Hello again! I just posted up some details about my NaNoWriMo project for this year, which has probably the working title of The Bird that Sings. While I posted this information up, I was also a little reluctant to do so, and that I that I’m afraid that someone could take my idea. But as writers we all feel this way. I’m going to jot down five reason why we are reluctant to share our ideas with others.
One reason for this reluctance is due to the fact that we do not want others to take or steel our ideas. Granted, we all think that we have original ideas and that is such a great feeling or understanding that we have. But let’s face it all premises have been used one time or another. It’s just that we want to make it feel new and refreshed, which is something hard to make happen.
I know that I have felt that way, and it’s not due to lack of the use of words but due to the impostor syndrome that we all face. Impostor syndrome in case you do not know its where you feel that you should not be a writer. But the only way to over come impostor syndrome is to write and feel like you belong with everyone else in the room. If you want a great example of this, watch the movie, Catch Me If You Can.
Based on a true story, Catch Me If You Can shows that if you look the part even if you don’t know anything that you can look like everyone else does in the room that has the same position that you want. While the others may have worked hard to get there, you have to work harder to get their so that you can show that you know what you are talking about. It all comes back to that old adage write what you know, and one way to write what you know is to research what it is that you want to know so that you can be just as smart as the others in the room.
The second reason that we are reluctant to share or even talk about our story ideas, is that we don’t want to wrongly judged for the topics that we want to tackle. Yes, some ideas depending on who you share them with will get you either strange looks or insults. This should not be the environment that we should have to deal with in today’s world, but on other if we are stronger than others in the room to take on those ideas than we should be able to wither the storm for it gives us that drive to make that magic happen.
The third reason is fear. We have the fear that we are taking on a bigger project then what we want to take on. But if you came up with the idea then there is a reason for it. Just as another adage states there is a reason for everything. Then there is a reason for the idea to find you in the first place, and we should take that idea and see it for what it is a gift. Yes, a gift and while we may feel fear to accept the gift then we should run with that gift and make something of it.
Fear comes in many shades and colors, but the color that we chose to view it can show that we can concur our fear and seize the moment to make what we want possible. We just have to take that step forward and to concur that fear.
The fourth reason that we are reluctant to share our ideas is that we don’t want to be claimed as either copycats or plagiarism. Let’s face it if we are labeled as either can make anyone cringe where they sit or stand. Once you are given these labels it is hard to shake them off for anyone, and it will make your work as an author twice as hard as anyone else. We all at some point in our lives have been stuck with a label that we have worked hard to get rid and every time that a new label is put upon us it just makes it harder for us to fight those labels. So avoiding labels is a fight and a challenge, but it can be done with hard work. But being given the label of copycat or plagiarist is one that no writer wants even on their worst day.
The fifth reason that we are reluctant to share ideas is that we don’t want to be put down or discouraged from tackling one a story idea. This is the toughest one to over come, but it can be done. Just like any of the other reasons for the reluctance, it takes hard work to over come these. But this one we have to put our best foot forward and just write the idea out and when it is all said and done, we can be proud and say look what I have done. Then you tell that the non-sayers to read what you wrote and ask them to tell you then were they right to tell you not to take on that story idea. When they answer no, they were wrong then you can proud that you proved them wrong.
Granted, you can take proving them wrong as a challenge and one that should be accepted. Then you can also say when you have proved them wrong don’t ever say that I cannot take on the story that I want to tell. I see the fifth reason as a great motivator for writing that story and finishing that novel. It should be seen as both a challenge and as an obstacle to getting that story written. Once the obstacle has been overcome than any story idea that you have should be tackled and seen out to the finish for you made one story idea that you were told that you have no business writing completed and you can go on to the next.
Yes, there may be other reason why there is a reluctance to share ideas, but sharing ideas is also how we build our communities and gain a knowledge base that we can add to our credit. If you have other reason on why writers are reluctant to share ideas, please, comment down below. I would love to read your reasons.
I hope that you have found this post helpful when it comes to overcoming the reluctance for sharing story ideas with others. I also hope that you have a great writing day!
Since the last time that I was on here, I have been busy working away on the planning phase for my project that I’m going to be working on during the course of NaNoWrimo. Granted, I mentioned my project in the latest update blog for Faerie Rose Press, which not may ready. That’s fine, I get it, who want’s to read or talk about updates when there is so much more to talk about in the world of writing. But I feel that I should give my new project a presence and a proper post of it’s own by its own right.
The project that I have declared formally to take on for NaNoWriMo this year, is called The Bird that Sings. The Bird that Sings, is set about fifty years in the future, after a great war and as a result of the war girls are now known as “Birds.” Some birds are more special than others and one of these special birds is a girl, Sarah. Sarah is being groomed to become the next high priestess. Being high priestess means that you are a powerful figure that you take on for as long as you life.
