Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Black Sheep has gone LIVE!!!!

Black Sheep: Letting go of the Past has gone live a day early! YAAAAY!!!!

You can find it in all the important stores for $2.99! (and on Amazon stores also for $7.99 for the print version)

Print and ebooks available at:
Amazon.com / .co.uk / .ca(ebook only) / .de / .fr / .it(ebook only) / .es(ebook only) / .jp(ebook only)

Ebook is available at:

I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Tomorrow my blog tour starts, it will run from the 12th till the 21st.

Read on!


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Black Sheep: Letting go of the Past cover reveal!

Hi all,

As some might know and other might not, my online serial Black Sheep will be released as both ebook and a paperback.
I renamed the different parts and have been working with an editor to make it the best it can be.

Black Sheep Part 1 is now renamed (in ebook and print) to Black Sheep: Letting go of the Past and will be released on the 12th of December this year. Keep an eye out for it!

Without further ado the cover:

Also, for those of you who have already read the online version, I added a short story to the end of the book so that even you have something new to read ;)

I changed the Black Sheep Trilogy page on my website so that it now reflects the ebook and print editions, which you can check out here: Black Sheep Trilogy

Read on!


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

NaNo 2012, post 3, 8 days left!

Not a lot of posts this year before NaNo I guess... Doesn't mean I'm not working or stressing though :) I've send of the Black Sheep manuscript to an editor and did work for uni, but that is not what I'm talking about today. Today is about my outlining method and how I visualise my chapters and work.

This post compliments well with my 2 posts from last year, Post 4 and Post 6. That talk about my outlining method and other things.

So, where am I now? I'm around the 3rd and 4th picture of my Paperwaste method (Post 4). I have a couple of scenes written down and sort of planned where I'm going. They are all on different loose leave papers. I also did half of the Create a Character clinic from Holly Lisle (link at the bottom).
So usually when I'm at this stage I start also making a large paper to have a better oversight on what I'm doing. I'm doing a different one from last year (as seen in Post 6), but the idea is the same.

I divide the total amount of words by the amount of words I want in a chapter (or the amount of chapters you want in total, depending on how you work). Last year I did 1.000 words per chapter and had a total of 50 chapters planned, but as I was writing I found out I already ended the story at 44 chapters.
So this year I do 1.250 words per chapter. This also goes better with my uni work of 2.500 word piece of a story. So I have a total of 40 chapters, which is close to where I got last year. Which is good.
I then spread those out on the paper so I can keep track of where I am and so I can see how my story works as a total.

So, how do I make a wall outline? Well, like this:

- paper
- marker or marker pen (as long as it's easily visible and thicker than a pen)
- ruler
- Adhesive tape (I use the matte see through type)
- scizzors
- pens
- amount of chapters you need written down somewhere
- last but not least, a wall:

1. Choose how big you'll make the large sheet of paper. I choose 4 by 2 pieces of A4 paper. 4 wide, 2 high, so I have 12.500 words in each column.
I work on one side and stick them together like this:

I first tape the outer edges together, keeping it aligned and as flat as possible.

When I have everything in place like this.

I then tape all the cracks. So that I can use the sheet as one sheet, without having to worry about my pen getting caught in the edges.

2. I then flip over the paper and divide the paper into sections. 4 columns with 10 chapters each, which is 5 chapters per character in each column.

I then put the word counts of each column at the bottom.

3. I divide the columns into different sections. Each section holds 2 chapters, one for each character. This was I can be sure I explore different things with both my characters and won't have everything come from only 1 of the characters and have the other one lag behind.

The text you see in it is from this article: Writing the Romance Novel - Seven story beats

4. Put it up on the wall.

Yep it is that simple. Okay, I'm cheating a little. I still need to put in the story elements that I've got.
Here is a picture with some of my notes that will be put onto the page:

But it will get quite full with notes once I've got my official outline finished.

The pros of doing this are endless. You can make sure each character has enough story, you can be sure that you have enough story to begin with, you can keep track of separate story lines.
The con if it? there is a lot of paper involved...

After his step I usually put it into the computer and print out another story outline which is focused more on the smaller parts and the scenes in each chapter (see Part 4).

Okay, enough for today. I'm gonna get some more planning done!

