Is a Name Just a Name?

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What is in a name? Does the name you choose for your characters matter? Why yes, yes it does. As a matter of fact, it is very important. I mean, what is a fiction novel without fictional characters? Choosing your characters’ names can be a daunting task. It’s almost like a parent naming their child. You want it to be the most perfect name and that usually means you end up searching through thousands of names on the Internet on five different baby name websites for countless hours. Which, by the way, is one of the best places to look when you need a name. I highly recommend it.

Aside from baby name websites, there are a few other tricks and tips when it comes to naming your characters.

  1. Definition and origin.

Knowing the different meanings and origins behind each name can help you choose the right one for your character depending on their personality, background, role in the story, etc. For instance, the name Maximus means “greatest” and it has the connotation to go with that thanks to Russell Crowe’s performance in Gladiator. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you name a character Maximus that he must be great and be able to fight tigers. You could have a young boy named Max who is shy and timid. Just keep in mind that the meaning and origin behind a name can help you when choosing for your character if you already know their personality.

  1. Pronunciation.

If your names aren’t the easiest to pronounce, or could be pronounced more than one way, maybe have a page in the back of the book showing the phonetic pronunciation or something along those lines. Unless, of course, you don’t care whether or not people mispronounce your character’s name. We’ve all renamed a few characters when reading a book with unpronounceable names and then we hear the correct pronunciation and our lives are momentarily ruined.

  1. Cool names.

Keep a list of names you like. Whenever I stumble across a name I like, I write it down so that in the future, I already have several to choose from. You can find names anywhere…including the grocery checkout line. I actually named a character after seeing a cashier’s nametag once.

  1. Genre.

Every genre is different and special, unique to its own era and styles. Keep this in mind when giving your characters their names. The place and time period that your book takes place is important as well. If you’re writing a historical romance novel, you wouldn’t have names like Cinder or Rocket, etc.

  1. Be wary of similarities.

This is purely for the sake of confusion, which you want to avoid. When a book has so many characters whose name starts with the same letter, it can become hard to keep track of who is who. For instance, if you have a Brittney, Brianna, and Barbara or an Aiden, Adam, and Allen, it will be easy to get these characters confused with each other. Also, avoid using a bunch of names that sound the same; like Keri, Terry, and Barry.

Naming your characters can be one of the most exciting parts of creating people that don’t really exist. Sometimes, however, finding that perfect name can be hard and difficult. Just do your research and eventually, you’ll stumble over that one name you’ve been searching for all along.

What is your opinion on naming characters? Do you love it or hate it? Do you like to make up names all on your own? Let me know what you think!

Jordan

P.S. Just a heads up that there will not be a blog post next week.

To Describe or Not to Describe

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Ah, descriptions. Don’t you love them? I personally don’t. However, I wanted to write this week’s blog on descriptions because as I was struggling with a descriptive scene earlier this week, I thought to myself, “hey, what if I wrote down a bunch of tips that would help me?” So, that’s what I did and I was soon breezing my way through a relatively pain free description section that turned out quite well, if I do say so myself.

To me, the most frustrating thing about descriptions is that I picture something one way in my mind, and when I write it out and reread it, it’s not the same image in my head. This causes me to rewrite it several times until I get it the way I want it to be. Of course, there are different types of descriptions. There’s scenery, physical, situational, and then there’s always that description of that object or creature you created in particular for the story. Although it doesn’t matter what type of description you’re writing, it does matter that you convey your ideas in such a way so that your readers can “see” the same images you imagine.

Throughout my reading career, I’ve read some amazing descriptions and I’ve always wished I could write as well as those authors. However, I realized that I don’t have to. Every writer out there has their own unique and different writing style. Almost like a fingerprint. My writing style is vastly different from yours and so on and so forth.

All that aside, let’s get back to descriptions. Here are some tips that I always use when struggling with a description scene.

