Reflections of the Heart

Reflections of the Heart II

In a previous post I mentioned that I was putting scripture verses into my book. Well I did end up doing that. Not every chapter has them however. The book is currently available in Kindle format.

I am waiting patiently for the book to be available in paperback format which could take up to 72 hours or more.

It has been quite the challenge for me to create a paperback book through KDP instead of CreateSpace. When I heard that CreateSpace was gone and that everything was being moved to KDP, I think myself and many others panicked. We had to go to KDP and relearn how to make a paperback book. Thankfully, however, Amazon has made it pretty easy to make your book into a paperback. It just takes a while for their review process to be sure your book meets their standards is all.

But while I’m waiting for my book to come out in paperback, I’m reading things on blogging and on selling my books. It’s hard. There are so many books out there it’s tough to chose which one to read. Blogging For Writers, and Sell Your Book Like Wildfire are the two I”m currently going through. As writers we have to keep reading on various themes in order to keep growing in our field.

So far things are going well just a little slower than anticipated. But making the most of it.

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Reflections of the Heart

Reflections of the Heart

Well, I pulled Reflections of the Heart from Amazon to add in Bible scripture. I have read book that have scripture verses in them that have always helped me and I want to do the same for others. But before I republish this book, I am going to go through and edit it again and make sure the scripture verses work with my story. I have a feeling I may end up deleting the scripture verses.

This was just something that I wanted to try so we’ll see how it goes. I’ll let you know if I republish it with the scriptures or if I decide not to.

What do you think? Do you like reading books that have Bible scriptures? Do you find they help you spiritually?

Veiled Affliction

Book on Fibromyalgia

Lately my project as been on a book about fibromyalgia where I talk about my experience with the illness. I have titled the book Veiled Affliction: My Journey with Fibromyalgia.

I have been working on this book for about a month now or at least close to that. I have been working on it most mornings while I have the chance. I have 16 chapters to it.

Chapter 1 – What is Fibro?

Chapter 2 – Childhood and Fibro

Chapter 3 – Fibromyalgia Growing

Chapter 4 – Getting Married

Chapter 5 – Relationships

Chapter 6 – Sleep

Chapter 7 – Exercise

Chapter 8 _ Overstimulation

Chapter 9 – Driving

Chapter 10 – Fibromyalgia and Diet

Chapter 11 – Coping

Chapter 12 – Misconceptions

Chapter 13 – Importance of Support

Chapter 14 – Items I have Tried for Pain

Chapter 15 – Supplements for Fibromyalgia

Chapter 16 – Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia

So there you have my chapter outlines and can get an idea of what I am going to be talking about. If you have any ideas for more topics feel free to let me know in the comments. I”m open to ideas. These chapters may change depending on what information I find.

Take care and God bless!

Secret Anguish

Secret Anguish: My Mental Health Journey

Okay so I have really been tackling editing on two books. One I think is pretty good so I’m leaving that one alone. But it’s this one about my mental health, Secret Anguish. I went through it and couldn’t imagine what I was thinking some of the chapters I had included. They just didn’t make any sense. So you know what I did, I axed those suckers right out of the book. That removed 22,000 words from my story but it had to be done. I’m down to a little over 30,000 words now. About the size of my other book.

And then I had to remove other whole pages or whole paragraphs to make sure everything lined up. But now that I’m at the end I’m realizing there is some information I could include that would go with the mental health title. So I am working on adding in some information from my therapy days while I was still in Vermont. And I thought after the move to Maine in 2011 I would add in some things from my stay in the hospital. Those are the only two things I can think of adding right now. Then I’ll probably print my book again and go over it again. Editing just never ends it seems like.

Speaking of editing, do you have a certain way that you edit your work? I really don’t at least nothing methodical. Do you use any books to help you on your way? I have one book but I haven’t read it all yet. There are several articles out there than can help you too if you need help.

Here is one website that will help with editing:

https://www.lisatener.com/2012/02/how-to-edit-a-nonfiction-book-one-step-at-a-time/

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Taking a Writing Break? Harder Than I Thought

Okay so I said I was going to take a break from writing, but that is proving harder that I thought. I was talking with another author friend, Heather Montford, she suggested I try doing writing prompts instead of trying to write a whole novel while watching my son.

So I did it. This morning i looked up writing prompt sites and found one at Writer’s Digest’s website. I worked on the very first prompt they gave and I found it so freeing to still write even if I may not use what I’m writing. And I’m keeping my writing muscles exercised. I think by doing these prompts and reading, I’ll be in good shape.

Another lesson learned, don’t throw away the advice of a good friend! You never know where it will lead you.

Do you have a favorite writing prompt site, or book? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great day.