Tip for the day: Holly Lisle's website
Holly Lisle has amazing stuff to work with. Her website is full of articles on outlining, fantasy elements and all sorts of other stuff that can help, no matter the genre you write, check it out!
Right now I'm working through her "Create a Character clinic" on my kindle, and though different from how I normally work, it's great!

Write on!


Sunday, 14 October 2012

NaNo 2012, Post 2, 18 days to go!

I'm starting to slightly freak out now. Last year I had about 4 posts written by this time. I've been quite busy with all sorts of things up to this point, though stuff is slightly changing around now. I've been doing quite a lot of university work for the past 2 weeks, now I need to start concentrating more on NaNo.

First, a flashback. Last year I wrote some useful posts so I'll be quickly reading them over to see if I need to repeat something.
My October 8 post from last year talks about the dreaded wordcounts and how to make sure you don't have a deficit of about 300 to 1000 words at the moment you upload. Check your work on time so you can make sure that both the NaNo counter and your own counter show that you have indeed won. Wouldn't want to end up having 200 too little at 11 o'clock on November 30, now would you? Check out the post here: NaNo 2011, Post 3, 23 days to go!
On October 10 I wrote a more substantial post. All about plotting and outlining. I show two methods (Notecarding by Holly Lisle and 9 grid plan by ?? ) and how even though I tried them they didn't work. The next part is more about how I normally plan my work, with an example of Black Sheep. I'm not sure what I was on that day, but I must have been having a lot of fun writing it, cause some of the stuff I say... Anyway, it shows different ways of outlining and might be useful to some people who think about how to plot. NaNo 2011, Post 4, 21 days to go!
I then talk more about how I plan where my main plot points go in my last post before NaNo: NaNo 2011, Post 6, 2 days to go!

Looking back to those posts makes me feel slightly lacking this year, I was so busy with planning and the language I use... so grown up and professional (for me anyway). I'm nowhere near as confident this year. Largely because I'm actually not planning a lot, I've been working on university stuff mostly and doing some other things on the side. Though today I looked at my calendar and sort of freaked out... Sort of... A lot.
I feel like I should be way more ahead for NaNo than I really am at this moment, I feel like I should have at least some planning done (not that I haven't done anything, it's just that it's not really planned). The problem for me this year is something I haven't thought of before.
I don't know how the genre works structurally. I've never before written a romance story.
Black Sheep's outline wasn't too hard for me because I already knew a couple of things that had to happen, they were main story points. For Disturbed Fate this was slightly more complicated but still, I knew what I wanted to happen and made it happen. I had a couple of points, I put them on the page and then linked them. Both of them are quite dark stories, though Black Sheep more than Disturbed Fate. This story is not planned to be like either of them. Yes they have gay characters, yes they will kiss, but as far as I know, there is where the comparison ends between the three stories.

So the plans for this year are simple, my story will have these elements:
- Gay characters
- romance
- ....
No actually those two are the only two things I've come up with, not much, I'm totally aware of that. I have a couple of scenes I'm really keen on putting in it and I've got the global story down. It will take place in the same world as Disturbed Fate, which is partly why I haven't finished my work on that story. I'm changing some of the "rules" for this story and will have to work those back into Disturbed Fate.
The plus point is that this story has less story arches and sub stories and all the other things that are always so hard to plan. If I'm right I should be able to use more standard methods of outlining this time around. Which might turn into some blog posts. It's harder to spoil the story when working on a romance story in comparison to Black Sheep or Disturbed Fate, which were both not based on standard story forms.

The downside for me right now is that I'm having a hard time figuring out how a love story technically works. I've read quite a couple of them in the last few months, but I feel like I'm missing HOW they work. I can't seem to get a decent grasp on how those stories are actually planned.
Which is what I'll be working on in the next week or so as I'm winding down to finishing most first drafts of my uni work.

So, adding a couple of tips for NaNo-ers, some you might know or already do.
- Fill out your NaNo profile on the website, you can now add your book. Also don't forget to check out the forum of your local NaNo group and get to know the people that write in the same genre as you do. This is where the fun begins.
- Check out the dares and adoption fora. I actually took a scene to put in my story from a dare, and I thought it would perfectly make for the tension I need at a few points. Not only is it good to do if you're stuck, but even if your planning is going well, the adoptions forum or the dares might spark an idea to make the story even BETTER.
- Get your writing program ready and have your back-up options available. This is good to do up front as it means you won't have to go trough some of the hassle when you actually start NaNo. Take special care to make sure you have a back-up system so when your computer crashes or anything you don't lose all your work.
- Make sure people know you're doing NaNo so they don't expect you to come out with them every night or something and are annoyed when you can't. This also means for some people making sure they have enough food in the house for the days they can't be bothered to cook and things like that. NaNo can take a lot out of you, don't make it worse by not planning right.

