Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hindsight Is... #IWSG | December's Bookworm News #SpecFic

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. December's co-hosts are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner. Find the other IWSG participants here.
December's question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

I can think of three distinct things I would have done differently, but the last two bleed over into what I would have done differently in 2016 too.
  1. Take a break. Thank you all for your kind comments on last month's IWSG post about my writing hiatus. It took a few weeks to settle into not writing/editing, but I am less anxious about not writing and editing. I've decided to take the rest of the month off so I can start the new year fresh.
  2. Read Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron much earlier than I did. I just finished this book, and it's amazing. True, I was doing some of these techniques subconsciously in my work, but the questions Cron has me asking my characters and scenes will make a difference (for the better, I hope!). It's given me so many ideas on how to take Forged and Destined to the next level.
  3. Work on one project at a time (i.e. The Fate Challenges). While I don't necessarily regret working on Soul Reaper series, I do wish I'd used that time to focus on finishing up Forged and Destined instead. If so, then they would be out in the world now. Or at least much closer to publication. It's looking like mid-2018 for Forged and early 2019 for Destined. Live and learn. *sighs*
What would you do differently?

2018 Stats: 111,229 words written and 908,601 words edited

Changes are coming to my "Bookworm News" section.

Starting in January, Bookworm News will be in its separate post on the last day of the month. The post, if not including a guest post, will have its comments turned off. I'll still highlight what books I've read as well as what speculative fiction books were released. These posts are also available for cover reveals and guest posts, if anyone is interested.

But the biggest change is that I am no longer reviewing books I've read. I do not come to this decision lightly as I know how important reviews are, but they're causing me too much stress to write and are making reading not as enjoyable as it used to be. I will continue to rate what books I read on Goodreads and maybe even leave a sentence or two of what I loved, but I won't officially be reviewing books.

Dark Winds Rising by Mark Noce
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Dark Winds Rising by Mark Noce
All the kingdoms of Wales are threatened when the Picts arrive in Mark Noce's Dark Winds Rising. Set several years after Between Two Fires, this novel follows Queen Branwen as she seeks to keep peace within her kingdom and her surrounding neighbors. The cunning and passionate Branwen matures throughout this story as she faces Queen Sab's sinister plot, which kept me guessing until the end. Noce makes the late 600s Wales come to life. I do hope there will be another book because the Queen Branwen series keeps getting better. An enchanting and fast-paced historical novel, Dark Winds Rising by Mark Noce is a must-read.

Dark Winds Rising by Mark Noce
Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron
Huntress Lost by A.A. Chamberlynn
Rebel Faerie by Rachel Morgan
Ghouls by Lou Klein
The Young Queens by Kendare Blake
MIND: The Fracture by Jenn Nixon
Doom Sayer by Clara Coulson

As this is most likely my last post for this year, I hope everyone has a storybook ending for 2017. Happy Holidays!