Tour of My Writing Desk/Room

I recently moved into the basement of my house and I’ve been meaning to film a quick tour of my new space and today is that day! I’m super excited because I love all the space I have now! There’s room for all my books, my filming equipment, my guinea pigs, and of course my brand new writing desk!

Have a tour of your own writing space? Feel free to send it to me! I’d love to see it!

 

Writing Rituals Tag w/ Kim Chance

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Recently I teamed up with Kim Chance to create a new tag, and that’s the Writing Rituals Tag! We each answered the questions, so now it’s your turn!

Watch Kim’s video: https://t.co/b0734bqUvh

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

I work or have class in the mornings, so I’ve found my sweet stop to start writing is 7pm. My most successful writing days are during the week because on weekends I usually use that time to relax, or mainly have fun. It’s rare when I write on the weekends.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

I turn my phone on silent and plug it in to charge on the other side of the room. If I’m having a day where I’m getting really easily distracted I’ll turn the internet off on my computer as well.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I’m simple. I usually just read over what I wrote from the previous day. If I see grammar mistakes I’ll fix them, but I never worry about anything other than that. If I see a big problem I’ll make a note of it to fix later in the second draft.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

These days I don’t tend to listen to music as much, mostly because I get easily distracted. If I do need to listen to music, I have a music score station on Pandora that I turn on to help me get into the writing mood.

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

When I have writer’s block I like to read because I feel like my biggest problem when I can’t write is that I literally forget how to form a sentence. I know what I want to happen, but I can’t get the words down. To fix this I read because reading a book reminds me what an actual sentence looks like.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

Whenever I write I have one book that I always keep by my side and that’s Writing 21 st Century Fiction by Donald Mass. At the end of each chapter, the book has questions to help prompt you to improve your writing so I love using it whenever I feel like a part of my book is too boring. I also have my writing notebook out. This notebook has all my notes on my chapters and chapters and any other brainstorming ideas I’ve had while writing. I use it mostly for characters when I need to reference something about them or their history. I also use it to take notes on whatever research I’ve accumulated that I may need to refer to while writing.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Whenever I write, without fail, I will have two Word documents open on my computer. One is my manuscript and the other is the outline of my manuscript. I’m constantly looking back at my outline to see what’s going to happen next and I also modify the outline as needed as I write.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

I always have water by my side when I write. I’m not one for snacking because I find it distracts me from writing.

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I usually give myself a goal for the day. I tend to write 1,000 words at a time, so if my goal is over 1,000 words, I take a break every 1,000 words. When I’ve hit my word count, I pat myself on the back and finish up whatever scene I’m writing.

Last but not least, I tag Shaelin Bishop, Kristen Martin, and Lindsay Cummings! And if I haven’t tagged you, do the tag anyway! Happy writing!

40K Words Strong! || August Goals

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Monthly check in time! Last month I did a July Goals video and today we’re going to go over my goals to figure out what I did or did not accomplish, and then I’ll be setting my August goals! And don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of Essence on Goodreads!

Accomplishments of July!

Word count-

My goal of July was to write 20,000 words, meaning my third novel would be 40,000 words by the end of the month. For a moment I didn’t think I would be able to accomplish this goal because I was on vacation the last month of July, but with an hour to spare, at 11pm on July 31st I hit 40,000 words on my third novel! This novel id becoming real! No turning back now!

Become a Re-model Master-

Last month I mentioned I was in the process of moving into the basement of my house. In the basement was an old desk of my dad’s from his childhood. My goal was to do a little remodeling to it and I’m proud to say, goal accomplished! I sanded it down, gave it three coats of paint and new knobs!

Not Accomplishments of July…

Re-Organize Author Website-

I had all the intentioned to re-organize my website, but I got distracted. Last minute I decided before I re-organized I wanted to re-vamp my website and doing that meant re-branding myself and that meant I had to re-design the banner of my website and social media sites. The great news is I love my new branding! Let me know what you think!

Exercise-

My goal was to exercise 4x a week. This goal is laughable. If you’re someone who’s ever moved, you know that after days and days of moving large items you’re too exhausted to go to the gym. So this means I maybe went to the gym twice a week…maybe.

August Goals:

Okay, time to redeem myself! I’ve got goals and I’m ready to accomplish them!

Word count-

Another month another 20,000 words! I’m confident that I can hit this goal and maybe over-reach…maybe. 60,000 word work-in-progress here I come!

 

Post 2x a week-

Have you guys noticed I’ve been posting more often? I’m going to try to make this a permanent schedule for the channel and so far so good! Right now I’ve been trying to post every Tuesday and Friday, let’s see if I can keep it up!

Book Signings-

Fall always seems to be a great time of year for me so I’m going to try to schedule at least two book signings for the future! Now I actually have a head start to this goal because I may have one book signing already scheduled. If you live near Oxford, MA be sure to visit me at the St. Roch vendor fair where I’ll be signing copies of my book!

Essence Giveaway! 4 Year Book Anniversary Montage

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Essence has been published for four years! It’s been a long journey, but it’s been well worth it! In these four years I’ve been able to do things I’ve only dreamed of: have a book signing in Barnes and Noble, speak on a book expo panel, be on the radio, be on TV, and so many other things!

I have all of you to thank for making this possible and my way of saying thank you is by giving away a signed and personalized copy of Essence. The giveaway will be through Goodreads and will be for two weeks only.

Read Essence now with the first three chapters for free now!

To help sum up the long road of Essence I’ve created a little video montage for you all to enjoy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Essence by Mandi Lynn

Essence

by Mandi Lynn

Giveaway ends August 15, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

 

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Writing Progress of Novel #3 || July Goals

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Today’s my 21st Birthday! It’s also Independence Day here in America! With that said, the video you’re watching right now is most definitely pre-recorded because as you’re watching this I’m on vacation in Boston.

With the writing of my third novel officially underway I’m going to start doing monthly check-in videos. At the beginning of each month I’m going to be saying what the word count of my novel is, and maybe some goals I hope to accomplish by the end of the month.

July Goals:

Word Count

At the time of writing this blog post, novel #3 stands at about 20,000 words, but this is pre-recorded/written. So I’ll probably have a few thousand more words written by the time this blog post goes live. My goal has been to write 20,000 words each month and I’ve accomplished that for June, so I’m hoping in July I’ll have 40,000 words!

Re-Organize Author Website

I really like my website, but I feel like the content could be organized a bit better. My goal is to fix just a few minor things and maybe give the header of the website a face-lift.

Exercise

Non-writing related, I used to work out a lot, but recently life has gotten in the way of that. I’m hoping that since things will be a little less stressful in July, I’ll be able to hit up the gym at least 4x a week, though the goal is 5x a week. (Setting the bar low so I don’t disappoint myself).

Become a Remodel Master

As I write this I’m in the process of moving into my basement. The past few weeks my dad, myself, and my boyfriend have been working to put up drywall, paint, and add a window. Everything is coming out great and my hope is that my July goal isn’t to move in, but to re-finish a desk. My dad has this really old desk that I use for my sewing machine and I’m going to try to sand it, paint it and give it new handles. We’ll have to see how that comes out at the end of the month…

I’m going to stop here. If I give myself more goals then I probably won’t accomplish anything at all. Let me know in the comments below what you plan to accomplish in July!

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