Most of all though: ENJOY THE PREPARATION FUN. If you're not preparing you will curse yourself later on and if you're not enjoying the preparations you might not be doing something right.
So now I'm off checking out the NaNo template for Scrivener, which they have up on their website: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/nanowrimo.php

Write on!


Thursday, 27 September 2012

NaNo 2012, Post 1, 35 days to go!

So, it's been almost a year to the day, last year my first NaNo post was with 34 days to go, well, today it is 35 days till NaNo starts.

35 days till NaNoWriMo 2012!

You already scared yet? I'm really looking forward to it. So I'm reading my blog post from last year as I'm writing this one.

Well, apparently my preparations for last year worked really well. I not only finished NaNo but also passed all my classes. Yeah, that was hard work but it paid off. Disturbed Fate is still between typing out and editing, but that is fine, it is a full rounded story already. I finished NaNo on the last day last year, but I finished anyway. Which was awesome and amazing!

Finishing NaNo last year pushed me more into actually taking my writing more serious. Between last year and now I fully finished Black Sheep. Part 1-3 are all finished, which has taken me a total of 5 years. Part 3 was the fastest of all with just a 3 month writing spree to complete it. I also just yesterday finished my edits on Black Sheep Part 1 and after digitalising it it'll be ready to be send off to an editor. SCARY! That is after I find an editor ;)
I also released a collection of short stories, some of which I wrote last year and some which I had already written before that. Magical Roads is available on both Kindle, Nook, Kobo and other devices. Check out my page for it: Magical Roads

Okay, enough flashback, time for some flash forward.
So, it's almost October, which means the last month before NaNo starts. At least my workload is less this year. I've only got 2 classes. I'll also have to do research for my dissertation but I've already started that and the deadline isn't till the end of the school year.
So, what to do this and next month, from most till least important:
- Write a 15 page screenplay and a commentary on it, I've got an idea, I only need to work it out
- Write outline for my NaNo novel, which I've already started (sort of). But I need to make sure I got enough to happen before November.
- Write a piece about a writer that inspired our work. I'm taking a novel writing class this semester which is why I'm actually doing NaNo this year. I had told people I wouldn't ;)
- Put my edits into Black Sheep and find an editor, I'm not even sure how to do this but I think it'll be okay.

So, yeah. Let's start with tips then. Two for today.
First one, use social media to help you out and keep on track!
I use Google+ a lot to do hangouts and be accountable for what I do. This really helped last year. We would open a hangout and then do writing sprints of 10 minutes. I got about 600 or so words done per hour, and this was by hand. We'd do sprints of 10 minutes "on" and 10 minutes "off" leaving enough time to do other things inbetween. This gives a total of 3 sprints per hour and I averaged about 200-250 words per sprint.
These same sprints are often held on both twitter and the NaNo forums. Competing with other people to have the highest wordcount can really help some people out.
But at the same time, I used it to not be too distracted. My G+ and my twitter were full of people doing NaNo so I would feel guilty while not writing. Plus seeing people around you reach wordcounts really helps keeping your spirit up.
Second one, check back to this page regularly: NaNoWriMo 2012 Preparations
I'll be linking more and more articles over time that talk about NaNo, or writing, or programs or anything else that might help you. I've already put some links to some programs (all of them I already talked about last year in my blogposts, so check them out), plus some articles I'd bookmarked or written this year. I'll be adding more links as I find them.


Write on!


Sunday, 29 July 2012

I'm working really hard, not on 2 but 3 projects!

Hi all,

It's been quite a busy time for me, I'm finally calming down after the whole publishing of Magical Roads. If you want to check it out, just go to my website: Magical Roads.
And I've written a guide on how to properly format your book for the kf8 format (the new kindle format that works on the Kindle Fire and the Kindle touch and baby). A lot of people are not aware there are a lot of books that are formatted wrongly and show up poorly on the Kindle Touch. Most people don't know why this problem exists or how to solve it. I've written this guide with a lot of pictures so it's easy to follow. You can find the guide here: Formatting your file KF8 proof.

