Well, to be honest, I’m still fairly new to the whole blogging world… (though I don’t know how much longer I can continue to consider myself a new blogger. Haha)
So, bear with me and hopefully this post will be helpful in some way!
The theme is Keeping Track…and this is so broad and vague I could go many ways with it. I suppose though, I’ll mention what is the best thing for me about keeping track of things.
See, not only am I a book blogger, but I'm an aspiring author, much like our wonderful host, Misha. In my long journey over the last 3 years, I think the best thing is being able to track my progress. I started out writing my first novel only because I thought the idea was finally good enough. I have a ton of ideas, but before that time, I just threw them away, never fully developing them into something more.
But when I came up with the idea for POWER, I thought- This is good!
So I started writing. But I don’t have much time. I have to find time and make time specifically for my writing. Anyways, it took me 2 years to finish the first rough draft of Power. At that time, it was called The Descendant and totaled 50,000 words
Then I strengthened the idea, added more conflict. Had 2 beta readers (plus my mom) read it and critique it. And I added more. I added more love and more character depth. It was 65,000 words.
Then I thought it was done. Until I realized it was still missing something, but I couldn’t figure out what. I knew the ending was sorta anti-climactic… but I didn’t know how to fix it.
Until I realized. I needed MORE tension. I needed something MORE that she would be fighting for, so I added the impending Apocalypse.
Now its done, (at 78,000 words) and I'm almost done with the rough draft of HOPE (the Descendant Trilogy #2)
I think the best thing of keeping track of all this, is to see my progress. Where I came from, and where I'm going!
What about you? What is the best part of keeping track of something for YOU?
Thousands of years after the battle between the angels, when Lucifer was defeated by Michael in the Heavens, the war is still being fought on Earth by the humans who have their Power, the Angel’s Power.
Allison Stevens is a 21 year old single mother who gets thrown into the middle of this battle when Damien, the Leader of the Rising, decides to hunt her down and kill her because he fears she is the descendant prophesied to save the world.
David, a member of the Order, takes Allison under his wing in order to show her the ropes, and hopefully groom her into being the one they have been waiting for. The only problem is that they start to grow more attached than a teacher/student relationship should allow.
But that isn’t all. Damien wants to open the Seven Seals and bring about the apocalypse and it’s up to Allison to not only save herself and her family, but save the world, all while trying to keep her heart from breaking.
No problem… right?
Theresa M Jones is just a regular small town, Texas girl. When she isn't at work at a local Medical Equipment provider,you can find her at home with her husband and two beautiful (and rambunctious) kiddos.
In her spare time- as if there ever was such a thing as "spare time" - she reads and reviews books on her book blog, and writes paranormal romance novels.
POWER (The Descendant Trilogy #1) is her debut New Adult (Mature YA) Paranormal Romance novel.
You did fine for your first guest post!ReplyDelete
It's cool when you can look back and see yourself grow as a writer.
So true!! Thanks!Delete
Thank you Misha for letting me be your guest poster this Friday! :)ReplyDelete
I now use Scrivener, which allows me to jot notes down for the scene or the entire ms. Before, I would keep the notes on sticky notes and post them on my wall.ReplyDelete
Seconding the love for Scrivener. Only been using it two weeks and already my writing feels like it's improving so much because it forces me to organize my thoughts. Being ADD can impede creativity when you can't stay organized.Delete
Hi Theresa, your first guest post is great. I like the sound of your book. It has a wonderful premise.ReplyDelete
Thanks so Much!!Delete
Aww, Theresa, your first guest post was wonderful. Fabulous job!ReplyDelete
Very good, Theresa! I'm always fascinated by those who draft small and then add during revisions. I'm quite the opposite, drafting epics and cutting during revisions.ReplyDelete
But your novel is WAY more words than mine!! Definitely an Epic fantasy!!Delete
But i feel so bad cutting anything! Thats the hardest part for me!!!
Welcome to the world of guest blogging, Theresa! You're right - finding time to write is so, so tricky. It took me six years to finish my first WIP from rough draft to queriable manuscript. Hang in there! :)ReplyDelete
Well, Congrats Nicole!!Delete
Glad you did finish it!
Sometimes writing is just 15 minutes here and there, but it does add up.ReplyDelete
Yay! It sounds wonderful. Congrats. Great post.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed your first guest post. Consider yourself "guest post" virgin no longer :-)ReplyDelete
The story sounds great! Two years for the first draft? There's hope for me yet...ReplyDelete
Enjoyed reading this post,though not a paranormal fan normally. Like the premise of "Power".ReplyDelete
First, that sounds like a really interesting story. I love seeing the number of pages grow as I write. I keep track w/ word count and set a daily goal.ReplyDelete
I think you did a fabulous job with the guest posting. Keeping track: that went out the door eons ago for me. I just try to work on something writing-related every day.ReplyDelete