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.


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!

Indie Author Giveaway


I’m slowly catching up on some big announcements, so here’s one of them. Right now there is an indie author giveaway going on –just go to my instagram @lindseysablowski to enter. I’ll also include the guidelines below:

It’s here! The Indie Author Giveaway… 9 Authors… 14 Books… 1 Winner!


Titles include: A Charming Nightmare, Sisters Lament, Collision, Avoidance, Soldier On, Unlikely Events, Clara and Claire, Corner Confessions – A Novel (Book 1 of 3),  “I Do” Fifteen Years of Wedding Misadventures, The One That Matters, The Collective, Happily Ever Never, and Life is But a Dream

Must be following all author accounts (@acnbooks, @Kristen_granata, @vanessarasanenauthor, @bexjalise, @Lindseysablowski, @khallbooks, @ellelinder_books, @Lilnovelist, & @andreanourse). You know the drill. Do not follow to unfollow, or you will be banned from all giveaways.
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The day we’ve been waiting for, the day I’ve been talking about for a little over a year now, is finally here!

Happy release day to Clara and Ezra!

As of today the ebook version of the book is live. This means you can pick up your copy today and start reading. Or you could gift it to a friend who loves a good fantasy/mystery novel.

Only the ebook is available today. The paperback will be releasing next week. I had to order the proof to make sure everything looks ok, so the proof will be showing up November 21st. As long as it looks ok I’ll hit that publish button that very same day. So a little delay in the paperback, which is unusual for me, but I promise it’ll be out next week! And I’ll be posting again to share that news as well so you’ll have all the updated purchase links.

As for the ebook, here’s the links: Amazon, Goodreads

The ebook is $3.99.

I’ll be sharing more about this book throughout the day, but most importantly I just wanted to thank everyone. Thank you for your patience. This book, being now my 6th complete novel, was my hardest yet to write. It took me a while after Clara and Claire‘s release to get back on track with the sequel. And it took me much longer to finish the book than I expected.

But here it is, we’ve made it to release day! And I couldn’t be more proud of the book I’ve released, that I can now share with you guys. It’s a story with more mystery than the first one, a story I was excited to tell and even more excited to share. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Stay tuned for the links to the paperback.

And in the meantime, happy reading!


Support Me on Patreon

My Patreon page is now live!

Moment of honesty here: I’ve been struggling. I’ve been struggling financially to do everything I want to do with my writing. Book covers, interior formatting, book signings –none of this is getting any cheaper. I do the best I can, but for the first time I’m asking for some help from you guys.

If you’d like to help me release more content (aka more books and more book signings), I’m on Patreon. Starting for as low as $1 a month you can help me reach my goals while also receiving great rewards. The more you spend, the better the rewards!

Now if Patreon isn’t your sort of thing, that’s ok. There are many other ways to support my writing if Patreon isn’t something you want to participate in. But I hope you’ll at least check out my page and see what it has to offer you.

The goal with Patreon is to have support so I can better release content more quickly –meaning less of a wait time for you and more books out in the world.

Of course if Patreon isn’t your cup of tea, buying any of my books, sharing promo materials, and just participating in general with cover reveals and release days all still help support my writing.

Thanks so much you guys. Regardless of how this goes, I can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given me.

Clara and Ezra COVER REVEAL

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The official cover reveal for Clara and Ezra!

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Title: Clara and Ezra

Genre: Mystery/Fantasy

Cover design by: Hell Yes Design Studio

Release date: November 2018 (official date TBA)

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Death does not wear a mask.

Clara Nasso is plagued with the knowledge of secrets. The secrets her mother, Nina, hid for twenty years.

After a life threatening event in Rajoor, Clara returns to Ninomay. That morning she and her companions are greeted with the news. There’s been a murder.

Chaos erupts, suspects are arrested, and paranoid spreads like wildfire. All the while secrets about Nina’s past prove to be more twisted than anyone imagined.

One murder escalates into a series of killings. Bloodshed hits close to home, and Clara is forced to battle her inner demons. She develops a closer relationship with Ezra and Lukas, one who has killed for her, the other who claims to love her. The killer’s unpredictable and gruesome maneuvers force them to set aside their own personal desires.

A new figure emerges from the shadows. Someone with no set alliance, who can either help Ninomay or watch the island bleed.

With countless lives at stake, Clara questions the loyalty of those closest to her. Can Clara unveil the killer before another person dies?