But that is not what I wanted to talk about. What I wanted to talk about is the other side of my writing, the side you normally don't really see. The part where I write pieces that are longer than 2000 words and don't immediately put them online.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

How to format your project KF8 proof. BEFORE publishing.

This guide will focus on how to create a clean format before you publish your book to Amazon. When you're not sure why you need to use it, check out the original post: What is it and why do you need to?
You can use this guide when you have already published with Amazon and need to fix that file. Just go to STEP 8, this is how I originally cleaned my file(or check out the original post where I've put a link to a quick fix, but it assumes you know about html coding and everything).
You don't need to know a lot about html to use this guide. I'll be using plain terms to explain things and lots of pictures. PLUS I'll try to use any actual coding as little as possible.

An Italian translation of this guide can be found here: Guida al Self-Publishing di Amazon: Capitolo 3 - Creare un e-book
Thank you Alessia!

If you don't want to worry about the formatting of your book, I can now also format it for you. Check out 5 Times Formatting for not just beautiful ebook formatting but also cheap ways to give ti just that bit extra.

Friday, 6 July 2012

How to format your project KF8 proof. What is it and why do you need to?

This first blog post in the series will be about why you need to change tactics slightly from before to make sure your Kindle books are formatted right. This answers questions about the why and how.
I will make two guides on how to make your manuscripts KF8 (kindle format 8) proof, one for how to get the formatting right BEFORE you upload to KDP(which can be found here) and one that shows how to do this with the file Amazon has on the server(I won't be doing this one any more, Step 8 in the above guide covers all you need to clean an existing html file). This will only cover the basics: a few formatting options, how to create a TOC and other things. If you want tables and pictures this is not the right guide for you (unless of course you understand how to do this in HTML). I'm mostly focusing on the large part of the Kindle books which are simply novels and stories.

This guide also applies to the kindle with the 3.4 update. They have added KF8 support and this same problem now shows up. Everywhere I mention Kindle Touch (KT) you can also read K3 (Kindle Keyboard) with 3.4 update. Here is the official link to this update: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_top_kindlelg?nodeId=200529700

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Magical Roads is LIVE!!!

I totally forgot to tell you all about you this before, I kind of referred to it a couple of times but Magical Roads a short story collection has gone LIVE today.

Magical Roads is a collection of 4 magical realism stories. The stories are all young adult stories with themes like defying your parents, love, secrets and other things teens face on a regular base.

The collection is available in the Kindle stores here: Amazon.com / .co.uk / .de / .fr / .it   People with kindles from those countries can easily buy them there.
For those without kindles the easiest way of getting your hands on the book is by getting it at Smashwords where you can buy the book with paypal.

Magical Roads is also part of the Smashwords summer/winter sale and available for free for the whole of July!

I hope you'll all have fun with it :)

Monday, 18 June 2012

I got tagged for Lucky Seven and Kreativ Blogger award

I was surprised this morning when I found a tweet that I had been tagged on twitter because I had been part of a blog post. Mike Manz apparently tagged me in a Lucky Seven and Kreativ Blogger Award post a while ago, and since I have to admit that I do not read his blog, I hadn't seen it yet (though now I do follow it). But I was glad to be tagged since things like this are fun to do. I've done a lucky seven in the past but since I can't seem to find it I won't link to it.

Mike Manz is a writer, parent and all sorts of things. I've ran into him in the past on CritiqueCircle a website dedicated to improving your own and each others writing. I was surprised by his Kreativ Blogger Award point 1, since I don't know a lot of people who speak multiple languages.

Okay, so here we go.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Disturbed Fate: Keiran (and an extract)

As I'm doing CampNaNoWriMo I decided that maybe I should write a bit about one of the characters in the novel. I'm typing out the originally hand written novel and having quite a bit of fun with it, making characters stronger and actions more fun. One of the characters that I've always loved is Keiran. So here is a bit more about him.
Disturbed Fate is an 18+ Paranormal novel which features gay guys, light bdsm scenes and weird people.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

I finished Black Sheep!!! And here is where I go next!

On 22 Feb 2012 I posted that I started the last part of Black Sheep, about a week ago I finished it, the 20th of May. Which means that this last instalment has taken me about 3 months to write. Which is a huge step up from the other parts. Part One has taken me about 3 years to write, Part two about a year and this around three months. Which for me is crazy fast.