Writing Updates

Break

I hate to say it but I have decided to take a break from writing and concentrate on my family. It’s just been hard trying to find time to write or edit my work when my time has been demanded by other means. I’m still here however and I will be reading up on the writing world and I’ll share what I find interesting so please don’t think I have stop blogging.

Thank you all for your support. You have been a loyal group and I pray you will still hang in there while I go through this lull. I am always here if  you have something you want to talk about just feel free to leave a comment or email me at jisoucie@hotmail.com.

General Updates

Reports Coming In

So far I have reports from two readers coming in do I have some corrections to make. It’s just a matter of finding time to work on getting those corrections into the computer. I’m watching my son full time now so that will be difficult.

I have some good results coming in as far as results are concerned. I definitely think they will make my book better. My friend Heather and my mother-in-law both went through my book for me and I think they did an excellent job.

I have been working on the book while I can and making all sorts of improvements. More improvements are yet to come.

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Beta Readers

Well I did it. I wrote a book about a month ago with the help of Camp NaNo and I just finished typing up the corrections I had from editing. And I sent my book off to three beta readers. I’m just trying to be patient while I wait for them to receive the file and then read it. Just so curious as to what they will think.

Something else I have gotten into thinking about is setting a more rigid writing schedule and adding goals. You see basically I don’t have a writing schedule which is why I don’t have a whole lot of books published. Part of it is a confidence thing too. So I’m reading at http://www.magnoliamedianetwork.com/use-smart-goals-to-get-your-book-done/

So I’m not setting goals just yet. I want to read more at this latest website and maybe check out a few others. Just thinking about setting goals for writing more has me nervous. You’re probably wondering why and I’m not sure. I want to write more on my next book but I don’t have a story about it yet. I guess I’m waiting on feedback for my first book back to see what I should do.

Do you set goals to help you overcome procrastination? What do you do to keep yourself writing? I’d love to hear from you so please leave comments or write to me at jisoucie@hotmail.com.

General Updates, Memoir, Mental health, Sackets Saga Book 1, Writing Updates

Update

Lately, I have been working on Sackets Harbor Saga Book 1. I don’t have a title for the book yet, but I know it will come.

The story I was working on about my mental health really turned out to be article length after I scrapped most of the idea I had. So no book there like I was hoping.

But I am happy to be working on Book 1 in a series. This is based in historical Sackets Harbor, NY. I went to school there and know the history pretty well so thought I would write a story based in that area but in a different time period. So that is what I have been working on as I can. I have been struggling emotionally for several days and just started a new medication. I only hope it helps and that I’ll be able to do more writing in the morning.

What have you been working on lately? Making any progress?

Please let me know in the comments.

Creativity

STOP! Let Creativity In

I have been having an awful time getting creative and so I did some searches on You Tube and around the net about letting creativity in. Here is one article I came across. WARNING: The author swears several times. Hopefully you can overlook that. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/10/02/25-ways-to-get-your-creative-groove-back-as-a-writer/

He has some good points in there and some things I already do. But something I’ve realized is that I have been struggling with anxiety when it comes to writing. I haven’t understood why when I used to love writing so much. Just at some point there was anxiety, or maybe the anxiety just happened to sneak it’s way in just as I was writing. Because there are points during the day I do just fine writing and then later in the day I get anxious and then I struggle to think straight and need a break, maybe even a nap to “reset” my brain.

You see, I get up at 5:30 in the morning…or rather that’s when my alarm goes off. I wake up anywhere between 2AM – 4AM and I usually take a nap when I put my son down for his name between noon and 1PM. But when I’m hypomanic forget it, I can’t sleep. I make it to dinner but around 6-7PM I’m yawning and can barely stay awake. Yes, I’m in bed that early. I miss out on the evening with my family, but I’m hoping another trip to my doctor’s office I can get something to help me sleep. That would help.

Something I have to realize as well is that I have fibromyalgia on top of having a mental illness so I also have to deal with fibro fog. Here are some websites I’ve visited:
http://www.cfidsselfhelp.org/library/lifting-fog-treating-cognitive-problems

https://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/fibromyalgia-and-fatigue#1

So I have been learning to do meditation before I sit down to write. I also pray as my faith is deeply rooted in who I am. While I’m writing I also remind myself that I’m writing for the FUN of it and not to worry about the publishing aspects yet.
A very important thing I am learning is to write when there isn’t a lot going on, no kids screaming for me, chores are done or can wait, and the best times for me are in the morning. So figuring out a schedule and meditating have really helped get me into a relaxed state and my creativity has been so much better for it.

Stress and really pushing myself to work as fast as I could in the short few hours I have to write just put too much stress on me as well as gave me anxiety and I mentally shut down. I wasn’t able to get anything done.

What do you do when you find you’re struggling with your creativity?