  1. Time it correctly.

This is important for many reasons. You don’t want to be explaining the delicate structure of the tree leaves above the forest floor while writing the middle of a fight scene. That will do nothing except distract your reader and sidetrack their attention. Realistically, if your character stopped in the middle of a fight scene to glance up and marvel at the canopy above, they’ll end up dead. Your reader, as well, will be wondering why the leaves even matter while the attacker is swinging a sword at the character. Just like in every other area in life, there is a time and a place for everything, and that includes descriptions. Knowing when to describe the scenery or someone’s physical appearance is an important part of the writing process.

  1. Make it count.

When writing a description, have it mean something to the characters. Make it important and necessary. Obviously, you wouldn’t go into detail of someone’s eye shape if they die on the next page, would you? You wouldn’t explain which way the grain of wood is running in the shop that your character will only visit once in the entire story. That would all be useless information. You want your descriptions to have a point and a valid reason for being there.

  1. Keep it simple.

I personally have a hard time with this tip and constantly remind myself of it. When describing ordinary objects, don’t over complicate it. Everyone (hopefully) knows what a tree looks like, so don’t spend two paragraphs explain the bark and knobs and branches and leaves and roots, etc. That isn’t to say that you can’t give some information about the tree, just don’t overdo it. Like I said, keep it simple and clean, which will in turn make it easier to read and understand. This doesn’t necessarily pertain to exotic or foreign objects. Still keep it simple, but make sure to give enough information to clearly portray the subject.

  1. Be specific.

This is kind of a biased tip, depending on your writing style. Some writers imagine things a certain way and want everyone who reads it to imagine it the same exact way. Others like to leave some room for the reader’s own imagination to work and view things their own way. It doesn’t matter which type of writer you are, just make sure that no matter how much detail you go into when explaining your descriptions, you’re straightforward and specific.

  1. Let it flow.

Everyone, writer or not, has an imagination. Humans are creative and we all have amazing imaginations. Keep this in mind when you’re writing a description scene. Just let the words come out; there’s always editing to be done later anyway, and you can change and fix it all then. Don’t worry about making sure every little detail is in there and don’t worry about the lack of details either. Use your unique writing style to tell your story.

Descriptions are what paint the image of the story in a reader’s mind. They show whether a person is tall or short, old or young, etc. They tell time and shape, and show feelings and emotions. They allow the readers to see the world you’ve created and the characters you love through the words you write. It’s like letting someone into your mind and sharing this incredible story you’ve worked so hard on. Let them see what you see with words.

Just write!

Jordan

What the Plot?

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A plot is essential to any book. By definition, the plot is: the structure or organization of events that make up a fictional story. You can’t have a story without a plot. What your characters do and why they do it is pretty important. The journey that your readers go on from beginning to end is the narrative that decides the plot. The storyline of any book tells what the characters must accomplish, what obstacles stand in their way, and the consequences of failing their goals.

Here are a few tips and pointers when devising the plot for your story:

-Plots need to go from A to B. Point A is obviously the beginning, and point B, the end. There are twists and turns in the middle, and ups and downs that add to the thrill of the ride as the story progresses. There are different stages to a plot. Here is a diagram to show you how it works:

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This diagram explains the plot very simply, and your plot should follow this structure, too, as it makes up the arch of the story…starting at the bottom, rising to the climax, and then falling back down again to a (usually peaceful and satisfactory) ending. The climax is my personal favorite part of any plot. I love reading and writing that big “ta-da” moment.

-Plots need to be well established. Like I said before, without a plot, you don’t have a story…which means you don’t have a book. The plot is the very definition of your book. It’s what makes all the words make sense and turns the chapters into a smooth, continuous story from the first page to the last. Try to be mindful of your plot and stay on its course without veering too far off and losing sight of your character’s goals.

-Plots need to always be moving. Try to avoid dull, boring scenes that will either slow and or stop the progress of the plot. Each page needs to propel the plot, moving the story forward until the resolution. Also, ask yourself what scenes are actually vital to the plot. Would the story be the same without a specific scene? Make every single word you write count toward the plot.