I had been planning on writing about this earlier on but live got in the way, but now I'm able to free some of my time up again.
Right now I'm in the process of both editing and trying to come up with a title/cover for my short story collection. I'm out of any ideas but I think it'll work some way. I should probably first edit the stories some more before I start working on the title. Like I said, life has gotten in the way and I haven't found a lot of time for my writing.

So the important question is: What will happen to Black Sheep now?
First, I will still keep updating a chapter every two weeks (this Wednesday is the next time), this will (according to my calculations) run till the end of November. In this time I will mainly work on getting Disturbed Fate ready for publication.
I might be able to get some edits done in that time for Black Sheep but I don't expect it to be a lot. This autumn I'll be going into my last year of university so it's going to be busy enough anyway.
I am going to release Black Sheep with edits in an ebook form, but don't expect this to be before 2013. It does need quite a lot of edits and I'll probably also add a few short stories to the ebook versions to spice things up.
So, yes, the updates will keep coming, no don't expect an ebook release of it this year, yes expect them for 2013.

In the mean time I'm planning on being interviewed by Nephylim and will probably do a few posts about different parts of Black Sheep in the future.
But first of all, next week CampNaNoWriMo will start which will have me largely focussed on Disturbed Fate and also the release of my still nameless short short story collection of fantasy stories which will come out at the start of July.

I'll leave you with the last line of the story:
The airplane is leaving in about an hour, we need to hurry, we have a wedding to attend.

Keep reading!


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

I bet you want a release date, right? ;)

So, yes, I'm back! Sort of... More on that later ;)

I finished my second year of university almost 2 weeks ago, which both seems really far away and really close at the same time. The only thing left is waiting on my results now.
For the past 2 weeks I've been doing all sorts of things, mostly having quite a few social responsibilities and fixing up things to live at my parents place or my boyfriends place over summer. I haven't really gotten that much writing done yet. I've yet again found that writing 12K worth of words in less than a week is very VERY stressful and I've yet to fully recover from it. Plus that writing essays and fiction are two totally different things and require a different mindset. Sometimes I do wish that it was the same though, writing my story as an essay, though it would probably end up only be 5 pages instead of 500... Especially the way I write. ;)

Soooooooo, I've been saying that I'll have a special thing for this summer and I think it's time I'll tell you what it is.

Around the first of July I will release a short story collection with magical realism stories.
Not long, about 5000 to 6000 words in total. Some nothing more than flash fiction and some are a bit longer.
I'm really really excited about it! More details will be revealed in the next month or so but I can tell you this: I LOVED writing them! I hope you will like reading them just as much!

So yes, that is the thing I've been talking about lately. On a different note, I'm still working on getting Black Sheep done (Nephylim will be happy once I finally do), and I'm trying really hard to finish them before CampNaNo.
For CampNaNo I will be a rebel. I'm going to try to simultaneously type out and edit Disturbed Fate so I'll have a decently working manuscript in July. Since Disturbed Fate is a NaNo novel to begin with the wordcount is a nice thing that will keep me in the spirit of NaNo even though I'm not writing something new. CampNaNoWriMo is the same as NaNoWriMo but takes place in June and August, the time of summer camps. I didn't know this exsisted until right before NaNo last year but I'm planning on getting back into the groove with all the lovely people at CampNaNo. If you're looking for what NaNoWriMo is, I wrote quite a few posts on it last October, you can find hem: here.

If you're looking for something to read while waiting on my collection here are two writers I know that have just released new awesome books! Both are second in their series.
The first is Nephylim, who released Fighting the Man, Enigma book 2. I loved the first book of Enigma where a young doctor is asked to take charge of a lovely young man who has lost his memory, but as the young doctor gets to know his patient he realises he loves him and wants to help him. That this is not going to be an easy task is to be expected and especially of a story written by Nephylim. I love her for her angsty and dark stories and this second book in the series promises to be even more dark than the first one! You can pick up a copy here: Fighting the Man - Nephylim
The second one is Daisy Harris, I've done a review of her book College Boys before and LOVED it! Just last night she released the second book in the series. Men of Holsum College is a series about a small college with very very hot men on it. I found College Boys to be very sweet but her second in the series, Diva and the Frat Boy seems to be a slightly more confrontational novel, for the characters anyway. You can pick up a copy of her second novel here: Diva and the Frat Boy - Daisy Harris or read the review I wrote here: Review for College Boys.

