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CampNaNoWriMo Day 8

Number 8

The sun is shining bright but the temp is still rather cool with a windchill of 25 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve done a bit of reading this morning in the Bible and in Joyce Meyer’s book Beauty for Ashes. Reading always helps me get in the mode for writing. Do you find reading helps you or do you have another way to get your creative mind going? I also have a writing buddy and we both take five minutes and work on a story together. She will write on it for five minutes and then after I read what she wrote, I pick up the story and continue it for five more minutes. This is also a great way to spark your creativity!

So far I am up to 14,000 words and I have not begun writing today but I am about to. How far have you gotten? No matter if you have 1000 words a day or 10 words, it’s all progress! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t make the word count as you would have liked. All that matters is that you sat down and tried. Any amount of words written is progress and that much closer to finishing your book. Writing is not supposed to be stressful and to me, it’s not supposed to be a competition with other authors. It’s about enjoying the craft and sharing your work with those who were meant to receive it.

I’m not one for competition. I know some people thrive on it. Me? I find it too stressful and it totally kills my creative flow. Stress = 0 Creativity! But that is me.

So as the sun melts the snow outside, and the pellet stove roars behind me, I am off to continue work on Secret Anguish. I just have to try NOT to do any major editing and just write to get it down. I can always make it better later. I already know I have some things to change, but I have made mental note of them and have pressed on.

Off I go to float in the sea of words, fishing for the words to haul in and create a masterpiece.

Have a great day!

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CampNanoWriMo Day 7

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Today is day 7 of CampNaNoWriMo! How are you doing on your novel so far?

I haven’t been making a post every day here like I had planned. The weekend was far busier than expected so no writing of any sort got done on Saturday and Sunday. Trying to do some catch up now.

It’s a little after 4AM and I’m sitting in front of the pellet stove with a raging fire and a my Chihuahua Brie at my feet. KLove is playing through my headphones while my hubby and daughter sleep. I have an hour before the hubby has to be up for work so what better way to spend time than to write when you can’t sleep. Well, I could sleep if wasn’t restless legs kicking in. Just one of the many fibromyalgia symptoms that are annoying. Oh, well. I’ve learned that when symptoms keep me awake it’s best to be productive than wallow in the “Why me?” phase and be upset that I can’t get the sleep I want to. What’s the point? Getting upset will only make me feel worse and can increase my symptoms. Yes, this is a topic for one of my next books after the one I’m currently writing, Secret Anguish: Discovering Celiac Disease.

With Secret Anguish I am currently working on chapter two and I believe I am almost finished with it. It’s exciting to see progress and that makes me want to keep on writing. I will be working on chapter three soon, perhaps today!

What about you? How are you doing with your novel? Are things flowing easily, or are you struggling with writer’s block? Do you listen to music when you’re writing? If so, what do you listen to? I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave comments.

Have a great day and Happy CampNaNo Day 7! 🙂 Good luck on today’s word count!

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 2

Number 2

Here it is just a few hours shy of Camp Nano Day #2! I didn’t make much progress yesterday. I had typed up a few paragraphs but I just didn’t like how it was turning out. It was one of those instances that you have to correct because you struggle to move on with your book. So, I revamped what I did and now I am loving the way my story is going so far.

Here are the opening lines to my novel:

Food…it is essential to our lives. Our bellies demand it, or it rumbles incessantly. Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread or cookies, or a meatloaf cooking in the oven. My mouth waters thinking of those foods, especially desserts. But what if the food you’re eating, more specifically gluten containing foods, are harming your body and you didn’t know it? Such was my case for many years before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007 at twenty-four.

I have over 5,000 words so far. So grateful to God for helping me out today. I am really trying to keep with this. You know how Self Doubt likes to butt in and try to ruin things. When I feel that way I stop and pray for as long as I need and take some deep breaths, do some positive self talk and when I feel pumped up again I hit those keys, or write long hand, whichever is working best that day.

What do you do when you experience self doubt and are tempted to just stop writing and throw it all out the window? I’m curious to hear what you have done that has helped.

So far so good on my end. How are you doing?

Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at jisoucie@hotmail.com.

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Camp NanoWriMo day #1! It’s here!