-Plot holes are not fun. Let’s just admit that. It’s the worst thing in the world when you’re editing and realize that what you wrote in chapter eleven doesn’t make any sense whatsoever with what you wrote in chapter twenty-three. Then you have to go back and rewrite the entire chapter. It’s literally the worst thing. Yet, at the same time, it’s the most important thing. You need to have your story line up so that everything flows smoothly. This is where an outline comes in handy, because there is less room for error, but still, those plot holes seem to be unavoidable, don’t they? Plan carefully and edit even harder so that your book is constant and continuous throughout as a whole.

Plots are the basis and groundwork of any book. There are twists and turns that take the readers on a journey as they follow along with your characters throughout the story. When writing, the structure and outline you follow is what determines the plot. Fill your plot with exciting action, dramatic scenes, and intriguing dialogue, and your readers won’t be disappointed.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and that you always continue to write.

Jordan

Writing Update: The Process

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The writing process has many ups and downs. Most of the time, getting your book from your computer to the bookstore is a long, complicated, and sometimes stressful process. So, why do we continue to write? Why do we put up with sleepless nights of writing, coffee addictions, and skipping social gatherings because we have deadlines to meet?

The answer is actually quite simple: Because writing is what we do. We love to write. It’s our job, hobby, or favorite thing in the whole wide world to do. When you’re dedicated to something, you don’t care about the cons and the setbacks that come with doing what makes you happy. We write because it’s in our blood.

So, where does all my rambling leave me? Well, I thought I’d tell you all what I’ve been up to recently as far as my publishing goals. As I strive towards publication, I’ve become more and more aware of how much work goes into turning my words into an actual book.

The whole publishing process starts with writing a book, obviously. Of course, then comes the editing, proofreading, beta reading, and changing your draft into perfection, or at least close to it. Then you repeat that about a hundred more times. Okay, not literally a hundred times, but you get the point.

Once your book is written and edited and all that awesome jazz, then comes the tortures of writing a query letter and synopsis. Don’t be fooled, this is actually harder than writing the actual book itself. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll blog about query letters and synopses. So, follow my blog and you won’t miss out on anything!

After all that fun, next comes a literary agent. They are your ticket to get into the publishing world. In my experience, attaining a literary agent is by far the hardest part, so far. (Even harder than writing the synopsis.) It requires loads of patience, and even more research and planning. I try to send out as many emails as I possibly can, but time restraints tend to put a damper on things…like always. However, I’ve decided to alternate each week between sending out letters and researching agents.

The best way that I’ve found to keep track of all my progress is with a spreadsheet containing the names, agencies, emails, websites, and preferences of each agent. That way, come sending week, all I have to do is put together the email specific to each agent’s requests.

Then comes the worst part of all. Waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more. And a little more waiting after that. (I take it you’ve caught on by now.) It’s all a bunch of waiting, and patience is literally key at this point. My advice: do something else besides check your email every ten minutes. Try starting your next book to help occupy your thoughts with something other than the fact that you’re waiting to hear back from an agent who could possibly change your life. Starting another story is the best way, in my opinion, to distract oneself. Trust me, it works wonders.

And what exactly is it that we’re waiting for? Well, it’s simple. We’re waiting for a yes. Currently, I’m still waiting…as patiently as can be expected, for that life changing “yes.” Don’t worry, you all will be the first to know when I do receive that email. 😉 In the meantime, I’m sticking to my writing as I continue the series.

So, what are you guys up to in your writing career? Are any of you at the point of insanity because you’re waiting to hear back from an agent? I’m interested in your progress and would be honored to answer any questions. Just send me an email through the contact page and I’ll be sure to get back with you!

No matter what stage of the writing process you’re at, always remember to just write.

Jordan

Death by Author

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Disclaimer: I’m talking about killing fictional characters that don’t really exist!

