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    Author Jen Naumann: Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Twitter →

    This is me totally trying to justify my addiction to Twitter

    — 11 months ago
    #twitter  #twitter addict  #writing  #Author 
    Current Project (it’s a bit of a shocker)!

    While my dystopian novel Shymers is in the editing stage, I have taken on a genre I never imagined myself trying - middle school fiction. My ten-year-old son has “patiently” been waiting for me to write a book that is age appropriate for him, plus I have gotten many requests from other moms to write something young boys would enjoy. Considering I am super passionate about Goonies, E.T., and Super 8, I decided writing a boys’ adventure would actually be right up my alley. So far, it has been a lot of fun and the story is developing into something I’m sure my son will be excited about. Whether I actually publish it or not remains to be seen. However, I would like to design a cover where he poses with his best friends (if only to make him happy)! Stay tuned for more details about the (currently unnamed) book!

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #writing  #goonies  #e.t.  #super 8  #middle school  #ms fiction 
    Even Authors With Publishers Make Mistakes →

    I am a fan of Veronica Roth’s, but even more so after running across this post she made on Goodreads. Basically, she admits to some errors in her new book, then goes on to explain how difficult it is for writers to catch their own mistakes. I don’t know the final word count of her books, but I’m guessing it to be around 100,000. Those are a lot of words to sort through!

    When my first book came out, I hired a professional editor and had quite a few people with English backgrounds review it as well. I still found errors. But I was able to go back and fix all of them since my books are printed on demand and in ebook formats. I am guessing it isn’t as easy for Veronica’s publisher to do the same—they are probably sitting on thousands of printed books in need of fixing.

    I hired another professional editor for my second novel and had four or five different people check it as well. I am about to do another read through of my own, then hand it off to even more people. No matter how many sets of eyes will end up reviewing it, I’m guessing there will be one or two little errors to remain.

    At least now I know that even best selling authors with publishers aren’t perfect, either.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #veronica roth  #insurgent  #divergent  #writing  #editing  #mistakes  #novel  #reading 
    Dystopian Fiction - Fun But Detailed

    I am working on my next book, which would technically be my third, only I have three different stories going at once. I know that is a writer’s no-no, but I was having a major writer’s block that would not go away.

    The story with the freshest feel turned out to be my take on a dystopian novel and I figured that is the hot thing right now, so I should go for it. Before long the trend will move into something else. I think I made the right decision. In a matter of a two days, I have added over 5,000 words to the original word count and the ideas continue to flow out me like lava.

    The only problem I’m having is trying to keep everything straight. I don’t write outlines and generally don’t know where my stories are heading, but I do take a few notes. This story is turning out to have PAGES of notes, and I’m not quite halfway done with it. I’m beginning to think I should get some poster board and map it all out for myself. Basically, I’m writing about a whole different world from what we know, so there are a lot of technical details to keep track of.

    This got me thinking—how the heck did J.K. Rowling keep everything straight in Harry Potter’s world? I picture her in a room with nothing but chalkboard walls, adding and erasing with every new thought that came to her. I’m sure with some research I could easily find the real answer, but I think I like to picture her in a room of black boards, surrounded by rough drawings of Hogwarts and house elves. Maybe I won’t look the answer to that one up.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #dystopian  #fiction  #novel  #writing  #harry potter  #JK Rowling 
    Write it so that people can hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. ~ Maya Angelou

    Write it so that people can hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. ~ Maya Angelou

    (Source: whatwriterslove, via pinkmoom)

    — 2 years ago with 20 notes
    #writing  #love  #read  #authors  #quotes  #maya angelou 
    Boyfriend of the Week →

    One of the characters from my book What I’ve Done made a “Boyfriend of the Week” list. Go Eli! (He is kind of hot)! :)

    — 2 years ago
    #boyfriend  #ya  #young adult fiction  #reading  #book  #writing  #romance  #love  #teen  #book review 
    can’t believe I really get to do this for a living

    So I finally narrowed down the list of songs for my zombie book trailer and made a decision on one! Yay! I think people will like it—reminds me of Nine Inch Nails and the music in the movie Seven. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the visual it brings of the young Brad Pitt in that movie. But I’m really stoked about it, and hope everyone else will be, too. Now I have to get to work on the pictures, which may prove to be even more difficult…

    p.s. I love my job.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #Brad Pitt  #Seven  #Nine Inch Nails  #zombies  #writing  #book  #young adult fiction