Personal

Riding the Struggle Bus to Sleep Town

I’m having another one of those weeks where finding balance and time to get writing done is a struggle. My husband has spent most of this month out of town for work, which means that I’ve been single-parenting the majority of February. And honestly? I don’t understand how people do this and find time for themselves. I haven’t been able to sit down and get to writing until 9:30-10pm every night this week, which is incredibly rough when you have to be up early to get a kid off to school. Hubby’s not back until Tuesday, either, so it’s going to be another three days until I’ll be able to get any time to myself. Thankfully, my daughter enjoys sleeping in, so I’ll be able to catch a couple extra z’s tomorrow morning, but I’m already exhausted, and I know the end is not as close as I’d like it to be.

The only silver lining for the whole thing, though, is that my daughter and I have been able to spend a lot of quality time together. I am so surprised at how quickly she’s grown up, and it’s a lot of fun to see her becoming more and more of a person. I’m glad I’m able to find at least some balance between the work and my time with her, even though the work tends to lose more often than it wins.

Anyway, since this is a rather stressful week and I don’t have much that I want to talk about, I’m going to just let this be a personal post, rather than an informational one. I’ll try to pick an interesting topic for Monday, and in the meantime, I’ll see you on Sunday for our weekly update.

Publishing

What is an ISBN?

So, I know I keep talking about purchasing ISBNs, and I’m sure if you’ve read a book, you’ve at least seen one of these things, but what – exactly – is an ISBN? This post will go into these identifiers and why they’re not only useful but essential to self-publication.

Status Sunday

Status Sunday #13

Evening, folks! It’s been a productive day in my household, which is a nice change of pace from last weekend. I’ve managed to make up the deficit that those five days created in the draft for Reader, and I think it’s starting to get interesting. We’re also getting closer to publication for Burner, which is somewhat nerve-wracking, but also exhilarating. I cannot wait for you all to see it.

Anyway, let’s get down to brass tacks: Status Sunday #13, ho!

Characters, Writing

Character Motivation

Hi again, everyone! I’m finally starting to feel human again, so that means we can pick up where we left off with my series of posts on characters. Today, I’ll be talking about how understanding your character’s motivations will help strengthen your plot lines and improve the quality of conflict in your narratives.

Personal

Touch Base

I have to say, getting this sick is really bad for your productivity. I’m behind on my schedule for Reader, and because I don’t have an active readership, I’m going to be skipping tonight’s blog post to try and make up the deficit from the last week. I’ll see you guys on Friday, where I’ll talk about character motivation as a plot device.

Thanks!