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way…

Admit it, some of us like killing off our characters. And yet at the same time it’s so traumatizing and emotionally sad; especially if you’ve fallen in love with that character, killing them can be hard. I personally like killing my characters…most of the time, at least, because I enjoy creating suspenseful moments and shocking my readers. Other times, I feel so bad that I ask myself whether or not I should have killed them in the first place. It’s horrible. And I know I can’t possibly be the only one.

Anyway, finding “cool” ways to kill characters requires some interesting research. This research will usually leave your web browser history looking like you’re a serial killer or murderer. I had to find a “cool” way to kill a character once and wondered what would happen if I dropped a grenade down someone’s shirt. That was some interesting research for sure.

Killing characters is just a part of the writing job, so here are a few tips to help make you a better character murderer. 😊

  1. Make it memorable.

Sometimes I find it hard to kill a character because I’ve become attached to them. This could be a good thing because my readers can care about them too. However, when your readers feel connected with someone and you just kill them off without a second thought, it can ruin the momentum. Don’t just kill your character’s best friend and then have them forget about her five sentences later. Make your character death’s memorable by adding drama, emotion, stress, and of course, a little blood, if necessary. If this character has been with the reader the entire story and dies at the very end, give them the satisfaction of it being an honorable, sacrificial death.

  1. Make it worthwhile.

Don’t just kill your characters for fun, you psycho murderer. There should be a reason behind the death. Usually, this reason is to drive the plot forward or give your main character some motivation. If your character is forced to watch his family slaughtered before him, there will be more incentive and drive in his motives as he relentlessly pursues the killer.

  1. Make it emotional.

Killing your characters should stir up some emotion, whether it be positive or negative. Death is traumatizing. When someone dies, it’s sad and emotional. There’s always that feeling of loss, shame, and sometimes, guilt. Keep in mind that these emotions will stay with your characters for a longer time the more attached they were to the victim.

  1. Make it descriptive…to some extent.

Depending on your writing style, your preference, your characters, and your genre, killing your characters can range from super bloody and gory to something a lot milder. There are only a hundred million different ways to kill your characters, so try to be specific and unique. Go into as much detail as you want or don’t want. Do your research and make it realistic.

  1. Don’t kill your protagonist.

Just don’t. Please. Unless you really, really, really, really have to, but at that point, is it even necessary?

Well, there you have it. A few tips to help you become a better murderer…not physically. Again, we’re talking about killing fake people who are simple figments of our imagination. What is your take on killing characters? Do you secretly love it or avoid it at all costs?

Have a great week and keep on writing!

Jordan

Lights! Camera! Action!

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Out of all the different types of scenes there are to write, action scenes are definitely one of my favorite. There’s something about making my characters get into a fight and having to literally punch their way out that gets me excited when I write. Whether it’s hand-to-hand combat, shooting guns, sword fighting, war action, or high-speed car chases, I always get an adrenaline rush when I sit down and write out these types of scenes. However, that being said, action scenes take me forever to write. It’s a long and well thought out process and it takes me awhile to get it all written down to where I’m happy with it.

Here are some tips I’ve found useful when writing action and fight scenes:

  1. Know your characters’ strengths and weaknesses.

If your character is a karate master, it would be believable if he is able to take out a group of thugs. However, if your character has only had one day of sword training, he shouldn’t be able to slay the giant evil dragon. Every character has a different fighting style and their level of experience varies. Keep this in mind so you don’t overwrite your characters or underwrite them by not allowing them to shine through their true potential.

  1. Imagine the fight before you write it.

For me, this is a must. Before every action sequence, I imagine the entire scene in my mind so I know how it is going to play out. I have every move premeditated and planned ahead of time so that when I’m actually writing the fight or action scene, I’m prepared. Usually when I go in with no preparation, the scene drags on and on forever…which is a bad thing because then I just end up using the same phrase over and over again, and nothing happens.