To say I’ve been eagerly awaiting the moment when I could share this cover would be an understatement. This book means a lot to me. I’ve been working on it for about a year now, and it’s finally coming to life.

When I first went to Lori about the cover I told her I wanted it to give a mysterious feel to readers. I wanted someone to resemble Clara on the front, but I also wanted a forest in the background again –this time proving to be more dark and perhaps dangerous than the first one we saw on the cover of Clara and Claire.

In Clara and Claire, Clara entered into  world she knew nothing about. In the sequel Clara re-enters Ninomay, knowing more than she ever did before, but this time seeing how a murder affects the island and the people around her.

I have so much to share with you guys about this book, and this is only a glimpse at what’s to come. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be live on Instagram later tonight to answer any of your questions –without spoiling anything of course.

As for the cover, go give some love to Hell Yes Design Studio’s page for the amazing work. And please, if you’re able to, share it around on your social media. The more people that see it, the more people will see this book is releasing this year.

Thank you so much to everyone for their support today!


2 days until COVER REVEAL DAY

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Cover reveal news!

I’ve decided October 3rd –this Wednesday–will be the cover reveal for Clara and Ezra.

Why so soon and with such little notice? Well, because I’ve been waiting a long time to share this cover with you guys, and I didn’t think it was necessary to make me or you wait any longer!

So this Wednesday I’ll be sharing the cover reveal. The cover will be going up on all of my social media, as well as on Goodreads with the book’s page.

As for what you can do on cover reveal day?

There are a bunch of ways you can help:

  • share the cover –retweet, share, blog about it. Whatever you want. The more it’s shared, the more eyes that see it, and the more people who will know this book is coming out this fall
  • remember to use the hashtag #Claraandezra
  • encourage your friends to share too –again, the more the merrier

I’m always hyped for cover reveal days. I’ll probably be going live on Instagram that night to talk more about the cover, answer any questions you guys have about the book, and just hopefully hang out with some fellow writers and readers.

If you want to participate in sharing let me know, and I can send the cover as well as the official summary directly to you.

Thanks again everyone for your patience!

Clara and Ezra on Goodreads

Clara and Ezra is officially up on Goodreads, so if you’re as excited for the release of this book as I am you can go ahead and add it your reading list.

The official cover isn’t up yet, but I’ll be uploading that to Goodreads as well in October when I do the cover reveal.

For right now the publication date says “November 2018,” so that’ll be updated when I have an actual release date set.

But in the mean times I hope you guys will check it out. The official summary is up on Goodreads, so if you needed a refresher or you haven’t gotten a chance to ready the summary yet, please go check it out.
Thanks again for all the support!


Clara and Ezra -off to beta readers


Clara and Ezra is off to my beta readers for one final read through before I approve this for publication.

Tonight I thought I’d catch you up on everything that’s happened with finishing the book, and everything that’s to come in the next two months with preparing the book for publication.

I finished the 2nd draft of Clara and Ezra at 71,989 words.

Now, at the end of the 3rd draft, I’m at an end total of 90,065 words. That’s a total of 18,076 new words that were added in from the 2nd to 3rd draft. It didn’t come easily and it sure as h*ll didn’t happen fast, but this book is finally where I want it to be.

The third draft of this book made me realize a lot of things. One, I’m not a fast writer. I try to stick to a schedule, but sometimes I fall off that schedule, sometimes my muse hides from me, something I just don’t have the energy.

And two, I’m finally happy with this book. When I finished the 2nd draft I knew I still had work to do. I wasn’t satisfied. I felt like so much was missing. The book was too short, and there were still parts I wanted to add in that had previously been left out.

Now I’m finally at a point with this book where I can actually say I’m done. Hence, it’s off to my beta readers, so I can finally get someone else’s opinion besides my own.

As for what’s to come next?

While my beta readers have the book I’m going to be planning the cover reveal and starting work on my next project. It’s a secret for the moment, and probably won’t be revealed until Clara and Ezra releases, but I’m ready to dive into a new story.

The cover reveal will be happening sometime in October. Before Halloween. I don’t have a date yet, but I’m working on it. If you’d like to participate in the cover reveal let me know and stay tuned.

As for the release date, I’m still planning and hoping for a November release. Worse case scenario, I push it back to early December. But this book is definitely coming out before Christmas. And honestly? It needs to come out before December 4th because that’s the 2 year anniversary for Clara and Claire.

That’s pretty much where we are with Clara and Ezra right now, and I’ll keep you guys posted once I have more to share.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support!