April Update

Hi guys! It’s been a while.

I’ve been focusing so much on trying to complete this first draft of Clara and Daphne that sometimes I forget to give myself a break. That or during my breaks I just sleep.

I wanted to post a quick update because I feel like a lot is happening while I’m working on this first draft. You might have heard if you’ve been following along on Instagram.

As you may or may not know by now Thicker Than Blood is re-releasing this year. Version 2! With a new cover and new interior design (now that I actually have a program that helps make this possible).

Today the new cover for TTB was finished, and let me say… this one has blown me away. Perhaps more than all the others because I don’t think I even knew what I wanted until I actually saw the final product. It’s perfect in every way.

The last couple of books I’ve released have all had their cover art done by Hell Yes Designs.  She also designed the new cover for TTB. Mind you, the original and first cover was done back in 2014 and was a premade. Not that there’s anything wrong with premade covers, but I’ve learned the hard way that custom covers are worth every penny –and so much better (in my opinion) for your book. (That may be a discussion for a later post.)

Anyways, now that I have the new cover I’ll be planning a cover reveal date soon. I’m still working on getting the book print ready.

But stay tuned because I want to do the cover reveal soon because I’m hoping to get the book out maybe next month? Spring release and just in time for summer!

I hope you guys are as excited as me to see this new version of TTB –the wait was well worth it.

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Adjusting Your Writing Schedule

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I’ve talked about the importance of a writing schedule before on the blog, but tonight we’re talking about the importance of adjusting that schedule.

This is something this year –this month more specifically –that I found out is so crucial.

We tend to get set in our day to day routines, which means if you have let’s say 9pm as your normal writing time that you either do or don’t write at 9pm each night. The problem with getting stuck to a strict schedule or a “normal” schedule when writing is that it can lead to you being just that –stuck.

For me I used to always write at night because I work in the daytime. It made sense to have my designated writing time to be around 9 or 10pm because that was the free time I had to sit down and write.

But recently I discover I wasn’t writing as much or even at all for long periods of time. I was too tired or I actually had plans at night that kept me out late.

So recently I switched my schedule to writing in the daytime during my lunch breaks. It gives me less time to write, and usually if I’m lucky I only manage 20-30 minutes, but now at least I’m making progress. No matter how small it’s still something. And it means whatever I get done in the day leaves me with more free time during the night –and might I mention, less stress and guilt.

So if you feel like your current writing schedule isn’t working don’t be afraid to change it up. In fact, I encourage you to change it. Try different times of the day (or night) to write. Test it out for a few days or weeks maybe. Whatever you find to be the most successful, that’s what you should go with.

When making your writing schedule, remember:

  • You don’t need to write every day.
  • You’re allowed a break (or breaks) –however long those may be
  • Do what feels the most comfortable (less stress = a happier writer)
  • Find an efficient way to track your daily progress –especially if that’s the sort of thing that motivates you
  • Always give yourself options –maybe there are several times in the day you can write, or maybe you just got some unexpected spare time that can make up for any previous “slack” in the week
  • Don’t be afraid of change

I hope this can help somebody out there who is struggling with time management and productivity. I think it’s really healthy to change up your writing schedule and to reevaluate it each month or so to see what’s working and what’s not.

For being someone who used to only write at nighttime, I’m really grateful for realizing change can help with reaching my goals.

Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. What kind of schedule do you have for your writing, and how do you think it’s working out so far for you this month?

Are You a Plotter or Pantser?

I’ve seen this question going around on Instagram, and I thought I’d chime in.

The question being: are you a plotter or panster?

One of the reasons I love seeing this question being talked about amongst authors is that the answers are always different. Because let’s be honest it’s different for every person.

As far as personally, I’d like to say I’m a mix between the two. Of course it changes depending on whatever book I’m writing. Cursed With Power for instance I did a lot of plotting for. I have journals full of plotting and timelines, etc.

Clara and Claire was a little more mixed. Some parts were planned, other parts I just ran with whatever came into my head. And then when I started writing the sequel I found myself having to plot more because I had to make sure the timeline made sense and connected with the events we found out about in the first book.

Here’s the thing: whether you’re a plotter or a panster –or maybe a little bit of both –it doesn’t matter so long as you’re writing the story in the way that makes the most sense to you. Stay true to yourself and do what works for you. Everyone’s different.

Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. Are you a plotter or panster? Has one worked out better for you than the other?

March Goals

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Believe it or not March is here.  A new month means new goals! And this month I’m really aiming to set goals for myself that I can achieve as well planning more posts for this website for you guys.

But first, let’s talk about February. February was a hard month for me as far as from a writing standpoint. I unfortunately had some serious writer’s block, and overall I wasn’t feeling motivated. I can’t exactly explain how. These things happen, and I know it’s normal, but it’s still disappointing to fall behind.

So moment of honesty, let’s talk about what my total word count for the month of February was.

4,610.

Yeah, not good. February was probably my least productive writing month in a long time. I don’t usually share my monthly results, but I decided to (and hopefully from now) so you guys can hold me accountable. And for those of you who are struggling like me –you’re not alone.

So as for my goals for March?

I’m hoping to reach 35k in Clara and Daphne. Or at least 30k. Right now I’m at 22k, so it’s definitely doable if I refocus and find different ways to stay motivated.

I’m finally going to write up some planned blog posts, so I can post more frequently for you guys.

And I just purchased something so I can upload videos IGTV and maybe in the future record videos for Youtube. This is something new I’m still working out, but for beginnings I’m going to do more videos on IGTV and hopefully some more live videos on Instagram if people join in.

Other than that, let me know if there’s anything else you guys would like to see either on Instagram or on the website here.

Thanks so much for your support as always guys.