  1. Don’t use long sentences.

Anyone who has ever watched an action movie knows that fights are usually fast paced. You want it to be the same when your readers read your book. Fast and quick sentences and paragraphs without any unusual words or long explanations are easier to read and make everything seem naturally fast. Using shorter sentences will help the scene progress faster and not have the fight drag out for four pages when it could have been settled in less than four paragraphs.

  1. Act it out to avoid confusion.

This might be my favorite part of being a writer. Whenever I have a complicated action scene, I always try to act it out to see how realistic the moves are. That way, when I write it out, I know ahead of time where every punch, kick, etc. is going to be placed. This also helps keep the scene distinct. What makes perfect, clear sense to you might not to others, so try to make sure that you get feedback to know what parts of the action scene are too confusing or too hard to follow. I know from personal experience that this is absolutely vital, because I may picture the fight happening one way, but when someone else reads it, they view it another way. So, if you want your readers to view the scene the way you view it, try acting the scene out and get feedback to avoid confusion.

  1. Expert Advice.

If you’ve never shot a gun before, and your character is a cop, it’s kind of hard to write what it’s like to fire a gun. Aside from reading countless articles on the Internet and Wikipedia and watching a million videos on YouTube, it’s still a good idea to either experience these types of skills for yourself through classes or courses, or talk to people who are experts in their specific fields.

I’m an action addict…in any form that it comes in. I love it and can’t get enough of it. I especially love writing action scenes. The hype and exhilaration makes me feel like I’m the one fighting, and that, I think, is the best part!

Remember: just write!

Jordan

Why So Emotional?

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Happy. Sad. Angry. Surprised. Prideful. Disgusted. Loving. The list of emotions could literally go on forever. Emotions change depending on the circumstances and situations, and it’s the same thing for the characters in a book. Characters can experience growth through different emotions as the story progresses. Emotions are what bind the readers to your characters and make the story more realistic. So, how do you write emotions?

  1. Determine the personality of the characters

This is a very important step because everyone doesn’t experience the same emotions when going through the same circumstances. One person may be completely excited in a situation where another could be completely mortified. Know your characters and base their feelings and emotions on their specific personality. Try to keep it consistent.

  1. Avoid simple descriptions and clichés

I am guilty of this, I’ll admit that right now, but that’s why we have editing, right? So far, everything I’ve written has been first person perspective, and I absolutely love it, but that’s for another post. Anyway, I catch myself all the time wanting to simply write: “I am mad” or “I am sad.”  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that and that’s why I’m thankful for the editing process, as gruesome as it can sometimes be. Even though saying: “I am mad” is a simple and easy to understand description of given emotions, you need more. Try to explain an emotion without actually writing that specific word. So instead of saying: “I am mad” try: “Slamming my fists down on the table, I yell…” My example was kind of cliché itself, but hopefully I got my point across. Be especially careful to avoid clichés when writing about the emotion of love. That’s dangerous territory there. By avoiding clichés, you will set your book apart from others by being different and unique.

  1. Don’t be too ambitious or overly dramatic with your descriptions

This kind of goes against my last point, but it’s all about finding that happy medium. You don’t want to spend an entire five sentence paragraph explaining how your character feels over one simple emotion and giving four different analogies as well. Know how much detail is necessary and how much can be left to the reader. Don’t overdo your descriptions, but don’t underdo them either. Balance it out to find your perfect happy place.

  1. Beware of ups, downs, and changes

Emotions change. Sometimes rapidly, and sometimes over a long period of time. No matter at what rate, emotions will change as your characters grow as well. As they become more mature, braver, stronger, whatever it is, the way they feel emotions will change as they start to view circumstances through “new eyes.” Make sure you watch for these changes and try to keep track of when your characters start to show different emotions as they fluctuate throughout the story.

I hope this helps and that you’re all feeling blissfully excited to get to writing!

