but wouldn't agree with you saying so?
MOTHER IGGY: Who would be the mother figure, the wise mentor or just the mamafriend in your story and why?
MISTLETOE: Who is a double edged sword type of character? Healing to some and posionous to others?
LONGEST NIGHT: Which character is more likely to withstand all the downs of an antagonisitic force and still keep up hope for the brighter days?
NORTHERN LIGHTS: Which character is the colourful spirit who lights up everyone else during the dark and longer nights?

I TAG:

BROOKE PASSMORE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwxbU2zO6l5DNgq8IN6f8Uw

HOLLY DAVIS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ghQE8qqXNh6rswrG5zZfQ

KIM CHANCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtcDmM2bgezD0c95Y38OAcg

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From Joey's Instagram


Happy December! Time for the Winter Tag by myself and @dalcecilruno. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ☃️☃️☃️❄❄❄ I tag: @writehollydavis @kimwritesbooks & @_brookepassmore . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#Repost @mcfrank_author (@get_repost) ・・・ #repsearch I N T E R N A T I O N A L . VALID THROUGH February : I am looking for reviewers for our new author-reader group called #thebookrobinhoods which includes almost 500 authors and bloggers. Looking for hundreds of free books to review and promote? Looking for new readers and reliable reviewers for your book? This is for you! . TO JOIN: . 1. Repost with full caption 1. Follow @mcfrank_author 2. Tag at least 3 readers/writers in a comments. (mention if you are a reader or a writer in the same comment) 3. You will receive a message with *super secret* instructions 📚🙆 . I will be doing #shoutouts of the joining members once a week! Good luck! 📖❄☕ . 📓LOOKING FOR AUTHORS too. Follow the exact same rules and please mention that you are an author (you will receive a different *super secret* message ☕ ) . Please note that comments in the style "I'm both a reader and a writer" will be rendered invalid at this time. Thank you. . . . P. S. I am of course an author of the Book Robin Hoods so if you join, you can request ALL my books for review *wink 😊 #justsayin . #books #read #reader #writer #bookworm #literature #bookish #bookishfeatures #bibliophile #bookstagram #booklover #booknerd #bookphotography #bookaddict #repsearch #ireadya #romancebooks #booklover #bookaddict #repsearch #thebookrobinhoods #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #mybookfeatures
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From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Cat doesn't realise how much trouble she's in. 😧😧😧 Buy here: www.books2read.com/INAR . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #INAR #bookboost #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #yalit #reading #writinglife #joeypaul #bookcommunity #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Monday, 3 December 2018

Networking With Other Authors - The Creative Process




NETWORKING WITH OTHER AUTHORS

I talked a few weeks ago about all the hats that an indie author has to wear (found here) but while talking about that, I touched on the fact that other authors are not your competition, whether they be indie or traditional. I wanted to broaden the scope on that and talk about it a little more without bogging down one post, so that brings me to today's discussion. Part of being an author is networking. And while the word itself, at least to me, feels like it has some negative connotations, it's not a bad thing.

Let me explain. When someone talks about "networking" they usually mean using someone else's connections to further their own goals. It's not a bad thing, when done right, but so often it feels like it just isn't done right. It feels like too many people are seeing this opportunity as a way to push down their fellow author and lift themselves up in the process. There has been a lot of talk recently about issues in the writing community as a whole, part of that has been the reason for some of my recent blog posts. I want to both address those issues and also point out other ways that we can turn the process around and make it a positive experience for everyone involved.

So what am I talking about? Quite simply networking should be something that helps both authors. It shouldn't be a case of using someone for what they have and then walking away. I've explained this before and I will again, a reader can be a fan of several different authors, hundreds even and while they may not buy your book at the same time as someone else, there's no reason for them not to later. Using another author as a stepping stone is what puts people off. That level of toxicity in the writing and author community is what pushes readers away. I feel like it's something that we need to be talking about, but also learning from our mistakes and moving forward.

And I'm not innocent in that. I've made mistakes, as I've talked about before. But I've learned from them and I'm moving forward. When it comes to making author friends, I no longer worry about the indie/traditional divide. I just wanna read good books and help authors. It's one of the reasons for my Friday posts, so that I can shine a line on people who write amazing books. I don't have a problem with who's published by which route because we're all out here doing what we do because we love telling stories and we love writing. So when I'm looking to connect with other authors, I'm doing so in a way that allows us both to shine.

Now we're coming to the end of the year, and I know I'm looking at the goals I set myself last year and I'm realising that in that time, my whole outlook has changed. When I sat down to make my 2018 goals around this time last year, I put the one on there that's always on there. To keep up with author contacts and make new ones. I did do that this year, but my eyes were also opened to the idea of having a writing community. It started at the tail end of 2017 but this year I have made actual friends, have found people who completely get me, get why I write, love my stories and are helping me grow. And I'm doing the same for them.