Sarah as she is being groomed to become high priestess, cannot talk or even be touched. Her skin is basically not allowed to be touched my anyone or anything. If someone touches her, then they are sentenced to death. A price that Sarah feels is unjust, and she wants to be touched and to touch. She wants to speak or sing what is not right about the world, and the only way that she can do that is to kill the current high priestess. But is she willing to take that chance to get what she wants?
That is what I have so far, granted there are other ideas that I’m currently working on for this project, and I can’t wait to get started. So far I have the premise, the characters, the scope of the word that Sarah lives in on page one and before page one. I have also in the course of planning this project I have designed a cover as well. Here is the cover for The Bird that Sings:
Granted, this is just a draft of the cover and it is one that I have also designed. It’s not as flashy as some of the over covers that I have designed, but for now it will do but as the project continues I may redo the cover or I may keep with this cover. We shall see.
I hope that when you declare your project for NaNoWriMo, that you take the time to drill out or think writing a synopsis and thinking about what a possible outcome for the story, and a possible cover. When you drill out some if not all of the information for your novel, then you have a greater chance of making what you want a reality.
Thank you for reading this post and I hope that it gives you some ideas of what you can put out when thinking about NaNoWriMo project for this year.
Today I wanted to give an update on all things Faerie Rose Press, Elderwood Publications, and Moonspinner3 Books. It’s been a while since I have written up one of these type of posts and while I’m in the middle of getting things ready for NaNoWriMo 2018, I thought that I would give updates on what things have been going on for Faerie Rose Press.
Let’s start with I’ve updated the look and feel of the site. Let’s start off with the header. Yes, the header is one that I designed myself, which encompasses Faerie Rose Press and Elderwood Publications on the outside and Moonspinner3 Books (the parent company in the middle) and below that my photo. I designed this header in mind so that it shows the world that I have created from the very beginning and to include over the past year. I have put this same header on the Faerie Rose Press (@FaerieRPress) twitter page, and the Facebook pages for Faerie Rose Press and Moonspinner3 Books, as well as my author page (Tiffany M Dew).
Granted, I have not made a page for Elderwood Publications and the reason for that is that I have not gotten around to it and I’m still deciding on that, but for now all updates for the most part are being put on the Facebook pages for Faerie Rose Press, Moonspinner3 Books and my author page.
The second and most noticeable change to the website is the look and the color scheme. Yes, it has a black background, with a hint of green. This does not meant that I’m getting away from my purple headings on some of the posts, it was just that I wanted to change up the look of the website. The number one reason why I made the change was due to I wanted something that could show that each day that I take on this adventure, the site is maturing a bit while the content is still the unusual looks at some of the topics.
Now one last update on the site that I want to give is that I also updated the Welcome to Faerie Rose post. I thought that since the site has been up for over a year and while I was sprucing things up, I felt that I would update the Welcome address for this page also. This update is a reflection of where this page has been over the course of the year and where it is going into the future.
Granted, now that I’m done talking about the site and the changes, lets get on to the most exciting part, the writing.
First off let me start my saying that I’m ready to go into what I’m doing for NaNoWriMo this year. I have a title, a draft covered designed and ideas. Oh the ideas are just pouring over me like water in a shower. I’m so happy and excited to take on this new project and to share some of what is going into this project.
Although, the title might be considered a working title, so far the title is (drum roll if you please)….The Bird that Sings!!!
Yes, it is called The Bird that Sings, and here is the cover that I have designed:
What I have so far for The Bird that Sings, is that it is set in the future. There is a war that took place and like there are results in every war there are results of this war as well. One of the biggest results is that the females are now known as “birds.” The boys are really non-existent in this word. Any ways, certain birds are deemed far more worthy than others, and one such bird is Sarah.
Sarah before the war had originally been given the name, Heather, but she is forced to ignore this name and forced to answer to Sarah. Sarah is worthy in that she is chosen to become the next high priestess. The role of high priestess means you get to rule over everything and every body. Also it means that you can never touch anything or anybody for that matter as well. If someone touches Sarah’s skin, that person even if it’s her handmaiden will be sentenced to death. Also Sarah has taken a forever vow of silence, which can only be broken upon her becoming the next high priestess.
So far I have in my notes that Sarah knows what she will become and there is nothing stopping it or at least she thinks. But further Sarah wants to be touched, for she wants to have that connection with someone, even though it is forbidden.
This is what I have so far for The Bird that Sings, and I can’t wait to get started writing it. Please, let me know what you think about the cover or the idea that I have for the story. Granted, right now I’m writing down this continuous list of ideas that are coming to me for this story.
As for the other stories, yes, unfortunately they have been put on the shelf due to NaNoWriMo and will get done at some point. But I will try to finish one book at a time and hopefully with the energy that I have for The Bird that Sings, it will be finished. First draft and taken through the hole process.