Number 1

Yes it is that time of year again! Camp Nano Wri Mo is here! Are you participating this month? If so, what are you writing about?

Today I begin writing on my book Secret Anguish… Well, okay so I did start writing a little on it already, so I can’t count those words toward this month’s word goal, but I can start writing new content today that will count. I’m feeling confident about this book though I know fears always rise like “Is this good enough?” “Is this in the right order?” “Am I REALLY sure about this?” “Did I do enough research?” ect. Do you have these kinds of thoughts? If you do, what do you do to get past them and to writing?

I find I have to do a bit of positive self-talk to get through those questions and then put those thoughts behind me and move forward. Fear and doubt can so often stop us from doing what we are meant to do, writing included! I have not published a new book in years but it is because fear, doubt and having lost sight of the value and significance writing can have. But today I make a new commitment and that is to focus on my writing and break through all fear and doubts. If I don’t do this now, I never will. With God’s guidance and strength I can do this and I will. I will not give up!

So without further ado I’m off to start up Scrivener and get writing!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to comment or send an email to jisoucie@hotmail.com. Have a great day!

Writing Updates

Crisp Cold & Hiding Away

Many of you may be asking: “Where have YOU been?”

Ah yes, where have I been? Good question.

I am still here. Looking back I can’t believe my last post was in November. Yikes! My plan was to post a LOT more often. Life has given us a few hiccups which are stressful and my part time job as an editor has kept me away from my own blogging and my own writing. Between all that has been going on I haven’t been able to keep up with my work, hence, the amount of posts I’d like to make have diminished.

Christmas is almost here. I have Christmas music playing and I may wrap a few presents today. But then I have to get back to my editing job. I’m almost finished going through the book so my job is almost done. (sigh) That’s the way of it though. You have a project and can make a steady income for several months and then when the project is complete, it’s back to relying on one income, which, let’s face it, this day in age, is very hard to live on. But, looking at the bright side, I’ll be able to get back into my own writing. I’ve had ideas spinning in my head for months for like three different books. Question is: which one will I work on after this job is finished? Isn’t that always a stumbling block for us writers? Do you ever struggle with which project to work on? I’d be surprised if you didn’t. I swear if it’s not deciding which project to work on, it’s having chosen a book and once you’re into it, getting strong ideas for another book! Ugh! lol A writer’s mind is never quiet, always thinking, dreaming, scheming.

The three books I’m thinking of have to deal with the following topics: 1) discovery of having celiac disease (how it affected me, what had to change, and how I’m doing now), 2) discovery of having fibromyalgia (how it’s affected my life, my family, and how my faith has helped me deal with setbacks) 3) losing my mother at the age of 17 (how I was her caretaker, the effects it’s had, and how my faith helped me as a teen to get through that difficult time and I wish to inspire other teens who have lost parents.)

Okay, so there is a fourth about having PTSD, but, even if I wrote that one, I’m not sure about publishing it. So that one I’ll probably write for myself, at least for now.

I just have so many ideas and insights for those four topics and I feel being brave and sharing my experiences will encourage others.

That is my update for right now. I don’t have much to say about my writing because of the editing job, but I will keep you posted as this job winds down.

Have a great day!

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Changes…Changes…Changes…

So I here I sit at my laptop, my brain swarming with ideas…fiction…nonfiction…historical…health/food related…poetry…articles…novels… Aye! If I was an octopus I could probably work on all of these things….though I would need more sets of eyes to go with those extra hands. Prioritizing your ideas and tasks is never an easy thing to do. But that is where I am at. 

Camp NaNo for this month has been put on hold. The story I was working on WILL be written, but the timing of it I don’t think is right. I have other pressing nonfiction stories to write in article and book form. Once I have those done, I am confident my very creative fiction side of me will kick in and I’ll be back to working on Facade (title pending). 