And it's great, it's amazing because I've finally got to a point where I'm realising one key fact: being an author doesn't have to be isolating. It doesn't have to be me vs them. It's about having a community that works together. You don't have to be alone and you don't have to be isolated. You do have to be thinking about lost sales because another author you know did well this month. There are more than enough readers to go around. I know that this year I have felt so much more connected to the reading community, but also the writing one, because I've networked, but not in the way where it's a negative thing, in the way where we all win, where I've made friends and I've read amazing books. I have a CP who writes bloody amazing books and loves reading mine. I've made connections with readers because of my Friday posts and because of the community I'm a part of.

So when you're thinking about how to do things, how to reach out in the author community, be aware and remember that it's not you vs the rest of us. It's all of us, doing what we love and having fun doing so. You don't have to be alone, whether that's on Twitter or Youtube or Tumblr or Facebook. You can be an author and have a group of people who get you, who want to know what you're working on and who cheer you on every step of the way. And you can be part of that group for someone else. You just have to remember that it's not a competition, it's a collaboration. And everyone wins.


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Sunday, 2 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#Repost @_megan_tennant (@get_repost) ・・・ It's officially #indiecember!! Don't know what that means? Indiecember is an indie author focused reading challenge built on the standard bingo board format. To claim a square you just have to leave an Amazon review for an indie book during December! Everyone who gets bingo can claim an entry to a huge giveaway going down on January 2nd (more info on that in a week or so). Q: are you participating in indiecember?! I'm playing flush style. Want to learn more? There's a video on my YouTube channel (Cloud Kitten Chronicles) and you can also see megantennant.com/indiecember. Give indie authors an amazing gift this holiday season whole simultaneously knocking out your Goodreads reading goals! In honor of Indiecember all of my Bookstagram posts will be indie books this month!! And I'll be trying to post at least two images a week. #indiecember #indieauthor #selfpublished #bookstagram #booklove
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Friday, 30 November 2018

Final #JoWriMoGo Tally for November 2018


I managed 20 chapters, 82 pages and 44,168 word in November 2018

Here's hoping to end the year with a bang!

From Joey's Instagram


Have you heard of #TheBookRobinHoods? It's an amazing site by @mcfrank_author That connects authirs to readers and bloggers! Want to join? . ✒ Authors form: http://bit.ly/2JgdGCW . 📚 Readers form: http://bit.ly/2IpHN9Q . The site is here: http://bit.ly/2q2xm4u . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #readersofinstagram #amreading #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #readers #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Review of Celestial by SE Anderson

She wanted a holiday. They needed a chosen one.

Sally, Zander, and Blayde, accompanied by their new friend Nim, have only one request: no more bizarre distractions on their hunt for Earth.

But before their cells can complete a single jump, the team is shoved off course and crash into a dreary old temple. Worse yet, there seems to be some confusion over Sally’s face, as it looks exactly like that the local deity, Selena, goddess of the moon and omniscient absentee. Sally’s ticking every box on the ancient prophecies checklist.

Fresh off of her meds and riding the withdrawal, and Sally must choose between embracing the role of Goddess so as to protect the planet from mysterious Sky People, or being thrown in a Volcano. Not the best way to start a tropical vacation. It’s not going to be easy uniting warring factions, dealing with excitable whispering forests, or fighting both literal and figurative demons. Not to mention keeping up the appearance of divinity when all Sally wants is a nap.

Armed only with some high school improv’ classes and a basic knowledge of foreign pop songs, Sally must save the planet – before everything goes up in flames. 

My Review: 5 stars
I was eagerly awaiting this release and I dived into the book the moment I could and I was not disappointed. It's amazing, even better than the first three! I loved Sally and the way she was portrayed with real mental health issues. I loved the story and Zander and Blayde and Nim of course. It was just a brilliantly told story and I am in awe of Anderson's skills. This series is mindblowingly good and I can't wait for book five! The story is a whirlwind of roller-coasters and it just keeps getting better! Highly recommended!

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


New video talking about the points of view in writing! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ✒✒📚📚 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #writercommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Points Of View in Writing [CC]


The pros and cons of some of the points of view in writing #Authortube

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


For those wondering about my set up. This is my desk with a #MissViolet For company! Now to get those words down! ✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #catsofinstagram #booksinprogress #writinglife #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity #writing
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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara means well but sometimes she doesn't follow the rules and makes things worse. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️👮‍♀️👮‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFW . . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts4 #dyingthoughts #books #bookboost #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #yalit #reading #writinglife #joeypaul #bookcommunity #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Monday, 26 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


I have had a long writing day. I'm now snuggled up in bed with a #MissPenne who's blepping for the camera! 😸😸😸 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksinprogress #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers
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Authortube: Mistakes To Avoid


AUTHORTUBE: MISTAKES TO AVOID

I did a piece a few weeks back about what it was like being on Authortube. I wanted to touch on a few bits and pieces about what to avoid when starting out. I feel like a lot of it can be applied to both youtube and generally when starting out on any platform. For some great bootcamp videos, check out Alexa Donne's channel here.

