And counting…

Things are looking up where I’m back to writing in the morning at work. This was exactly how I wrote the majority of A Raven’s Touch and it looks like A Raven’s Revenge will be the same. Today, I wrote 400 words and that’s good enough for me. Little by little, the drop becomes an ocean and the words flow when they do.

Finding that balance between writing time and family time is hard to do in general. I know other writers always feel that pang of guilt when they’re away from their family and the same one when they’re away from the keyboard. Both are the best for a creative mind as the family provides stability and normalcy and the words provide that escapism and creative outlet.

I truly love my characters and I can’t believe the things I’ve put them through and they’ve come out stronger for it. In A Raven’s Revenge, darkness really takes a turn for the worse and creeps into the all of the characters. Physically, mentally, they’re suffering and it even breaks them, but as heroes, they have to go on. That drive is still there, burning hot, and it guides them to carry on.

It’s almost the same thing that drives me. I want to see the end of this crazy adventure. How will they do it?

Oddly enough, for A Raven’s Revenge, I wrote most of the ending before I wrote the middle. That was my way of motivating myself to write and I’m surprised it worked. Here we are at 31,030 words. It’s like standing on a very small hill, but albeit a nice one.

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Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’

I just hit 30,000 words and I’m ecstatic!

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Looks like I’m halfway there to a first draft. Mind you, 50,000 is considered a novel, but I hope to at least get to 60,000. Though A Raven’s Touch clocked in at oh gosh, I think 120K, I whittled it down to 90,000ish….I think? I can’t even remember.

One thing I learned, as a first time writer, was not to overwrite. I don’t need two chapters explaining what characters ate. Even though I want to explain it all. I freaking love food. Either way, I’m going to keep rollin’, as per my friend K.T, and hopefully, I can actually get this thing written in 2018. Whooo!

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And things take a darker turn

The last time I checked in with my word count (on my personal Facebook) it was Halloween and I had clocked in at 27,533 words. Not horrible, but not the greatest either. I can’t really beat myself up about my progress as I’ve had other things on my mind. Today, I sat down and managed to get a few more words down on the page.

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Success? Kind of. I’m closer to breaking that 30,000 barrier and that’s a feat in itself. Perhaps by the time I get to the end, I’ll look like this:

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Seriously though, I’m writing a part of the story where I put the spotlight on a character named Becca. If you recall, she was in mentioned briefly in A Raven’s Touch when her parents come to visit Justice. Becca had committed suicide at a young age. I didn’t even know I was going to write her, but there she was.
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Now, that the gang is in hell, Becca pops up again. I knew A Raven’s Revenge was going to get dark, and this character is surprising me again. I’m going to have Becca confess why she did it and I feel like this part should come with trigger warnings.

Be warned. I am going to deal with my own demons and I have a feeling I’m not alone.

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Back in the saddle aka my plight with Scrivener

My whole digital life is in the cloud. I upload pictures, files, and generally anything I want to work on or save. What irks me to no end is that Scrivener has decided their software must only be used on a computer. I don’t want to upload various versions of my story. I want to work on the SAME bloody story and have it save automatically just like Google Docs. That is what the consumer wants in this day and age. I don’t want to compile my document, save it to Google Drive, then download that document and work on it. I cannot take my laptop with me to my day job, ergo, I have no choice.

The frustration level has caused me to not even bother writing some days. Yes, I am mad at software. I’ve decided to bite my proverbial lip and do just what annoys me most. So yes, I’ve complied my A Raven’s Revenge, and now I will be able to work on it in the morning at my work computer. Though that angers me quite it’s the only option I have right now. Bah.

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In other news, my imaginary friends are speaking to me again. The other night, I went to bed thinking about A Raven’s Revenge and how I could utterly destroy Justice only to watch her rise above it. I came up with some rather devious ways to break her heart. Yes, I torture my characters, but it’s only because I want them to really struggle to be the hero. What good is a story if everything comes easily. Right? Right.

 

 

Just keep writing

Writing has always been my salvation. When I’m upset, scared, depressed, writing has always been the one place I can find peace of mind. Throughout my childhood and teenage years, my mother tried very hard to stop me. She claimed the time spent lying down (because that’s how I write) was detrimental to my health. Yes, she was right to a degree. The only problem is that if I don’t write I don’t exercise my demons and having a mental yoke ruins more than just physical health.