The corruption in the food industry is heavily on my mind…I am a mom, wife, friend, sister, aunt, cousin, daughter, step-daughter, daughter-in-law…a cook and baker. It saddens me to hear of how a large company Monsanto has been destroying our food chain by altering our food and killing off insects (some beneficial like the honey bee) and they claim they are doing nothing wrong and GMO foods or genetically modified food, is safe for us those studies have proven otherwise. Due to this, my family and I have taken drastic actions in what we eat and have eliminated some foods completely. I am very passionate about this subject and if you’d like to read more I highly recommend this site: http://www.takepart.com/foodinc

A Daughter's Reflection

A Daughter’s Reflection – Updated Publication Time Frame

This past week and especially this morning I have been hard at work with this re-write and last night I had hit a block. I was so confused where to go, so what did I do. I literally just dropped my papers and pen on my desk and prayed for guidance. God has answered my prayer and more quickly than I had expected. I not only know what to do next, I am almost finished with this re-write and this will be the last re-write because I finally, the first time since 2007, feel comfortable and happy with how my story turned out.

So I am going to finish working on the last chapter of this book and then it will just be making the corrections on the manuscript on my computer and then I will be releasing the book for publication. I am looking to have this posted to Amazon by tonight and it should be available in Kindle form by tomorrow. The paperback should be available by the weekend. I will keep you posted the closer I get to publishing the Kindle version and then the paperback.

Keep your eyes open for the updated release!!! Free Kindle promo will be coming soon.

General Updates

Busy Brain

I’m sitting here in my living room with my four year old playing with her toys on the floor and my husband reading on his Nexus 7 tablet. I am honestly trying to relax, but the creative and imaginative spirit in me is too anxious and exited to let me sit still. My brain is running in zips and zings with ideas of manuscripts almost to their first draft stage. These manuscripts are:

A Daughter’s Reflection and The History of Watertown, NY

Then I am in the process of reformatting my book The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, so I can add it to the Smashwords.com library. I am also going to add it to Kobo. I have also lowered the price of the Kindle ebook from $6.99 down to $4.99. The more I thought about it, would I really be willing to buy an ebook at $6.99? Not so much. At $4.99, yeah. I would.

I also have some notes I need to work on for Voice4Society. So much is flaring in this brain of mine. I try to relax but knowing I have so much work to do it makes it hard. Being a homemaker and stay at home mom, plus a writer has its challenges. Oh, and then there is school work!

So my task for today….prioritize! And then set a schedule. Ha! (Sorry. An ALF moment there!) I do pretty well prioritizing, it is schedules I find hard to keep because I take my time doing things so I do them right and to enjoy what I. I don’t like rushing anything unless absolutely necessary. Guess we shall see what happens. I know what I really WANT to work on and then what MUST be worked on. It is so hard to put the WANT behind and do what SHOULD be done and what I have committed myself to doing for another. I must do what is right. I shall work on an article for Voice4Society during the day today and then tonight, perhaps that is when I’ll work on my books.

So with that, I am off. To drink some Yerba Mate tea and do some research and study in the Bible. have a great day!

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Sci Fi Research On Hold, New Ideas

My Sci Fi research is on hold. I’m not sure for how long. I am taking a writing course through Winghill Writing School and they say not to start writing in a genre you know nothing about. They say to write what you love to read about and for me, I love to read fantasy and historical fiction. So, I think that is the way I will go for now for writing for NaNo, but that is not to say I will never try my hand at Sci Fi. Oh, no. I love to watch it, but I need to spend some time researching the genre and reading Sci Fi to get a good feel for it. I just didn’t feel I could come up with a good Sci Fi story in just a couple of weeks of NaNo starting. It would be a forced story and not a good one.

So what am I working on for the November NaNo this year? That is a good question. I have had some ideas for nonfiction pieces I’ve been wanting to write and have written a rough draft several years ago, but have not published the book because it didn’t seem to work. I have been through the health trials of PTSD, gluten intolerance that when undiagnosed for so many years I developed allergies (food and environmental  and asthma. The thing is I have so MUCH information due to journal entries I get so overwhelmed and writing strictly nonfiction can bring back some of the emotions with those situations.

So my question to all the readers of nonfiction out there: Would you prefer a strictly nonfiction book on someone’s life experiences  or would you enjoy a fiction story that is “based on true life experiences”?

I feel personally that writing my experiences in a fictional setting would be easier emotionally for me, but what I really want to write is what my readers prefer to read.

I pray I get a LOT of response to this blog post. I really do want to know what readers prefer regarding this issue.

Thank you so much for you time.

Have a wonderful, blessed day!

Janis