When I talk about authortube and the time I've been on there, I realise that I've made my own mistakes and in doing that have kinda shot myself in the foot. For the first year or so of me being on youtube I made a number of mistakes. What I'm trying to do now is tell you what *not* to do so that you don't end up like me. I want you to learn from my errors and go into it more confident about what you're doing. So here we go.

#1 - ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY
This was my biggest mistake. I would put my videos up, and interact with those who commented, would watch other channels and say nothing. How is the word supposed to spread when you won't say anything on other people's videos? You need to engage and that means commenting and liking and having discussions with other people in the AT community. It was only when I started to comment and actually get to know people that I got more engagement back. So this is a big thing that you need to do.

#2 - STICK WITH A SCHEDULE
When I first started, I didn't have an upload schedule. I would simply plan to do one video a month, then about a month into it, four videos a month. From there it went to a post on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of the month and then finally I worked out that that didn't really work and started to post every Thursday with bonus content on Sundays. Once I got into this schedule, I did so much better, so even if you're plan isn't a set day of the week, go for how many times a week and stick to it as much as you are able.

#3 - PLAN YOUR CONTENT

This is something I did right, in that I planned what I was going to film and when. I pretty much had the whole year planned and while I wouldn't say you have to do that, it's a good idea to know in advance what you're going to record and when. It also means you can leave gaps for seasonal content or for something that needs to be said should the need arise. I did pretty well with this in deciding that my second video of every month would be the Life Of Joey video. It gave a personal touch, some background on what I did every month and also allowed for me to give a little part of myself.

#4 - GET HELP WITH GRAPHICS
I didn't do this. In fact I barely got any help with editing either, which is something you should learn how to do. Because I didn't do my research, my first year of videos had cringe worthy graphics. So much so that I have since deleted them all because I didn't want people to look at those and think that was the kind of thing I put out now. I always planned to use my webcam and so I take a thumbnail before I shoot the video and then add my own touch to it. If you're unable to do this, then a picture of you, either your author photo or something similar and basic text is more than fine.

#5 - DECIDE TO SCRIPT OR NOT
I also didn't script for my first few videos and they sucked! Like seriously, it showed so much that because I didn't script, I wasn't confident and it sounded like I had no idea what I was talking about. That is a bad look on any level, but especially because I was giving writing advice! On the same topic, if you don't feel confident about tackling a certain subject, don't! The worst thing you can do is give advice on something you either don't know much about or don't do yourself. That sounds fake, and it cane lead people away from you.

There are other things to decide, like whether to caption or not. I personally do because I feel like it's more inclusive, but not everyone knows how or has the time. In which case it can be something you can open up to the community. I feel like the majority of channels rely on craptions and because of that, they exclude people like me who have hearing issues. There's things like working on the right setup as well, but I'll cover that in another piece. Check out Alexa's channel because she's really good at giving the bootcamp advice and have a good time getting yourself started!



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Sunday, 25 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


It's Sunday! And I'm working on edits but I also have company! A #MissPenne On my neck and a #MissViolet on the desk to make sure I work!! 😸😸😸✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #booksinprogress #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats
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Saturday, 24 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


Ah it's Saturday and I have a chapter to write but someone says no. #MissViolet has decided it's pets no write time! 😸✒😸 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksinprogress #CrampingChronicles5 #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity #joeypaul #writinglife #readers #readersofinstagram #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles
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Friday, 23 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And I'm starting the fifth #CrampingChronicles book today! Me desk is all laid out for character notes and getting back in the story! ✒✒✒🤯🤯🤯 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #booksinprogress #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity
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Review of She's Not Here by Mandi Lynn

Willow watched her father diminish in front of her as Alzheimer’s pulled him further away each day. When a fire creates the perfect disaster, Willow’s desperation to find a cure to the disease causes her to change Samantha Ellison’s life forever.

Treated as an experiment, Willow injects Samantha with a serum that mimics Alzheimer’s and deteriorates her brain. With Sam’s mental capacity declining at an alarming rate, it won’t be long until people start looking for answers. With Willow’s husband as the doctor, it’s only a matter of time before he uncovers the truth. The only question is whether he discovers Willow’s secrets in time to save the innocent life at stake.

My review: 4 stars
I really liked the premise of this story. The idea that one life to save thousands, possibly millions, is it justified? Willow was written as a likeable character, she was caring and kind, a nurse who loved her dad and hated what the disease had done to him. The story was engaging, and you felt pulled along by the words. There are twists and turns that have you wondering what's going to happen, and the ending is beyond what you could imagine. Overall a good read and a solid four stars!