I fully know that I have a writing ADHD problem and it needs to be dealt with. But in someways I know that I can’t help it for ideas just come to me, and when ideas come to me, I just want to grab on, but I don’t seem to get them past the first draft. So I need to get there and I’m really, really going to try that with this project.
This is something that I must grow upon and mature so that I can put out some books.
Now granted I wanted to give one more update and that is in the last couple of weeks, this site has more than 100 followers, and as I said thank you then, I’m going to say thank you again. I mean your support means the world to me and I could not continue on without your support. I thank you a million times over for you finding this site and finding something on here that you enjoy and that you are finding helpful on your writing journey.
This thank you, goes out to anyone and everyone that continues to find this site and I hope that you keep coming back for more. I’m not done giving out advice, suggestions or helping others along their writing journey. Whatever your reason for coming, thank you and that means the world to me. Also don’t forget as a gift that I have posted on here is my Prepotober Work Book.
This workbook is coming quite handy for my own prepwork for The Bird that Sings. I hope that you are also finding it handy as well.
Well that is all for the updates, I hope that you all have a fantastic writing day!
Hello and Welcome to the world of Faerie Rose Press! Last year, I started this website and this has been a love and a sincere joy to able to share what I know and what I am currently learning about the writing process. Each day I learn something new and with everything that I learn is give me more knowledge and insight on how writing is like creating magic.
I have always said that since day one, that this site would be changing through growth for nothing is set in stone. I have been flexible in what I have posted and the way that I have presented the information. Furthermore, I have presented the content on this site in a way that may not have been presented or addressed like no one else.
My goal has always been to be able to encourage others to go find and take on their own writer’s journey, and to make their journey their own. This even means making mistakes along the way and to acknowledging the weak stories that we may have written.
Granted, in the year that this site has been created, I have published four short stories and a poetry collection on Amazon, and I have been working on several novels. I know this is where I need to work on one novel at a time. But I still have the goal to finish one of my novels and to get it published. But I’m not only writing, I’m also creating book covers for what I have written.
Also in the same year, I have created a sister division of publishing, Elderwood Publications. The parent company for both Faerie Rose Press and Elderwood Publications has also been created, Moonspinner3 Books. Faerie Rose Press is for works of fiction written in the genre of fiction. Elderwood Publications is for works of fiction in other genres.
Through every step that I have taken through this year, I must say a huge thank you to all of you for your continued support. This is regardless if this is the first time that you visit this site, or the hundredth time. Thank you and I hope that you find something that helps you through out the days that you consider as your writing days. Just remember to create magic through the use of imagination and to use that imagination to unleash your creativity. Further more take time to create, write, grow and to inspire.
I recently talked about tips that I have for writing, let alone that I use for NaNoWriMo and any writing project that I have. While this is all good that I like to share some out of the box ideas, which are different from other writers in the community. If you look up any writer or author on YouTube, you will find that they pretty much share the same general information. Granted, they do diverse from time to time talking about their projects but when they give tips its the same for the most part.
In some ways I feel that when the events of the summer took place, ie #cockygate, I thought that these same authors would have gone over this topic or give their opinion. But they didn’t. I really want to say shame on them, but on the other hand I understand why the probably didn’t and it could have been because they didn’t want to deal with the drama.
Let’s face it, in the real world outside of our writing or story worlds, there is a lot of ugly, disgusting drama. This is mainly political but it’s also that time of year when we want to be over the drama. But let’s face it the drama llama is going to be around for a while and it doesn’t matter, who is charge of a certain house or the majority. This is going to be the world that we have to deal with for quite a while.
Yes, I certainly pulled out the drama llama.
But with all the drama going on, it is certainly one of the reasons why I’m so excited for NaNoWriMo to becoming, for it gives an escape from the drama and allow us to melt into our words so that we can further tell the stories that we want to tell.
I have mentioned on here before that it is not only our readers that need a chance to escape but we as writers need to escape as well. Granted we have multiple job responsibilities as writers, and one of those is to take of ourselves. This means body, soul, and mind.
It might sound cliche but as I said yesterday, if we don’t take care of ourselves as the writer then we cannot put our best words to the page. Also we don’t put words down one the page then we cannot entertain our audience past the first page. If we cannot carry the story past the first page then there is no use in writing fifty thousand words or more since we are not taking care of us.
So the question that I want to put out to you is give the drama llama the ugly boot and show them the door and to limit the drama that are outside forces that will keep you from writing what you want you want or have the will to write. If you need to print out the drama llama and post it somewhere so that it’s a reminder that you want to focus on the good stuff and not the bad stuff.
I hope that you have found this post helpful on this writing day!