Just Write Jordan

Liebster Award Nomination

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award (https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017) by author J.L. Willow. Thank you so very much! You can find more on her blog here: https://jlwillow.wordpress.com

Blogging is something I’m still relatively new at, but it’s an honor to already have such recognition in this awesome blogging community. I’ve been asked a few questions, and here are my answers.

  1. What is your best advice for new bloggers?

I write my blog posts two days before I post them. This allows room to catch errors and mistakes.

  1. Where do you find inspiration in day-to-day life?

Ah, inspiration. I love it. Just staring out the window of my room that overlooks the quiet street with a cup of coffee seems to always fill me with ideas and inspiration. On days where the creative juices aren’t really flowing, reading will also do the trick. 😊

  1. What’s your favorite travel destination?

The beach. Sun. Sand. Water. Need I say more? Although, my dream vacation would be to the beautiful state of Alaska.

  1. What do you love most about blogging?

I love that I get to connect with people. I get to share and learn at the same time. When I first started writing my book, I never in a hundred years thought that I’d have to do anything other than write books. It turns out, there’s editing, plotting, marketing, outlining, and about a hundred other things that fall under “writing.” So, when I decided to start marketing my book, a blog was the easiest and first idea I had, and I love it!

  1. What’s your favorite book and why?

This question is not fair. It’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. However, I’ve always been a huge fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and he’s one of my favorite authors, so I’m going to say the Lord of the Rings…even though it’s technically a trilogy (excluding the Hobbit) and therefore more than one book, but who’s counting, right? The world of Middle Earth that Tolkien created amazed me from the get-go and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. The adventures of Frodo and Samwise on their journey to destroy the Ring capture the true essence of the fight between good and evil. It’s a masterpiece and one of my favorites, at that.

So, there you have it. Thanks again to J. L. Willow for nominating me and I hope all you bloggers and writers out there never give up.

Have a great weekend,

Jordan

 

Author WIP Tag

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So, I thought I’d do something different today! Instead of giving writing tips, I’m going to do an author tag. This specific tag comes from author Kristen Martin, who has an awesome YouTube channel under the same name, that I highly recommend, so go check it out.

I wanted to quickly say that this is my first time doing anything like this and I’m very excited to finally share my book with all of you. Alright, let’s get started!

Author WIP (work in progress) Tag

  1. What is the working title of your book?

UNLIMITED is the title of my book, although it isn’t exactly the working title because I have no plans to change it. So, it’s more like the definite title.😊

  1. Where did the idea for your book come from?

This is a hard one. The obvious answer is my brain, but in all seriousness, when I first started toying with the idea of writing a book, every idea I had was for a dystopian. Don’t get me wrong, I love dystopian books, love them. However, I never felt connected with any of my ideas enough to actually write a dystopian novel. So, I started thinking, “How I could write science fiction without it being a dystopian novel as well?” And that’s when I came up with an imminent destruction type novel that is now my book.

  1. What genre is your current work in progress.

Well, I kind of already answered this, but UNLIMITED is a young adult science fiction novel. Science fiction has a special place in my heart, and aside from maybe some dark fantasy/Lord of the Rings style, I can’t imagine writing anything else.

  1. Choose the actors for your movie rendition.

This one is literally the hardest question I’ve ever had to answer regarding my book. Mainly because I created what my characters look like and some of them, specifically two of my main characters, are hard to picture as real people. I have what my characters look like in my head, and it’s practically impossible to find a real person who looks exactly like the image in my mind. They might share one or two of the same physical attributes, but they’re also missing some very important ones. So, I’ll do the best I can. Here goes nothing:

Actor Brian Cox could play General Bill Louis who isn’t the villain, but he isn’t the good guy either.

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Actress Victoria Justice could play my main character and whose point of view the story is told from, Katherine Murphy.

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Actor William Moseley could play Tony Davis, a soldier working under General Louis, but again, it’s so hard to find real people who look like my characters!