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And we're at the end of my writing year. So I've tallied up all the chapter, pages and words I've written! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! 📚📚📚 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber
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All I've written in the last year! #Authortube

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


I love when you start a new book and you gotta get back into the head's of characters. Today is day one of writing #Visible and I am super happy to be taking these characters on a new journey!! 🤯🤯🤯♿♿♿✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #book #booksinprogress #invisibleseries #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #lovemyjob #ilovewriting
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Harriet never expected to travel in time but Dot needs her help and she can't refuse. 👻👻😧 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DUKN . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #bookworm #bookboost #yalit #reading #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity
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Monday, 19 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And that's book 24 done too! #CrampingChronicles4 is finished and filed away to be edited at a later date. I'm now planning the 5th and final in the series! 🤫🤫🤫✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #booksinprogress
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Spoonie Writer: Balancing Health & Work


SPOONIE WRITER: BALANCING HEALTH & WORK

As I write this piece (I write them in advance just in case you didn't know) I'm awaiting my PICC line insertion and also dealing with the sadness that comes from knowing that I won't be well enough to take part in NaNoWriMo 2018. I planned to, oh I planned to do this and that and just carry on my merry little way, because November is a huge month for writers. I also have it, usually, as the start of my massive editing train and that's always more stress, but then my health got in the way and because of issues with my port, I'm now getting a PICC line put in for a short period to deal with some new meds I'll be having over a couple of weeks. And that sucks. My port has decided it doesn't want to be in my body, and so that's another stress and the possibility of having surgery soon to remove the old one and put a new one in place. It's all added up to mean that no NaNo for me. :(

But that's a good reason to write this piece because it happens, whether it is a PICC line and multiple hospital days or whether it's just a flare that zaps your energy and time. As a spoonie, your body can also be a bit of your enemy. And a lot of the time, the focus in writing, both on and offline, is that you have to be productive to be valid. I don't help this by posting the words and pages and chapters I do for #JoWriMoGo every month. I hope that people know that I'm not looking at anyone but myself with those posts. They're a way for me to track things and yes, to celebrate at the end of the month with how I've done, but I do see a lot of people who feel like they're not valid as a writer because they didn't make this word count. And that gets worse, I think, during November because so many people are telling you to push through and that you must get 50K no matter what. And that's a tad unhealthy. Not just for spoonies, but for anyone really.

And it made me think about writing something about it, because as I said above, I perpetuate that with the way I do things, and I want it to be clear for my followers or anyone reading this: Your worth is not measure by your productivity. I don't care if you manage a page or fifty words a day or a week or a month, you are not valid no matter how little or how much you do. I don't think it's been said enough. I don't think people realise just how damaging this mindset is because it is so engrained in us as writers and people. The idea that to be valid and worthy you have to have achieved x number of words a day. And that's so harmful.

At the same time, I'm a big believer in things like NaNo as a way to set a routine, so don't be thinking I'm shitting on that because I'm not. I'm just aware that a lot of people can't reach 50K and during the month of November, they're kinda told that they're supposed to push past and suddenly hit this word count that they'd not be able to make any month. I understand wanting to be motivated and take part in the events. I also like the community that surrounds it, but so much of that pressure is harming people and turning them off writing rather than wanting them to continue. And that's something that we shouldn't be ignoring.

As a spoonie, I've contemplated not posting about my monthly word count. I mean the tag has done it's job in that now I have a very good writing routine and because of that, am able to get a lot done in a month, but I don't want it to be detrimental to other people's writing journeys. Nor do I want to be perpetuating the myth that word count is the be all and end all of writing. I've publishing thirteen books, they have ranged in word count from 40K to 130K. All of them have the right amount of words to tell that story. I've grown as a writer sure, and because of that some of my story telling has necessitated more words than before, but I don't look down at other word counts and think that the bigger ones are the best. I know I'm an over-writer and I know that a huge chunk will be cut from the story when I go through edits and betas.

So what's the point of this piece? It's a mix of things. Your worth is not decided by how many words you write this November, or well, ever. But also it's okay to take a while to write your book, I've taken at most thirteen years to finish a book - and it was my shortest by far - but as I've said before and will say again. It takes as long as it takes, and that's okay. Keep writing!


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Sunday, 18 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


A writer writes in today's bonus video! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ✒+✒=📚📚 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber
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A writer writes... #Authortube

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Saturday, 17 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And it's official! #Translucent is finished! Now to file it away ready for edits at a later stage and plan the third in the series! I also hope to be able to say the same of #CrampingChronicles4 in the coming days! Love this feeling!! 🤯🤯🤯💜💜💜 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #booksinprogress #bookfinished #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul
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