So look forward to the start of July and I'll try to keep on schedule and not get too distracted by Diablo 3.

Write on!


P.S. Don't forget to check my website tomorrow for a new chapter of Black Sheep!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Missed me? This is what I've been doing behind the scenes lately

I'm nearing the last few weeks of my second year at uni and even though I have to do a lot of work for uni I've possibly tripled my own workload by also deciding to get some other stuff out of the way at the same time. Which is totally normal for me to do though stress inducing, I'll probably never learn though ;)

So, apart from research for my essays what DID I do you ask?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Guide for online published stories, part 3

This guide will be a mini-series for writers who publish online, the do's and don'ts and practical handles. It is by no way meant to teach you about grammar, spelling and all those technical things, this is a guide about the practical side of writing. I try to show you some conventions and some handles on how to write and get read online.

List of topics (in progress):

Part 1:
1. Publishing
2. Description of the story, blurb, summary
3. Narration, tenses and grammar
Part 2:
4. Dialogue
5. Setting and talking heads
6. "flowery" language
7. Names
Part 3:
8. Narration styles, voices
9. Clichés to look out for

1. How to find readers/writers
2. How to make people remember you
3. How to give feedback that people appreciate
4. Know the Terms of Service of the website (or, How to keep out of trouble)

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Guide for online published stories, Part 2

This guide will be a mini-series for writers who publish online, the do's and don'ts and practical handles. It is by no way meant to teach you about grammar, spelling and all those technical things, this is a guide about the practical side of writing. I try to show you some conventions and some handles on how to write and get read online.

Part 2 of this guide will start where Part 1 ended, to go back to Part 1 you can click on one of the topics spoken about in the last instalment or use the link at the bottom of this page.

List of topics (in progress):

Part 1:
1. Publishing
2. Description of the story, blurb, summary
3. Narration, tenses and grammar
Part 2:
4. Dialogue
5. Setting and talking heads
6. "flowery" language
7. Names
Part 3:
8. Narration styles, voices
9. Clichés to look out for

1. How to find readers/writers
2. How to make people remember you
3. How to give feedback that people appreciate
4. Know the Terms of Service of the website (or, How to keep out of trouble)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

This weeks updates: Smashwords, Black Sheep and Online Publishing

This week I've updated multiple of my blogs, here is just a list to bring them all together.

The first one is a post that is interesting for people with ereaders. Smashwords is holding a promotion this week that is part of "read an ebook week". Indie writers offer their books at a reduced price or even for free, even if you don't read a lot, check it out, sometimes you only need a little encouragement to start reading a new writer.
Smashwords Promotion!
Post can be found on Blogspot and Wordpress.

The second one is a bi-weekly update of course, my ongoing series called Black Sheep has updated tot he second chapter of the last part of the story.
 Black Sheep Part 3, Chapter 2

On a sidenote, Black Sheep is also available at Booksie. If you like to read a chapter a day this is a good way to catch up with the story. I upload 1 chapter each day until I have reached the same chapter as the other places. If you're interested I'm at Part 1, Chapter 15 right now, come check it out.

The third one ties in quite a bit with Black Sheep, as it is a guide for writers (like me) who publish online to websites like FictionPress, FanFiction, Booksie and other places where you can upload your chapters/stories for free. It deals with mechanics of writing stories (not the grammar and punctuation but how to find the right POV and how to format dialogue) and how to find readers for your work. The first instalment is now online.
Guide for online published stories, Part 1
Wordpress and Blogspot

Black Sheep, an online serial by Kia Zi Shiru can be found on Wordpress and Blogspot

Guide for online published stories, Part 1

This guide will be a mini-series for writers who publish online, the do's and don'ts and practical handles. It is by no way meant to teach you about grammar, spelling and all those technical things, this is a guide about the practical side of writing. I try to show you some conventions and some handles on how to write and get read online.

List of topics (in progress):

Part 1:
1. publishing
2. Description of the story, blurb, summary
3. Narration, tenses and grammar
Part 2:

4. Dialogue
5. Setting and talking heads
6. "flowery" language
7. Names
Part 3:
8. Narration styles, voices
9. Clichés to look out for

1. How to find readers/writers
2. How to make people remember you
3. How to give feedback that people appreciate
4. Know the Terms of Service of the website (or, How to keep out of trouble)

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Black Sheep is now into it's last stage, Part 3 has started.