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Those are the three main characters, and just for fun, I’m going to torture myself for you and give you guys an extra one…because I’m nice like that. 😊

A favorite amongst my beta readers, Josephine is one of Katherine’s friends. She’s kind of sarcastic and could be played by Elle Fanning.

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  1. Give a one sentence synopsis of your book.

Military clones who are supposed to protect and serve, go rogue and turn on the citizens of America, and the only way to stop them is to retrieve encrypted information on a computer that can only be downloaded onto a human brain.

  1. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agent?

Represented by an agent…hopefully. I’m currently sending out query letters and synopses to agents and waiting for a request. Patience is key. And yes, synopses is the plural form of synopsis, I looked it up.

  1. How long did it take you to write the first draft?

It took me five months to write the very first draft of UNLIMITED, which is a very long time for me now that I think about it.

  1. What other books would you compare your story to?

Well, I’m not sure about books, but I’d say it’s kind of like The Terminator meets The Matrix. The Terminator because there are robots that are covered in synthetic skin, and the Matrix because information is downloaded into the brain.

  1. Who or what inspired you to write the book?

When I was younger, being an author was the last thing I ever expected I’d be. I loved books and I loved writing (and still do), but the possibility of writing an entire book never dawned on me until my mom suggested it. At first, I thought she was joking, but I actually took her seriously and well, here I am! Thanks, Mom!

  1. What else about your book might peak the readers interests?

There’s action, explosions (because they’re awesome), tension, drama, and even a little romance.

Well, there you go, a little bit about me and my book. I hope you all enjoy reading this post just as much as I enjoyed writing it. My book is my passion and I’m so excited to be able to share it with everyone. Thanks again to Kristen Martin for doing this tag, and I want to turn around and tag a few people myself.

Noah Barfield author of LEGEND LAND, Neal Akasaka author of PATHWAYS RESURGENCE, J.L. Willow author of SCAVENGER, and all of you writers out there who are reading this.

Enjoy your week and as always, keep writing,

Jordan

Time to Write

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“So much to do and so little time to do it all!”

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ever said that before. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, right? There are only four hundred and fifty different things that need to be done each day, and I know I’m not the only one who has the problem of not finding enough time to do all of them. As a writer, all I want to do is write. Nothing else, just write. However, I have obligations and responsibilities that I can’t avoid and ignore either. When do I get to write then? If I’m so busy doing everything else, how do I still manage to write (almost) every single day? Life is busy and full of things that need to be done, but writing is our passion and our possible future career, right? So, how do we find the time to write?

Well, for starters, ask yourself this…how dedicated are you to your writing? Some people tell me they love to write, but never do because of family, school, jobs, or just fill in the blank. Other people say they love to write, and they write through the chaos and excuses of life. If you’re dedicated and devoted to your writing, you’ll find the time, and if not, you’ll make time.

Here are some quick tips:

  1. Try reducing the amount of time spent on some daily activities you can otherwise do without.

Are there less important things in your life you can cut out to give yourself just thirty minutes a day to write? If you really love to write, and you dedicate yourself and your time to your book, you’ll be surprised at how much time you might find.

Believe me when I say I know that sometimes it’s hard to find time to write…which is why I may or may not stay up until four in the morning writing sometimes. Which leads me to my next point:

  1. Make a writing time schedule.

I know I’ve already said this before, and I can’t stress it enough. Make a schedule. Life is a schedule. We all eat, sleep, work, and live on schedules (most of the time anyways). So why shouldn’t writing be a part of that schedule? If you’re serious about your writing, then you’ll need to treat it as such. Set a designated time for your writing. Maybe you can only afford an hour or two at night. Great! At least you’re writing, right? Have a schedule and stick to it, but remember to allow yourself room for flexibility and adjustment.

Life is busy and sometimes it’s hard to find time to write, but don’t give excuses. Find the time and if not, make the time and always remember to just write, no matter what.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you all next week!

Jordan