I’ve started working on The Time Runner and so far I barely have 10,000 words, just 7, 434 to be exact. Let’s face it, I love a good word count. I’m not sure why I’ve developed Cora as the MC, but she seems interesting. Her parents are dead, classic YA move of course, and she’s been pinned with the task of leading her team and saving the Resistance movement into victory. Again, nothing new here. However, the angst, anxiety, and panic she feels is rather different. I’ve given her the type of panic attacks that I have down to the prickling heat on the back of my neck, and the blacking out part. Let’s see what kind of hero she can be when she has anxiety and an understandable fear. Unlike Katniss, who never really seemed to be afraid, Cora has many moments of self-doubt. I assume this is what people will find relatable, but in all honesty, I’m just writing what I know. Whether people can relate to that is up to them.

Reading reviews of A Raven’s Touch people have commented that the emotions of Justice/Moira are all over the place. Mind you, that’s how I was when I was a teenager. I literally wrote from my experiences. Perhaps I was a strange kid, but I know I was rather apathetic. When something bad happened to people I didn’t like it didn’t bother me. I assumed they deserved it; guess what, they were bad. That criticism is the only one that I will contend with. Everyone reacts to things differently. We all have our own way of grieving, expressing sadness, or any emotion for that matter. Just because it doesn’t work with how you would do so doesn’t make it wrong.

I haven’t written a blog post in a while, but I figured this was as good a time as any.

What have I been up to?

Other than ending sentences with prepositions. That really bothers me, but I do it anyway. Sigh. Some writer. 😉

I’ve come to a horrible roadblock with writing my sequel to A Raven’s Touch. It’s been driving me nuts, so recently I started writing another story. At first, I thought this would be a short story and I would write it and be done with it. Oooh, no, not even close. I’m at 5,634 words and I’m not stopping anytime soon.

What is this new story about? I’m not entirely sure, but the main character is an eighteen-year-old named Cora. Her parents were killed as a result of the 10 Horsemen, aka, the enemy. Who are these horrible people? They’re what happens when the wealthiest people in the world come together as a superpower to hunt the regular person for sport. Not the nicest group. She joins the Resistance and trains to become a Time Runner. Her goal is to work with a team to go back in time and stop the madness before it happens.

I’ve created a cover for now. I don’t know if I am going to stick with it. Either way, this is what I’m currently doing.

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I have had a few angry, but sweet emails from fans of A Raven’s Touch asking when the next one is coming. I honestly don’t know.

If you’d like to jump aboard The Time Runner train  I am releasing it chapter by chapter for my Patreon subscribers. You can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/LindaBloodworth

Thanks for being part of my journey.

 

 

 

 

See you – Sat. Feb. 4th

Hi guys, long time no write, I’ve been living in my head lately.

My talented cover artist, Amanda Walker, is hosting an event and I have a take over spot @ 2:30pm EST. I will do a few giveaways, so do come check it out. 🙂

Here’s the link for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1808670842681648/

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Here’s her blurb for the event:

Show your love for reading and indie authors by attending this multi-genre event. Lots of super talented New York Times, Bestselling, and even some new to you authors, all different genres all in one location.
Times are in EST.
10:00: Jen Doyle, Ink
10:30: Mollie Cox Bryan, author
11:00: Author Pamela Gibson
11:30: Author Debbie Dickerson
12:00: Lane Whitt
12:30: Victoria Renteria
1:00: Deborah Josupait Roach
1:30: Cary Hart Author Page
2:00: Jalpa Williby Author
2:30: Linda Bloodworth
3:00: Christina Tetreault
3:30: Victoria Saccenti – Author
4:00: Author CC Monroe
4:30: Amber Lacie
5:00: Reina Torres
5:30: Ana E Ross
6:00: Stephanie St. Klaire
6:30: Author Cora A. Murray
7:00: Maria Elena Writes
7:30: Heatherly Bell
8:00: Lyssa Layne
8:30: Theresa Paolo, Author
9:00: Christina Butrum, Author
9:30: Author Annelise Reynolds

Be sure to drop by and have some fun! 🙂