Black Sheep, my long time WIP has now gone into it's last stage. Until the end of November I will update a chapter of this last part every 2 weeks. Which should nicely line up with the release of my first full novel Disturbed Fate, I'd love to tell you about it but I won't until I'm closer to the release date.

Black Sheep Part 2 ended on a sad note and Part 3 takes off just a few hours after the events. Everybody is hurt, confused and out looking for comfort, but that doesn't seem to come as easy as some would like.

Part 3 will re-introduce old characters, invite some new ones and pushes the ones you have known since Part 1 to the limit of what they can handle.

Black Sheep Part 3, Chapter 1

Black Sheep, an online serial by Kia Zi Shiru can be found on Wordpress and Blogspot

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The artificiality of outlining

(I started this post elsewhere and totally lost it since it didn't auto safe for me... of course... So I'll start over again)

Last night I finished 2 chapters for Black Sheep Part 3, finishing up all the chapters I already had parts written for. After shutting down my computer and putting away my writing gear I looked at my outline, and found that if I was going to make this story work I had to change the way I worked it. I have 5 mayor events happening in this part of the story, event A, B, C, D and E. They are all dependent on each other and only work if spaces out right. While looking at the poster I realised that to make the transformation from event A to B to C work I needed to space them out differently. As it stands now, A is the first chapter, B is chapter 6 and C is chapter 10. But after finishing these chapters and two more in between I realised that to make some of the happenings plausible I needed to spread them out further, I could not have the events and the time span plausible and workable in the way it was planned right now.
Before writing I had spend some time deciding to put B or C on chapter 10, knowing that both were really important to the stuff around it. As it was standing I chose to put C at chapter 10, thinking I could possibly make it work. Which I now found out didn't. Putting events on my outline is artificial, I know things that are going to happen but I sometimes can't figure out exactly where.
This is why I love using large pieces of papers or white boards to plan my story, they enable me to see what is happening where, without intruding on the creative process of moving stuff around.
For NaNoWriMo 2011 I used white boards to plan everything out and something I thought might have been the end of the story turned into the halfway point of the story, quite a change in a 50K word story.

Artificiality of an outline is not a bad thing for me. This way I can work towards something while still keeping other parts of the story open. Artificiality gives goals, not walls.

What do you think about artificiality and outlines, do you think they give you more freedom or do you find them constricting?

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Black Sheep Part 2 Last Chapter!

Black Sheep is now 2/3 through. Part 2 is finished, leaving only Part 3 until the full end of the story.
Here is the new chapter! Darker than any of the previous chapters I've written, probably darker than anything I've written in my whole life.
Black Sheep, Part 2, Chapter 20:

Just to remind you, here is the start of the story, Part 1, chapter 1:
Vic just wants the last two years at his new high school to be calm, boring even. But the kiss from his best friend at New Years throws that out the window and then there is his past that doesn't seem to stop haunting him. Will he be able to form new relationships and let go of old ones?
Part 2, Chapter 1:
Part 2:
Vic has gone through the bad and is trying to come out of the other end. Will he be able to put the past behind him for good? Will he be to salvage his relationships? Can he love purely again?

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Black Sheep update and a message from one of my friends

Black Sheep Part 2 is now updated to Chapter 19, only one chapter left after this and Part 2 will be finished. I'm working really hard on Part 3 now, kind of hard but it is coming along!
Black Sheep Part 2, Chapter 19

And one of my friends updated his weblog and I wanted to spread the message because I think more people need to help the people who need someone to stand up for them.

The Story of a Bullied Gay Teen: “They Said I Was Weak”
Over at Red Haircrows Blog

Black Sheep, an online serial by Kia Zi Shiru can be found on Wordpress and Blogspot

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Black Sheep Part 2 is updated

I just updated Black Sheep Part 2, it's getting intense now, just a few more chapters for this part left...
Black Sheep Part 2, Chapter 18
Wordpress / Blogspot / Gay Authors / Fiction Press

Black Sheep, an online serial by Kia Zi Shiru can be found on Wordpress and Blogspot

Tuesday, 3 January 2012