Let me know what your March goals are in the comments below.

First Draft Has You Stuck?

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Long time no post! I swear I am trying to get back on top of posting on my blog, but these days when I have the desire to type I dedicate it all to my WIP.

But I am hoping to be more active here with my posts, and I want to jump right back into talking about writing with you guys.

So today we’re talking about: first drafts

Personally, I find first drafts to be both exciting and horrifying to work on. I mean, it’s the beginning of your new book. It doesn’t get any more difficult than that. But it’s also a chance for you to explore new things –characters, worlds, magic, backstories, different plot lines, etc.

Perhaps the most frustrating part about first draft is that it’s easy to get writer’s block. And talking about it out loud (or typing it) gives me hope that any case of writer’s block is actually curable.

So some things to consider when you’re writing your first draft:

  • Set achievable goals –sometimes you have to set a bunch of small goals to reach a bigger goal. And that’s ok! Whatever it takes, however you get the goals you want to reach, that’s all that’s going to matter at the end.
  • Track your word count –now this is a personal preference for me, so it might not be for everyone, but I really like tracking my word count. I like seeing my progress, seeing what weeks I did better, when I could have done more, etc. But just remember, don’t let your word count define you. It’s easy to get caught up in the number game, or thinking “oh if only I could do that much in one day!” Just remember everyone writes differently.
  • Work at your own pace –going back to not worrying what everyone else is doing. Maybe your writing friends have finished their books, maybe they’re killing it with their word count. Whatever it is, don’t let it stop you from seeing your own hard work paying off. Set your own pace and do what’s comfortable for you
  • If something isn’t working, change it up –I find when I can’t type anything on my laptop I go back to good ole paper and pen. And sometimes that’s all it takes to get me writing again.
  • Breathe, it’s a first draft –as my good friend Andrea reminded me the other day, first drafts are just the first of many drafts in this process. Who knows how many other times you’ll rewrite this book? So take a breath, don’t freak out, remember this is the first draft and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Think of it as a skeleton –the beginning of what you’re working on.

That’s just a few tips for now, but I’m hoping that can help somebody today overcome a bad case of writer’s block!

As for me, it’s back to working on my first draft of Clara and Daphne.

Tell me, what are you guys working on? What advice would you recommend for anyone working on a first draft? Have a tip I didn’t mention –leave it in the comments, I’ll mention it in my Instagram story!

Oh, and let me know what you’d like to hear about next on my blog!

Until next time, happy writing!

 

Announcement: A Rose With Thorns series

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Well, the cat is out of the bag!

At long last I can now announce my next project!

I wanted to wait until after the release of Clara and Ezra to announce that Clara’s story is indeed only beginning. That’s right, the story that started out as a single novel, gained a sequel, is now getting a series.

*gasp*

About halfway through writing Clara and Ezra I quickly realized this story had much more than what I could fit in the 312 pages it contains. Sure, I could have added more, but the story I wanted to tell required another book, because in truth, it’s another character’s story.

When I finished Clara and Ezra, even after all the editing and numerous drafts, I was 100% convinced. This sequel wasn’t the end. It couldn’t be the end. I had misjudged Clara’s story, assuming it was something that could fit into two books, but no there’s more. Much more.

My 7th novel, the one I’ve been sharing teasers of on Instagram with #secretproject, is the next book in Clara’s adventures.

This series that I’m calling: A Rose With Thorns series

As for book #3 in this series?

Well, I’m between two different titles right now. It will either be titled: Clara and Daphne OR Daphne and Clara. I’ll be doing a poll on Instagram to see what you guys think fits best. I’m leaning toward Daphne and Clara.

Without any spoilers and going into too much detail –because I’ll be sharing even more throughout the next couple of months– this third book is the first book narrated by someone other than Clara.

Thus far Clara has been the main narrator, our main character –besides maybe a chapter or two where another character took over the narration.

This third book will be told from Daphne’s point of view. Daphne being, for those of you who haven’t started on Clara and Ezra yet, a new character we met in book 2. A character with a dark backstory that I’m just dying to get my hands into!

And, if you’re read this far, I’ll tell you something else. This newest addition to the series will be narrated by Daphne and Clara. The narration will be split. I’m not sure how yet, but I know they’ll both have their fair share to say in the book –there’s a lot happening between the two of them, so it only seems fair they both have lead voices in this book.

That’s all I’m going to share for now! Head over to my instagram @lindseysablowski to vote on which title you prefer. I still don’t have a synopsis or anything official like that written up –so hang in there, more will come as I progress in this book.

I’m only 7k into this novel, and there’s still a lot ahead of me. I’m just glad to finally share this secret with you guys, so I can share more of my ideas as I work through this first draft.

(Literally no one knew about this except for Rhianne and Wesley, so I’m relieved to finally be working out in the open again with my next story!)

Hope you guys are excited for where Clara and Daphne’s story will take us next. As usual, I intend on sharing my progress through the writing journey as I go, so stop by my Instagram and maybe drop some inspirational quotes or some coffee emojis –I could use either to be honest.

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been so supportive! Everyone who’s believed in Clara’s story from day one, and everyone that has a copy of one (or both) of the books at home right now.

 

Clara and Ezra: Paperback Now Live

Hey everyone, exciting news: the paperback for Clara and Ezra is now live on Amazon!

This means now both the paperback and ebook are available for purchase.

If you were waiting on the paperback, you can purchase it: here.

I’ll be updating the rest of the website with the full links and go around and updating my social media later tonight.

Also, I’ll be ordering the official paperback to show you guys what it looks like on Instagram –since right now I just have the proof copy that says “not for resale.”

Thank you to everyone who’s made this book launch a success!