Well, we are one week down on the prep work for NaNoWriMo and discuss some tips that have helped me in the past that you might find helpful as well. The first tip that I would like to share maybe simple and that is to take out a piece of paper and jot down any ideas that I have had for my novel ideas.
I have done this tip a lot, I have done this since I was about nine or ten and have continued to do to this today. The main reason why I do this is so that I can make a list of the ideas that have in mind. This way also I can go back to the list if I ever get stuck. Granted, for The Raven Prophecy, I have made like a hundred or so of these lists. The two times that I have strayed from making the list is with Ravages of Time and The Zodiac Tower.
I can tell you that when it came to Ravages of Time, I so had the story in mind, that I didn’t need to make the list, for I knew what I wanted in the story, who was in the story and where I was going with the story. As for The Zodiac Tower it was similar to Ravages of Time, but only I didn’t have a lot of time to write the story, for it was
written for a class. Now for The Zodiac Tower, I wish that I had more time so that I could make a list of ideas. Here is the beautiful thing with the re-write of The Zodiac Tower, I’m starting to make a list and I’m thinking of doing the same thing with Ravages of Time. The reason for this is since I have written the first drafts, and moving on the to the second drafts there are some things that I want to improve on so that I can make them stronger novels.
My second tip that I have is to get a folder and in that folder I put everything that is for that novel in that folder. The reason may simple but for me I find it helps keep it organized and it doesn’t get mixed up with another story that I might be working on. Also getting stories mixed up is not a good thing either. Now you can put them in one folder if that is what you want, just make sure that you label on the top of your pages which story that page belongs to.
My third tip is to find an image that will inspire you or keep you focused on the project. I find this very helpful when looking at where I want to go with the story that I’m currently working on. Just as an example, with Ravages of Time my focus point was a house. The reason for a house, was the story starts with the house and it ends with the house or more focused on the word home. If you can find a focus image that works for your project, stick with that image, even if the meaning of the image changes, for it will be a focus point.
My fourth tip, which has helped me in the past is to picture if your novel was to be published what would you want the cover to look like. Yes, just draft up a cover so that you have something to hold onto of what a possible goal might be for your novels. I have drafted several covers as you well know for The Raven Prophecy and Ravages of Time. I recently worked on the cover for The Zodiac Tower and my new project for NaNoWriMo, which I will discuss my project in another post.
Granted, I don’t have fancy software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, for what I do have is Microsoft Word, and I think that my covers are turning out quite well. Just as an example, here is the latest cover for The Zodiac Tower:
I love making covers, and each time that I make a cover, I learn something new about the process and what is even possible. But that is something that you can do to with just a little bit of time and patience you can craft covers just as easily.
My last tip for NaNoWriMo is don’t ignore yourself or what you need. If you ignore yourself during the NaNoWriMo then you can’t complete your best work. You can’t focus on the story that you want to write or tell. This is making sure that you are eating, drinking, talking walks, breathing and anything else that you need to make sure that you are being taken care of. Yes, we all know that as writers we tend to eat, drink, sleep, and think primarily on our stories. While that is all good, if we don’t take of us the creators then the story is not going to be written let alone told. So taking care of the creator is key.
These are five tips that have helped me with NaNoWriMo or any writing project that I happen to be working on at least for the first or second drafts.
I hope that you have found these tips to be helpful. I hope that you all of have a lovely writing day.
Yesterday, I wrote about backstory and how it can be used in story. I want to take it a step further by adding, that we need to find the root of our character’s tree. In part this goes back to the old adage about writing what you know. This includes what grounds our characters or where they come from.
But writing what you know, does not mean that you can’t write about what you don’t know. Think about it, as writers academic, nonfiction or fiction, part of our process no matter the genre we all have to do a good amount of research so that we can become experts and to write about what we know.
But going back to knowing the root of your tree, there is a reason why we as writers tell or write the stories that we want to tell. There is a drive that we have to tell particular stories. When we have that drive, we have the will to be strong and to be able to survive. This can also be put in the bucket of, ‘what kills us only makes us stronger.’
Just as we make our characters struggle when we break them down and traumatize them, we as writers also struggle and are traumatize. But knowing where the roots you can also give them a sense of where the solution for your character’s problems or the solution of the plot will be driven from. This is where choices are also made and come from.
All of this comes from the character’s backstory, which means full knowing what that backstory is so vital to the characters. It is also where writing what you know is also key. Let’s face it, if you don’t know your character’s backstory, how can you write it?
We also can make up our own clues on what roots our characters, through people that are or have been in their lives and the roles that those people have been to our characters. Think in terms of family, friends, acquaintances, politicians, famous, and none-famous. Whoever it is they had some influence on your character’s backstory, and that influence is also who makes your character’s personality on page one.
I hope that this piece of advice will help you with your writing session today! I also hope that you have a great writing day!